Best Colleges for Architecture

4,108

Graduates Per Year

$65K

Average Salary

#96

Most Popular Major

Degree Stats

Popular

4,108

13% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

122

5% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

95

Film

4,120

96

Architecture

4,108

97

Religious Studies

3,941

Most Widely Offered Degrees

35

/

1.852

Worse

Better

offeringnot offering32%32%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicnon public61%61%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Far West

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

By State

California

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

By Conference

Southeastern Conference

Auburn University

By School

School of Architecture at Taliesin

INTRODUCTION

If you think life as a home designer, architect, or architectural drafter sounds interesting, then a degree in architecture may just be for you. You could even become a consultant architect for people building their home!

POPULARITY

Architecture is the 96th most popular degree in America, with 4,108 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #97 Religious Studies, and narrowly lost to #95 Film.

The degree is offered at a total of 122 colleges across the nation, and is the 135th most widely offered degree. Given that architecture is offered at 32% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that 61% of colleges offering architecture are public making it a quite accessible field.

The far west produces the most architecture graduates, largely led by California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, while it’s the Southeastern Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and University of California-Berkeley.

All that being said, no individual school produces more architecture graduates than School of Architecture at Taliesin, which graduated 137 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study architecture). More students studied architecture as a percentage of total students at Newschool of Architecture and Design than any other college.

Good luck on your college search. We hope you enjoy Authority's 2022 official Best Colleges for Architecture list. Some of our picks may surprise you!

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University of Florida

#1 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Gainesville, FL

www.ufl.edu/

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Rating

37%

Acceptance

58,749

Students

# 8

Ranking

$25,694

Tuition

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University of California-Berkeley

#2 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

# 7

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

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Princeton University

#3 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Princeton, NJ

www.princeton.edu

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Rating

6%

Acceptance

8,720

Students

# 5

Ranking

$51,870

Tuition

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Yale University

#4 Best Colleges for Architecture

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New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

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Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

# 4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

#5 Best Colleges for Architecture

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San Luis Obispo, CA

calpoly.edu

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Rating

28%

Acceptance

23,278

Students

# 16

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

#6 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Blacksburg, VA

WWW.VT.EDU

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Rating

70%

Acceptance

36,882

Students

# 28

Ranking

$29,960

Tuition

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Wentworth Institute of Technology

#7 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Boston, MA

https://WIT.EDU

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Rating

69%

Acceptance

5,437

Students

# 205

Ranking

$34,970

Tuition

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#8 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

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Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

# 2

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

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Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

# 3

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

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Texas A & M University-College Station

#10 Best Colleges for Architecture

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College Station, TX

https://www.tamu.edu

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Rating

58%

Acceptance

73,267

Students

# 23

Ranking

$34,981

Tuition

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Illinois Institute of Technology

#11 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Chicago, IL

web.iit.edu/

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Rating

60%

Acceptance

7,466

Students

# 105

Ranking

$47,480

Tuition

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University of Pennsylvania

#12 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

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Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

# 8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

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University of Notre Dame

#13 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Notre Dame, IN

www.nd.edu

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Rating

16%

Acceptance

13,221

Students

# 16

Ranking

$55,046

Tuition

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Columbia University in the City of New York

#14 Best Colleges for Architecture

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New York, NY

www.columbia.edu

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Rating

5%

Acceptance

33,301

Students

# 9

Ranking

$58,920

Tuition

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University of Maryland-College Park

#15 Best Colleges for Architecture

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College Park, MD

www.umd.edu

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Rating

44%

Acceptance

44,486

Students

# 13

Ranking

$34,936

Tuition

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The University of Texas at Austin

#16 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

# 10

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#17 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Minneapolis, MN

https://twin-cities.umn.edu

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Rating

57%

Acceptance

61,787

Students

# 29

Ranking

$31,616

Tuition

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Northeastern University

#18 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Boston, MA

www.northeastern.edu

A+

Rating

18%

Acceptance

28,374

Students

# 35

Ranking

$52,420

Tuition

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Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

#19 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Atlanta, GA

www.gatech.edu

A+

Rating

21%

Acceptance

38,951

Students

# 4

Ranking

$31,370

Tuition

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

#20 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Troy, NY

www.rpi.edu

A+

Rating

47%

Acceptance

8,156

Students

# 63

Ranking

$54,000

Tuition

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Rice University

#21 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Houston, TX

www.rice.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

7,542

Students

# 22

Ranking

$48,330

Tuition

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#22 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

A

Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

# 15

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

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University of Oregon

#23 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Eugene, OR

https://www.uoregon.edu

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Rating

82%

Acceptance

25,203

Students

# 101

Ranking

$34,335

Tuition

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Washington University in St Louis

#24 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

# 15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

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Roger Williams University

#25 Best Colleges for Architecture

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Bristol, RI

https://www.rwu.edu

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Rating

85%

Acceptance

5,411

Students

# 318

Ranking

$36,648

Tuition