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Title: Engineering Advocates presents:

Engineering Advocates presents
at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
What do engineers do?
They use creative and critical thinking,
create, invent,
work in teams,
and make the world a better place to live.
What can you do with an engineering degree?
  • Work on environmental problems to help society
  • Become a physician - engineering is a great
    pre-med field!
  • Determine alternative energy sources
  • Develop the next generation heart pacemaker
  • Invent devices to help the disabled
  • Practice law many engineers go into patent law!
  • Design buildings that can better withstand
    natures forces - tsunamis, earthquakes,
    hurricanes, and tornados

Engineering is truly the LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE of
the 21st century!
Average starting salary in engineering compares
favorably to other careers in the US
UIUC is ranked 4th in the nation for
undergraduate programs and 5th for graduate
  • Electrical
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental
  • Industrial
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Nuclear

4 4 3 12 2 6 8
  • Aerospace
  • Agr. Biological
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer Engr.
  • Computer Science

8 3 8 1 5 5
2006 data
There are 5663 undergrad engineering students at
  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural Biological
  • Bioengineering
  • Chem. Biomolecular
  • Civil/Environmental
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

351 96 53 296 494 654 566 858
Engineering Mechanics General Industrial Materials
Science Mechanical Nuclear Physics Eng. Physics
78 602 66 212 829 95 290
2005 data from AAES
All disciplines are within the COE except for
Agr. Biological Engineering (College of
Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences) and Chemical Engineering (College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences).
College of Engineering
  • 18 degree programs in 13 academic departments
  • 1 largest engineering library collections in the
  • 3rd largest annual research expenditures in the
    US (202,500,000)
  • Over 300,000,000 in college expenditures
  • 5th largest producer of doctoral degrees in the
  • 466 professors including 64 National Academy
  • Home of the LED, Flat Panel Plasma Display,
    Portable Radar Systems, Air Conditioning, Quantum
    Wire Lasers, Electronic Vacuum Gyroscope

College of Engineering (cont.)
  • 25 Research Centers Interdisciplinary Programs
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications
    (NCSA) - developer of hypermedia browser MosaicTM
  • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science
    Technology - 18 research groups from 16
    university departments work in biological
    intelligence, human-computer interactions, and
    molecular and electronic nanostructures.
  • Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets - one
    of five U.S. Department of Energy-funded centers.

Students have four ways to show their quality on
admission applications
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • High school class rank
  • Personal essay
  • Professional essay

Does Illinois accept AP or IB Credit?
  • AP credit is common incoming students average
    about 12 credit hours.
  • IB credit is also accepted.
  • Students can also take proficiency tests to skip
    some classes.
  • More information on this topic can be found at

Freshmen Scholarships
  • College of Engineering Scholarships Academic
    Affairs within the College of Engineering and
    departments offer most scholarships to incoming
    students from 500 to 8,000
  • An average of 8000 scholarships awarded per year
    to freshmen through seniors.
  • International Engineering Scholarships
    ( scholarships
    awarded to students who study abroad.
  • 500 at start of first two semesters 3,000 for
    each 16-week semester (minimum of one, maximum of
    two consecutive semesters that a student studies

Freshmen Scholarships (cont.)
  • James Newton Matthews Scholars Program
    ship/scholarship_James_Matthews.htm) - 2,000 per
  • based upon ACT or SAT test scores, high school
    percentile ranks, and application essays.
  • Out-of-State Achievement Scholarships - 4,000
    per year and renewable based upon satisfactory
    academic progress.
  • Based upon ACT or SAT test scores, high school
    percentile ranks, and application essays.

Some myths say that engineers . . .
  • Never have time to do anything else but study
  • Never have any fun
  • Dont have time to get involved in campus
  • Are the nerdy people
  • Have limited options
  • Are never women
  • Would say I dont have what it takes to be an

What can you expect freshman year?
  • Most classes have two sessions large lectures
    with a professor, and a small discussion/lab with
    a Teaching Assistant
  • Classes include chemistry, calculus, physics,
    Intro to Engineering, composition, and

Academic life changes in the third and fourth
  • Freshmen and Sophomores
  • General science and math classes (calculus,
    chemistry, etc.
  • Create foundations for major
  • Easy to switch between engineering majors and
    still graduate in four years
  • Juniors and Seniors
  • Smaller, more specific classes concerning major /
  • Most classes in major
  • Undergraduate research
  • Difficult to switch majors and still graduate in
    four years

