Inaugural Ranking of the Top Undergraduate Construction Schools

11December2006

As promised, here are the inaugural rankings of the top undergraduate construction management and construction engineering programs in the nation. The Top 10 List follows:

#1 Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State U., Blacksburg Virginia Tech
#2 North Dakota State U., Fargo
#3 California State Polytechnic U., San Luis Obispo
#4 Florida International U., Miami
#5 North Carolina State U., Raleigh
#6 Purdue U. Calumet, Hammond, Ind.
#7 California State U., Sacramento
#8 U. of Nevada, Las Vegas
#9 U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque
#10 Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y.

I hope a list like this will encourage discussion. A discussion similar to a College Football BCS debate of why a school should be ranked higher or lower; but, before we get started with that, let me explain a couple things – including my methodology.

I became interested in generating a list of top construction schools several years ago when I came across an Engineering News – Record (ENR) article entitled, The Nation’s C-Schools. This article provided me with the base data for my rankings and also the C-School term (like B-Schools for Business Schools) that I currently use for my blog title.

I was interesting in developing a list of top construction schools that I could use as I was relocated about the nation to work on healthcare construction projects. I wanted to find the best schools that would yield a consistently high level of entry-level construction professionals. A ranking list would help me focus my limited recruiting resources (time and money) as efficiently as possible.

I decided that a good way to gauge the construction industry’s interest in a particular C-School was to see how many construction firms were competing for the students graduating each term. I was able to come up with a numerical representation of construction industry interest for my rankings by dividing the number of construction firms recruiting from a particular program by the number of students graduating each term. Using this methodology, the Number #1 C-School was Virgina Tech which scored an impressive 5+ construction firms competing for each graduate.

I realize this list has numerous limitations, including:

- Rather “ancient” 2001 data is used to generate the list

- The difficulty of larger schools to compete with smaller schools when dealing with a ratio driven ranking system

- Schools that did not provide the data on number of graduates and recruiting organization where not included on the list (Refer to the bottom of the list for a few of these schools)

- I’m sure that the readers of this list can provide several more.

As mentioned above, my main intent with publishing this ranking list is to initiate the discussion of how construction schools stack up against one another, as I believe this can lead to improving the state of construction education. I hope you enjoy the rankings and please share your idea on a better ranking methodology and more current sources of information.

You can find another link to the rankings below, followed by a list of the Top 50 Programs:

Top Undergraduate Construction Programs

INSTITUTION/SPONSOR/PROGRAM
1 Virginia Polytech. Inst. & State U., Blacksburg
2 North Dakota State U., Fargo
3 California State Polytechnic U., San Luis Obispo (Arch) (ConM)
4 Florida International U., Miami
5 North Carolina State U., Raleigh
6 Purdue U. Calumet, Hammond, Ind.
7 California State U., Sacramento (CofE) (ConM)
8 U. of Nevada, Las Vegas
9 U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque 8
10 Alfred State College, Alfred, N.Y.
11 U. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
12 Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
13 U. of Florida, Gainesville
14 U. of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
15 Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wis.
16 Roger Williams U., Bristol, R.I.
17 Central Connecticut State U., New Britain
18 U. of Arkansas, Little Rock
19 Purdue U., West Lafayette, Ind. (CofE) (ConE and M)
20 Purdue U., West Lafayette, Ind. (CofTech) (ConM)
21 U. of Nebraska, Lincoln
22 U. of Maine, Orono
23 California State Polytechnic U., Pomona (CofE) (ConE)
24 Murray State U., Murray, Ky.
25 Kansas State U., Manhattan
26 Michigan State U., East Lansing
27 Arizona State U., Tempe
28 Boise State U., Boise, Idaho
29 U. of Oklahoma, Norman (Arch) (ConScience)
30 Clemson U., Clemson, S.C.
31 Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
32 Oregon State U., Corvallis
33 Iowa State U., Ames
34 Texas Tech U., Lubbock (CofE) (ConE)
35 U. of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie
36 Wentworth Institute of Tech., Boston, Mass.
37 Auburn U., Auburn, Ala.
38 Colorado State U., Fort Collins
39 Ferris State U., Big Rapids., Mich.
40 Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge
41 U. of Southern California, Los Angeles
42 U. of Wisconsin, Platteville
43 Temple U., Philadelphia, Pa.
44 Washington State U., Pullman
45 Indiana State U., Terre Haute
46 California State U., Chico (CofE) (ConM)
47 Eastern Michigan U., Ypsilanti
48 Oklahoma State U., Stillwater (CofE) (ConM)
49 U. of Washington, Seattle
50 U. of Nebraska, Omaha

