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2022 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

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553

Graduates Per Year

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$67K

Average Salary

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#268

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

553

91% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

26

86% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

267

Painting

568

268

Construction Engineering

553

269

Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

543

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$25,515

20% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

279

Game and Interactive Media Design

$25,555

280

Construction Engineering

$25,515

281

General Studies

$25,470

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TOP

5

Salary

Very High Salary

$72,673

88% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

3

Computer Science

$73,966

4

Construction Engineering

$72,673

5

Bioinformatics

$71,015

Professors

Bad

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

207

Recreational Therapy

208

Construction Engineering

209

Teaching English as a Second Language

Students

Not Very Diverse

3.5/5

3.91% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

256

Architectural Engineering

257

Construction Engineering

258

Educational Administration and Supervision

SUMMARY

Going to school for Construction Engineering is not only a valuable choice, but commonly an obligatory first step for undergrads seeking to begin a career as a construction project engineer, a construction estimator, or a heavy equipment operator. In fact, construction engineering is a ​unique degree coming in at the 268th most popular major. Last academic year, there were 553 construction engineering graduates. In-state tuition for construction engineering at private colleges is, on average, 4.3 times more expensive than their public counterparts.

With just 26 colleges offering construction engineering there could be a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other construction engineering undergrads, consider looking at institutions in Oregon which have more undergrads admitted to construction engineering than any other state. More generally, the top region to study construction engineering is in the Great Lakes region with Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, and Purdue University-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to study construction engineering is the Pacific-12 Conference with Arizona State University-Tempe representing the conference. That being said, our belief is that the best college for construction engineering is New York University. You might also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The overall 'best' school does not have to be the best school for you. There can be a bunch more angels to weigh when deciding on ​university. Things like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would modify your thoughts of which school to attend. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which construction engineering college has the best campus, the answer is New York University. If, for example, you are primarily interested in which university is home to the finest campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, government databases, professor reviews, and more in order to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life here and from that list, our selection for the school with the best student life for construction engineering is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our decisions will probably shock you.

If expense is a primary deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding New York University. New York University is our most expensive school for construction engineering, at least regarding out of state enrollment. We do have an entire page for the most expensive schools that might put the price tag at New York University into perspective. For more context, you might be interested to know that construction engineering is the 280th most expensive major in the nation, with an average bill of $25,500. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for construction engineering on our list is New York demonstrated by a cost of $50,684 at New York University. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the U.S. for construction engineering is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for construction engineering is the Southwest region which is represented by Texas A & M University-Commerce with a cost of $17,460, Lamar University with a cost of $16,160, and Texas Tech University with a cost of $16,704. In better news, the most affordable school for construction engineering is Kennesaw State University. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state students can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $10,100 for a degree in construction engineering. The cost inflates substantially to a median of $25,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our selection for the university with the best value for construction engineering: New York University. Here you will find our comprehensive list of the schools we see as being the best value overall. With that said, this list is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for construction engineering students can differ, but two years after leaving college students will typically earn around $67,200. There can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can bring in up to $95,400. Even right out of school, the minimum earning jobs within the construction engineering field make $47,100, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates from construction engineering graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of construction engineering sits subpar, arriving in the 35th percentile of all majors. The school with the highest composite diversity for construction engineering is New York University and here you can find our general list for the colleges which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Construction Engineering ranks only in the 79th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 41st percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest share at 61% of scholars majoring in construction engineering. Additionally, 85% of undergrads seeking a construction engineering major are men.

The median rating of construction engineering professors is 4 stars, which is exactly the median score for all majors; which is a fine. If you are looking for the most popular construction engineering instructor in the nation, consider looking up Dean Kashiwagi from Arizona State University-Tempe. This may surprise you, but the top rated construction engineering professors from student rankings come from Arizona State University-Tempe. If we including data other than just rankings it becomes clear that the university possessing the overall best professors for construction engineering is New York University. You will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the top examples of instructors nationwide.

Finally, the hardest school to get into for construction engineering is New York University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. Although, we do hope you believe that looking at university with a perspective primarily formed from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We encourage you to look at some of our more focused pages on different schools and explore some of Authority's helpful background articles on essential things to look out for as your college search continues.

