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2020 Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in Illinois

Electrical Engineering is a popular major and Illinois is the 9th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,238 of the 31,993 Electrical Engineering diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Illinois. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 8 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Electrical Engineering students in Illinois.

Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in Illinois The EE program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A electrical engineering degree from schools on this list usually translates into above average income following graduation. Recent electrical engineering graduates from Illinois colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $65,500 in 2017-2018.

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 in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in Illinois

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

Best EE Colleges in Illinois

It's difficult to beat University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign if you want to pursue electrical engineering as a major. UIUC is a very large public school located in the small city of Champaign.

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. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign electrical engineering students earn $4,500 more than the standard EE student.

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Illinois Institute of Technology is among your top options if you want to study electrical engineering. Illinois Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago.

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. Electrical Engineering majors from Illinois Institute of Technology receive an earnings boost of about $2,900 over the average earnings of electrical engineering graduates.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University is one of the best schools in the country for electrical engineering. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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

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University of Illinois at Chicago is a good choice for individuals interested in a Electrical Engineering major. Located in the city Chicago, UIC is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIC 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 $67,200.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Located in the midsize city Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Bradley offers a Master's Degree in electrical engineering. Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $66,400.

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Located in the suburb Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, NIU also offers a Master's Degree in electrical engineering. After graduating, EE students generally earn an average of $64,100 in the first five years of their career.

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SIUE is a large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, SIUE also offers a Master's Degree in electrical engineering. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $61,700.

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SIUC is a large public school located in the city of Carbondale.

For those interested in something more advanced, SIUC 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 report average early career earnings of $60,700.

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Best Electrical Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Electrical Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Electrical Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

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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