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58 Responses to “Inaugural Ranking of the Top Undergraduate Construction Schools”

  1. David Says:

    Where is ECU? I have been told that ECU was consistantly ranked 3rd or 4th in the nation?
    Thanks
    David

    • Eric Says:

      ECU definetly got left out.

    • Reply Says:

      Bottom Line: ECU students/alumni/fans say these things all the time with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to base them on. Example: Find a website that ranks the nursing school in the top 50. From what I hear from students/alumni/fans, it’s always “ranked top in the nation.”


  2. Check out #73 on this page:

    http://cschool.wordpress.com/2006/12/31/c-school-blog-ranks-top-undergraduate-construction-programs/

    Keep in mind that with the ratio-based foundation of my ranking system (graduates vs. recruiting organizations), the largest programs (like ECU) can face an uphill battle when compared with the smaller programs.

    In future postings, I plan to divide out my rankings into geographic regions and also into large school (30 graduates or more) vs. small school.

    —-

    A question back to you — Which organization ranked ECU #3 or #4?

  3. Leidy Says:

    Hello,

    I am enjoying this blog – and this list in particular is valuable (especially for outlining the construction programs in the US) to me. Nice work, and I hope it keeps up!

    One omission I have noticed is Penn State’s Architectural Engineering Program’s Construction Option (Don’t know why they put it in that department). The program (where I am a graduate student) is ABET accredited, and has a curriculum similar to that at other Construction Schools. There are about 25 graduates from the option each year, and last year’s career fair had 141 companies. Anyway, I’m not as concerned with the ranking as I am that people may not realize this program exists. Related links are below.

    http://www.engr.psu.edu/ae/option_areas/construction.asp

    http://www.engr.psu.edu/ae/job_placement/career_fair/index.asp

  4. Charles Says:

    Has Mississippi State University’s program not broken into the rankings yet??? There are about 140 enrolled in the program & graduate from 30-40 a year. Just wanted to create some buzz that the program is out there.


  5. Charles – Thanks for your posting. I found the following link to the construction management and land development degree through Mississippi State’s College Business:

    http://misweb.cbi.msstate.edu/~COBI/faculty/departments/mainpage.shtml?MCLD

    Is this the program that you are referring to in your posting? Also, do you know if this is an accredited construction management program (ABET, ACCE, or others)? – Michael

  6. Charles Says:

    Currently the only accreditation for the program is through AACSB (International The Association to Advance
    Collegiate Schools of Business), but further accreditation for the program is being looked into. In the last year students were recruited from 6 employers including:
    Doster, Roy Anderson, Yates, Jim Walter Homes, Grant & Co., Brasfield & Gorrie, & MJ Harris.

  7. Erik Barrow Says:

    You need to break out the CM schools and the Engineering/CM schools and rank them seperately. There is a difference. In my opinion, ECU should be ranked pretty high. We have a large college and a 100% placement rate. Firms from all over the country come to ECU to get our grads….but this pole is like all the others…rank all the ones that people figure should be at the top and screw everybody else that doesn’t ring a bell….just like the BCS.

    • Reply Says:

      If ECU had a good enough CM program, it wouldn’t need a separate poll now would it?


