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Top Civil Engineering Colleges

As a civil engineering major, you’ll learn the advanced mathematical and scientific concepts behind the production and maintenance of anything from airports to bridges to sewer systems. To do so, you will take courses such as: Fluid Mechanics, Transportation Engineering, Structural Analysis, Statics, and Mechanics of Materials.

Earning a degree in civil engineering will prepare students for careers in a variety of settings including: Water and public health, private construction, government infrastructure, energy and power, and in the transportation industry.

What do you need to make it in a Civil Engineering program?

Future civil engineers need to be extremely strong students of advanced mathematics and advanced science. Additionally, because many civil engineers work in construction and are thus supervising others, problem-solving and interpersonal skills are essential.

Your Civil Engineering College Checklist:

  • How is your prospective colleges viewed by employers in the field?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty? Do they experience in the field and direct connections to industry?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Do they offer a combined Bachelor's/Master's program in civil engineering?
  • What internship opportunities are available to undergraduates?
  • Do they have the most up-to-date computers and technology that help prepare students for the cutting edge aspects of the field?
  • Do undergraduate students have access to the premier laboratories or are they reserved for graduate/Ph.D. students?
  • What independent project(s) or independent research are required as part of the degree?
  • Since many civil engineers hold advanced degrees, how do graduate schools view the undergraduate institutions you are considering?

The Top Civil Engineering Colleges & Universities

Civil Engineering is a competitive field and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: University of Texas-Austin, Virginia Tech, and Purdue University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Civil Engineering Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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