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List of All U.S. Colleges with a Civil Engineering Major

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Have you ever wondered who designs the infrastructure of a town or city? How are big projects planned, like rerouting a highway or installing a new sewage system? Who designs the water supply system or chooses the best spot for a new international airport? Civil engineering is a true multidisciplinary pursuit, merging fields such as science and engineering with others like business, economics, and management. For students who are fascinated by infrastructure and  enjoy the challenge of large, multifaceted problem-solving, civil engineering might be a great choice for a college major.

 

Many colleges across the country offer a major in civil engineering, so there are plenty of options to choose from. If you’re interested in learning how to get into a civil engineering program and which colleges offer this major, keep reading.

Why Major in Civil Engineering?

Civil engineering is a strong career choice that will offer little chance of getting bored. Civil engineers can be employed by government departments, utility companies, architectural firms, and engineering firms, or they can become independent consultants. Typically, a civil engineer will split time between the office and the field. In the office, he or she will create and test plans to solve problems and meet needs. In the field, he or she will meet engineers, architects, and other project managers.

 

Civil engineering is a career with great job security and solid earning potential. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that civil engineering will see job growth of 11% by 2026, which is above the national average for all occupations. It also reports that the median annual pay for a civil engineer is $86,640.

 

In addition to an undergraduate degree, civil engineers also need to be licensed. These requirements vary according to the state that you’re working in, but in general licensure requires a college degree, a minimum number of years working in the field, and a passing score on a licensure exam. Exams can also vary by state, but you can see the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying site to learn more.

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Into a Civil Engineering Program

College admissions are competitive, and if the trend continues they will only become more so. Planning your approach to college applications and your applicant profile is important. Here are some tips to help you get into the civil engineering program of your choice.

 

Take a Broad Course Load at a High Level. While much of civil engineering is rooted in STEM field studies, it includes a lot more than just math and science. You should aim to take a well-rounded course load at the highest level that you’re capable of succeeding in. Taking classes like AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, and AP Macroeconomics will prepare you well for this field and might even allow you to place out of introductory classes when you begin your degree program.

 

Pursue Extracurriculars that Highlight Problem Solving Skills. Civil engineering often requires out of the box creative thinking to tackle existing problems in new ways. You can build your skills in this area by pursuing extracurriculars like robotics club or Math Olympiad. Sticking with a few, strong extracurriculars for an extended period and taking on progressive responsibility will demonstrate your dedication.

 

Build a Strong Admissions Team. An optimal college application will demonstrate academic success and extracurricular commitment throughout an applicant’s high school years, not just during 11th grade. To get started early, we often recommend that ninth and tenth graders build a supportive and experienced admissions team to help along the way. This is why we designed the CollegeVine Early Advising Program, which pairs high school ninth and tenth graders with successful students at top-30 schools to provide current high schoolers with advice on everything from selecting classes and extracurriculars to setting and achieving longterm goals.

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List of All Colleges that Offer a Civil Engineering Major

Alabama A&M | AAMU

Alabama A&M University | AAMU

Angelo State University

Arkansas State University | A–State

Baker College

Bellevue College

Benedictine College

Bluefield State College | BSC

Boise State University | BSU

Bradley University

Brigham Young University | BYU

Brigham Young University–Idaho | BYU–Idaho

California Baptist University | CBU

California Polytechnic State University | Cal Poly

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona | Cal Poly Pomona

California State University, Chico | CSU Chico

California State University, Fresno | CSU Fresno

California State University, Fullerton | CSU Fullerton

California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State

California State University, Los Angeles | Cal State LA

California State University, Northridge | CSUN

California State University, Sacramento | Sacramento State

Calvin College

Carnegie Mellon University | CMU

Carroll College

Case Western Reserve University

Catholic University of America | CUA

Cedarville University

Central Connecticut State University | CCSU

Christian Brothers University | CBU

City College of New York | CCNY

Clarkson University

Clemson University

Cleveland State University | CSU

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado School of Mines | Mines

Colorado State University | CSU

Colorado State University–Pueblo | CSU Pueblo

Columbia University

Cooper Union

Cornell University

Drexel University

Duke University

Fairleigh Dickinson University | FDU

Fairmont State University

Florida A&M University | FAMU

Florida Atlantic University | FAU

Florida Gulf Coast University | FGCU

Florida Institute of Technology | Florida Tech

Florida International University | FIU

Florida SouthWestern State College | FSW

Florida State University | FSU

Francis Marion University

Geneva College

George Fox University | GFU

George Mason University

George Washington University | GW

Georgia Southern University

Gonzaga University

Howard University

Illinois Institute of Technology | Illinois Tech

Indiana State University | ISU

Iowa State University

Jackson State University | JSU

Johns Hopkins University | JHU

Kansas State University | KSU

Kennesaw State University | KSU

Lafayette College

Lawrence Technological University | LTU

Lehigh University

LeTourneau University | LETU

Lincoln University (Missouri)

