Top Schools for Surveying
Find out which top schools offer programs in surveying, through which students learn to establish official boundaries for land, water and airspace. Read about the program options at three colleges and universities, and find a table with at-a-glance facts about other schools that offer training for surveyors.
The three schools profiled below offer programs in surveying engineering or technology, which can lead to a certificate or a degree. Both Ferris State University and St. Cloud State University offer bachelor's degrees in surveying, the minimum educational requirement for obtaining a surveyor's license in all 50 states and Washington. D.C. An associate degree may be sufficient in some states, such as Pennsylvania. In addition to determining air, land or water boundaries, students learn how to write descriptions for legal documents, such as leases and deeds.
Top U.S. Schools with Surveying Programs
1. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA
U.S. News & World Report ranked the Pennsylvania College of Technology 36th among the best regional colleges in the North in 2012. An affiliate of Pennsylvania State University, Penn College 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
Ferris State University ranked 72nd among Midwestern regional universities in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers several options for students interested in pursuing a career in surveying, including a certificate, an Associate of Applied Science and an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering. Once enrolled, students take courses in advanced surveying, remote sensing, adjustment computations and geodesy.
3. St. Cloud State University in Saint Cloud, MN
St. Cloud State University is the second-largest university in the state and ranked 81st among the best regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. The university offers an ABET-approved Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences and an undergraduate certificate in land surveying. Courses include geodetic surveying, boundary law and urban site development. Students also participate in a surveying internship.
List of Ten Good Surveying Schools
|Ferris State University||Largest undergraduate surveying program in the U.S.||Big Rapids, MI|
|Idaho State University||Students have access to the latest computers, surveying equipment and software photogrammetric systems||Pocatello, ID|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||State-of-the-art equipment||Williamsport, PA|
|Southern Polytechnic State University||Students in surveying program also study civil engineering technology, math and business principles||Marietta, GA|
|St. Cloud State University||Only bachelor's-level surveying program in the upper Midwest||Saint Cloud, MN|
|Troy University||Only degree program in surveying and geomatics sciences in Alabama||Troy, AL|
|University of Maine||Designated by The Princeton Review as one of the best 376 colleges in the U.S.||Orono, ME|
|University of Wyoming||Online certificate program||Laramie, WY|
|Utah Valley University||State's first 4-year degree program in geomatics (land surveying)||Orem, UT|
|Vincennes University||Latest technology includes Topcon, Trimble and Leica total stations||Vincennes, IN|
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