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2021 Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering

Approximately 31,041 electrical engineering degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering ranking analyzed 199 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Electrical Engineering students.

Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering Your choice of electrical engineering school matters. Important measures of a quality EE program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 9% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 18%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 146 to 17 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Electrical Engineering graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average electrical engineering bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $66,265, graduates of colleges on this list average $77,324.

Starting Salary  ( 59951 to 87048 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Electrical Engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other electrical engineering students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized electrical engineering related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Electrical Engineering students.

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study electrical engineering. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

Top 25 Best EE Colleges

Any student who is interested in electrical engineering needs to look into University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, UC Berkeley also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Electrical Engineering students from University of California - Berkeley get a earnings boost of around $39,276 over the average earnings of electrical engineering graduates.

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Every student who is interested in electrical engineering needs to take a look at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the city Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

A popular major for electrical engineering undergraduates, there are about 177 students studying this program at MIT. Graduates from the electrical engineering major at Massachusetts Institute of Technology earn $39,276 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Any student pursuing a degree in electrical engineering has to take a look at Carnegie Mellon University. Located in the large city Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Carnegie Mellon also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Carnegie Mellon University electrical engineering graduates earn $21,676 more than the average EE grad.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Every student pursuing a degree in electrical engineering has to check out Cornell University. Located in the city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

With 237 undergrads, Cornell University is one of most popular schools to study EE in United States. Electrical Engineering students from Cornell University get a earnings boost of around $9,876 over the average earnings of electrical engineering graduates.

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Located in the city Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 82nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 623 electrical engineering undergraduates studying this degree at Georgia Tech. Graduates of the EE program report average early career income of $70,400.

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UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin. This school ranks 91st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Austin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the EE program earn around $76,300 for their early career.

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UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for electrical engineering undergrads, there are about 415 students studying this degree at UCLA. After graduating, EE students typically make around $74,700 in the first five years of their career.

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U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the EE program earn about $75,300 in the first couple years of working.

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USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means USC is a great college overall.

There are about 623 electrical engineering undergrads studying this degree at USC. Grads of the EE program report average early career income of $76,000.

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Stevens is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Hoboken. This college ranks 172nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, Stevens also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after graduating, EE students generally make about $74,700 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 92nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the EE program earn about $70,000 in their early career salary.

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RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy. A Best Colleges rank of 58 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means RPI is a great school overall.

With 127 undergraduates, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is one of most popular schools to study EE in United States. Students who graduate from the EE program make an average of $74,000 in the first couple years of working.

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WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester. A Best Colleges rank of 51 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means WPI is a great school overall.

There are about 186 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at WPI. Students who graduate from the EE program make about $70,700 in the first couple years of their career.

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Located in the midsize city College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 102nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas A&M also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, EE students generally make about $73,200 in their early careers.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Located in the large city Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northeastern is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Northeastern also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career income of $74,600.

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Located in the city Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 66 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great college overall.

A popular choice for electrical engineering undergraduates, there are roughly 57 students studying this program at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology. Students who graduate from the EE program make around $73,500 in the first couple years of their career.

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#17

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. This school ranks 84th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There are approximately 374 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at Purdue. Grads of the EE program report average early career income of $65,900.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the medium-sized city Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 85th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of F also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the EE program make around $73,100 for their early career.

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Located in the city Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 105th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There are roughly 354 electrical engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at NC State. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, EE students generally earn about $69,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the large city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 154th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Institute of Technology is a fairly popular school to study EE in United States with over 159 graduations last year. Graduates of the EE program state that they receive average early career earnings of $68,400.

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Located in the large suburb College Park, UMCP is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 117th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There are roughly 334 electrical engineering undergraduates studying this program at UMCP. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career income of $71,400.

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Located in the city New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 32 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great college overall.

There are about 239 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at Columbia. Soon after graduation, EE students generally earn around $74,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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NJIT is a fairly large public school located in the city of Newark. This school ranks 302nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There are about 208 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at NJIT. Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $68,300.

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Located in the city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 97th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are roughly 334 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at UW Seattle. Grads of the EE program report average early career income of $68,200.

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Located in the remote town Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 205th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 160 electrical engineering undergrads enrolled in this program at Michigan Tech. Grads of the EE program report average early career wages of $71,700.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering award.

Rank College Location
30 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
31 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
32 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
33 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
34 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
35 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
36 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
37 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
38 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
39 Boston University Boston, MA

Electrical Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Electrical Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,405
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406
Biomedical Engineering 12,001

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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