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2020 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Ohio

Civil Engineering is a popular major and Ohio is the 7th most popular state for students studying this major. 785 of the 21,299 Civil Engineering degrees earned last year were given by schools in Ohio. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Ohio ranking analyzed 10 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Civil Engineering students in Ohio.

Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School

Best Colleges for Civil Engineering in Ohio The civil eng program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A civil engineering degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average salaries after graduation. Recent civil engineering graduates from Ohio schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $57,256 in 2017-2018.

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 Ohio.

Best Schools to Study Civil Engineering in Ohio

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for civil engineering majors.

Top 10 Best Civil Eng Colleges in Ohio

It's difficult to beat Ohio State University - Main Campus if you wish to study civil engineering. Located in the large city Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population.

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. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $58,800.

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Case Western Reserve University is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a Civil Engineering major. Case Western is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cleveland.

For those interested in something more advanced, Case Western also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Any student pursuing a degree in civil engineering has to check out Ohio Northern University. Located in the town Ada, ONU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Ohio Northern University civil engineering graduates receive $5,544 more than the standard civil eng grad.

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University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

It's hard to beat University of Dayton if you wish to pursue civil engineering as a major. U of Dayton is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Dayton.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of Dayton offers a Master's Degree in civil engineering. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, civil eng students typically make an average of $59,200 in the first five years of their career.

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Located in the large city Cincinnati, Cincinnati is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Cincinnati also offers 2 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Civil Engineering graduates from University of Cincinnati - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of around $4,644 above the average income of civil engineering graduates.

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Located in the distant town Athens, Ohio U is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Ohio U offers civil engineering degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career income of $55,200.

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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Located in the large city Cleveland, Cleveland State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Cleveland State University offers a Master's Degree in civil engineering. After graduating, civil eng students typically make an average of $52,000 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

Located in the city Toledo, University of Toledo is a public school with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, University of Toledo offers a Master's Degree in civil engineering. After getting their bachelor's degree, civil eng students typically earn about $57,100 in their early careers.

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Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Located in the city Youngstown, Youngstown State University is a public school with a large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Youngstown State University also offers a Master's Degree in civil engineering. After graduating, civil eng students generally earn about $50,700 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the midsize city Akron, University of Akron Main Campus is a public school with a large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, University of Akron Main Campus also offers 4 different higher degree levels in civil engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the civil eng program make an average of $57,600 in their early career salary.

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Best Civil Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Civil Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 316 509
Illinois 306 897
Indiana 291 413
Wisconsin 290 387

One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Civil Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Civil Eng

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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