Top Schools for Surveying

Surveyors establish the official boundaries for land, water and airspace and write the descriptions for legal documents, such as leases and deeds. Students must meet specific educational requirements to pursue a career as a surveyor.

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1. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

The Pennsylvania College of Technology is an affiliate of Pennsylvania State University and focuses on applied technology training. Penn College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Surveying Technology. Courses include topographic surveying, physics, construction surveying, statistics, computer application, photogrammetry and hydraulics. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Pennsylvania College of Technology 36th among the best regional colleges in the north in 2012.

2. Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI

Ferris State University was ranked 72nd among Midwestern regional universities in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. Ferris State University was founded in 1884. The university offers several options for students interested in pursuing a career in surveying, including a Bachelor of Science, an Associate of Applied Science and a Certificate in Surveying Engineering. 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 a Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences and an undergraduate certificate in land surveying, Courses include geodetic surveying, boundary law, development of urban sites and a surveying internship.

List of Ten Good Surveying Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Ferris State University Largest undergraduate surveying program in the U.S. Big Rapids, MI
Idaho State University Students have access to latest computers, surveying equipment and software photogrammetric system 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 in surveying and geomatics sciences in Alabama Troy, AL
University of Maine Listed 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 in geomatics (land surveying) Orem, UT
Vincennes University Has latest technology like Topcon, Trimble and Leica total stations Vincennes, IN
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