Lipscomb University

Louisiana State University | LSU

Louisiana Tech University | La. Tech

Loyola Marymount University | LMU

Manhattan College

Marquette University

Marshall University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT

Merrimack College

Messiah College

Metropolitan State University of Denver | MSU Denver

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University | Michigan Tech

Millikin University

Milwaukee School of Engineering | MSOE

Minnesota State University, Mankato | MNSU

Mississippi State University | MSU

Missouri University of Science & Technology | Missouri S&T

Montana State University | MSU

Montana State University–Northern | MSU–Northern

Montana Tech of the University of Montana | Montana Tech

Morgan State University

Murray State University | MSU

New York University | NYU

North Carolina A&T State University | N.C. A&T

North Carolina State University | NC State

North Dakota State University | NDSU

Northeastern University

Northern Arizona University | NAU

Northern Vermont University | NVU

Northwest University

Northwestern College

Norwich University

Oberlin College

Ohio Northern University | ONU

Oklahoma Baptist University | OBU

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology | OSUIT

Oregon State University | OSU

Ottawa University | OU

Pace University

Pennsylvania College of Technology | Penn Tech

Pennsylvania State University | PSU

Point Park University

Portland State University | PSU

Prairie View A&M University | PVAMU

Princeton University

Purdue University

Purdue University Fort Wayne | PFW

Purdue University Northwest | PNW

Quinnipiac University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | RPI

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology | RIT

Rockhurst University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | RHIT

Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Rutgers

Saint Louis University | SLU

Saint Martin’s University | St. Martin’s

San Diego State University | SDSU

San Francisco State University | SF State

San Jose State University | SJSU

Santa Clara University

Savannah State University

Seattle University

Seminole State College of Florida

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania | SRU

South Carolina State University | SCSU

South Dakota State University

Southern Illinois University Carbondale | SIU

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | SIUE

Southern Methodist University | SMU

Southern University and A&M College | SUBR

Stanford University

State University of New York at Canton | SUNY Canton

Stevens Institute of Technology

Syracuse University

Tarleton State University

Temple University

Tennessee State University | TSU

Tennessee Technological University | Tennessee Tech

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University–Kingsville

Texas Southern University | TSU

Texas Tech University | TTU

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina | The Citadel

The College of New Jersey | TCNJ

The Ohio State University | OSU

The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo

The State University of New York at Stony Brook | SUNY Stony Brook

The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute | SUNY Poly

Trine University

Tufts University

United States Military Academy | Army

University of Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham | UAB

University of Alabama in Huntsville | UAH

University of Alaska Anchorage | UAA

University of Alaska Fairbanks | UAF

University of Arizona

University of Arkansas

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

University of California, Davis | UC Davis

University of California, Irvine | UC Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

University of Central Florida | UCF

University of Colorado Boulder | CU Boulder

University of Colorado Denver | CU Denver

University of Connecticut | UConn

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Evansville

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Hartford

University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa

University of Houston

University of Idaho

University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Kentucky

University of Louisiana at Lafayette | UL Lafayette

University of Louisville

University of Maine

University of Mary | UMary

University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst | UMass Amherst

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth | UMass Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Lowell | UMass Lowell

University of Memphis

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota Duluth | UMD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Minnesota

University of Mississippi | Ole Miss

University of Missouri | Mizzou

University of Missouri–Kansas City | UMKC

University of Missouri–St. Louis | UMSL

University of Mount Union

University of Nebraska Omaha | UNO

University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL

University of Nevada, Las Vegas | UNLV

University of Nevada, Reno

University of New Hampshire | UNH

University of New Haven | UNH

University of New Mexico | UNM

University of North Carolina at Charlotte | UNC Charlotte

University of North Dakota | UND

University of North Florida | UNF

University of Notre Dame

University of Oklahoma

University of Pittsburgh | Pitt

University of Portland

University of Rhode Island | URI

University of South Alabama | South

University of South Carolina | USC

University of South Florida | USF

University of Southern California | USC

University of Southern Indiana | USI

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Arlington | UT Arlington

University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin

University of Texas at El Paso | UTEP

University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA

University of Texas at Tyler | UT Tyler

University of the District of Columbia | UDC

University of the Pacific

University of Toledo

University of Utah

University of Virginia | UVA

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee | UWM

University of Wisconsin–Platteville | UW–Platteville

University of Wyoming

Utah State University

Utah Valley University | UVU

Utica College

Vanderbilt University

Villanova University

Virginia Military Institute | VMI

Virginia Tech

Walla Walla University

Washington State University | WSU

Wayne State University | WSU

Wentworth Institute of Technology | WIT

West Texas A&M University | WTAMU

West Virginia University | WVU

Western Illinois University | WIU

Western Kentucky University | WKU

Western Michigan University | WMU

Western New England University | WNE

Wichita State University | WSU

Widener University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute | WPI

York College of Pennsylvania

Youngstown State University

 

There are numerous options to choose from when you’re considering a major in civil engineering. It may seem difficult to narrow down your list, but it’s an important process to go through thoughtfully to ensure that your final college list is a great fit for you.

 

You can get started by considering your own priorities in a college. Do you want to go to school close to home? How important are things like cost and class size? Once you’ve narrowed down your list, you should also look at admissions statistics like test scores and GPA to see how you stack up. For more help along the way, consider the CollegeVine Applications program, which exists to help you optimize your application and ensure that you’re supported through every step of the way. You can trust us to help you gain the tools you’ll need to attend your dream school.

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Kate Sundquist
Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
Short bio
Kate Koch-Sundquist is a graduate of Pomona College where she studied sociology, psychology, and writing before going on to receive an M.Ed. from Lesley University. After a few forays into living abroad and afloat (sometimes at the same time), she now makes her home north of Boston where she works as a content writer and, with her husband, raises two young sons who both inspire her and challenge her on a daily basis.