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2023 Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

277 Colleges in the United States
17,320 Bachelor's Degrees
Ranked #31 in popularity, electrical engineering is one of the most sought-after bachelor's degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 277 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 17,320 bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools The EE bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. 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:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college'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.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their bachelor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to electrical engineering students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other electrical engineering students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt electrical engineering students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized electrical engineering related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for electrical engineering students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Electrical Engineering Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Electrical Engineering in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in EE

51 Annual Graduates
$10,000 Median Student Debt

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering needs to take a look at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

Electrical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology get an earnings boost of about $34,700 above the average income of electrical engineering graduates.

More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

516 Annual Graduates
$13,025 Median Student Debt

University of California - Berkeley is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population.

Electrical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley get an earnings boost of about $56,838 above the typical income of electrical engineering graduates.

More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from University of California - Berkeley

#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
164 Annual Graduates
$22,870 Median Student Debt

Carnegie Mellon University is a good option for individuals pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

Electrical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Carnegie Mellon University receive an earnings boost of approximately $47,406 above the typical income of electrical engineering majors.

More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University

#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
94 Annual Graduates
$12,750 Median Student Debt

Cornell University is a good choice for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Electrical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Cornell University receive an earnings boost of around $18,930 over the average earnings of electrical engineering majors.

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32 Annual Graduates

WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Washington University in St Louis

74 Annual Graduates
$20,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Those electrical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Southern California receive $12,132 more than the typical EE graduate.

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127 Annual Graduates
$16,982 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population.

Those electrical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor receive $8,864 more than the average EE student.

More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#8

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
31 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Princeton University

#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
26 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from University of Pennsylvania

#10

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
31 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University

143 Annual Graduates
$17,338 Median Student Debt

UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Electrical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from University of California - Los Angeles get an earnings boost of around $9,338 above the typical earnings of electrical engineering majors.

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#12

Rice University

Houston, TX
38 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Rice University

#13

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Northwestern University

#14

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
190 Annual Graduates
$18,409 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a very large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the electrical engineering degree program at Purdue University - Main Campus make $3,892 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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332 Annual Graduates
$19,260 Median Student Debt

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the city of Austin.

Bachelor's recipients from the electrical engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin earn $12,455 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#16

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
33 Annual Graduates
$20,000 Median Student Debt

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

Those electrical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Notre Dame make $6,167 more than the typical EE grad.

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#17

Olin College

Needham, MA
22 Annual Graduates

Olin College is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Needham.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Olin College

54 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Terre Haute.

Bachelor's recipients from the electrical engineering program at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology get $4,379 more than the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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238 Annual Graduates
$20,574 Median Student Debt

UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign.

Those electrical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn $5,452 more than the typical EE student.

More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

166 Annual Graduates
$20,700 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the EE program state that they receive average early career earnings of $71,127.

More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from University of California - San Diego

#21

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
20 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University

164 Annual Graduates
$26,437 Median Student Debt

Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta.

Those electrical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus earn $4,521 more than the typical EE graduate.

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195 Annual Graduates
$15,000 Median Student Debt

UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Seattle.

Bachelor's recipients from the electrical engineering program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus get $4,327 above the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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110 Annual Graduates
$23,625 Median Student Debt

UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the city of Madison.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the EE program report average early career wages of $70,596.

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#25

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University

Rest of the Top Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#26

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#30

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

#33

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#35

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#39

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#40

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
42 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
43 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
44 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
45 Tufts University Medford, MA
46 Clemson University Clemson, SC
47 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
48 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
49 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
50 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
51 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
52 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
53 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
54 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
55 University of Dayton Dayton, OH

Electrical Engineering by Region

View the Best Electrical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 40 majors within the Engineering area of study, Electrical Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

EE Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 17,157
Other Electrical Engineering 110
Optical Enginering 53

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 36,809
Civil Engineering 15,193
Computer Engineering 12,194
Chemical Engineering 10,172
Biomedical Engineering 8,517
Industrial Engineering 5,876
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 5,581
General Engineering 2,652
Environmental Engineering 1,799
Materials Engineering 1,519

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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