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Oregon State University

#1 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Oregon State University is a very large public university located in Corvallis, OR ranked 9th in Oregon. It has a total of 31,233 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a little shy of 5/6 of applicants. Oregon State University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Construction Engineering, and Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,846 for in-state students and $29,346 for those from out-of-state, Oregon State University is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.12% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in near $49,600 per year, which is 19% greater than the national median.

Corvallis, OR

https://oregonstate.edu

B

Rating

82%

Acceptance

38,110

Students

#453

Ranking

$29,346

Tuition

Iowa State University

#2 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Iowa State University is a very large public university located in Ames, IA ranked 5th in Iowa. It has a total of 31,555 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 92.05% of applicants. Iowa State University offers 345 different majors and is best known for its Plant Sciences, Agronomy and Crop Science, and Agricultural Mechanization programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,042 for students from Iowa and $23,230 for those from out-of-state, Iowa State University is reasonably high-priced. 68.35% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $50,700 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Ames, IA

www.iastate.edu

B+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

37,944

Students

#376

Ranking

$23,230

Tuition

Bradley University

#3 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Bradley University is a mid-sized private college located in Peoria, IL ranked 17th in Illinois. It has a total of 4,714 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting just about seven out of ten applicants. Bradley University offers 161 different majors and is best known for its Sports Communication, Construction Engineering, and Manufacturing Engineering programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,200 per year, Bradley University is reasonably high-priced. 68.9% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate more or less $53,600 per year, which is 29% over the national median.

Peoria, IL

www.bradley.edu

B+

Rating

70%

Acceptance

6,323

Students

#402

Ranking

$34,200

Tuition

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

#4 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a very large public university located in Blacksburg, VA ranked 136th in the nation. It has a total of 28,939 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting roughly 7 out of every 10 applicants. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Management Science programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,420 for in-state students and $29,960 for those from out-of-state, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is somewhat moderately expensive. 80.79% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in more or less $62,500 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

Blacksburg, VA

WWW.VT.EDU

A

Rating

70%

Acceptance

36,882

Students

#136

Ranking

$29,960

Tuition

New York University

#5 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

New York University is a very large private university located in New York, NY ranked 25th in America. It has a total of 29,902 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.2% of applicants. New York University offers 564 different majors and is best known for its Drama, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, and Management Information Systems programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $50,684 per year, New York University is exceptionally expensive. 73.93% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $61,900 per year, which is 49% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.nyu.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

58,091

Students

#25

Ranking

$50,684

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#6 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

#7 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a very large public university located in Raleigh, NC ranked 134th in the nation. It has a total of 28,147 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 45.13% of applicants. North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 294 different majors and is best known for its Animal Sciences, Forestry, and Botany programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $6,535 for students from North Carolina and $26,654 for those from out-of-state, North Carolina State University at Raleigh is somewhat moderately high-priced. 73.33% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $52,500 per year, which is 26% over the national median.

Raleigh, NC

www.ncsu.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

39,822

Students

#134

Ranking

$26,654

Tuition

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

#8 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Cincinnati, OH ranked 25th in Ohio. It has a total of 30,173 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting barely under seven ninths of applicants. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus offers 459 different majors and is best known for its Respiratory Care Therapy, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Commercial and Advertising Art programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,982 for in-state students and $25,316 for those from out-of-state, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is reasonably high-priced. 48.08% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $42,300 per year, which is 2% above the national median.

Cincinnati, OH

www.uc.edu

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

43,692

Students

#661

Ranking

$25,316

Tuition

The University of Texas at Arlington

#9 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

The University of Texas at Arlington is a very large public university located in Arlington, TX ranked 30th in Texas. It has a total of 42,763 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 82.89% acceptance rate. The University of Texas at Arlington offers 179 different majors and is best known for its Social Work, Construction Engineering, and General Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 9th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,624 for students from Texas and $25,713 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Arlington is reasonably pricey. 50.84% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in more or less $48,700 per year, which is 17% greater than the national median.

