© 2021, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.Based on the development of the technologies, traditional education systems are in a transformation to catch the era. This transformation is mainly based on 4 dimensions: Strategic plan of the university, functionality for the users, financial aspects, and physical infrastructure. Based on these dimensions, there are 4 most attracted investment areas in the literature review: smart buildings, parking systems, energy savings, e-learning systems. In this study, a preliminary work for a smart campus project of a public university is constructed to prioritize the investment alternatives based on the dimensions’ sub-criteria. For the evaluation process, fuzzy DEMATEL and cognitive mapping methods are applied. Fuzzy DEMATEL method is applied to obtain influences of the criteria and investments based on the expert judgments. Then, cognitive mapping is conducted to prioritize the investments together with the sub-criteria.