Best Engineering Colleges in California

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer Engineering degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 228 Engineering schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Engineering Colleges in California for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Stanford University Stanford, CA

A top-notch faculty, 65 state-of-the art university centers and labs, intelligent and supportive classmates – what else could an engineering major desire? Well, how about a pristine campus located in sunny California in the heart of Silicon Valley with opportunities for internships, learning experiences, and employment abound? Stanford’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century -- engineering faculty and graduates have founded an estimated 12,700 companies over the decades -- and shows no signs of slowing down. Engineering is one of the university’s most popular majors, and roughly 1,600 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate students seek degrees through the school’s nine academic departments: Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Curiosity-driven research that crosses disciplines or even schools is encouraged, as seen by the School of Engineering’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, which brings together students and faculty in engineering, business, education, medicine, and the humanities to learn design thinking and work together to solve big problems in a human-centered way. Think outside the boundaries, and you may be on your way to being Stanford’s next successful alum!

Based on 64 Reviews
2 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

California Institute of Technology offers 33 Engineering Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 224 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 87 Bachelor's degrees, 71 Master's degrees, 65 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 85 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 2,800 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 1,762 Master's degrees, 814 Bachelor's degrees, 148 Doctoral degrees, and 76 Certificates degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
4 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley

University of California-Berkeley offers 52 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,418 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 1,461 Bachelor's degrees, 704 Master's degrees, and 253 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 140 Reviews
5 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Los Angeles offers 38 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,529 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 752 Bachelor's degrees, 617 Master's degrees, 159 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 88 Reviews
6 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University offers 34 Engineering Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 625 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 364 Master's degrees, 259 Bachelor's degrees, 2 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
7 University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA

University of California-San Diego offers 42 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,627 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 1,051 Bachelor's degrees, 402 Master's degrees, and 174 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
8 University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA

University of California-Irvine offers 52 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,280 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 783 Bachelor's degrees, 394 Master's degrees, and 103 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
9 University of California-Davis Davis, CA

University of California-Davis offers 49 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 1,486 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 1,219 Bachelor's degrees, 177 Master's degrees, and 90 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 92 Reviews
10 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers 35 Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 1,723 students graduated in the study area of Engineering with students earning 1,532 Bachelor's degrees, and 191 Master's degrees.

Based on 68 Reviews

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Stanford University Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
6 : 1 16,980
California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
5/5
7 : 1 2,255
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
University of California-Berkeley University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
21 : 1 38,189
University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
12 : 1 41,908
Santa Clara University Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,680
University of California-San Diego University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
3/5
15 : 1 32,906
University of California-Irvine University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
3/5
17 : 1 30,836
University of California-Davis University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
15 : 1 35,186
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
3/5
23 : 1 20,944
University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
3/5
24 : 1 23,497
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona, CA
2/5
31 : 1 23,717
University of California-Santa Cruz University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
3/5
27 : 1 17,868
University of California-Merced University of California-Merced Merced, CA
3/5
21 : 1 6,685
University of California-Riverside University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA
3/5
24 : 1 21,385
San Diego State University San Diego State University San Diego, CA
2/5
31 : 1 34,254
California State University-Long Beach California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
2/5
27 : 1 37,446
San Jose State University San Jose State University San Jose, CA
2/5
31 : 1 32,773
Loyola Marymount University Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
5/5
13 : 1 9,392
Claremont McKenna College Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA
5/5
8 : 1 1,349
University of San Diego University of San Diego San Diego, CA
5/5
15 : 1 8,251
California State University-Fullerton California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2/5
30 : 1 38,948
California State University-Fresno California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA
2/5
27 : 1 24,136
University of San Francisco University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5/5
15 : 1 10,797
California State University-Chico California State University-Chico Chico, CA
2/5
26 : 1 17,220

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