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2020 Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

Approximately 31,993 electrical engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 45 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 6 schools for Electrical Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in the Great Lakes Region 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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 6% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 7%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 112 to 52 )
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. A electrical engineering bachelors degree from a college in Great Lakes helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $68,739 a couple years later.

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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 schools for Electrical Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in Great Lakes

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for electrical engineering majors.

Top 10 Best EE Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Every student who is interested in electrical engineering has to take a look at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. Located in the city Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 9th out of 268 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are about 456 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UIUC. Students who graduate from the EE program earn around $70,000 for their early career.

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It's hard to beat Illinois Institute of Technology if you wish to pursue electrical engineering as a major. Located in the city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 13th out of 268 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Institute of Technology is one of the most popular college to study EE in Great Lakes exceeding 214 graduates last year. Grads of the EE program state that they receive average early career income of $68,400.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a great option for individuals pursuing a Electrical Engineering major. 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 schools 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. Electrical Engineering students from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor receive an earnings boost of approximately $5,505 above the average earnings of electrical engineering majors.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is among your top options if you want to study electrical engineering. Located in the small city Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 53 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology offers a Master's Degree in electrical engineering. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology electrical engineering graduates receive $3,705 more than the average EE student.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. This school ranks 11th out of 268 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There are about 333 electrical engineering undergrads enrolled in this program at Purdue. Students who complete this program report average early career income of $65,900.

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Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 80 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

There are approximately 192 electrical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at Wisconsin. Students who graduate from the EE program make an average of $65,100 in the first couple years of their career.

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Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. This college ranks 27th out of 268 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are approximately 367 electrical engineering undergrads studying this program at Ohio State. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career wages of $69,700.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Located in the large suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great college overall.

With 53 undergrads, University of Notre Dame is one of most popular schools to study EE in Great Lakes. Electrical Engineering majors from University of Notre Dame earn a boost of approximately $3,205 over the average earnings of electrical engineering graduates.

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Located in the town Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 23rd out of 268 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

A preferred choice for electrical engineering undergrads, there are roughly 233 students enrolled in this program at Michigan Tech. Grads of the EE program report average early career wages of $71,700.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Located in the city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 10 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

Northwestern University is a fairly popular college to study EE in Great Lakes exceeding 69 graduations last year.

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Best Electrical Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best electrical engineering schools for a specific state in this the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Ohio 318 1,375
Michigan 316 1,542
Illinois 306 1,238
Indiana 291 718
Wisconsin 290 449

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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