Accreditation

Our programs are accredited by the leading engineering education commissions. The high quality of our programs is also reflected by the success of our graduates. Data shows that the majority of our alumni find full-time employment shortly after graduation.

Engineering Program Accrediting Agency
Electrical Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Mechanical Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Industrial & Systems Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Electrical Engineering Technology Accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
Industrial Management & Technology

Accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

You can see our commitment to our students in our steady enrollment and graduation rates.

View recent enrollment, retention and graduation data (XLS).

The following survey data was self-reported by graduates from our bachelor's and master's degree programs. Organized by graduation year, the data shows how many alumni were employed within one year of earning their degree, as well as salary information.

Employment of Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Graduation Year Number and Percent Employed Median Starting Salary Reported N (CEET Response Rate)
2012-2013 52 (96%) $60,000 52 (28%) *
2013-2014 78 (99%) $66,375 79 (35%)
2014-2015 73 (96%) $62,000 76 (34%)
2015-2016 15 (88%) $62,790 17 (6%) *
2016-2017 55 (96%) $70,000 57 (19%) *
Notes: * Response rate < 30%; graduation year defined as graduated in December, May, or August.

Employment of Master's Degree Graduates

Graduation Year Number and Percent Employed Median Starting Salary Reported N (CEET Response Rate)
2012-2013 15 (94%) $60,000 16 (33%)
2013-2014 25 (100%) $73,400 25 (25.5%) *
2014-2015 42 (95%) $67,500 44 (37%)
2015-2016 12 (75%) * $80,000 * 16 (13%) *
2016-2017 45 (94%) $70,000 48 (31%)
Notes: * Response rate < 30%; graduation year defined as graduated in December, May, or August.

Top 10 Employers Reported by B.S. and M.S. Graduates

  • Navistar Inc.
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Woodward, Inc.
  • ComEd
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Discover Financial Services
  • John Deere
  • Ideal Industries, Inc.
  • 75%-83% of CEET graduates work in Illinois after graduation.
  • 88% of NIU CEET graduates (baccalaureate and advanced degree-earners) report full-time employment in Illinois post-graduation.

Notes:

  • Data from full-time positions were considered; part-time positions were excluded.
  • Full-time employment data were reported from 216 NIU CEET graduates (baccalaureate and advanced degree-earners, 2003–2019).
  • Only 191 of the 216 reported a state location for their first employment post-graduation; 25 respondents did not provide a state or location for their employment.
  • 168 of the 191 (88%) reported employment in Illinois.

Based on NIU data reported to the state (2018), 74.7% of NIU graduates who began working in Illinois still resided in Illinois three years after graduation. Source: Illinois College2Career