School and Ranking Information
While only one school based in Albuquerque, NM, offers electronics engineering studies, students could consider schools more than 80 miles from the city with this type of program. The following schools are considered the top three in the Albuquerque area for electronics engineering programs based on rankings and program offerings:
- Winner: The University of New Mexico is named to the top spot due to its engineering program ranking and because it is the only school located directly in Albuquerque with undergraduate and graduate degree programs in electronics engineering.
- Runner Up #1: The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology's regional and undergraduate engineering program rankings place it as the first runner up. It also has the highest graduation rate among these three schools. Students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree in electronics engineering.
- Runner Up #2: New Mexico Highlands University is in the third spot because of its low tuition rates as compared to the other schools. It does not offer a degree in electronics engineering, but students can complete the first two years of electronics engineering foundation courses in preparation for transfer to a 4-year program.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of New Mexico||New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology||New Mexico Highlands University|
|Rankings||96th among best undergraduate engineering programs (2012); 76th best graduate electrical/electronic/communications engineering school (2013)*||147th best undergraduate engineering program (2012); 2nd top public school in the West (2013); 20th among regional universities in the West (2013)*||N/A|
|Location||Albuquerque, NM||Socorro, NM (73.4 miles from Albuquerque)||Las Vegas, NM (88.6 miles from Albuquerque)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$6,050 (in-state, undergraduate), $20,688 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $6,642 (in-state, graduate), $21,258 (out-of-state, graduate)**||$5,496 (in-state, undergraduate), $16,367 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**||$3,504 (in-state, undergraduate), $5,672 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $3,756 (in-state, graduate), $5,974 (out-of-state, graduate)**|
|Electronics Engineering Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees**||Bachelor's and master's degrees**||N/A|
|Electronics Engineering Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012)||69**||27**||N/A|
|Most Popular Electronics Engineering Program (2011-2012)||Bachelor's degrees (37 awarded)**||Bachelor's degrees (25 awarded)**||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class||45%**||46%**||21%**|
|Noteworthy||The School of Engineering offers educational centers, including the Center for High Technology Material and the Center for Advanced Research Computing||The university is heavily research-oriented, with most professors and over 400 graduate students working on active research projects||Has a chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: University of New Mexico
- In 2013, ranked 179th among national universities and 100th top public school among national universities by U.S. News & World Report
- All engineering programs are accredited by ABET, Inc.
- UNM is classified as having very high research activity, and it is the only Hispanic-Serving Institution with this classification
The School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico offers 9 bachelor's degrees, along with 12 master's degrees and 10 doctoral degrees. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering allows students to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering with tracks in bioengineering, microelectronics, optoelectronics and more. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering includes major-area courses, such as circuit analysis, computer logic design and microprocessors. Graduate courses include engineering ethics, computer graphics, analog electronics and microelectronic failure analysis.
Runner-Up #1: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
- The Department of Electrical Engineering is one of the largest in the university
- Undergraduate program in electrical engineering is accredited by ABET, Inc.
- Students have access to multiple laboratories and project design spaces, such as the digital lab, the analog lab and the controls/DSP lab
The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, also called New Mexico Tech, is a public research university focused on science, engineering and technology. Undergraduate students in electrical engineering may pursue courses in microcontrollers, robotics, semiconductors and digital logic. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in research projects in collaboration with local facilities, such as the Langmuir Laboratory, Magdalena Ridge Observatory and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Runner-Up #2: New Mexico Highlands University
- This is a 2+ program, which means that students transfer to a 4-year college upon completion of the 2-year curriculum
- The NMHU engineering program has a memorandum of understanding with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University
Engineering students at New Mexico Highlands University may pursue studies in engineering through the College of Arts and Sciences. The curriculum offers foundational training in both electrical and mechanical engineering, and students may also choose a specialized track to pursue the area which most interests them.