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Pool Design Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

Dec 11, 2019

Students interested in pool design may consider civil engineering programs available through the engineering departments at colleges and schools across the nation. Civil engineers design and supervise construction projects, as well as handle factors like cost-estimating and a structure's relation to the surrounding environment.

Top Civil Engineering Schools

These are some of the top schools that offer undergraduate programs in civil engineering, according to 2016 rankings info from U.S. News & World Report. Graduate programs are commonly available at these schools as well.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition 2018-2019*
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,094 in-state, $31,664 out-of-state
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,424 in-state, $33,020 out-of-state
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $51,354
Purdue University - West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,992 in-state, $28,794 out-of-state
University of Texas - Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,610 in-state, $37,580 out-of-state
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $51,832
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's,Master's, Doctoral $15,262 in-state, $49,350 out-of-state
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $55,188
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $13,620 in-state, $31,908 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when choosing a pool design school:

  • Students should look for programs accredited by ABET.
  • Look for programs that offer a structural or construction concentration at the graduate and undergraduate level, which can include relevant subjects, such as construction, structural design and water resources.
  • The best schools have research facilities relevant to pool design that may include structure and materials laboratories and testing centers.

Associate Degree Programs in Civil Engineering Technology

These programs prepare students to assist civil engineers as design technicians, construction surveyors or engineering technicians. Credits may be used toward the completion of a bachelor's program.

Bachelor's Degree Programs in Civil Engineering

Bachelor's programs include sequences in physics and advanced mathematics. Some schools have first-year programs for all engineering students in which they complete the non-engineering portion of the curriculum. Students pursue concentrations in the final two years.

Master's Programs in Civil Engineering

Some engineering graduate schools work with business and architecture schools to offer joint master's programs in architecture, engineering management or construction management. The graduate curriculum includes advanced coursework and some programs offer a non-thesis option.

Civil engineering undergraduate and graduate programs teach students skills related to project design and construction management. Students should look for accredited programs that have relevant labs and offer a concentration in structural engineering or construction.

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