U.S. News and World Report publishes one of the most widely distributed and utilized college ranking lists. U.S. News ranks electrical engineering schools based on the feedback of deans and senior faculty. Only schools accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology are on the list.
The Princeton Review also ranks and rates colleges and universities using different criteria, including student-faculty ratio, enrollment, quality of life and fire safety.
Forbes.com also provides a listing of America's Best Colleges, as determined by student reviews.
Use a combination of these rankings and feedback in order to determine the school that would best suit your needs.
Here are the Top 10 electrical engineering schools, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2010:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT offers two undergraduate and master's electrical engineering degree programs: a bachelor/master of science in electrical science and engineering and a bachelor/master of science in electrical engineering and computer science; a five-year master's degree program that enables you to obtain your bachelor's, and a doctoral program in electrical engineering and computer science.
Students are eligible to apply to the undergraduate program after completing their first year of study at the school; when all students must select a major. Graduate and doctoral admission requires separate applications and include the completion of an undergraduate degree, letters of recommendation and an objective statement.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Room 38-401 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 www.eecs.mit.edu
Stanford offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Electrical Engineering. Its Electrical Engineering department offers coursework in mathematics and science with an emphasis on digital and analog electronic, electromagnetics, and materials.
If you are an entering undergrad, you need to apply and be admitted to the university as a whole. After completing two years of undergrad study, you are ale to declare your major. Admission to the college of engineering requires extensive coursework in mathematics, science, and engineering. There is a freshman seminar to prepare you for the program by providing hands-on engineering work.
You may apply directly to the graduate programs upon completion of a bachelor's degree. Stanford offers master's and doctoral engineering degrees. Degrees are offered in full-time and part-time format. If you are not admitted to the doctoral program, you may be considered for admittance to the master's degree program with the same application.
Stanford University Terman Engineering Center 380 Panama Mall Stanford, CA 94305-4027 (650) 725-1575 www.ee.stanford.edu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Electrical Engineering. You may apply directly to the program and have your application considered on the basis of a combination of factors related to your academics, extracurricular activities, test scores, work experience, accomplishments, personal interests and special talents.
The graduate program offers master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering. In addition, you may apply for dual master degrees with the college of engineering, the college of business, and the medical scholars program.
Admission to a graduate program, you must submit three reference letters, a purpose statement, a certification of finances form, GRE test scores, and copies of your undergraduate transcript.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Everitt Laboratory, MC-702 1406 W. Green St. Urbana, IL 61801-2918 (217) 333-2300 www.ece.Illinois.edu
University of California-Berkeley
UC-Berkeley offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) as one major. The program offers coursework in integrated circuits, digital and analog circuits, computer-aided design, and fabrication. Advanced courses are offered in electromagnetics, acoustics, microelectromechanical systems, and optoelectronics.
Undergraduate students may apply to the ECE program by checking that option on the general admission application. The minimum admission requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent, ACT/SAT test scores, and the completion of a personal statement. Graduate students must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from an accredited university and submit GRE test scores, at a minimum, for admission to the ECE master's and doctoral programs.
University of California, Berkeley 110 Sproul Hall #5800 Berkeley, CA 94270 (510) 642-5215 www.eecs.berkeley.edu
Georgia Institute of Technology
GIT offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies in Electrical Engineering. Undergraduate students may apply to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program or may apply for a dual Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree program.
Admission to the undergraduate program requires a high school diploma or equivalency, submission of SAT/ACT scores, a record of leadership and extracurricular activities and a personal essay.
There are three graduate degrees offered: a Masters of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering; a Master of Science' and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Admission to all of these programs is highly competitive and requires the completion of a bachelor of science degree with a cumulative 3.25 grade-point average, GRE test scores, letters of recommendation and the completion of technical interest area information or statement of purpose.
Georgia Institute of Technology 777 Atlantic Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30332-0250 (404) 894-2983 www.ece.gatech.edu
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Michigan offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate program may also apply to the SURE program, a Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering program that allows you to work for 10-12 weeks with an EECS faculty member.
