Research from Wates revealed 79% have building plans as the higher education sector continues to be a major source of work for contractors.
The boom comes as universities compete to attract foreign and domestic students with improved facilities.
This has led to a third of universities considering bigger plans, such as partnerships to set up science parks or to put a hotel on the campus.
Ian Vickers of Wates said: “Students are being asked to pay more than ever before for a university degree. That means they expect a quality of experience that reflects the high price they are paying.
“In order to remain competitive, universities are therefore looking to deliver modern facilities that have the ‘wow’ factor while also encouraging more efficient and collaborative use of space.”