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Aerospace Engineering

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What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace Engineering focuses on the research, development, integration, and production of aerospace systems and aerodynamics, design, and performance of air and spacecraft and their propulsion systems. You might be interested in this major if you enjoy working in teams to create large-scale systems that incorporate many interdisciplinary engineering programs. 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

85% employed or continuing education

62% employed after graduation

23% attending graduate school

$65,058 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins

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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

31 - 34 ACT Score

1410 - 1510 SAT Score

3.61 - 3.94 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $36,016

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $33,610
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $52,926

International

  • Tuition: $38,828
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $58,144
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