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2020 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

Approximately 21,299 civil engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 33 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools 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 quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination 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 10% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 11%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 165 to 4 )
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 colleges results in an average starting salary of $59,217, graduates of colleges on this list average $63,850.

Starting Salary  ( 58742 to 66857 )
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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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools 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 major. Located in the city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 13th out of 268 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Institute of Technology is one of the most popular school to study civil eng in Great Lakes with more than 65 graduates last year. Students who graduate from this program report average early career income of $60,600.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is one of the best schools in the country for civil engineering. Located in the city Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 53 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great school overall.

With 40 undergraduates, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is one of most popular schools to study civil eng in Great Lakes. Civil Engineering majors from Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology get a earnings boost of around $4,195 above the typical earnings of civil engineering majors.

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It is hard to beat Michigan Technological University if you want to pursue civil engineering as a major. Located in the remote town Houghton, Michigan Tech is a public college with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 23rd out of 268 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

For those interested in something more advanced, Michigan Tech also offers 3 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after graduation, civil eng students typically make around $60,800 in their early careers.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame is one of the finest schools in the country for civil engineering. Located in the suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Notre Dame also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). University of Notre Dame civil engineering majors earn $8,595 more than the average civil eng grad.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Located in the small city Evanston, Northwestern U is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 10 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Northwestern U is a great school overall.

A popular major for civil engineering undergrads, there are roughly 74 students studying this program at Northwestern U.

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U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. A Best Colleges rank of 35 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, civil eng students generally earn around $60,900 in the first five years of their career.

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Wisconsin is a very large public school located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of 80 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Wisconsin is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wisconsin also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates from the civil engineering major at University of Wisconsin - Madison make $3,795 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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UIC is a very large public school located in the large city of Chicago. This school ranks 38th out of 268 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the civil eng program make around $59,600 for their early career.

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Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. This school ranks 27th out of 268 colleges for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

For those interested in something more advanced, Ohio State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, civil eng students usually earn about $58,800 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the small city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 9th out of 268 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign civil engineering graduates make $2,295 more than the typical civil eng grad.

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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
Ohio 318 785
Michigan 316 509
Illinois 306 897
Indiana 291 413
Wisconsin 290 387

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483

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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.

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