Prospective Undergraduate Students
Thank you for your interest in the Stanford Electrical Engineering undergraduate major! We encourage you to explore the EE undergraduate program. In addition to being part of a close-knit group, our students also enjoy our popular and innovative curriculum, the diverse and flexible nature of Electrical Engineering, and being part of an outstanding university.
EE at Stanford has changed the World. Our innovations and entrepreneurship have helped create Silicon Valley and educated many leaders in industry and academia worldwide. Our faculty and students continue to advance the state-of-the-art, define new directions for electrical engineering, and develop new technologies. These advancements help address critical societal challenges in biology, medicine, energy, and the environment.
What's New: 2016–17Our curriculum provides a hands-on approach to design, build and demonstrate hardware, software, embedded systems and wirelessly connected networks. While working toward your EE B.S., you will build a variety of projects, demonstrating real understanding and application of physics, math, and systems.
Majoring in EE
An undergraduate degree in EE is a great place to start. The EE undergraduate program provides a rigorous and balanced foundation in physics, mathematics and computing; core courses in electronics, information systems and digital systems; and the development of skills in the analysis and design of systems. Our undergraduate curriculum is organized into three disciplinary areas: (I) Hardware and Software Systems, (II) Information Systems and Science, and (III) Physical Technology and Science, and several multidisciplinary areas. Additional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) EE program details can be found on the Admissions > BS page.
- Attend Majors Night. Majors Night is an opportunity to chat with your peers and faculty in EE. EE student services can provide you with advice, mail lists (current Stanford students only), and information about programs like REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates).
- Read additional information on our Bachelor of Science, EE Program Overview page, as well as the UGHB (Undergraduate Engineering Handbook)
- Sample 4-Year Plans are a good way to help you plan around your interests. Some undergraduate students pursue a co-term, combining a Bachelors and Masters degree. Others choose to double-major, and/or take classes outside of EE.
- Ready to declare an EE major? Just follow the steps on the Undergraduate Degree Progress page.
Opportunities and Research
EE undergraduates have access to research and study abroad experiences that can enhance their top-notch education.
- To find out more about EE-specific undergraduate research opportunities, visit our REU pages.
- Discover all of the other research opportunities that exist for undergrads by visiting Stanford's Research & Independent Projects site.
- Nearly one-half of each graduating class studies abroad. Find out more on Stanford's Bing Overseas Study Program site.
Student Life: Social & Professional Groups
Stanford has hundreds of student groups and organizations that enrich the experience of our students. Several student groups are of specific interest to EE undergraduate students, including:
- Fuse, EE undergraduates
- WEE, Women in Electrical Engineering, undergrad and grad students
- OSA, Optical Society of Stanford, undergrad and grad students
- IEEE, Stanford Chapter, undergrad and grad students
- WISE, Women in Science and Engineering, undergrad and grad students
We know we're biased, but Stanford may be the most beautiful campus in the world. Come for a visit soon! Electrical Engineering is housed within four buildings near Stanford's Engineering Quad. If you're coming to campus, be sure to contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Bob Dutton. He may be able to provide a lab or building tour.
- Visit our Contact & Directions page for information about EE's buildings and their location on campus.
- For general Stanford visitor information, visit the Stanford Visitor Information site.
Applying to Stanford
The University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions handles undergraduate admissions. Three principles guide their holistic evaluation and selection process: Academic Excellence, Intellectual Vitality, and Personal Context. For more information about the admissions process, visit the Undergraduate Admissions site.