What about minors and double majors?
  • Many minors are available
  • After first semester of enrollment
  • Minors include Bioengineering, Computer Science,
    Manufacturing, Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Double / multiple majors are possible
  • Must fulfill the requirements of both and earn 30
    credits beyond a single degree
  • May want to consider graduate school instead

Programs in Engineering
  • Wide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE)
  • Engineering Honors Program (James Scholar)
  • Co-op Program
  • International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
  • Engineering Career Services
  • Minority Engineering Program
  • Technology and Management Program
  • Women in Engineering Program

Women in Engineering
  • 18 of engineering undergrads are women
  • High demand for women engineers
  • Respect for women

SOURCE CPST, data derived from Engineering
Workforce Commission Engineering and Technology
Enrollments, Fall 1990 through 2004.
Job Placement Salaries
  • Job Placement (2005)
  • 8,228 total of on-campus interviews
  • 8.6 average of interviews per interviewing
  • 2.3 average of offers per interviewing
  • Median Salaries (2005)
  • BS graduates 52,500
  • MS graduates 64,000
  • PhD graduates 80,000
  • Nearly 20 of May 2005 bachelor graduates are
    enrolled in graduate degree programs.

University of Illinois founded in 1867
  • 16 colleges and instructional units, many of
    which are nationally ranked, including
  • Engineering 4th undergraduate, 5th graduate
  • College of Business 12th undergraduate, 28th
  • Accounting 1st undergraduate
  • Microbiology 4th undergraduate
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3rd
  • 19 Nobel Prize winners
  • 494,000,000 spending on research and development
    in science and engineering
  • 18 alumni have won the Pulitzer Prize
  • 1 largest public university collection in the
  • 65,000 computer connections for students on the
    campus network

University of Illinois (cont.)
  • 1 rated as one of the most disability friendly
    US campuses
  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 4
    theaters, 2nd in acoustics to Lincoln Center in
    New York
  • Krannert Art Museum, 2nd largest art institute in
    Illinois outside of Chicago
  • 77,000,000 contributed to renovate one of the
    largest intramural sports and recreational
  • 306 university held patents
  • 2407 tenured faculty
  • 586 total buildings, over 7.6 square miles
  • 202 undergraduate university residence halls

UIUC Enrollment-Fall 2005
Illinois is a great deal for an education
Top engineering schools in the nation
  • MIT..43,550
  • Stanford..43,361
  • UC-Berkeley..36,883
  • CalTech..40,518
  • Illinois..35,230
  • (out-of-state tuition, room board costs)

Attending Illinois for 4 years instead of MIT
will save you 33,280
Tuition Fees
  • Residents 13,428
  • Out-of-State 27,514
  • Room Board 7,716
  • 100 Number of eligible students who receive
    need-based financial assistance.

Where is Champaign?
  • Twin cities - combined population 109,000
    without UIUC population
  • Large international population
  • Diverse community
  • Plethora of recreational activities
  • Tremendous bus system
  • Low living expenses compared to other major
    university communities
  • Willard Airport (3 airlines)
  • Many international airports nearby (accessible by
    charter bus)
  • Chicago (OHare and Midway) 2.5 hours
  • Indianapolis 2 hours
  • St. Louis (Lambert) 3 hours

There are many aspects to campus life
Over 1,000 student organizations, including
  • Engineering Advocates
  • Academic Buzzer Team
  • Underwater Hockey
  • Intramural sports
  • The Physics Van
  • Greek societies
  • Academic clubs
  • Engineering Open House

There are three main options for living on campus.
  • Freshman Year
  • University housing or
  • Private certified housing
  • Sophomore Year
  • You are allowed to move
  • to an apartment.

Assembly Hall hosts major events!
  • Illini Basketball, Final Four 2005
  • Concerts including artists such as
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • John Mayer
  • Incubus
  • Nelly
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • Broadway Series
  • International Fairs

Engineering Campus
All following photographs courtesy of Kalev
Grainger Engineering Library
Prepare for engineering now by taking higher
level math and science courses
  • Good luck in the college application process!

Engineering Advocates Sponsors
  • Agilent Technologies Inc.
  • Cargill
  • Caterpillar
  • Lockheed-Martin

If you have further questions feel free to email
us at Or visit