Aerospace Engineering

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace Engineering focuses on the research, development, integration, and production of aerospace systems. This major may interest you if you enjoy working in teams to create systems that include many types of engineering. You may learn about aerodynamics, design, and performance of air and spacecraft and their propulsion systems. Aerospace engineers will gain experience in mechanical, electrical, computer, material, and aerospace applications.

Career Options

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive work
  • Defense
  • Engines
  • Government work
  • Manufacturing
  • Security

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

62% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

$65,361 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Boeing, Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.1 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

66% four-year graduation rate

87% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358