Top Schools for Surveying

Find out which top schools offer programs in surveying. Read about program options at three colleges and universities, and find a table with at-a-glance facts about other schools that offer training for aspiring surveyors.

School Information

These schools profiled below offer programs in surveying engineering or technology, which can lead to a certificate or degree. Ferris State University offers a bachelor's degrees in surveying, which is the minimum educational requirement for obtaining a surveyor's license in all 50 states and Washington. D.C. An associate degree is sufficient in some states, such as Pennsylvania. In addition to learning how to determine air, land or water boundaries, surveying students find out how to write descriptions for legal documents, such as leases and deeds.

1. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

School Highlight: As of 2015, this college is ranked as one of the top ten four-year, public colleges in the North, according to U.S. World & News Report';.

Penn College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Surveying Technology program, which prepares students for the state's Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) licensing exam. The program has been approved by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and includes courses in construction and topographic surveying, hydraulics, photogrammetry and statistics. Students also take classes in physics and train in the use of computer applications.

2. Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI

School Highlight: This university offers different levels and options for obtaining a certificate or degree in surveying engineering, surveying technology and surveying and mapping.

The university offers several options for students interested in pursuing a career in surveying, including certificate, Associate of Applied Science and ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering programs. Students take courses in advanced surveying, remote sensing, adjustment computations and geodesy.

Top Surveying Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Idaho State University Students have access to the latest computers, surveying equipment and software photogrammetric systems Pocatello, ID
Southern Polytechnic State University Students in surveying program also study civil engineering technology, math and business principles Marietta, GA
University of Wyoming Certificate program in Land Surveying Laramie, WY
Utah Valley University State's first 4-year degree program in geomatics (land surveying) Orem, UT
Vincennes University Latest technology includes Topcon, Trimble and Leica total stations Vincennes, IN

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