Best Colleges For Civil Engineering Majors

Modern Bridge illustrating best colleges for civil engineering and structural design

This is the ranking of the best colleges for Civil Engineering majors using our Real Rank analysis methodology.

Civil engineering is one of the oldest forms of engineering, dealing with the engineering of roads, buildings, hydroelectric stations and dams, and any type of structure. When you hear that the ancient Romans were great engineers, what that refers to is civil engineering. And, today, it is civil engineers who are intimately involved in the most high-tech design of structures such as water supply systems, massive public irrigation systems, dams, bridges, office buildings, condo complexes, toll roads to amusement park rides to stadiums.

Top 100 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is one of the basic and most widespread engineering fields, and this is the ranking of the top 100 programs.

1University of TexasAustinTX
2Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGA
3Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteIN
4Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeMA
5University of IllinoisChampaignIL
6Stanford UniversityPalo AltoCA
7Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationTX
8Virginia Polytechnic University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgVA
9University of California - BerkeleyBerkeleyCA
10University of MichiganAnn ArborMI
11Penn StateUniversity ParkPA
12California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaCA
13Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghPA
14University of WashingtonSeattleWA
15University of California - DavisDavisCA
16University of California - Los AngelesLos AngelesCA
17Cornell UniversityIthacaNY
18North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC
19University of FloridaGainesvilleFL
20Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMI
21Lehigh UniversityBethlehemPA
22University of California - San DiegoSan DiegoCA
23The Ohio State UniversityColumbusOH
24Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY
25Princeton UniversityPrinceton NJ
26Northwestern UniversityEvanstonIL
27Colorado State UniversityFt. CollinsCO
28Iowa State UniversityAmesIA
29Rice UniversityHoustonTX
30Arizona State UniversityTempeAZ
31University Of WisconsinMadisonWI
32University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)Las VegasNV
33University of MarylandCollege ParkMD
34United States Military Academy West PointNY
35Stevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenNJ
36Duke UniversityDurhamNC
37Oregon State UniversityCorvallisOR
38University of Central FloridaOrlando FL
39Washington State UniversityPullmanWA
40University of Nevada - RenoReno NV
41University of ColoradoBoulderCO
42University at Buffalo - SUNYBuffaloNY
43University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA
44Johns Hopkins University BaltimoreMD
45California State University - ChicoChicoCA
46University of Notre DameSouth BendIN
47University of MinnesotaTwin CitiesMN
48University of HoustonHoustonTX
49Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRollaMO
50Colorado School of MinesGoldenCO
51San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoCA
52Rensselear Polytechnic InstituteTroyNY
53University of TennesseeKnoxvilleTN
54Clemson UniversityClemsonSC
55University of OklahomaNormanOK
56Michigan Technological UniversityHoughtonMI
57Northeastern UniversityBostonMA
58Florida State UniversityTallahasseeFL
59University of AlabamaTuscaloosaAL
60-75Louisiana State University Baton RougeLA
60-75Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTN
60-75University of IowaIowa CityIA
60-75Virginia Military InstituteLexington VA
60-75University of ArizonaTusconAZ
60-75University of CincinnatiCincinnatiOH
60-75University of MassachusettsAmherstMA
60-75University of KentuckyLexingtonKY
60-75Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleMS
60-75University of South CarolinaColumbiaSC
60-75Auburn UniversityAuburnAL
60-75University of NebraskaLincolnNB
60-75University of PittsburghPittsburghPA
60-75University of KansasLawrenceKS
60-75Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterOK
76-100Texas Tech UniversityLubbockTX
76-100University of ArkansasFayettevilleAR
76-100University of MississippiOxford MS
76-100University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA
76-100Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtNew YorkNY
76-100University of UtahSalt Lake CityUT
76-100West Virginia UniversityMorgantownWV
76-100Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS
76-100Washington University St. LouisMO
76-100University of MaineOronoME
76-100University of OregonEugeneOR
76-100New York University New YorkNY
76-100Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayNJ
76-100Utah State UniversityLogan UT
76-100University of Hawaii - ManoaHonoluluHI
76-100University of DelawareNewarkDE
76-100New Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesNM
76-100Brigham Young UniversitySalt Lake CityUT
76-100University of ConnecticutStorrsCT
76-100University of California - IrvineIrvineCA
76-100California Polytechnic University - San Louis ObispoSan Louis ObispoCA
76-100California State Polytechnic University - PomonaPomona CA
76-100Tufts UniversityMedfordMA
76-100Howard UniversityWashingtonDC
76-100George Mason UniversityFairfaxVA
76-100University of VermontBurlingtonVT
76-100Syracuse UniversitySyracuseNY
76-100University of Missouri - ColumbiaColumbiaMO
76-100Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeWI
76-100Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandOH
76-100George Washington UniversityWashington DC

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What is a Civil Engineering Major?

A typical civil engineering curriculum covers structural and fluid systems and analyses. Among the subjects covered in a typical Civil  Engineering major are:

  • Basic Core Sciences:
      • chemistry
      • physics
  • Engineering Disciplines, such as:
      • Structural Dynamics and simulation
      • Transportation Engineering
      • Fluid systems and hydraulics
      • Engineering Design.
  • Mathematics

Civil Engineering Careers

Students graduating with degrees in civil engineering qualify for a wide range of engineering, research  and management oriented careers.  As with other engineering disciplines, the entry level salaries for civil engineers tends to be at the high end of entry level jobs available to undergraduates. Examples of careers available in the field are:

  • Construction Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Water Systems Designer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Structural Engineer.
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