Undergraduate Degree Programs

Systems Engineering and Design

Systems Engineering and Design is about problem solving: engineering as a way of thinking. Systems Engineers tackle complex engineering and business situations. This is a uniquely interdisciplinary program, with broad flexibility and student-guided focus.

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Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineers figure out how to improve systems and processes. Our program encompasses the analysis, development, improvement, and implementation of all integrated processes and their components.

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Admissions Information

How to Apply

As a Grainger Engineer, your opportunities to do the impossible are limited only by your imagination. Here, you apply directly to your major of interest. This enables immediate interaction with faculty and peers, builds community, and assists your involvement in research and extracurricular activities related to your academic goals.

All engineering applications are submitted through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We do not use the Common Application.

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Learn more about the admissions process through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. 

Admitted students: Congratulations on your offer!

View Heidi Craddock's introduction to ISE.

  1. Gather your application materials.
  2. Complete your application. You'll provide your high school courses/grades and test scores, choose your major and an alternative program, write an essay, and list your extracurricular activities, honors, and awards. 
  3. Pay the application fee. When you submit the application, you'll pay a nonrefundable fee by credit card.
  4. See if you have further application requirements. Depending on the major you're applying to, you may have a few more things to do.
  5. Check your status. Once you’ve submitted your application, check its status by clicking on your application in myIllini. If you applied through the Coalition Application and already have a myIllini account, you can use that existing account to view your status.

Student Testimonial


"I whole-heartedly believe that my ISE undergraduate education was the foundation of my success in graduate school. My undergraduate ISE education gave me a wide breadth in important engineering fundamentals (like computer science, electrical engineering, controls, materials, etc.), while still allowing me to focus in on my particular interests via the secondary field option. This was essential to graduate school. Having a concrete understanding of fundamental engineering concepts allows you to solve research problems, which are inherently diverse and often times must be approached from multiple angles."

Megan McGovern, BSGE 2008, PhDIE 2016


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