Prospective Students

Entrance Requirements

  • 4 years English
  • 2 years Algebra I & II
  • 1 year Geometry
  • 1/2 year Trigonometry
  • 2 years Lab Science (physics required)
  • 2 years History/Social Studies
  • 17 years Academic electives (to equal at least 17 total credits)

Please see the admissions page for more information on applying to the University of Maine.

The University of Maine Surveying Engineering Technology degree program is ABET accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission.

ETAC-RGB-W-LABET accreditation is proof that a collegiate program has met standards essential to produce graduates ready to enter the critical fields of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Graduates from an ABET-accredited program have a solid educational foundation and are capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

For more information, go to ABET accreditation online.


Scholarships are available from every state surveying professional society and through the College of Engineering. In addition, scholarships are available from National surveying organizations. Many scholarships are not awarded because no person applies. All prospective or current students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Applications are available by contacting the appropriate professional society. (Residency requirements apply in many cases.) All societies have web sites containing contact information. Deadlines apply so do not delay!

Surveying – What a Great Job!!!
Here is a list of the common activities that surveyors do.

  • Wander in the forest
  • Talk to strangers
  • Climb fences
  • Poke at “stuff” with sticks
  • Find neat “stuff” that other people have lost
  • See new places
  • Splash in puddles
  • Eat lunch outdoors
  • See wild animals in their habitats
  • Discover fishing holes
  • Collect off-road toys
  • Play with walkie-talkies
  • Use a secret vocabulary (“kay”, “comeahead”)
  • Drive a truck
  • Travel to exotic locales

By: Graham W. Bowden, OLS, OLIP
Graham Bowden is the Presiding Officer of our Academic & Experience Requirements Committee. First State Surveyor, p. 6, Summer 2002, Vol. 12, Issue 3. Copied from The Ontario Land Surveyor, Summer 2002

Professional Societies open to SVT graduates

ASCS/ASPR Student Chapter

ACSM Student Chapter
University of Maine
Surveying Engineering Technology
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 119
Orono, Maine 04469-5711

Summer Employment

Surveying Engineering Technology students are encouraged to seek Summer co-op positions. A list of firms with Summer employment opportunities is made available during the Spring semester. Summer employment usually involves an exciting few months of field work. More experienced individuals may become involved with computer based office computations and product finalization.

The Bureau of Land Management traditionally hires many Summer co-op students. The work is in a wide variety of locations across the country. If a student had previously worked as a Summer co-op for the Bureau of Land Management, they are able to start at a higher pay scale if hired after graduation.