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Help! Construction Management Major

ken11ken11 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
Help, I need help selecting great schools that concentrate on construction management, I'm looking at several things before I make a decision (such as in state, out state tuition, location, school rep, etc) I am currently a resident of NY state, but will consider schools out of state if it's worth going than going to a school in my state. Some schools that I had in mind ( Alfred state, Utica college, SUNY ESF, VA tech and Clemson university) Please anyone

Replies to: Help! Construction Management Major

  • blueguy99blueguy99 Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    I was going to suggest VTech and clemson but I see you have those covered. One that isn't on your list, is very far away, but has a great program in it is University of a Washington in seattle
  • ken11ken11 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    Yeah that's a little far, but what do you think staying in state to save money and going to a school like Alfred or ESF or transferring out of state to a school like Clemson
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,628 Forum Champion
    What's the difference between Construction Mgmt and Construction Eng'g?
  • SOSConcernSOSConcern Registered User Posts: 3,784 Senior Member
    Here is an idea of the difference - engineering requires the depth of math/physics and other engineering (I imagine most construction engineering would be within civil eng). This AU curriculum in 'building science' shows where it is a depth of combining business and building; they only require calc I as level of math:

  • college_querycollege_query Registered User Posts: 4,438 Senior Member
    A friend's S graduated from Kansas State in Construction Management. He was offered a job before he even graduated.

  • ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,610 Senior Member
    Places with growing economies where they actually construct new buildings will have more opportunities in this field than no/slow growth states.
  • SOSConcernSOSConcern Registered User Posts: 3,784 Senior Member
    OP, see if you can get a good education at in-state public option. Compare their degree plan to others, and do choose a school that has a very good reputation. Auburn's program is a good one to compare what all they do - with extra certifications, etc. Perhaps you can get the same/similar. The more you know the right questions to ask and the right info to seek, the better you will be to making the right school choice.

    See about co-op or internship opportunities. Having some experiences is a big help developing yourself and having employers having confidence with you with your degree. Summers are a good time to get construction experience and when employers may need extra workers.

    Always needing construction management in major cities - with high priced real estate and new construction and re-use of buildings.

    Do you want to stay in your area to live after graduating?

    How good of a student are you? Perhaps complete some courses at CC and live at home to save money, then transfer to state program that coordinates.

  • AlexandreAlexandre Registered User Posts: 24,617 Senior Member
    Purdue has an excellent program as well.
  • ken11ken11 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    @SOSConcern I appreciate your insight, very helpful and I am finishing off at a community college right now looking to transfer to a bacholar degree and I don't plan on staying in rural upstate New York after a graduate even if I was to graduate from a state school.
  • SOSConcernSOSConcern Registered User Posts: 3,784 Senior Member
    @ken11 the courses at community college, do they coordinate with an in-state program? Have you looked at the courses for degree plan at that in-state school(s) in comparison to other construction management programs? Does the school have internship or co-op opportunities?

    If you like NY state or NYC, I am sure you can find the right kind of program that is cost-effective for you.

    Can look at the degree plans at Purdue, Auburn, etc - they may be very similar to what your in-state option is.

    My DD is in civil engineering and has interned with people that did construction management from AU and are in good positions with a good company - but it wasn't that AU's program is any better than what you may have readily available in your in-state options (AU like Purdue, is a public University, but OOS tuition is steep) . We know a construction management degree holder that did that work for a few years in construction and now manages a family owned Goodyear dealership. The business skills can transfer to other kind of work.

  • bearpantherbearpanther Registered User Posts: 620 Member
    Pennsylvania College of Technology (affiliated with Penn State) has this major:


  • SOSConcernSOSConcern Registered User Posts: 3,784 Senior Member
    The OOS 'bite' for Pennsylvania College of Technology is not as big as many, but it is currently about $6800/year:


  • CorinthianCorinthian Registered User Posts: 1,781 Senior Member
    My nephew got his degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and he has a great job in the Chicago area.
  • SOSConcernSOSConcern Registered User Posts: 3,784 Senior Member
    Here is the info from school in post #13


    This school has a bite for OOS, over $12,000/year more (instate is a bit over $8,000 tuition)

  • ken11ken11 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    I kind of narrowed it down to Alfred state, Utica college, temple university and Georgia southern university what do you think?
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