Arlington, TX

https://WWW.UTA.EDU

C+

Rating

83%

Acceptance

60,035

Students

#800

Ranking

$25,713

Tuition

Texas Tech University

#10 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Texas Tech University is a very large public university located in Lubbock, TX ranked 18th in Texas. It has a total of 33,618 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 7/10ths of applicants. Texas Tech University offers 215 different majors and is best known for its Agricultural Public Services, Human Sciences, and Rhetoric and Composition programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,744 for students from Texas and $16,704 for those from out-of-state, Texas Tech University is moderately priced. 58.48% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home near $51,400 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Lubbock, TX

www.ttu.edu

B

Rating

69%

Acceptance

41,153

Students

#431

Ranking

$16,704

Tuition

Arizona State University-Tempe

#11 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Arizona State University-Tempe is a very large public university located in Tempe, AZ ranked 1st in Arizona. It has a total of 46,314 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 86.47% of applicants. Arizona State University-Tempe offers 353 different majors and is best known for its Physical Sciences, Urban Planning, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,710 for in-state students and $28,800 for those from out-of-state, Arizona State University-Tempe is reasonably pricey. 60.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to draw about $47,700 per year, which is 15% over the national median.

Tempe, AZ

www.asu.edu/

A-

Rating

86%

Acceptance

56,567

Students

#313

Ranking

$28,800

Tuition

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

#12 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a very large public university located in Lincoln, NE ranked 3rd in Nebraska. It has a total of 22,433 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.23% acceptance rate. University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers 276 different majors and is best known for its Agronomy and Crop Science, Business Teacher Education, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,560 for in-state students and $24,000 for those from out-of-state, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is somewhat moderately pricey. 59.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn near $46,400 per year, which is 12% above the national median.

Lincoln, NE

www.unl.edu/

B+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

28,686

Students

#339

Ranking

$24,000

Tuition

The University of Alabama

#13 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

The University of Alabama is a very large public university located in Tuscaloosa, AL ranked 4th in Alabama. It has a total of 36,045 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 82.68% acceptance rate. The University of Alabama offers 214 different majors and is best known for its Managerial Economics, Human Sciences, and Marketing programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,780 for students from Alabama and $30,250 for those from out-of-state, The University of Alabama is somewhat moderately expensive. 57.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $44,500 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

Tuscaloosa, AL

www.ua.edu/

B

Rating

83%

Acceptance

42,432

Students

#510

Ranking

$30,250

Tuition

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

#14 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Bowling Green State University-Main Campus is a large public university located in Bowling Green, OH ranked 59th in Ohio. It has a total of 16,861 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 71.82% acceptance rate. Bowling Green State University-Main Campus offers 285 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Chemistry, Applied Economics, and Gerontology programs (nationally ranked 7th, 9th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,278 for in-state students and $17,267 for those from out-of-state, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus is moderately priced. 48.33% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn approximately $40,500 per year, which is 2% under the national median.

Bowling Green, OH

www.bgsu.edu

C

Rating

72%

Acceptance

20,534

Students

#1318

Ranking

$17,267

Tuition

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

#15 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a mid-sized public university located in Little Rock, AR ranked 10th in Arkansas. It has a total of 9,529 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a tad south of 2/3 of applicants. University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers 155 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering, American Sign Language, and Systems Engineering programs (nationally ranked 15th, 18th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,600 for students from Arkansas and $18,810 for those from out-of-state, University of Arkansas at Little Rock is moderately priced. 30.95% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw close to $34,900 per year, which is 16% below the national median.

Little Rock, AR

ualr.edu/www/

C

Rating

66%

Acceptance

12,993

Students

#1366

Ranking

$18,810

Tuition

Texas A & M University-Commerce

#16 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Texas A & M University-Commerce is a large public university located in Commerce, TX ranked 34th in Texas. It has a total of 9,293 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 43.13% of applicants. Texas A & M University-Commerce offers 99 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering, Legal Support Services, and Industrial Production Technologies programs (nationally ranked 16th, 24th, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,790 for students from Texas and $17,460 for those from out-of-state, Texas A & M University-Commerce is moderately priced. 46.71% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home close to $39,300 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Commerce, TX

www.tamuc.edu/

C+

Rating

43%

Acceptance

14,618

Students

#847

Ranking

$17,460

Tuition

Kennesaw State University

#18 Best Colleges for Construction Engineering

Kennesaw State University is a very large public institution located in Kennesaw, GA ranked 19th in Georgia. It has a total of 37,599 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 75.22% acceptance rate. Kennesaw State University offers 181 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations programs (nationally ranked 17th, 18th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,450 for students from Georgia and $15,704 for those from out-of-state, Kennesaw State University is moderately priced. 43.38% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment.

Kennesaw, GA

www.kennesaw.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

41,654

Students

#1109

Ranking

$15,704

Tuition