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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 choice. 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. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various 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

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

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.

More Ways to Rank Electrical Engineering Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best EE Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Electrical Engineering degree. 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

Every student who is interested in electrical engineering needs to take a look at University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university 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. University of California - Berkeley electrical engineering students receive $39,276 more than the typical EE student.

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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most popular schools to study EE in the United States with about 177 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. Electrical Engineering students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology get an earnings boost of approximately $39,276 over the average earnings of electrical engineering majors.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Every student who is interested in electrical engineering has to look into Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university 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. Graduates from the electrical engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University get $21,676 more than the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

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

A popular major for electrical engineering undergrads, there were roughly 237 individuals who completed this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Cornell University electrical engineering majors receive $9,876 more than the typical EE graduate.

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Georgia Tech 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 about $70,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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

There were about 536 electrical engineering students who graduated from this program at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available. After getting their bachelor's degree, EE students usually earn an average of $76,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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

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. Graduates of the EE program state that they receive average early career wages of $74,700.

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Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U-M also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. After graduation, EE students usually make around $75,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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

For those interested in something more advanced, USC 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 around $76,000 in their early career salary.

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Located in the large suburb of Hoboken, Stevens is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 172nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

With 146 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the most popular schools to study EE in the United States. Graduates of the EE program state that they receive average early career income of $74,700.

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UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the city of Champaign. This university 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. Soon after graduating, EE students usually earn around $70,000 in their early careers.

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RPI is a medium-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.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is one of the most popular schools to study EE in the United States with about 127 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, EE students generally make around $74,000 in their early careers.

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

There were about 186 electrical engineering individuals who graduated from this program at WPI in the most recent data year. After graduation, EE students usually make around $70,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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

There were roughly 388 electrical engineering individuals who graduated from this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year. Grads of the EE program report average early career wages of $73,200.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

There were about 244 electrical engineering students who graduated from this program at Northeastern in the most recent data year. Students who graduate from the EE program make an average of $74,600 in the first couple years of working.

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

With 57 students who completed this degree in the most recent year we have data available, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is one of the most popular schools to study EE in the United States. Soon after graduating, EE students typically earn around $73,500 in their early careers.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

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

There were roughly 374 electrical engineering individuals who graduated from this program at Purdue in the most recent data year. Students who graduate from the EE program make an average of $65,900 for their early career.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 85th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 293 electrical engineering individuals who graduated from this program at UF in the most recent data year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, EE students usually make an average of $73,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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NC State is a very large public university located in the large city of Raleigh. This university ranks 105th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were about 354 electrical engineering students who graduated from this program at NC State in the most recent data year. Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $69,100.

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

Illinois Institute of Technology is one of the most popular schools to study EE in the United States with approximately 159 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates of the EE program earn around $68,400 for their early career.

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UMCP is a very large public university located in the large suburb of College Park. This university ranks 117th out of 1,715 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 earn around $71,400 in the first couple years of working.

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

There were about 239 electrical engineering individuals who graduated from this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates of the EE program report average early career wages of $74,200.

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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 colleges for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

For those interested in something more advanced, NJIT 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 $68,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the city of Seattle. This university ranks 97th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were roughly 334 electrical engineering students who graduated from this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate from the EE program earn about $68,200 in the first couple years of their career.

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan Tech 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 $71,700 in the first couple years of their career.

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,222
Civil Engineering 21,795
Computer Engineering 15,694
Chemical Engineering 14,363
Biomedical Engineering 11,975

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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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