  8. Erik – Thanks for your posting. I agree that there are differences between construction management and construction engineering programs; but, I rank all the programs together because both types of program provide entry-level hires to the construction management and general contracting industry. – Michael Nelson

  9. gaurav Says:

    do you have any link that will provide me ranking of graduate school


  10. This ranking system would apply to recruiter interest in both the undergraduate students and graduate students.

  11. Matt Says:

    This is a great list whether or not you agree with the ordering and omissions. It would be great to be able to find more like this on the web. Perhaps someone could be ambitious enough to compile a list of all the nation’s major undergraduate programs.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    To place the Milwaukee School of Engineering at 15 does injustice to the university. In 2004, 05, 06 they won outright the national construction management competition over many of the schools ranked above them.

    Thought I would state the obvious….

  13. Anonymous Says:

    I am an overseas scholar and currently looking for academic positions in construction management schools in USA. I found the rank is very useful in helping me set priority and focus my effort. I will also be interested to see another rank which is based on researh output.

    Could you please advise me if there is any website where lists out the academic vacancies in USA? Do the Universities in USA usually consider only USA citizens or permanent residents? Thank you in advance for your kind advice.


  14. [...] initial ranking system (C-Schoolblog Rankings) was based on a simple ratio of the number of recruiters at a school (demand) versus the number of [...]

  15. Dave Says:

    Initially a bitter-sweet poll for me. I am a product of Virginia Tech’s construction program but, now teach at Eastern Kentucky. First and last. I love myself, I hate myself, I love myself… I don’t understand the ranking criteria. It bears no real meaning. Large programs are at a disadvantage with over 200 grads. A program like that would have to have over 1,000 companies recruiting them to reach the top 10.

    I am also not sure where the numbers came from. Last time I checked, we have 100% placement of our grads for the past 10 years. I would normally not be concerned about a poll like this and just ignore it. As Mark Twain said “There is the truth and there is statistics.” Except if prospective students look at this list, it is probable that they will not give consideration to the criteria and simply decide that they do not want to go the worst C-school out there when in fact, it is not.

  16. JJax Says:

    ??? […] initial ranking system (C-Schoolblog Rankings) was based on a simple ratio of the number of recruiters at a school (demand) versus the number of […] ???

    SIMPLE is the word here. I don’t know how you could rank any program on this alone. For example, let’s just say that some of the programs have big time recuiters from the Top 100 or 500 and they make the best offers, offer the best opportunities. That would be just one important factor. Does a company like this equate to 1, 2, 5, 10 small home builders? How about telling us things like: Placement of graduates, average starting salary, things like this. You really have not done any research and I would not use any of this information to guide me to a C School. Hope to see more info on your next try. Thanks.


  17. JJax – Thanks for your posting on C-School Blog.

    Are you a high school student looking for guidance on the best construction management schools in your region?

    You make interesting points about other information that can be used to rank college programs. The problem with some of the metrics that you mention is finding reliable data and accounting for regional differences. For example, if you want to base a college program ranking on starting salaries, you will have a list dominated by colleges in regions of the US with high costs-of-living — the construction firms out West and in the Northeast will pay more than the same type of firms in the South, Southeast, and Midwest.

    Do you have your eye on any C-school in particular?

    – Mike

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Hi,

    Are there any post-graduate construction management programs offered long distance with no / limited face to face contact? Is there a ranking for such programs?

    Thanks and regards.

  19. Cody Andreasen Says:

    What about BYU? They’ve participated in the NAHB competition for the past 30 years and haven’t placed only 7 of those years. They’ve competed there more consistently than any other school around. They’ve also done well in many of the ASC competitions as well. That’s gotta say something about the program.

  20. Nathan Says:

    What about UW-Stout. I was always told that it ranked a lot higher than 35.


  21. I agree with the latest Statement about Brigham Young University. If this ranking is going to have any credibility in ranking undergraduate CM programs you would be wise to refer to the extreemly strong winning record the university has in the ASC, NAHB and ABC competitions each year in all categories both regionally and Nationally. For example, BYU placed 1st regionally in 3 of the 4 categories and 2nd in the 4th. They went on to place 1st in the National competition in 2 of 5 categories and 2nd in one other. visit http://www.asc67.org/ 2. A large percentage of the published faculty is annually requested to speak and instruct at the NAHB convention and other speaking/training conferences. 3. BYU grads are recruited across the nation and internationally, not just in the region surrounding the school. 4. Admission to the program at BYU is extreemly intense allowing on average only 50% of it’s applicants.

