School and Ranking Information
The Minneapolis area has at least 9 schools that offer degrees specific to computer networking and telecommunications. Besides that, there are at least 10 more schools that provide programs related to computer networking. The following school is considered the top institution for networking in the area because of program options, research opportunities and rankings:
- Winner: The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, is situated in both Minneapolis, MN and St. Paul, MN. Students have access to undergraduate degree programs in computer engineering and electrical engineering that offer emphases in computer networks and telecommunications studies.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities|
|Rankings||#71 in National Universities (2015); #22 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2014)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergrad: $13,626 (in-state); $20,876 (out-of-state)*|
|Computer Engineering Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's|
|Computer Engineering Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||78**|
|Most Popular Computer Engineering Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||75%**|
|Noteworthy||Both the electrical engineering and the computer engineering program are accredited by ABET***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
- UM houses a variety of research centers, including the Digital Technology Center, Medical Devices Center and the Minnesota Nano Center
- Computer engineering students have five emphases to choose from, including computer networks
- The electrical engineering program has six emphasis options, among them telecommunications and signal processing
A public research institution established in 1851, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UM) enrolls more than 64,000 students per year but still maintains a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university offers a Bachelor of Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.
The bachelor's program in computer engineering equips students with knowledge of hardware and software that allows them to design reliable systems that perform well and remain secure. Seniors can select the computer networks emphasis, which highlights topics like network design and evaluation, collaborative computing and advanced data communications.
Students in the electrical engineering bachelor's program develop a balanced knowledge base in fields of science, mathematics and computing. The curriculum for those who choose the emphasis in telecommunications and signal processing includes courses such as transmission system fundamentals and advanced telecommunication networks.