In Honor of National Surveyors Week

History: The first U.S. National Surveyors Week was proclaimed by Ronald Reagan in 1984.

History: Penn State Wilkes-Barre (then called the Penn State Department of Engineering Extension) began offering surveying courses in 1916.

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Penn State Wilkes-Barre surveying students gathered around surveying equipment, circa 1950s

Credit: Penn State

History: In 1957, the two-year Surveying Technology program at Penn State Wilkes-Barre was approved, the only one of its type in Pennsylvania.

History: In 1994 Penn State Wilkes-Barre received authorization to offer a baccalaureate degree in Surveying, which later became Surveying Engineering. At the same time, the Surveying associate’s degree became Surveying Engineering Technology.

Today: Penn State Wilkes-Barre is the only location in the Commonwealth offering an accredited bachelor’s degree program in Surveying Engineering (one of only a handful in the entire United States).

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I started looking for degrees in surveying engineering in Dominica but found that no schools offered the degree, so I began an international search. I found Penn State, which has a great reputation. It was very important to me to have a degree that was internationally recognized.

Verena L. ‘24
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I gained the skills and knowledge required to become a surveyor, both in the field and in the office. With the smaller class sizes, I got a lot of individualized attention and opportunities to participate in research, preparing me for my career in surveying engineering.

Greg E. ’22