Civil Engineering

2023 Best Civil Engineering Schools

238 Colleges in the United States
21,388 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded
$63,364 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in civil engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #50 out of 395 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 238 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Civil Engineering Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 21,388 degrees in civil engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School

Best Civil Engineering Schools Your choice of civil engineering school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for civil engineering schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Civil Engineering Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Civil Engineering Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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Best Schools for Civil Engineering in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of civil eng degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Civil Eng

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
176 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in civil engineering. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 176 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available. Those civil engineering students who get their degree from Stanford University make $15,547 more than the standard civil eng student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you want to pursue a degree in civil engineering. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #1 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were approximately 45 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent data year. Civil Engineering degree recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology get an earnings boost of around $16,835 over the typical income of civil engineering graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat University of Southern California if you want to pursue a degree in civil engineering. USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #18 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 84 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Southern California earn a boost of about $15,272 over the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
147 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in civil engineering needs to look into Columbia University in the City of New York. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 147 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the civil engineering program at Columbia University in the City of New York make $12,133 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL
72 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 72 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 67 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Notre Dame earn a boost of around $3,805 above the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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#7

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC
49 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 49 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NJ
47 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Princeton. A Best Colleges rank of #10 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 47 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
320 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 320 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Washington - Seattle Campus receive an earnings boost of around $7,095 above the average income of civil engineering graduates.

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#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
125 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #8 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were roughly 125 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from Carnegie Mellon University get an earnings boost of about $4,114 over the typical earnings of civil engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
294 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 294 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the civil engineering degree program at University of California - Berkeley get $8,554 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
160 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 160 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Those civil engineering students who get their degree from University of California - Los Angeles earn $3,965 more than the average civil eng student.

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#13

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
343 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 2nd out of 65 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 343 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year. Those civil engineering students who get their degree from Virginia Tech receive $3,712 more than the typical civil eng grad.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
71 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of #13 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 71 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from Cornell University get an earnings boost of about $4,257 over the average income of civil engineering graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
243 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 243 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UC Davis in the most recent year we have data available. Those civil engineering students who get their degree from University of California - Davis make $5,438 more than the average civil eng student.

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#16

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In TX

Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Houston. This university ranks 1st out of 116 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 26 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MD
43 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Colleges rank of #9 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 43 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
66 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 117 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 66 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Lehigh in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the civil engineering program at Lehigh University earn $5,219 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
214 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 16th out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 214 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent year we have data available. Those civil engineering students who get their degree from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo make $11,577 more than the standard civil eng graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
61 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 65 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 61 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Virginia - Main Campus get an earnings boost of around $6,865 above the average income of civil engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
403 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 403 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn a boost of around $3,817 over the typical earnings of civil engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 57 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 98 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,246 above the average earnings of civil engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
192 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

UCSD is a very large public university located in the city of La Jolla. This university ranks 9th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 192 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UCSD in the most recent data year. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of California - San Diego get an earnings boost of approximately $7,671 above the typical income of civil engineering graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
206 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 1st out of 69 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 206 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus get an earnings boost of about $5,246 over the typical earnings of civil engineering majors.

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#25

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
244 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 77 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were approximately 244 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent data year. Those civil engineering students who get their degree from University of Florida make $3,826 more than the average civil eng grad.

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Rest of the Top Best Civil Engineering Schools

#25

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#26

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#28

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#29

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

#32

New York University

New York, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Civil Engineering students that almost earned our Best Civil Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
36 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
37 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
38 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
39 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
40 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
41 Tufts University Medford, MA
42 Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN
43 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
44 Iowa State University Ames, IA
45 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
46 Clemson University Clemson, SC
47 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO

Civil Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Civil Engineering is one of 40 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Civil Eng Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Civil Engineering 20,711
Structural Engineering 332
Trasportation Engineering 131
Civil Engineering 131
Water Resources Engineering 71
Geoenvironmental Engineering 12

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 46,178
Electrical Engineering 28,844
Computer Engineering 17,987
Chemical Engineering 12,917
Biomedical Engineering 12,811
General Engineering 11,796
Industrial Engineering 9,072
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 8,001
Systems Engineering 3,904
Materials Engineering 3,415

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Master Sgt. Roger Parsons.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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