Undergraduate Admissions

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The people within the MatSE Department are what makes it so extraordinary. At Illinois you’re always going to find brilliant and hardworking engineering students, but MatSE people have something special.”

-Mackenzie Kurth,
MatSE Undergraduate Student

Major in Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE)

This major may be for you if you want to be at the forefront of technology and make a difference in the world. Materials Science and Engineering is a discipline devoted to the understanding, design, fabrication, and engineering of the materials that underpin and drive the modern world. Materials are the things from which we construct the world, and understanding and manipulating them to drive technological and scientific progress is the fundamental goal of the discipline.

Civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, and aerospace engineers all rely on advanced materials. Materials Science and Engineering is at the core of nanotechnology, the production of machines and devices at molecular levels, which is likely to drive the next technological revolution. Materials Science and Engineering requires strong skills in math, chemistry, and physics. If you want to make things smaller, faster, stronger, and smarter, then this is the major for you!

Your Future

As a MatSE graduate, you will be in demand with industry leading companies, small start-ups and government agencies that rely on current and improved materials technology. Our alumni fill the employee rosters of companies such as 3M, Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, Boeing, Caterpillar, Ford Motor Company, ExxonMobil, GE Aviation, General Mills, IBM, Intel, Kimberly Clark, and Texas Instruments, to name a few. MatSE careers & placement statistics

MatSE undergraduates frequently work as undergraduate research assistants in professors’ labs, so it’s not surprising that around 40% of MatSE graduates will go to graduate school after they finish their B.S. degree, most for their Ph.D. but some for an M.S. or even a J.D. or M.D. Some students enroll in the combined degree program and earn their B.S. and M.S. degree in 5 years. Combined degree program


How to Apply

The Early Action Filing Period is between September 1 to November 15.

You must submit your completed application and application fee (or fee waiver) by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 15. Doing so may give you the best chance for being admitted and receiving special attention for admission to honors programs and for merit awards.

All other applications can be filed between September 1 and January 5 at http://admissions.illinois.edu. When you apply, you will be asked to list a first choice and a second choice department. We hope that you will select MatSE as your first choice but if not, please consider listing MatSE as your second choice. Admission to the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois is competitive and providing the name of a second choice department can increase your chances of being admitted to the Engineering College.

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Profile of the Class of 2019

Class Profile, 2019

2019 Student information about freshman