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2020 Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in Tennessee

Electrical Engineering is a popular major and Tennessee is the 25th most popular state for students studying this major. 348 of the 31,993 Electrical Engineering diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in Tennessee. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in Tennessee 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 colleges for Electrical Engineering students in Tennessee.

Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Electrical Engineering in Tennessee Your choice of electrical engineering school matters. Important measures of a quality EE program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Graduates Earn More After College

Electrical Engineering graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent electrical engineering graduates from Tennessee schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $66,475 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 Tennessee.

Best Schools to Study Electrical Engineering in Tennessee

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

Best EE Colleges in Tennessee

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

It is hard to beat Vanderbilt University if you want to pursue electrical engineering as a major. Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

For those interested in something more advanced, Vanderbilt also offers 2 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship).

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is among your top options if you want to study electrical engineering. UT Knoxville is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Knoxville.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Knoxville also offers 3 different higher degree levels in electrical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this program report average early career income of $66,300.

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Every student who is interested in electrical engineering has to take a look at Tennessee Technological University. Tennessee Tech University is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Cookeville.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Tennessee Tech University also offers a Master's Degree in electrical engineering. Graduates of the EE program make around $67,500 in their early career salary.

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#4

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University is among your best bets if you're planning on studying electrical engineering. Located in the large city Nashville, Lipscomb is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

U of Memphis is a fairly large public school located in the city of Memphis.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Memphis 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 $60,200 for their early career.

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Located in the city Memphis, Christian Brothers is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More…

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Located in the city Chattanooga, UT Chattanooga is a public college with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UT Chattanooga offers a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in electrical engineering. The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga electrical engineering majors earn $5,425 more than the average EE grad.

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Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

Located in the city Nashville, Tennessee State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.More…

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Best Electrical Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Electrical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 828
Florida 291 1,387
Virginia 289 639
North Carolina 286 613
Kentucky 257 196
South Carolina 254 227
Louisiana 254 212
Alabama 250 464
Arkansas 249 123
Mississippi 239 121
West Virginia 222 74

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

Majors Similar to EE

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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