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2021 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. 1,219 of the 31,041 Electrical Engineering degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Illinois. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in Illinois ranking analyzed 7 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 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 colleges on this list typically results in above average income following graduation. Recent electrical engineering graduates from Illinois schools 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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Electrical Engineering students in Illinois.

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in Illinois

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

Best EE Colleges in Illinois

It is 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.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign electrical engineering students make $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.

Electrical Engineering students from Illinois Institute of Technology get a earnings boost of about $2,900 above the average earnings of electrical engineering majors.

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

Students who graduate from this degree report average early career earnings of $67,200.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University is a wonderful choice for students interested in a Electrical Engineering major. Located in the city Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career income of $66,400.

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

Grads of the EE program state that they receive average early career income of $61,700.

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

Soon after graduating, EE students usually make an average of $64,100 in the first five years of their career.

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

Grads of the EE program 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
Michigan 305 1,384
Ohio 303 1,364
Indiana 283 764
Wisconsin 267 407

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,437
Civil Engineering 921
Computer Engineering 608
Industrial Engineering 486
Chemical Engineering 445

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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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