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Construction Engineering Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Construction engineering is the planning, management and building of structures like bridges, buildings, dams and roads. There are many U.S. universities offering degrees in construction engineering. Read on to learn about some things to keep in mind while selecting a construction engineering program.

When selecting a school in which to study construction engineering students should make sure the program is accredited through the American Council for Construction Education.

Schools with Construction Engineering Programs

The following schools offer programs in construction engineering. Tuition rates are for the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Levels Tuition (2015-2016)*
Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,002 (In-state) $28,804 (Out-of-state)
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,581 (In-state) $24,932 (Out-of-state)
The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,170 (In-state) $25,950 (Out-of-state)
Iowa State University Ames, IO 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,736 (In-state) $20,856 (Out-of-state)
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque, NM 4-year, Public Master's $6,096 (In-state graduate) $20,602 (Out-of-state graduate)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $8,367 (In-state undergrad) $22,534 (Out-of-state undergrad) $6,960 (In-state grad) $19,914 (Out-of-state grad)
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX 4-year, Public Master's $4,336 (In-state) $11,517 (Out-of-state)
Oregon State University - Bend Bend, OR 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,107 (In-state) $28,767 (Out-of-state)
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,001(In-state) $20,161 (Out-of-state)
North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo, ND 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $8,098 (In-state undergrad) $19,392 (Out-of-state undergrad) $5,440 (In-state grad) $14,524 (out-of-state grad)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

The first thing students should look for when selecting a construction engineering school is accreditation. The American Council for Construction Education accredits more than 50 schools across the United States. All accredited schools adhere to certain standards available for viewing at the council's website (www.acce-hq.org).

It's also important to keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure that there is a strong business department within the college or university. Construction engineers should understand planning, organizing, controlling and directing projects from the blueprint to the workers.
  • Look for a program that offers internship opportunities and up-to-date computer hardware and software so students can gain real-life experience while using the same technological systems as those on the job site.
  • Students may want to consider furthering their education with a master's degree. Master's students can focus on one of several specializations, like management, operations and methods. Online master's programs exist as well.

Students interested in a career building things like bridges, dams, roads, and buildings should consider pursuing a degree in construction engineering. Many schools and universities throughout the United States offer programs accredited through the American Council for Construction Education.

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