There are plenty of civil engineering schools today, located in all different parts of the country, ranging from the world-renowned and relatively expensive ones to the small- and mid-sized schools, with more affordable tuition fees. Even though the range of options can be pretty huge and diversified, everyone will have a unique university experience that includes their own needs and capabilities, both financially, academically, and socially.
Taking into account how overwhelming the process of choosing a specific university can be, today’s episode is a dissection of a list compiled by the U.S. News, in which they rank the best civil engineering schools for graduate programs available in the US. Isaac dives deeper into the particularities of each one of them, such as enrollment numbers, tuition fees, student-to-staff ratio, and more.
This is a great episode to get to know a bit more about the civil engineering schools available out there. If you’re in the process of choosing a school for your graduate studies, or not, this episode will provide you with the basics you should know about the top 12 schools, and some notable ones you must also take into consideration when making your decision.
Top 12 Schools – University of California, Berkeley / University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign / Georgia Institute of Technology / Stanford University / University of Texas, Austin / Purdue University, West Lafayette / Massachusetts Institute of Technology / University of Michigan, Ann Arbor / Virginia Tech / Carnegie Mellon University / Northwestern University / Cornell University / University of California, Davis
Notable Schools – University of Utah / Arizona State University / Auburn University / Brigham Young University / Clarkson University / Clemson University / Colorado School of Mines / Duke University / Florida A&M
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Isaac Oakeson: Hey, what's up everybody? Isaac here with Civil Engineering Academy. Today, I am coming at you with another podcast and video episode that sharing some cool, sweet tips with you about engineering schools. So, this comes from a list that U.S. News has put together. They've tried to detail what the top universities are for civil engineers. And so, we go through that list, talk about how they're ranked or which ones are ranked highest and talk about each school that's there. There are about 12 that I go through, so we could call this the Top 12 List. But they rank every school in some form or fashion. I get through the first 12, but then, you know, you could go look up your own school, wherever you're at, and see what it's ranked at. And that's just kind of a fun thing to do every once in a while. So, that's what we're going to do today. My own opinion about this stuff is that you're going to pay a lot less if you can go to an in-state school. I think that would be your number one option to go check that out and you know, use the resources that you have available to you. I, myself, am from Utah. So, I used University of Utah's program when I went to engineering and thought it was fantastic. And later in this episode, I look at the ranking of that and it's ranked something like 50. So, you know, that's great for me. So, check out your own rankings and your own States. See what makes sense to you. But if you have scholarships or really want to go to a top engineering school because that's your passion, then go for it, you know? Nothing to hold you back, especially if you can get a scholarship for it. So, in today's episode, we're going to talk about that. It's going to be a good one, just kind of a fun one to do, and that we'll get right to it, coming right up.
Isaac Oakeson: All right, guys. So, let's go through these engineering school rankings. This is as ranked from U.S. News. So, this is always an interesting list and I've already shared my thoughts on going to school, but if you can go to one of these or you're in these States, then you might as well check them out. And if you've got a scholarship of some sort, then maybe check them out too. So, you know? There's always options for you. The number one ranked school in the United States, according to U.S. News, is University of California, Berkeley. So, this was ranked as number one. It's actually tied for number one, with another school we'll talk about. But, for University of California, Berkeley, you're looking at a tuition of approximately $11,000 per year. Probably 11 and a half. And they're saying if you're out of state, it's about $26,500. So, in-state is definitely cheaper and University of California, Berkeley, it's usually ranked one of the top schools. You can get all kinds of degrees here, obviously, and, usually, a Master's degree typically takes about two years. You can also opt into an accelerated program into their Master's Program and graduate students can graduate in that in just one year. So, they've got some options for you for that school. So, pretty cool stuff. Definitely go check it out if you are there. And if you have a scholarship or something, or you want to go there, go for it.
Isaac Oakeson: The school that is tied for number one is University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which is Urbana. Boy, I'm probably slaughtering these guys. I'm sorry. This is in Illinois and this is tied for number one. And I knew nothing about this school, but this school is ranked tied for number one in civil engineering programs. The tuition here is about $18,600 per year, and that's for in-state tuition. For out-of-state tuition, you're looking at about $35,500. And I cannot believe how much school costs. Wow, that's crazy. So yeah, it's a good school. Like I said, it's ranked tied for number one. So, if you want to check out that school, it'll be good. It has a really good student-to-teacher ratio, which I think entices a lot of people when you need that attention. And, based on their rankings, that is tied for number one.
