Top Construction Management Schools

Ranking The Top Construction Management Schools

It’s difficult to rank the top construction management schools without some kind of metric in which to measure each school against the other. So I decided to rank the top schools for construction management based on their most recent (as of April 2013) performance in a US national competition hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).

Every year the ASC holds a national construction management student competition between universities across the United States. The best and brightest construction management students from each school compete against each other in putting together a simulated construction estimate and bid review.

Several construction companies sponsor different categories for the students to compete in and act as the project owner looking for bids on a project. Student teams of up to six people are given a Request for Proposal, which includes a set of plans, specifications, and category-specific rules. The students are given up to 16 hours to prepare a project bid which includes an estimate, schedule, and presentation. Once the time deadline is up, the sponsoring company opens the bid package from each school and reads the estimate price out loud and makes sure that the bid package is complete. If any information is missing, the team either loses points or is disqualified. The teams are then given a time slot for the following day to present their estimate and answer questions from the sponsoring company in a bid review format.

Student teams compete in the following categories:

  • Integrated Project

  • Mechanical Construction

  • Virtual Design and Construction

  • Marine Construction

  • Sustainable Building & Leed

  • Preconstruction Services

  • Determining Project Risk

  • Electrical Construction

  • Concrete Solutions

  • Heavy Civil Construction

  • Commercial Construction

  • Mixed Use Construction

  • Design Build

This event is extremely competitive and gives the students a real life experience on what it’s like to be in construction management. Like I said, only the cream-of-the-crop construction management students are accepted into this competition, and that’s why I’m basing the top schools for construction management on the competition results. Remember, these rankings are based on the latest competition results as of April, 2013, so just because a school didn’t rank below doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a high caliber construction management program.

Top Construction Management Schools Region VII: Far West Region

The Far West Region includes construction management schools from the following States:

  • California

  • Hawaii

  • Oregon

  • Washington

Top Schools Far West Region

  1. California State University, Sacramento

  2. Washington State University

  3. California State University, Fresno

  4. University of Southern California

  5. University of Washington

  6. Oregon State University

  7. Central Washington University

Remaining Construction Management Schools in the Far West Region

Based on the results below.

Heavy Civil Division:

  1. California State University, Fresno

  2. California State University, Sacramento

  3. Central Washington University

Design-Build Division:

  1. California State University, Sacramento

  2. University of Southern California

  3. Washington State University

Mix-Use Construction:

  1. University of Washington

  2. Oregon State University

  3. California State University, Sacramento

Commercial Division:

  1. Washington State University

  2. California State University, Sacramento

  3. University of Southern California

Top Construction Management Schools Region VI: Rocky Mountain Region

The Rocky Mountain Region includes construction management schools from the following States:

  • Arkansas

  • Arizona

  • Colorado

  • Idaho

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico

  • Utah

  • Wyoming

Top Schools Rocky Mountain Region

  1. Colorado State University

  2. Montana State University

  3. Brigham Young University, Idaho; and Arizona State University

  4. Utah Valley University

  5. Southern Utah University

Remaining Construction Management Schools in the Rocky Mountain Region

Based on the results below.

Heavy Civil Division:

  1. Montana State University

  2. Colorado State University

  3. Arizona State University

Design-Build Division:

  1. Brigham Young University, Idaho

  2. Colorado State University

  3. Arizona State University

Mix-Use Construction:

  1. Utah Valley University

  2. Montana State University

  3. Southern Utah University

Commercial Division:

  1. Colorado State University

  2. Arizona State University

  3. Brigham Young University, Idaho

Top Construction Management Schools Region V: South Central Region

The South Central Region includes construction management schools from the following States:

  • Arkansas

  • Louisiana

  • Oklahoma

  • Texas

Top Schools South Central Region

  1. Texas Tech University; University of Oklahoma; and Texas A&M University

  2. Oklahoma State University

Remaining Construction Management Schools in the South Central Region

Based on the results below.

Heavy Civil Division:

  1. Texas A&M University

  2. Oklahoma State University

  3. University of Oklahoma

Design-Build Division:

  1. University of South Australia/University of Oklahoma

  2. Texas Tech University

  3. University of Oklahoma

Commercial Division:

  1. Texas Tech University

  2. Texas A&M University

  3. University of Oklahoma

Top Construction Management Schools Region IV: North Central Region

The North Central Region includes construction management schools from the following States:

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Minnesota

  • Missouri

  • Nebraska

  • North Dakota

  • South Dakota

Top Schools North Central Region

  1. Iowa State University

  2. Missouri State University

  3. Kansas State University

  4. University of Central Missouri; and Minnesota State – Mankato

  5. Minnesota State – Moorhead; and North Dakota State University

Remaining Construction Management Schools in the North Central Region

Based on the results below.

