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Electrical Engineering

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What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical Engineering involves all electrical and associated phenomena, whether in wires, devices, space, the human body, or other mediums. It has applications in electrical power, communications, information technology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. This major may be for you if you enjoy tinkering and dream of making something new.

Career Options

  • Communications and wireless networks
  • Electromagnetics, optics, and remote sensing
  • Lasers, biomedical sensing and probing, and acoustics
  • Nanotechnology and quantum devices
  • Networking and information security
  • Operating systems and software
  • Robotics and control systems
  • Semiconductor materials and integrated circuits
  • Signal, image, and speech processing

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

57% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$68,336 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Texas Instruments, Intel, Motorola Solutions

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

31 - 34 ACT Score

1410 - 1520 SAT Score

3.60 - 3.92 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094
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