School and Ranking Information
One private, not-for-profit school and one public school offer degrees in either computer or electrical engineering within 25 miles of Orlando. Because of rankings, accreditation and available programs, this public school is one top choice in the area for computer engineering and electronics technology training:
- Winner: Located in Orlando, FL, the University of Central Florida is rising quickly in recognition for research excellence. The university's College of Computer Science and Engineering provides degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels in computer engineering and electrical engineering.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Central Florida|
|Rankings||#173 in National Universities (2015); #100 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014); #3 in Up-and-Coming Schools (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergrad: $6,368 (in-state); $22,467 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Engineering Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's; Doctorate|
|Computer Engineering Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||96**|
|Most Popular Computer Engineering Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||67%**|
|Noteworthy||The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is accredited by ABET***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Central Florida
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University of Central Florida
- The computer engineering master's program offers both thesis and non-thesis options
- UCF's Harris Corporation Engineering Building, constructed in 2007, contains high-tech labs and research facilities
- Computer engineering undergraduates can apply for a combined bachelor's/master's program
One of the largest universities in the nation, the University of Central Florida (UCF) maintains a 1,415-acre campus that is home to over 61,000 total students, 12 colleges and 210 degree programs. Student life at UCF is full of a diverse range of on-campus facilities, such as the 149,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center and a 45,000-seat football stadium.
The computer engineering bachelor's program emphasizes essential computing principles in correlation with efficiency of operation and energy output. The curriculum consists of subjects such as electronics, digital systems design and computer organizational structure. Students in the electrical engineering bachelor's program can study subjects like electronic system calibration, transistors, circuitry, semiconductors and system analysis. Students also complete a senior design project.
The master's program in computer engineering allows for specializations in computer networks, software systems and algorithms, systems design and intelligent systems. Coursework can cover topics like parallel computing, advanced wireless networks and software engineering.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering program further develops overall knowledge of computer engineering principles as well as independent research techniques. In addition to extensive research and a final dissertation, the program touches on topics in computer network security and forensics, complex systems architecture and artificial intelligence.