    The experience is broad and distinguished. Please review carefully if this list is going to be legitimate.

    Great idea to get this list started. Keep developing it. Construction management is the greatest degree on the earth!!

  22. Zach Says:

    Minnesota State University, Mankato is definitely competitive with the top ten programs. Your study should be more definitive and less broad.

  23. Pat Pannell Says:

    I question your qualifications to rank construction programs. I question your research methodology. I question the validity of your research. In my opinion your publication is dangerous. There are people that will consider your writing when making educational decisions without noticing the obvious flaws in your research. Sorry, but my opinion is your blog is worse than useless.

    • HT Says:

      I agreed. How in the world could you rank WSU above UW??? I need to see data and methodology.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    can you rate these programs-
    Univ of Michigan,ann arbor-Constr Engg and Management
    Univ of Illinois,Urbana champaign
    Univ of Texas, Austin
    Univ of Washington,Seattle
    Which of the above is the best? and how does each one fare overall especially with regards to recruitment/placement???

  25. sanat Says:

    can you rate these programs-
    Univ of Michigan,ann arbor-Constr Engg and Management
    Univ of Illinois,Urbana champaign
    Univ of Texas, Austin
    Univ of Washington,Seattle
    Which of the above is the best? and how does each one fare overall especially with regards to recruitment/placement???


  26. Sanat,

    In order to rank the schools above (U of Michigan at Ann Arbor, U of Illinois at Urbana, U of Texas at Austin, & U of Washington at Seattle) it is important to know where you want to begin your career after school. It would be impossible to go wrong with any of the schools above (they are all very good); but, I would recommend that you pursue the one closest to the geographic area where you would like to work. For example, if you want to work in the Northwest region of the US, I would recommend that you attend U of Washington as you will benefit from networking with your fellow students, professors, and industry professionals from this area of the nation.

    Hope this helps,
    Mike

  27. sanat Says:

    Thanks Mike,
    I thought I would also ask you this-I would be doing my MS in construction Management just after my undergraduate degree in civil engineering. Is work experience recommended or can one do the degree and start working after the MS degree itself.Any adice on this?
    thanx!


  28. Sanat,

    To answer your question above, it is important to know your goals.

    DO YOU WANT TO INCREASE YOUR “EXPERT POWER”?
    If you have a sincere interest to specialize in a particular area of construction, you might want to go from your undergraduate directly directly to your master program.

    DO YOU WANT TO MAXIMIZE YOUR ENTRY-LEVEL SALARY?
    As far as financial rewards, my experience is that entry-level employees get paid the same salary at the beginning of their career regardless of whether there degree is undergraduate or graduate. “Real world” experience is critical in construction and the sooner the that you get internships and full-time experience the better.

    – Mike

  29. Joseph Says:

    Hi Mike,
    Ive just completed my Undergraduate Degree in Civil Engg and am looking at pursuing an MS in Construction Engg and Mgment. Ive got an admit into :

    a) MS in Construction Management @ School of Architechture in Texas A&M University.
    b) MS in Civil Engg with specialisation in Construction Engg and Mgment at Dept of Civil Engg at Purdue University, West Lafayette.

    Could you kindly elucidate the differences between the 2 courses, if there are any, and tell me which one would be a better option, with regard to recruitment etc?

