STEM Premier Spotlight: Illinois

Quick Facts:

  • STEM Premier Secondary-Level Students: 3,500+
  • Top College Interests: University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University
  • Top Intended Majors: Computer Science, Pre-Medicine, Mechanical Engineering

For this month’s STEM Premier Spotlight, we’re heading to the Midwest for a closer look at the state of Illinois. Home of reputable schools such as Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, the Prairie State’s STEM Premier’s student base includes an impressive 387 National Honor Society members.

Unsurprisingly, Illinois’ largest concentration of STEM Premier students is located in Chicago and its suburbs. Other notable areas of student presence are found in Peoria, Bloomington, and Springfield.

The top occupational interests of Illinois’ students include mechanical engineering, biological science, and computer programming.

ACT’s 2015 Condition of STEM Report on Illinois has shown a slight decrease in STEM interest among the state’s students over the past five years. This decrease seems to be caused by a shift of interest areas. While interest in medical and natural sciences has lessened, the opposite holds true for interest in computer science and mathematics (a 2% increase since 2011), and engineering (a 1% increase). This same trend is reflected in the Top Intended Majors of Illinois’ STEM Premier students.

Learn more about STEM in Illinois by checking out ACT's full report.