Civil Engineering is of the hottest bachelor's degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #35 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.
For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 7 schools in Tennessee to determine which ones were the best for civil engineering students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 253 bachelor's degrees in civil engineering to qualified students.
Choosing a Great Civil Engineering School for Your Bachelor's Degree
The civil eng bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality civil eng program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:
Overall Quality Is a Must
The overall quality of a bachelor's degree 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 host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.
Average Early-Career Salaries
Average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your bachelor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.
Other Factors We Consider
The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.
Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to civil engineering students as compared to other majors.
Major Demand - How many other civil engineering students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
Student Debt - How much debt civil engineering students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
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 schools 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 Tennessee.
To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you.
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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Civil Engineering in Tennessee
The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.
Top Tennessee Schools for a Bachelor's in Civil Eng
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. UT Knoxville is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Knoxville.
Bachelor's students who receive their degree from the civil eng program earn an average of $57,677 in their early career salary.
Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in civil engineering has to take a look at Tennessee Technological University. Located in the town of Cookeville, Tennessee Tech University is a public university with a moderately-sized student population.
After graduation, civil eng bachelor's recipients generally make about $57,823 in the first five years of their career.
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).