For almost two decades, MatSE at Illinois has consistently ranked among the top materials programs in the nation. U.S. News and World Report ranks the undergraduate program in MatSE at Illinois #2 in the nation (2021) and graduate program in MatSE #5 in the nation (2021).


The undergraduate engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked 6th in the 2021 America's Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report.

Undergraduate ranking


The graduate engineering program at Illinois ranked 10th in the 2021 Best Graduate Schools issue of U.S. News and World Report.

Graduate ranking

Worldwide #7

In 2018, Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois was ranked No. 7 worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences.

26 faculty members
600+ undergraduate and graduate students
11,000 square feet of undergraduate labs
#2 ranked undergraduate program
#5 ranked graduate program
70+ active engineering societies and organizations


Rank (US News & World Report, 2020)


Faculty members


New innovations 2014-2018