Ranked #35 in popularity, civil engineering is one of the most sought-after bachelor's degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.
For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 52 schools in the Southeast Region to determine which ones were the best for civil engineering students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 3,589 bachelor's degrees in civil engineering to qualified students.
Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School for Your Bachelor's Degree
Your choice of civil engineering for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:
Quality Overall Is Important
A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level 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.
To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their bachelor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.
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 Demand - The number of civil engineering students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
Student Debt - How easy is it for civil engineering to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized civil engineering related body.
Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for civil engineering students working on their bachelor's degree.
The civil eng school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Civil Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region.
In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you.
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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Civil Engineering in the Southeast Region
Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for civil engineering students seeking a a bachelor's degree.
10 Top Southeast Region Schools for a Bachelor's in Civil Eng
It's difficult to beat Virginia Tech if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.
Bachelor's recipients from the civil engineering program at Virginia Tech get $5,334 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.
University of Florida is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a very large student population.
Bachelor's recipients from the civil engineering program at University of Florida get $3,581 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.
Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.
Civil Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of around $8,162 over the average income of civil engineering majors.
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).