    Thank you.
    Joseph

  30. T.L. Larsen Says:

    I am wondering why in the above discussions and in the top 25, Colorado State was not mentioned. I understand the ranking is based on number of students to recruiters, and since CSU is the largest program in the nation that sets us at a disadvantage. However that is changing, CSU is capping the program and raising the entrance requirements over the next two years. That aside we routinely place in national tournaments and our job placement is one hundred percent. I also realize we have a reputation as being blue collar and turning out more supers than any other school. So my real question is how do non-rocky mountain construction professionals view Colorado State CM graduates in your opinion? And in your ranking do you give more credit to Construction-Engineering schools than schools that give a more construction hands on approach? Thanks

  31. Scott - Recruiting Mgr Says:

    Hello All,
    I just stumbled upon this list. First, I think Mike has done a good job at trying to put this together… there simply isn’t enough good info out there for whoever is trying to get it.

    Second, I’ll state that I’m a Recruiting Mgr for a Construction Mgt firm. To keep this brief, I’ll state the schools that I, and other folks in this field, try to hit up. Please keep in mind, that I will absolutely be leaving some off the list. The fact is that there are many good programs out there depending on location, attention to the student, job offers, etc.

    Here’s a brief listing: ASU, BYU, Ferris State, Cal Poly (San Louis Obispo), Michigan State, Kansas State, Texas A&M (great Healthcare/Green studies), Purdue (engineering always at the top along w/ their CM program), Colorado State, Chico State, Lawrence Tech… and so on…

    I should state that I haven’t been to all of these schools. ASU, for example is a well respected CM program, but I don’t bother because of the competition for students. Likewise, I enjoy visiting Ferris State because there is less competition for students, but the students are just as good.

    I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you guys/gals have. Thanks.

    • Skyler Says:

      Hey Scott,

      Don’t give up on ASU students because of competition! We have a great program and are making constant improvements! And with the economy as it is now, competition for students has surely decreased.

  32. Naveen Says:

    hello scott ,

    i ve done btech in civil engg and ‘m looking for good grad schools to pursue my m.s. in construction management . as i’l b takin up a loan to pay for my m.s. program , a school gettin good recruiters is one of the imp things on my mind , so can u mention a few of them i can apply to other than tamu , asu , n yeah how is the usc c.m program ranked …

  33. Courtney Richardson Says:

    Hi all – does anyone have a list of good undergraduate construction schools in Canada?
    email courtney.s.richardson@gmail.com
    Greatly appreciated,
    Courtney

  34. Patrick Parker Says:

    Where is GSU on your list???

    I believe Georgia Southern University has been overlooked due to ancient program data. We currently have about 500 students in our CM program with a 99% placement rate of graduates. We hold 11 regional ASC/AGC Competition 1st place titles (beating FIU 7 times) in Heavy Civil, 3 1st place Commercial teams and 2 1st place design-build teams along with a slew of 2nd and 3rd place awards in all three catagories. We have also compeated and won the NAHB competition in recent years. One of the best and oldest CM schools in the SE USA.

    GO EAGLES!!!

  35. Brandon Says:

    Texas A&M at 57 is laughable. We ARE the top Construction Science program in the nation, just ask every major company in the nation. Here in Texas, all companies hire Aggies first, then fill their spots with UT, Tech, and SHSU grads. Auburn, which is a very highly regarded program (aside from this comical list), has hired its last two department heads from our faculty. I respect your opinion and research, but find it to be extremely flawed.

    • Randy Says:

      I managed a large hospital project in Texas for a national CM and most of the local “talent” were Aggies. The attitude above was prevalent; however, their talent was mediocre at best, primarily due to a sense of entitlement. Graduates of Purdue, Cincinnati, and Bowling Green are far superior.

      I agree that there is little credibility to the methodology behind the list.

