Best Engineering colleges in San Jose

Why a degree in engineering?

Let’s face it, you’re smart. You passed science and math classes with flying colors, and you are the “go-to” when it comes to computer help. You probably took apart a lot of things in your childhood just to see how they worked. Now here you are, ready to literally build the future.

How to prepare for an engineering degree

Engineering has a lot of positives. As suspected, student debt won’t be a concern since finding an engineering career with a starting salary less than $55,000 or an average salary less than $85,000 is more difficult than learning the RubixCube pattern. If money isn’t your driving factor, how about the 85% of engineers who are satisfied with their jobs*, despite longer workdays.

It’s the challenges every day that keep engineers and their ticking minds happy. So if you think you can hack it out with the best of them, brush the dust off that TI84 and get ready. It really is rocket science.

*Evaluation Enginering, EE-Evaluation Engineering’s 2013 salary survey, http://www.evaluationengineering.com/articles/201308/work-life-balance-key-to-job-satisfaction.php

Best Engineering colleges in San Jose for 2021

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
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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!

San Jose State University offers 34 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,351 Engineering students graduated with students earning 1,245 Bachelor's degrees, 1,067 Master's degrees, and 39 Certificates.

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University offers 29 Engineering degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 657 Engineering students graduated with students earning 373 Master's degrees, 275 Bachelor's degrees, 7 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Certificates.

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List of all Engineering colleges in San Jose

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Stanford University Logo Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
11 : 1 17,249
San Jose State University Logo San Jose State University San Jose, CA
2/5
42 : 1 36,085
Santa Clara University Logo Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
5/5
15 : 1 8,669
De Anza College Logo De Anza College Cupertino, CA
1/5
75 : 1 18,669
San Jose City College Logo San Jose City College San Jose, CA
1/5
71 : 1 8,760
West Valley College Logo West Valley College Saratoga, CA
1/5
36 : 1 7,619
Gavilan College Logo Gavilan College Gilroy, CA
1/5
71 : 1 5,573
Foothill College Logo Foothill College Los Altos Hills, CA
1/5
89 : 1 15,123
Mission College Logo Mission College Santa Clara, CA
1/5
33 : 1 6,995
CET-San Jose Logo CET-San Jose San Jose, CA     229
Evergreen Valley College Logo Evergreen Valley College San Jose, CA
1/5
86 : 1 9,774