Isaac Oakeson: Okay, next up for schools that are ranked, it jumps to ranking of number three because we've got two schools tied for number one. And number three is the Georgia Institute of Technology. So, Georgia Institute of Technology. Good job, Georgia Tech. Tuition there, they've ranked at about $14,000 per year for in-state tuition. If you're out of state, it's about $29,000 and they have enrollments of about 4,200 students. So that's, what's going on at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Isaac Oakeson: Ranked tied for number three is our next school, which is Stanford University. That's you know, Stanford is always talked about as a great school. Tuition here you know is going to be expensive. But tuition at Stanford is going to be about $56,000 per year, full time. And the enrollment there is about 3,400 students. So Stanford is a good school. They've got a good program and they typically are always ranked very high in all of engineering aspects, but, for civil engineers, it is ranked number three. And if you can afford that tuition, good for you. That's great.
Isaac Oakeson: We got number five next because we have two ties for number three. So, we're jumping to number five. Number five is the University of Texas, Austin. And this is ranked number five which is awesome. And the tuition here is about $10,500 for in-state tuition, and your per-year cost, if you're' out of state, is about $19,300, and full-time enrollment for students there is 2,076. So, you get a little bit smaller school, you get a school that's ranked very highly in Austin, Texas, and, based on the tuition numbers definitely more affordable. So if you're looking at a great engineering school, you probably want to check out University of Texas, Austin as well.
Isaac Oakeson: Now, according to the ranking, number six comes in with Purdue University in West Lafayette. This is ranked as number six, and the tuition here is $10,300 for in-state tuition. And for out-of-state tuition, you're looking at about $29,000 with an enrollment of 3,428 students. So, a little bit smaller. If you're in state, you know, the tuition definitelym akes more sense. Sojust reading a little bit about their university, they're saying that the college of Purdue University at West Lafayette has a rolling application deadline. So, you've got to fill out your application to get in the school. Like we already mentioned the pricing already, and you're looking at basically a per-credit cost of $329. And you know, that's the cost of school. And their student-faculty ratio is 5.7 to one. So, about six to one and it's a good school. So, they got about 400 full-time faculty on staff and definitely a program to go check out if you live there, for sure. So that is number six, Purdue university, West Lafayette.
Isaac Oakeson: Number seven comes in with Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT, as you know it. Now, you know the cost of this one's going to be expensive. This is in Cambridge, Mass, and it's a good school. MIT is always ranked really high, but, in this case, it's ranked number seven on our top 10 list here. Tuition for this school is $53,450 per year, full time. Quite a bit of money. The enrollment for how many students are there is 3,130. So, that's kind of interesting. Let me see if there's any additional information on here that you think would be interesting. Student-To-Teacher ratio is about five and a half to one, as of 2019. It's a very popular destination, obviously. Most people know about this as well, and so they offer quite a bit of degrees there. So, good engineering school. It's always ranked very highly in all of engineering aspects, but, for civil engineers, theU.S. News has ranked MIT as number seven.
Isaac Oakeson: Okay. Let's jump to another number seven. There is a tie here at the number seven spot. The other number seven is University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Now, this is in Michigan. They've got a tuition rate, for in-state cost, of about $27,200 and out-of-state cost of $51,126, with a full-time enrollment of 3,247 students. So, another school that does cost quite a bit, if you are out of state. The student to faculty ratio here is about 4.6 to one, so it's less. So you probably get a better interaction with your professors there, because that is lower. And they have all kinds of programs again. And they have lots of other activities you can do on the schools, what they've mentioned here. It's a good campus. Very nice place. Anyway, good stuff there. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ranked number seven.
Isaac Oakeson: Okay. Let's jump to number nine now, because number seven was a tie for two spots. So, now we've got to jump to number nine. Number nine spot is the Virginia Tech, and this is a tuition of $13,700 for in-state. If you're out of state, that's going to be about $27,600. The enrollment is actually pretty low. You've got 1,881 students. So, I imagine the student-to-professor ratio is pretty good here. Yeah, student-faculty ratio is 2.9 to one. So, you're getting a lot of hands on attention if you go to Virginia Tech engineering school and again, the in-state tuition is relatively low compared to others. You're out-of-state tuition is you know, it seems to be about average. So, Virginia Tech.
Isaac Oakeson: And, hey. You know what? If you guys go to any of these schools, I'd like for you to leave me in the comments and let me know where you're going. If you are attending these schools or you have attended these schools, and I'd love to know your own experience of attending these, because that would be fun to share with other people.
