Chicago, IL (population: 2,878,948) has two computer engineering schools within its city limits. University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest ranked school in the city with a computer engineering program, has a total student population of 26,840. It is the 161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University). To learn more about computer engineering programs in Chicago, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of computer engineering professors at University of Illinois at Chicago such as Elodie Adida, Rashid Ansari, Robert Becker, John Bell, Jezekiel Ben-Arie, and Michael Brown.
Computer Engineering students from Chicago schools who go on to become computer engineers, database administrators, computer and information scientists, computer support specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 338,890 people working as network and computer systems administrators alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $70,930. Also, Computer programmers make on average $74,690 per year and there are about 367,880 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 15,620 employed computer programmers earning an average salary of $76,820. Network and computer systems administrators in this area earn $78,380/yr and there are 12,370 employed.
Chicago lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Chicago are held by network and computer systems administrators, and 4/1000 are held by computer programmers.
Of the 2 computer engineering schools in Chicago, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Illinois Institute of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($20,200/yr) for computer engineering students, with University of Illinois at Chicago as the lowest, reported at only $8,828/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chicago|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||6.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||8.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||10.0 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||12.6 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||13.3 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||16.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||16.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||17.0 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||17.3 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||17.4 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||17.7 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.2 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||19.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||20.1 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||20.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||21.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||23.2 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||23.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||23.8 miles|