Top Schools for Surveying

Jul 31, 2018

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.

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Aspiring surveyors can find undergraduate programs in surveying at many highly ranked schools, including Pennsylvania College of Technology, Ferris State University, and Idaho State University.

The three schools discussed here offer programs in surveying engineering or technology, which can lead to a certificate or degree. Both Ferris State University and Pennsylvania College of Technology were highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and Idaho State University offers access to the latest surveying equipment and software systems.

In addition to learning how to determine air, land or water boundaries, surveying students learn how to write descriptions for legal documents, such as leases and deeds.

1. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

As of 2017, Penn College is ranked #13 among four-year, public colleges in the North, according to U.S. World & News Report.

This school 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

U.S. News and World Report ranked Ferris State #18 among the best public schools in the country for 2017.

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

3. Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho

Idaho State University offers a bachelor's degree in surveying and geomatics engineering technology. Students have access to the latest computers, surveying equipment and software photogrammetric systems.

Coursework includes cartography, photogrammetry, and geodesy, along with general education classes.

An internship is also available for full time students, which requires a 20-hour commitment per week.

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Other top surveying schools include the following:

School Name Distinction Location
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 bachelor's degree program in geomatics (land surveying) Orem, UT
Vincennes University Latest technology includes Topcon, Trimble and Leica total stations Vincennes, IN

When choosing a surveying program, aspiring surveyors may take into consideration a school's facilities, internship opportunities, and course offerings, as well as rankings from national organizations.

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