      • James Says:

        I hope I have opportunities to meet graduates of Purdue and the other schools Randy mentions, but I agree with Brandon that a meaningful ranking of the quality and marketability of Texas A&M’s degree would place it far higher in the list — in the top 10, at least, for non-civil-engineering CM programs. I’m currently in the MS program at Texas A&M and I chose this program in large part because it was cited more consistently than any other program as being in the top five schools of choice among the people I surveyed in industry. I surveyed HR directors, operations executives, project executives and facilities management executives at 22 global and national construction firms, 7 global real estate firms and 4 large facilities owners with annual construction budgets of $500 million to $1 billion. The placement rate for both the undergraduate and graduate programs is very impressive, as is the quality of the firms that hire Aggies. If you are disciplined, considerate and make the most of the program here, you won’t have any trouble getting hired into a rewarding position that is commensurate with your ability, whether you want to work for a regional subcontractor, a domestic national GC, a foreign national GC, a global GC, or a facility owner like, in my case, Saudi Aramco. This degree will open doors for employment with outstanding firms of all scales, in the commercial, industrial, government and residential sectors, around the world. (The other schools that ranked consistently highly in my survey — for graduate programs in non-civil-engineering CM — included Georgia Tech, Univ. of Florida, Purdue Univ., Auburn Univ. and Univ. of Washington.) I’ll leave off with a personal observation about the Aggie attitude: maybe they do tend to adopt an attitude of entitlement or arrogance, which would be very unfortunate, but the undergraduate students I meet on campus are among the most courteous 20-year-olds I have met anywhere in the States.

  36. Alex Says:

    I like that someone actually has a list. I noticed that Fresno State and Nevada-Reno aren’t included. I believe Stanford and Berkeley now have Masters programs in CM but, I’m not sure about undergraduate CM degrees.

    Keep up the good work!

  37. John Says:

    The fact that the University of Florida, which is the oldest construction program in the country and one of the best, isn’t in the top five makes this list worthy of serious evaluation. I feel bad for Auburn at 37.

    In terms of jobs, it depends on what region you’re competing in and what companies are around. For example, being a graduate of Texas A&M won’t get you anywhere for a job in the Southeast right out of school, when you already have quality programs like Florida, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Clemson. Just look at the top executives from construction companies in the Southeast. That’s where they went.

  38. Rohan Sarda Says:

    Hi, First of all thanks for coming up with this list. I want to find out about the rankings of construction management courses in the UK. I have no idea where to begin because no rankings are available anywhere. I have applied to the Univ of Reading, Loughborough and New Castle. Any help would be greatly Appreciated.
    Thanks

  39. Juan Says:

    Hello all, im an Architect looking for a graduate CM Masters in the U.S. For what I have seen, Illinois Institute of Technology has a very good one as well as Carnegie Mellon´s Masters in Architecture and Engineering Construction Management. Can you tell me which of these do you recomend for a M.S? are there any better ones? your opinion is very important, as there is very few information regarding gaduate programs rankings. Thanks.

  40. John Poole Says:

    Thanks for sharing, I love debating it this stuff.

    What about the top graduate programs in Construction Management? That would be a very interesting debate.

    The truth about all these ranking is that while, it makes for eye catching article titles, it is too subjective of a topic to rank. You should go to school for what they offer and how it fits your interests and not their rank.

    I went to grad school for construction management and while the curriculum fit my interests almost perfectly, employers were a bit intimidated by a young person with a graduate degree.

  41. Pat Says:

    If I understand the concept, the title…”Top Construction Schools ” is misleading and an error in judgement.

    If you have a weak program with ten students in proximity to numerous recruiters you could easily be number one on the list. Where is the informational value in that ranking ? It seems a quantitative survey has been named as though it were qualitative, no ?

  42. Brice Johnson Says:

    I am a graduate of one of your top schools ,bu tmy experience is different. I had already managed hundreds of millions of dollars of projects before I started and have exceeded that since leaving. The school is great and most of the instructors are wonderful, but this like most “Construction” programs does not prepare learners for management of projects. In fact, the acceditation organizations keep them from doing it. The two schools are engineering aligned fields or jock of all trades master of none programs. CAD, advanced math, structural or civil calculations, surveying, etc. have nothing to do with managing the work and therefore the programs should not include “Management” in the titles. Further, “construction” is as broad as saying “manufacturing” or “transportation” and so it leaves just too much to the engineers of academia to promote and cultivate the “mini-me” culture.
    What’s really weird is the dynamic of leaders who were grads of these programs requiring similar educations knowing that they did not prepare them for the work. All I can think of is that they are concerned that if they find people with different credentials who wind up doing better, their superiors will become aware of the ruse. Recruiters only do what they are told and telling them to require a CM degree or engineering degree for construction project managment is setting everyone up for failure.
    I would love to see the experieced masters of this industry rise up and demand that construction management programs drop all the engineering stuff and starrt including business, management, finance, HR, contract law, lean planning, etc. into the curricula.
    Take care

