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2020 Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering

Approximately 31,993 electrical engineering degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering ranking analyzed 269 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 25 colleges 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 90 to 7 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Electrical Engineering graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average electrical engineering bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $66,265, graduates of colleges on this list average $78,635.

Starting Salary  ( 59424 to 89375 )
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$116,600

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

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for electrical engineering majors. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 269 schools analyzed, only 25 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 25 Best EE Colleges

Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MA
$116,600 Median Starting Salary

Every student who is interested in electrical engineering needs to check out Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the midsize city Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, MIT also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the electrical engineering degree program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology get $37,965 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NY
$87,200 Median Starting Salary

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 school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

Cornell University is one of the most popular college to study EE in United States exceeding 203 graduates last year. Electrical Engineering majors from Cornell University receive an earnings boost of about $8,565 over the average earnings of electrical engineering graduates.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
4.6% Growth in Graduates

Any student who is interested in electrical engineering needs to check out University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley. This school ranks 65th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are roughly 519 electrical engineering undergraduates studying this program at UC Berkeley. Graduates from the electrical engineering major at University of California - Berkeley make $37,965 more than the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In CA
4.5% Growth in Graduates

It is hard to beat Stanford University if you want to study electrical engineering. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Stanford also offers 3 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
$70,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 69th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 647 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Georgia Tech. Graduates of the EE program state that they receive average early career income of $70,400.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In PA
36.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 28 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great college overall.

There are approximately 633 electrical engineering undergraduates studying this program at Carnegie Mellon. Students from the electrical engineering degree program at Carnegie Mellon University earn $20,365 more than the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC

Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of 1 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great school overall.

With 69 students enrolled, Duke University is one of most popular colleges to study EE in United States.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
19th Most Popular In CA
18.9% Growth in Graduates

Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. A Best Colleges rank of 31 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

With 74 undergraduates, California Institute of Technology is one of most popular schools to study EE in United States.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
9.5% Growth in Graduates

UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin. This school ranks 78th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There are about 528 electrical engineering undergrads studying this program at UT Austin. Graduates of the EE program make an average of $76,300 for their early career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA
$70,700 Median Starting Salary

WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester. A Best Colleges rank of 46 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means WPI is a great college overall.

With 170 undergraduates, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of most popular colleges to study EE in United States. Students who graduate from the EE program earn an average of $70,700 for their early career.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL
$70,000 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 85th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are approximately 456 electrical engineering undergrads studying this program at UIUC. Graduates of the EE program earn about $70,000 in the first couple years of working.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA
$74,700 Median Starting Salary

UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. This school ranks 49th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

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

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
3.8% Growth in Graduates

USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means USC is a great college overall.

There are approximately 580 electrical engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at USC. Graduates of the EE program report average early career wages of $76,000.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
$68,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 117th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, Illinois Tech 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 report average early career earnings of $68,400.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NJ
8.9% Growth in Graduates

Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Princeton. A Best Colleges rank of 20 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Princeton also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MD
$71,400 Median Starting Salary

Located in the suburb College Park, UMCP is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 103rd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

For those interested in something more advanced, UMCP 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 state that they receive average early career wages of $71,400.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
13.5% Growth in Graduates

U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 35 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 4 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the EE program earn around $75,300 in their early career salary.

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Master Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IN
34.7% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This school ranks 53rd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a fairly popular college to study EE in United States with over 72 graduates last year. Graduates of the EE program earn around $73,500 in their early career salary.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
3.2% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 77th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 250 electrical engineering undergraduates studying this program at Northeastern. Graduates of the EE program report average early career wages of $74,600.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In FL
$73,100 Median Starting Salary

Located in the medium-sized city Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 73rd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are about 297 electrical engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at U of F. Graduates of the EE program make about $73,100 in the first couple years of working.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In CA
$62,900 Median Starting Salary

Located in the large city La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 72nd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCSD also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $62,900.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
4.2% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 79th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are roughly 264 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Virginia Tech. Students who graduate from the EE program make around $67,100 in their early career salary.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NY
1.9% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large city New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 26 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great school overall.

There are roughly 261 electrical engineering undergrads studying this program at Columbia. Soon after graduation, EE students typically earn about $74,200 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA
23.7% Growth in Graduates

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

University of Pennsylvania is a fairly popular college to study EE in United States exceeding 93 graduations last year.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NJ
$74,700 Median Starting Salary

Stevens is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hoboken. This college ranks 179th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

With 141 undergrads, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of most popular colleges to study EE in United States. Soon after graduation, EE students typically earn an average of $74,700 in their early careers.

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Rest of the Top Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering

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
41 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
42 Clemson University Clemson, SC
43 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
44 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
45 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
46 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
47 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
48 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
49 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
50 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
51 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
52 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
53 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Electrical Engineering by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
The 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 46,014
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483

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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.

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