Heavy Civil Division:

  1. Missouri State University

  2. University of Central Missouri

  3. Iowa State Universtiy

Design-Build Division:

  1. Iowa State

  2. Kansas State University

  3. Kansas State University

Commercial Division:

  1. Iowa State University

  2. Missouri State University

  3. North Dakota State University

Residential Division:

  1. Iowa State University

  2. Minnesota State – Mankato

  3. Minnesota State – Moorhead

Top Construction Management Schools Region III: Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes Region includes construction management schools from the following States:

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Kentucky

  • Michigan

  • Ohio

  • Wisonsin

Top Schools Great Lakes Region

  1. Milwaukee School of Engineering

  2. Ferris State University

  3. University of Cincinnati

  4. Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

  5. Ball State University; and Eastern Michigan University

  6. Bradley University; Indiana State University; Purdue University (BCM)

Remaining Construction Management Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Based on the results below.

Heavy Civil Division:

  1. University of Cincinnati

  2. Eastern Michigan University

  3. Indiana State University

Design-Build Division:

  1. Ferris State University

  2. Ball State University

  3. Milwaukee School of Engineering

Preconstruction Services:

  1. Milwaukee School of Engineering

  2. Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

  3. Purdue University

Virtual Design and Construction:

  1. Milwaukee School of Engineering

  2. Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Commercial Division:

  1. Ferris State University

  2. University of Cincinnati

  3. Bradley University

Residential Division:

Top Construction Management Schools Region II: Southeast Region

The Southeast Region includes construction management schools from the following States:

  • Alabama

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Mississippi

  • North Carolina

  • South Carolina

  • Virginia

  • Tennessee

Top Schools Southeast Region

  1. Clemson University; and University of Florida

  2. Auburn University; and Southern Polytechnic State University

Remaining Construction Management Schools in the Southeast Region

Based on the results below.

Heavy Civil Division:

  1. University of Florida

  2. Clemson University

Design-Build Division:

  1. Clemson University

  2. University of Florida

Commercial Division:

  1. Clemson University

  2. Auburn University

LEED Green Building Division:

  1. University of Florida

  2. Southern Polytechnic State University

Top Construction Management Schools Region I: Northeast Region

The Northeast region includes construction management schools from the following States:

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

Top Schools Northeast Region

  1. Roger Williams University

  2. Pennsylvania College of Technology; and Rochester Institute of Technology

  3. Wentworth Institute of Technology; and Norwich University

Remaining Construction Management Schools in the Northeast Region

Based on the results below.

Heavy Civil Division:

  1. Rochester Institute of Technology

  2. Pennsylvania College of Technology

  3. Roger Williams University

Commercial Building Division:

  1. Roger Williams University

  2. Rochester Institute of Technology

  3. Wentworth Institute of Technology

Design-Build Division:

  1. Pennsylvania State University

  2. Roger Williams University

  3. Norwich University

Top Construction Management Schools: Open National Problem

The Open National Problem is open to all construction management schools nationally.

Top Schools for Construction Management Open National Problem:

  1. Cal Poly, SLO

  2. Cal State, Chico

  3. Cal State, Sacramento

  4. Colorado State University; San Diego State University; and Arizona State University

  5. Stanford University; New School of Architecture and Design; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  6. Cal State, East Bay; and Cal State, Fresno

  7. Roger Williams University; Oregon State University; University of Washington; Milwaukee School of Engineering; Boise State University; Montana State University

Top Schools in the Open National Problem

Based on the results below.

Integrated Project:

  1. Stanford University

  2. Cal State, East Bay

  3. Roger Williams University

Mechanical Construction:

  1. Colorado State University

  2. Cal State, Chico

  3. Cal Poly, SLO

Virtual Design & Construction:

  1. New School of Architecture and Design

  2. San Diego State

  3. Colorado State University

Marine Construction:

  1. Cal Poly, SLO

  2. San Diego State University

  3. Oregon State University

Sustainable Building & LEED:

  1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  2. Cal State, Fresno

  3. University of Washington

Preconstruction Services:

  1. Cal Poly, SLO

  2. Cal State, Chico

  3. Milwaukee School of Engineering

Determining Project Risk:

  1. Cal Poly, SLO

  2. Arizona State University

  3. Boise State University

Electrical Construction:

  1. Cal State, Chico

  2. Cal State, Sacramento

  3. Cal Poly, SLO

Concrete Solutions:

  1. Cal State, Sacramento

  2. Arizona State University

  3. Montana State University