Student Organizations

Our students have an amazing range of interests, and love to get involved. Our student organizations offer a range of opportunities for you to pursue your passions.

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Cost Comparison

An engineering degree at the University of Illinois is a great value - learn more about how the cost of an ECE ILLINOIS degree stacks up to other prestigious programs in the United States.

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ECE ILLINOIS is built on philosophy that emphasizes both a solid engineering foundation and hands-on learning. Check out our courses to see how your interests and talents fit with what our program has to offer.

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ECE Building
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Peek inside the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building on the University of Illinois campus by watching our video tour.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates can find plenty of opportunities to participate in research at ECE ILLINOIS. All faculty members are encouraged to include an undergraduate research statement on their ECE profile on this Web site - see a compilation of research statements.

However, if you are interested in the research of a faculty member not included in that list, feel free to contact that person with your ideas. A student-driven initiative called PURE can also help you find undergraduate research opportunities.

Students can earn technical credit hours by conducting undergraduate research, as well. ECE 297 is a one-hour research course open to freshmen and sophomores. It can be taken twice for a maximum credit of two hours, which will count as ECE technical electives. You are also allowed to collect six additional hours of research-related credit to count for your ECE technical electives. These can originate from individual study courses such as ECE 396ECE 397ECE 496, or ECE 499. Their equivalents in other departments can count as technical elective hours.

The ECE 496/499 combination is taken for the senior research project, culminating in a senior thesis. Students taking ECE 496/499 are also required to make oral presentation of their research findings in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium. Credit for ECE 445 (required Senior Design course in EE program) will be awarded to students with senior thesis projects that involve hardware design or testing.

Graduate Research

MS and PhD students have the opportunity to work with faculty members whose research interests cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • Biomedical imaging, bioengineering, and acoustics
  • Circuits and signal processing
  • Communications and control
  • Computing systems hardware and software
  • Electromagnetics, optics and remote sensing
  • Microelectronics and photonics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Networking and distributed computing
  • Power and energy systems
  • Reliable and secure computing systems

For more information about graduate research, please see the MS and PhD Graduate Study Manual.

Honors Program

You‘ll have plenty of opportunities to excel at ECE ILLINOIS, with honors programs within our department, the College of Engineering, and the Illinois campus as a whole.

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Scholarships, fellowships, and awards

Each year, ECE ILLINOIS presents thousands of dollars in scholarships, fellowships and awards to our students. Generous donations make these awards possible, and they serve to support our students throughout their time in ECE.

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Study Abroad

Studying at ECE ILLINOIS will broaden your worldview - and that's especially true for our students who study abroad. It's easy to fit an international experience into your time in ECE ILLINOIS.

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Rankings and statistics

ECE ILLINOIS consistently ranks in the top five engineering programs in the country. Our accredited program offers more than 130 courses, and 100 faculty members who are among the best in their fields.

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Salary averages

A degree ECE ILLINOIS will prepare you to achieve your professional dreams, whatever they may be. Our graduates consistently earn more than the national average.

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