Top Schools for Computer Engineering

Read about computer engineering programs, typically found through a university's computer science or electrical engineering department. Learn about the degree options at three high-profile schools, and find a list of other technology institutes and universities in the U.S. that provide training for aspiring computer engineers.

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Three top schools that offer programs in computer engineering include the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California in Berkeley. All three schools have consistently received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the quality of their computer science and engineering programs.

Top U.S. Schools with Computer Engineering Programs

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA

According to U.S. News & World Report, MIT placed first among computer science and engineering schools in 2011, and it has frequently ranked in the top ten over the years. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and engineering, including an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science and Molecular Biology. The engineering and computer science curriculum covers topics in electronic and computational technology, communications and engineering. Most programs emphasize experimentation and analysis through laboratories and research.

2. Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University is a private research institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked fifth among computer engineering schools in 2011. Additionally, the university's engineering programs have consistently ranked within the top ten over the last two years, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, which typically combine the study of physics, mathematics and computer science. Computer engineering majors can also take advantage of Carnegie Mellon's research institutes and centers, such as the Center for Advanced Process Decision-Making and the Data Storage Systems Center.

3. University of California - Berkeley

Through its College of Engineering, the University of California in Berkeley (UC - Berkeley) offers computer engineering programs that have consistently received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and select from one of five disciplines. These include a concentration in computer systems, through which aspiring professionals learn how to design and create operating systems. Students also learn about computational architecture and computer programming.

Ten Good Schools with Computer Engineering Programs

School Name Distinction Location
University of Texas at Austin Ongoing research to help solve the Internet bandwidth bottleneck Austin, TX
Purdue University - West Lafayette Largest computer engineering department in the nation West Lafayette, IN
University of California - Berkeley Offers five undergraduate disciplines in electrical and computer engineering Berkeley, CA
University of Southern California Three areas of ongoing research include computer architecture and parallel processing, computer network and protocol analysis and very-large-scale-integration (VLSI) design Los Angeles, CA
Cornell University Master's degree program in computer engineering offers three areas of emphasis Ithaca, NY
Georgia Institute of Technology Faculty includes 42 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) fellows Atlanta, GA
Stanford University Tied at number one for computer engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2011 Stanford, CA
Carnegie Mellon University Integrated Master's/Bachelor (IMB) program Pittsburgh, PA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Interdisciplinary program in computer science and molecular biology Cambridge, MA
California Institute of Technology Four research centers examine various areas of computer science and engineering Pasadena, CA
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