Isaac Oakeson: Let's jump to number 10. And number 10 on their list is Carnegie Mellon University. This is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and this is ranked as number 10. There's actually two that were ranked as a tie here. And so you know, we're not going to limit this just the top 10 schools. We could go to 20 if we wanted to. And maybe I'll just touch on a few of them as we keep going. But, yeah, the Carnegie Mellon University. So, this is ranked as number 10. It was tied with another university as number 10. Tuition here is quite expensive. If you're a full-time student, per-year cost is $48,500. And you also, which is about a $2,000 credit, per credit hour. That's a lot. And then enrollment here is a little higher. You got 4,112 students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University. And it's a good school. So, go check that one out.
Isaac Oakeson: Now tied for number 10 is Northwestern University. It's McCormick. And this is in Evanston, Illinois. This is tied for number 10. The tuition for this, for a master's degree, is $56,000. Okay. That's a full-time student. Enrollment here is 1,910 people. So, you get less students. I bet the student-to-professor ratio is really good here. Let's go check that out. Yeah, it's 4.6 to one. So, it's a little lower than some of the big schools. But they have less staff. So they've got about 207 staff that go here. And they've got all kinds of different master's degrees. They got over 15 available. You can bike around lakes, you can do all kinds of stuff here. So, there's plenty of stuff to do at Northwestern University. The tuition is kind of expensive, but if you want to check that out, you definitely can.
Isaac Oakeson: I got two more than I want to touch on. One is Cornell University. This was tied for number 12. This university has a tuition of about $29,000, and it's got an enrollment of 2,390 people. They've listed this as a tie for 12th spot, because we had a tie for 10th. So, really, we're talking about the top 12 schools. And that's in Ithaca, New York. So, in-state tuition, if you're getting your master's, is $29,500, and they've got an enrollment of about 2,400 students, and that's a good school as well.
Isaac Oakeson: And then lastly, I want to talk about University of California, Davis. This was also tied for number 12. This is an in-state tuition of about $14,000, and, if you're out of state, it's about $29,000, with an enrollment of 1,208 kids. Not kids, students. You know what I mean. Yeah, another good school in California. You know, my thought is to always pay in-state tuition if you can, because that's going to be cheaper for you and you can still get a really good education. And those are just some of my thoughts there. All right! And the last school, which is tied for number 12 is University of California Davis. This is also tied for number 12 with Cornell university. This school has a tuition of about well, $13,500. That's per year for in-state tuition. And out-of-state, you're going to pay about $29,000 for that. That is University of California, Davis. The enrollment there is only 1,208. So, you get a little bit smaller group size there, but definitely another school.
Isaac Oakeson: Guys, that's gonna wrap it up. That's basically the top 12 universities for civil engineers to go get your degree. What do you think of the list? Do you agree with it? Do you not agree with it? If you've attended any of these universities, I would love to know your experience with them. I've already shared my opinion about going to school and what you should be doing. I think that an in-state college tuition is a cheaper deal for you, and you can probably find a really good program there. But if you have scholarships or something and you really want to go to a school like this, then don't, you know, let that hold you back. Go out and get it.
Isaac Oakeson: So hopefully this was interesting to you. It was interesting to me, and I think we all learned a little bit of, you know, about these rankings. I think it was fun. Maybe I should list some others that might be notable on their list. Maybe this might be interesting to you. But some other notables, just throwing them out there, based on their list. This is just an alphabetical order, but you got Arizona State University, they were ranked 41, Auburn was ranked 71, BYU is ranked 94, Clarkson University won 40, Clemson, number 72, Colorado School of Mines, number 59, and on and on. Duke University, number 23, Florida A&M, number 102. So, just a huge mix of stuff. And we could load more and more and more, if we wanted to.
Isaac Oakeson: I am curious, though, because I went to the University of Utah. Okay. I did a quick search of my own school, which is the University of Utah, and it's ranked actually number 51 in the best civil engineering schools to go to. Its in-state tuition is $8,165 per year. I think that's more than that, because I had to go there. This is for a Master's. And out-of-state is about $25,000. Enrollment of 1,254. So, it does fall in line with some of the other schools. So, I guess the point in checking that out is, go check out the schools that are local to your own area first, I think that's going to be your best deal. But definitely go check out the rest of these. And if you want more information, you can go to usnews.com, go check out the engineering schools they have ranked and it might be interesting for you to check out. Guys, hopefully this helped you out. Definitely was enlightening to me. Kind of a fun one to look at and deal. So, like I said, leave me comments about the school you went to and what you think of this list and tell me your experience. All right. Will see you in the next one. Bye.
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