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2020 Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in California

Electrical Engineering is a popular major and California is the 1st most popular state for students studying this major. 4,847 of the 31,993 Electrical Engineering diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in California. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in California ranking analyzed 26 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 3 colleges for Electrical Engineering students in California.

Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in California 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider 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.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 4% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 4%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 60 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Electrical Engineering graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A electrical engineering bachelors degree from a school in California helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $68,800 a couple years later.

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 in California.

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in California

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study electrical engineering.

Top 10 Best EE Colleges in California

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

University of California - Berkeley is among your top options if you're planning on studying electrical engineering. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. This school ranks 8th out of 112 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are approximately 519 electrical engineering undergrads studying this degree at UC Berkeley. Electrical Engineering graduates from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of about $46,868 above the average income of electrical engineering graduates.

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Stanford University

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

Stanford University is a great choice for individuals interested in a Electrical Engineering degree. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of 7 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great school overall.

There are roughly 312 electrical engineering undergrads studying this degree at Stanford.

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

California Institute of Technology is one of the finest schools in the United States for electrical engineering. Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. This school ranks 5th out of 112 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

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

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

It's hard to beat University of California - Los Angeles if you want to study electrical engineering. UCLA is a very large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. This school ranks 7th out of 112 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are approximately 364 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UCLA. Students from the electrical engineering major at University of California - Los Angeles earn $4,968 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. This school ranks 6th out of 112 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 580 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at USC. Electrical Engineering students from University of Southern California earn a boost of around $6,268 above the average income of electrical engineering graduates.

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

Located in the city La Jolla, UCSD is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 9th out of 112 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There are about 315 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UCSD. Graduates of the EE program earn about $62,900 in their early career salary.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In CA
$66,400 Median Starting Salary

UCSB is a very large public school located in the suburb of Santa Barbara. This college ranks 15th out of 112 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCSB also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Grads of the EE program state that they receive average early career earnings of $66,400.

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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In CA
$63,700 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city Irvine, UC Irvine is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 13th out of 112 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

With 160 students enrolled, University of California - Irvine is one of most popular schools to study EE in California. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career income of $63,700.

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Master Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In CA
$73,800 Median Starting Salary

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. This school ranks 20th out of 112 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is a fairly popular college to study EE in California with more than 136 graduates last year. Graduates from the electrical engineering degree program at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo make $4,068 above the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Doctorate Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In CA

SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara. This college ranks 11th out of 112 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

Santa Clara University is a fairly popular college to study EE in California with over 71 graduates last year.

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Best Electrical Engineering Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Electrical Engineering Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 303 736
Oregon 266 468
Nevada 199 97
Hawaii 169 79
Alaska 146 32

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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