MechSE Department Facts

Female students


In the 2015-16 term, the MechSE Department has 899 undergraduate students majoring in Mechanical Engineering; 139 undergraduate students majoring in Engineering Mechanics; 217 graduate students working on master's degrees; and 205 graduate students working on PhD degrees.

Degrees granted

In 2015-16, the MechSE Department awarded 255 bachelor of science degrees; 111 master's degrees; and 33 PhD degrees.


MechSE’s 61 full-time faculty are all active in research and publish in high-impact journals, such as Science, NatureApplied Physics Letters, and more. Even more impressive, Engineering at Illinois faculty are ranked first among our peers in the number of publications per faculty. On average, 20 or more of the papers written by senior professors are cited more than 10 times. More than half have received young investigator awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or Department of Defense.


Research expenditures of $25 million allow faculty and students to advance knowledge in key fundamental areas such as biomechanical sciences, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, applied physics, chemistry, dynamics and controls, computational science and applied math.


MechSE's undergraduate program is currently ranked 6th, and our graduate program is consistently ranked among the best in the world, according to US News and World Report.

Other Statistics

The median ACT composite score of undergraduate students entering the department is 32.6. Graduate students enrolling in 2015 had average GRE percentile of 90 (Quantitative). 


Contact Info

Undergraduate Programs Office
154 MEB
1206 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-0366
mechse-undergradatillinois [dot] edu