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Civil Engineering in Pennsylvania?

sophiabsophiab Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
edited April 2007 in Engineering Majors
As a prospective civil engineering student, I was wondering what prestigious engineering schools are located in Pennsylvania if there are any?*
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Replies to: Civil Engineering in Pennsylvania?

  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,486 Senior Member
    Off the top of my head, they include Carnegie Mellon, Pennsylvania State, University of Pennsylvania, Bucknell, Swarthmore, and Lafayette
  • pearlygatepearlygate Registered User Posts: 581 Member
    upenn doesnt have civil engineering dept. Oh and if I were you I won't go to Penn for engineering
  • sophiabsophiab Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Pearlygate: Why do you say I shouldn't go to PA for engineering? I realize it might not be the best place in the world to do engineering, but all the same aren't there any fairly good ones? Where would you reccomend I go? Also, out of the ones at PA which would be my best bet?
  • GatorEng23GatorEng23 Registered User Posts: 1,571 Senior Member
    sophiab, Penn is not a bad engineering program. They have some very good areas (bioE especially). But since they don't have a civil engineering department, which you want to major in, it's not the best idea to go there. I would recommend you look into Carnegie Mellon or Penn State, they are great engineering schools are ranked (for civil) #13 and #17 respectively in the new 2008 Graduate rankings. (undergrad rankings will be very good too)
  • sophiabsophiab Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    I've been looking into Carnegie Mellon and they definitely seem to offer a great undergrad program in civil engineering.... I'm currently in my Sophmore year in High School and looking towards completing the Full IB diploma at my school next yr.... any suggestions on what i should be working in achieving in high school to increase my chances of getting into a top college of my preference?

    Also, if i were to consider any colleges outside Pennsylvania, which would i be looking for with a good civil engineering undergrad program?
  • GatorEng23GatorEng23 Registered User Posts: 1,571 Senior Member
    Keeping a high gpa and sat score are a given. But try to have some ec's where you are greatly involved in. If you are aiming for the top top schools, then it's a good idea to have some kind of "hook," maybe you can do something to show your interest civilE. I recommend you visit other boards on CC like "college admissions," you will get more feedback from people more qualified than me. :)

    Outside of Penn., here are some great schools for civil:

    University of California-Berkeley
    University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    Stanford University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Purdue University-West Lafayette
    University of Texas-Austin
    Rice University
  • ChamilitaryMayneChamilitaryMayne Registered User Posts: 781 Member
  • sophiabsophiab Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    What should i be looking towards completeing in my high school to ensure my getting in to a top college with a great civil engineering program?

    My current school offers the IB program although IB Physics is only offered at a standard level due to its increadibly high dificulty level and lack of students persuing it. Should I take 1 yr of IB Chem SL and a 2nd yr of IB Physics SL or IB Chem HL for the next 2 years?
  • GatorEng23GatorEng23 Registered User Posts: 1,571 Senior Member
    It really doesn't matter, pick the route you feel comfortable with and do well. I was in IB and a lot of people did IB Chem HL for 2 years and took IB Physics SL (as a sixth area choice). You can do that if you want. It's not like IB SL will give you any physics college credit anyways, but it's nice to have some background before taking college physics.
  • sophiabsophiab Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Lehigh or Carnegie Mellon for civil engineering?
  • collegemom16collegemom16 Registered User Posts: 4,257 Senior Member
    Undergraduate engineering specialties:
    (At schools whose highest degree is a doctorate)

    1. U. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign *
    2. University of California–Berkeley *
    3. Georgia Institute of Technology *
    4. University of Texas–Austin *
    Stanford University (CA)
    Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
    7. Purdue Univ.–West Lafayette (IN)*
    8. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor *
    9. Cornell University (NY)
    10. Texas A&M Univ.–College Station *
    11. Virginia Tech *
    12. Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
    13. Northwestern University (IL)
    14. Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison *
    15. Pennsylvania State U.–University Park *
    16. Johns Hopkins University (MD)
    17. California Institute of Technology
    University of Washington *
    19. University of Colorado–Boulder *
    Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities *
    21. Univ. of Southern California
    Princeton University (NJ)
    Duke University (NC)
    24. University of Florida *
    Michigan State University *
    Clemson University (SC)*
    * denotes a public school.

    Undergraduate engineering specialties:
    (At schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's)

    1. Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. (IN)
    2. United States Military Academy (NY)*
    3. Bucknell University (PA)
    Cooper Union (NY)
    5. Harvey Mudd College (CA)
    6. Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo *
    Lafayette College (PA)
    8. Valparaiso University (IN)
    9. Norwich University (VT)
    Virginia Military Institute *
    11. United States Air Force Acad. (CO)*
    Rowan University (NJ)*
    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Ohio Northern University
    * denotes a public school.
  • nazhockey26nazhockey26 Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    Go to Penn State, it is strong in every engineering field, particuarly Civil and it is also on of the greatest schools as far as quality of the college experience in the country. I have yet to hear of a Penn State graduate that did not like it. Also there is really not a reason to pay the sigificant difference in cost associated with private schools such as Lehigh when they are not a particularly better school. Besides where else can you see such good football!
  • CH121SCH121S Registered User Posts: 1,077 Senior Member
    I dont know about Civ. Engineering specifically, but I do know that many engineering companies think highly of Penn State students and graduates. Your In-state so unless you dont like the school when you visit it, why not?
  • Bet77Bet77 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Rowan University has a very strong program for Civil undergrad. Small class, hands on, hard program but supportive. The professors are the ones who teach not the grad students. I was very impressed by how they have the program structured.
  • Papa ChickenPapa Chicken Registered User Posts: 2,841 Senior Member
    CMU, PSU & Bucknell all produce great civil engineers. PSU civil engineers are most plentiful (& vocal in years that their beloved football team is doing well) and are trained well for real-world problems. CMU is smaller & has environmental contained within the department, which has a very strong reputation. Bucknell's civil/env department is mostly undergrad w/ a few masters students...again very good department, but smaller. As a civil/env engineering employer, I really like Bucknell grads because they can communicate well (liberal arts school). Suggest you check research interests of each school's civil profs (on their resumes) to see if the types of things they are studying pique your interests.
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