  43. Bird's the Word Says:

    It seems no one has posted for awhile, but I’ll give my two cents. First off, not to disrespect but as a undergrad at Florida I didn’t even know FIU had a program. I competed in the ASC’s LEED National Problem in Reno last year and Cal Poly took 1st in my competition and many others. However, after talking to students from there their curriculum is designed similar to competitions so I can understand their advantage in the short run.
    This seems like a good list, with that said (acknowledging bias) I believe UF should be higher in terms of Commercial Construction. Our CM and design-build teams consistently place high in competitions and our inaugural BIM team placed 2nd at the Reno competition this past Spring.
    UF’s upper-division curriculum introduces us to tech programs like Revit Architecture (CAD is obsolete) and Suretrak, while also teaching us intro engineering courses. With an emphasis on public speaking, we also take contract law (b law is a prereq), construction finance, and construction management. Besides our quality curriculum, our graduates success speaks for itself. As the oldest CM school in the country, Gator grads hold more exec jobs for industry leaders than any other school in the South. I had a 8 month internship for Holder Construction before I got to upper-division (ENR top 40, 4 of 7 execs Gators), the person who took over my trades was a college grad. The point is while anyone can do entry level office work, only the truly ambitous, educated students (regardless of what “shirt” they wear) will successfully climb the ladder.. Rankings don’t mean shit in College football or the real world!

  44. Bri Says:

    If VA tech is number 1, why do they ask for help from my advisor’s from IOWA STATE for help starting their program?

    Excluding management, what are the rankings for best Construction Engineering schools?

  45. Skyler Says:

    I really like the idea of a comprehensive ranking of CM undergraduate programs, but I think this is pretty inaccurate.
    1. I’m baffled how UNLV scored well…. I grew up in Las Vegas and interned for two summers with a large general contractor in Las Vegas and was told, by not only them but numerous other industry representatives, that Arizona State University had a much better Construction Management Program and to attend there. At UNLV CM is the degree that is an after thought to the other engineering programs. I talked with the dean at UNLV: its a new program and probably has less than 40 students. At ASU there is 5 separate CM degrees offered within the Del. E. Webb School of Construction. It has over 500 students and offers a Masters and P.H.D. program in construction management. With the exception of the last year, the construction school had 100 percent job placement for the past 15 years.
    2. How is the Rinker School of Construction in Florida not ranked well? It has the largest student body of CM students in the nation…

    Thanks! Please let me know what you think.

  46. Sam Says:

    Colorado State University has an extensive Construction Management Program. It had a 100% placement up until a few years ago (economy). It graduates upwards of 150 students each semester (Fall and Spring). It also does well at regional and national competitions. I have heard that it is ranked in the Top Ten for Construction Management Programs but do not see it anywhere on the list. Was just wondering if this University Program was considered and wanted to let people know it exists.

  47. Alan Says:

    This ranking system is flawed. I am a graduate of Auburn University with a master’s from Clemson. I researched schools based on Industry reputation and narrowed down my selection for schools to Auburn, Florida, Colorado State, Clemson, NC State, Texas A&M and Purdue. It has been 15 years since my research, but I imagine that is still the group.

  48. Anonymous Says:

    This list is BULLSHIT? Where is Auburn…it should be one of the top 3!! I am not an Auburn grad, or faculty or recruiter…

    And the institutions on this list are simply laughable!

  49. Mr. CM Says:

    I like this list. I remember actually using your list when I decided to go to a construction management program back in 2008. One of the most important things for construction management schools is for them to be accredited by ACCE.


  50. what about columbia university? and NEU?


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