Best Engineering Schools in California

This article features top engineering colleges in California that offer master and doctoral degrees in the fields of biological engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, etc. Please be informed that each school receives national wide rank as the ranking compares all engineering schools in the United States. Some important ranking factors include average GRE scores, alumni surveys, current student interviews, institutional research publications, and peer college assessment. In the following list of best engineering schools in the state of California, you can see tuition cost for both in-state and out-of-state students, acceptable rates and admissions statistics for each top ranked engineering college.

Best Engineering Schools in California

National Ranking California Top Engineering Programs
2 Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 22.2%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 785
Tuition: Full-time: $42,660 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 3,564
Research expenditures per faculty member: $909,720
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $197,409,327
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 17.6%
3 University of California–Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 14.4%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 782
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $11,220 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $26,322 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 1,882
Research expenditures per faculty member: $759,699
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $186,886,000
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 16.7%
5 California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 9.0%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 800
Tuition: Full-time: $36,387 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 577
Research expenditures per faculty member: $918,113
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $84,466,405
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 14.3%
13 University of Southern California (Viterbi) (Los Angeles, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 30.7%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 765
Tuition: Full-time: $27,234 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 4,251
Research expenditures per faculty member: $990,839
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $168,442,795
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 10.3%
14 University of California–San Diego (Jacobs) (La Jolla, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 23.1%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 775
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $0 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $14,694 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 1,493
Research expenditures per faculty member: $804,533
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $146,425,021
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 11.0%
16 University of California–Los Angeles (Samueli) (Los Angeles, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 30.7%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 771
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $12,562 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $27,664 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 1,845
Research expenditures per faculty member: $648,254
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $100,479,387
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 14.9%
22 University of California–Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 23.4%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 775
Tuition: Out-of-state, full-time: $15,102 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 753
Research expenditures per faculty member: $783,203
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $102,599,610
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 12.8%
33 University of California–Davis (Davis, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 24.4%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 758
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $15,271 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $30,373 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 1,252
Research expenditures per faculty member: $422,710
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $79,469,487
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 6.7%
39 University of California–Irvine (Samueli) (Irvine, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 23.4%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 766
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $13,321 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $28,423 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 1,200
Research expenditures per faculty member: $471,511
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $82,986,000
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 3.3%
64 University of California–Riverside (Bourns) (Riverside, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 24.2%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 753
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $0 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $15,102 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 520
Research expenditures per faculty member: $424,488
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $35,657,073
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 2.4%
87 University of California–Santa Cruz (Baskin) (Santa Cruz, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 29.3%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 745
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $11,220 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $26,322 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 364
Research expenditures per faculty member: $393,568
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $31,091,872
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 1.3%
138 California State University–Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 61.1%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 741
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $7,506 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $14,202 per year
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 696
Research expenditures per faculty member: $50,632
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $4,000,000
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 0.0%
139 Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 50.7%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 728
Tuition: Full-time: $770 per credit
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 741
Research expenditures per faculty member: $52,000
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): $1,768,010
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 0.0%
166 San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: 46.7%
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): 691
Tuition: In-state, full-time: $7,844 per year, Out-of-state, full-time: $372 per credit
Total graduate engineering enrollment: 301
Research expenditures per faculty member: N/A
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): N/A
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: 0.0%
197 Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA)
Overall acceptance rate: N/A
Average GRE quantitative score (master’s and Ph.D. students): N/A
Tuition: N/A
Total graduate engineering enrollment: N/A
Research expenditures per faculty member: N/A
Engineering school research expenditures (2010-2011 fiscal year): N/A
Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering: N/A

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