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2021 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

Approximately 21,795 civil engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 29 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 colleges for Civil Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School

Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region Your choice of civil engineering school matters. Important measures of a quality civil eng program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 11% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 195 to 24 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Civil Engineering graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average civil engineering bachelors degree from Great Lakes schools results in an average starting salary of $59,217, graduates of colleges on this list average $63,850.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Civil Engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other civil engineering students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized civil engineering related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Civil Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Best Schools to Study Civil Engineering in Great Lakes

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Civil Engineering degree.

Top 10 Best Civil Eng Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Illinois Institute of Technology is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a Civil Engineering degree. Located in the large city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 19th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A favorite choice for civil engineering undergraduates, there are roughly 89 learners studying this program at Illinois Tech. Grads of the civil eng program report average early career wages of $60,600.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is among your top options if you're planning on studying civil engineering. Located in the small city Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 66 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great school overall.

Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is one of the most popular school to study civil eng in Great Lakes exceeding 31 graduates last year. Students from the civil engineering degree program at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology get $4,904 more than the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the United States for civil engineering. Located in the suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great college overall.

There are approximately 56 civil engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at Notre Dame. Civil Engineering graduates from University of Notre Dame earn a boost of about $9,304 over the average earnings of civil engineering graduates.

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It is hard to beat Michigan Technological University if you wish to study civil engineering. Located in the town Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 30th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are roughly 102 civil engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Michigan Tech. Soon after graduating, civil eng students typically earn an average of $60,800 in the first five years of their career.

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Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

There are about 155 civil engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at Wisconsin. Civil Engineering majors from University of Wisconsin - Madison receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,504 over the typical income of civil engineering majors.

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U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

A preferred choice for civil engineering undergraduates, there are approximately 90 individuals studying this degree at U of Michigan. After getting their bachelor's degree, civil eng students generally earn an average of $60,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing. A Best Colleges rank of 107 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Michigan State is a great college overall.

There are about 99 civil engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at Michigan State. Grads of the civil eng program state that they receive average early career wages of $61,200.

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Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. This school ranks 25th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are about 193 civil engineering undergraduates studying this program at Ohio State. After graduating, civil eng students typically make about $58,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the small city Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 92 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great college overall.

There are approximately 442 civil engineering undergrads enrolled in this program at UIUC. Civil Engineering graduates from University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign get a earnings boost of about $3,004 over the typical earnings of civil engineering graduates.

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UIC is a very large public school located in the city of Chicago. This school ranks 56th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

There are about 140 civil engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UIC. Students who graduate from the civil eng program make an average of $59,600 in their early career salary.

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Best Civil Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best civil engineering schools for a specific state in this the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 444
Ohio 303 728
Illinois 299 921
Indiana 283 453
Wisconsin 267 395

Civil Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 8,476
Electrical Engineering 5,176
Computer Engineering 2,809
Chemical Engineering 2,591
Industrial Engineering 2,092

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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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