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2021 Best Value Colleges for General Architecture

52 Colleges
4,108 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,693 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value General Architecture School for You

Best Value Colleges for General ArchitectureIn 2018-2019, 4,108 people earned their bachelor's in general architecture, making the major the #88 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for General Architecture ranking looked at 52 colleges that offer a bachelor's in architecture. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. Instead, we are looking at those architecture schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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2021 Best Value General Architecture Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for architecture majors.

Top 10 Best Value General Architecture Schools

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the city of Gainesville. U of F not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for General Architecture list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of F is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F is $120,542. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Architecture majors at U of F take out an average of $19,051 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $186.

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#2

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. Virginia Tech did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for General Architecture list.

The average student at Virginia Tech graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,298. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech is about $142,182. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at Virginia Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,422. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $322, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for General Architecture list.

The average student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduates in less than 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,197. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is about $143,921. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo accumulate an average of around $23,366 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $272.

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Our rankings recognize Illinois Institute of Technology as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. Illinois Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for General Architecture list.

The average student at Illinois Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,813. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Tech is about $166,763. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, architecture graduates from Illinois Tech take out $31,892 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $322, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. U of H is a very large public school located in the city of Houston.

It takes the average student at U of H about 4.6 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $25,217. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from U of H is $116,503. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at U of H accumulate an average of around $24,731 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $214, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State Polytechnic University - Pomona. Located in the suburb of Pomona, CSU Pomona is a public college with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.9 years for the average student at CSU Pomona to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,111. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the CSU Pomona is $137,744. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Architecture majors at CSU Pomona take out an average of $22,666 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $275.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general architecture schools. UT Austin is a very large public school located in the large city of Austin. UT Austin also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for General Architecture rankings.

It takes the average student at UT Austin about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $36,312 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $156,142 to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

After completing their bachelor's degree, architecture graduates from UT Austin carry an average student debtload of $21,669. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $222.

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#8

Drury University

Springfield, MO

Drury University comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Springfield, Drury University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

At Drury University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,398. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Drury University be around $105,399. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

After completing their bachelor's degree, architecture graduates from Drury University carry an average student debtload of $34,574. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $322, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

It takes the average student at Texas Tech about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,296 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is about $105,298. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Architecture majors at Texas Tech take out an average of $22,619 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $225.

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Wentworth Institute of Technology landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general architecture schools. Located in the city of Boston, WIT is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to its great value ranking, WIT is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for General Architecture list.

It takes the average student at WIT about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $40,545. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WIT be around $171,911. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at WIT accumulate an average of around $24,321 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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General Architecture is one of 8 different types of Architecture & Related Services programs to choose from.

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Environmental Design 591
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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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