Civil Engineering

2022 Best Civil Engineering Schools

253 Colleges in the United States
21,469 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded
$60,122 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in civil engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #45 out of 368 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.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 253 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for civil engineering students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 21,469 degrees in civil engineering to qualified students.

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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
4th Most Popular In CA
219 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in civil engineering. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were approximately 219 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Princeton University

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

It is difficult to beat Princeton University if you wish to pursue a degree in civil engineering. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Princeton. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were about 36 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
57 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 midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were about 57 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 receive an earnings boost of approximately $10,978 over the average earnings of civil engineering graduates.

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#4

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In IL
65 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Northwestern University if you wish to pursue a degree in civil engineering. Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 65 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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#5

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 fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 67 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the civil engineering program at University of Notre Dame make $9,078 above the typical graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 149 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the civil engineering degree program at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $13,078 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#7

Duke University

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

Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 52 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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#8

Cornell University

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

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 82 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the civil engineering program at Cornell University earn $9,178 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#9

Johns Hopkins University

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

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were roughly 35 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year.

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

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley. This university ranks 8th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 334 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of about $11,328 above the average earnings of civil engineering majors.

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

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 9th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 107 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Civil Engineering degree recipients from University of Southern California receive an earnings boost of approximately $14,678 over the average income of civil engineering graduates.

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#12

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
34 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Lafayette is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Easton. This college ranks 6th out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 34 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Lafayette in the most recent data year. Civil Engineering degree recipients from Lafayette College earn a boost of around $3,978 above the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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#13

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 city of Houston. A Best Schools rank of #25 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Rice is a great university overall.

There were approximately 23 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent year we have data available.

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#14

Carnegie Mellon University

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

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #20 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were roughly 101 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the civil eng program earn about $60,200 for their early career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
256 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 256 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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#16

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TN
34 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 34 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#17

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
177 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. This university ranks 10th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 177 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the civil engineering program at Northeastern University make $4,078 more than the average graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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

Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 13th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 195 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent data year. Civil Engineering degree recipients from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo receive an earnings boost of around $8,428 over the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 1st out of 80 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were approximately 238 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the civil engineering degree program at Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus make $6,778 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 180 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the civil engineering major at University of California - Los Angeles make $5,278 above the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
24th Most Popular In CA

Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pasadena. A Best Schools rank of #17 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

There were about 2 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Caltech in the most recent data year.

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#22

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In MA
35 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Tufts is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Medford. This university ranks 6th out of 72 schools for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 35 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
383 Civil Eng Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 136 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 383 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year.

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#24

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
324 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 3rd out of 73 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 324 civil engineering students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 102 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There were roughly 367 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 approximately $6,378 above the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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Rest of the Top Best Civil Engineering Schools

#26

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#27

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#29

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#30

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

#36

Manhattan College

Riverdale, 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
38 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
39 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
40 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
41 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
42 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
43 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
44 George Washington University Washington, DC
45 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
46 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
47 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
48 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
49 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
50 Clemson University Clemson, SC

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 20,847
Structural Engineering 336
Trasportation Engineering 115
Civil Engineering 113
Water Resources Engineering 55
Geoenvironmental Engineering 3

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,427
Electrical Engineering 30,359
Computer Engineering 16,693
Chemical Engineering 13,575
Biomedical Engineering 12,198
General Engineering 11,110
Industrial Engineering 9,063
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 7,535
Materials Engineering 3,398
Systems Engineering 3,007

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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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