There are four undergraduate degrees awarded through the EECS department: a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Computer Engineering, a dual BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering, and a BS in Computer Science and Literature, Science, and the Arts.
After completing a year at the university, students may apply to the EECS department. The minimum requirements for admission include a high school diploma or equivalent, suitable ACT/SAT scores, recommendations and an essay.
The graduate program offers three degrees (MS, MSE, and Ph.D.) in computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and electrical engineering systems. Admission requires a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average in completed undergraduate studies, GRE test scores, and three letters of recommendation.
University of Michigan 1220 Student Activities Building 515 E. Jefferson Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316 (734) 764-7433 www.eecs.umich.edu
California Institute of Technology
The undergraduate electrical engineering program at CalTech prepares students to either pursue graduate level studies or work in research and development in government or industrial laboratories. Admission requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with four years of math, one year of physics, U.S. history/government, and chemistry, and three years of English. You must also submit ACT/SAT test scores that include testing in mathematics and science.
CalTech offers master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering. Admission is highly competitive: there are only approximately 80 graduate students enrolled at a time, including 20 first-year students selected out of 500 applicants. Admission is based on a number of factors, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, and research experience and interests.
California Institute of Technology Mail Code 1-94 Pasadena, CA 91125 (626) 395-6341 www.ee2.caltech.edu
Undergraduate students at Cornell may apply to the Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree program upon completion of their sophomore year of studies. Admission requires completion of the Freshman Technical Writing Requirement, good academic standing and a C+ or better in math and physics, engineering, and electrical engineering courses.
Cornell offers master's and doctoral degree programs in Electrical Engineering. The master's program enables students to design their studies in such a way that they focus on one or more areas, including specialization in energy systems, technology management, and systems engineering. Admission to either graduate program requires completion of a bachelor's degree, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and GRE test scores. However, the Ph.D. program requires a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and the student must be in the top 5 percent of his class.
Cornell University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Services Office 223 Phillips Hall Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-4309 www.ece.cornell.edu
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon has several degree programs through its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE): a bachelor of science (BS), joint BS/MS, master of science (MS), Ph.D., and ECE/Portugal Ph.D.
The bachelor's degree program consists of coursework in electrical engineering, applied physics, signals, systems, circuits, and computer hardware and software. Admission requires the completion of an application and a supplement that is used to create a personal profile to assess your interests and fit with the department to which you are applying. On the supplement, you will be asked for such information as the last four books you've read, which courses/subjects are particularly challenging for you, personal questions about your family, and the completion of a personal essay. In addition, you will submit a copy of your official high school transcript, SAT/ACT test scores, an evaluation from your high school counselor, a recommendation from a teacher and an audition or portfolio review.
The graduate ECE program awards a master's of science and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. The school also offers a professional master's degree program for more specialized, course-intensive instruction. Admission to all graduate programs requires a bachelor of science degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Additionally, applicants will need to submit GRE test scores, a resume and/or statement of purpose, and recommendations.
Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 (412) 268-7400 www.ece.cmu.edu
Purdue University-West Lafayette
Purdue provides coursework in the design, development, and operation of electrical and electronic systems and their components, including software. Specialization is offered in such areas as bioengineering, circuitry, control systems, materials, and electromagnetic fields. The undergraduate program awards a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. Admission to the program is based on objective, grade point average, SAT/ACT test scores, class rank, and probability of success.
Purdue's ECE graduate school awards three master's degrees: a master of science in electrical and computer engineering (MSECE), a master of science (MS), and a master of science in engineering (MSE). The MSECE is for students who have obtained a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. The MSE awarded through the Electrical and Computer Engineering department is for students whose undergraduate work was in engineering, but not in electrical engineering; while the MS is for students whose undergraduate degree is in a non-engineering field.
Admission requires coursework in math and related courses, completion of a ECE graduate seminar, and a qualifying examination.
Purdue University 465 Northwestern Avenue West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2035 (765) 494-3390 www.engineering.purdue.edu/ECE