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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Aerial view of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute 

On October 15, 2010, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute was dedicated as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, for offering the first civil engineering degree in the English-speaking world. The Institute opened in 1825, and soon began offering courses in surveying, mapping and geology, and in 1835 conferred the first civil engineering degrees to four students.

Rensselaer graduates have gone on to become professionals, educators, and leaders in the field of civil engineering. They designed and built the railroads, and were especially prominent in the bridge building field in the pre- and post-civil war periods.

To learn about other Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks, visit the History and Heritage section of the ASCE website.