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2021 Best Colleges for General Architecture

Approximately 6,093 general architecture degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for General Architecture ranking analyzed 55 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general architecture. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for General Architecture students.

Choosing a Great General Architecture School

Best Colleges for General Architecture Your choice of general architecture school matters. Important measures of a quality architecture program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 9% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 8%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 133 to 35 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general architecture degree from colleges on this list usually translates into above average income after graduation. While the average general architecture bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $43,816, graduates of colleges on this list average $49,875.

Starting Salary  ( 46808 to 53091 )
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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on General Architecture students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general architecture students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general architecture related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for General Architecture students.

Best Schools to Study General Architecture in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for general architecture majors.

Top 10 Best Architecture Colleges

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is one of the best schools in the United States for general architecture. Located in the small city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 88th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

For those interested in something more advanced, Virginia Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general architecture, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. General Architecture majors from Virginia Tech earn a boost of approximately $2,516 above the typical income of general architecture graduates.

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Every student pursuing a degree in general architecture needs to look into Illinois Institute of Technology. Located in the large city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 154th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, Illinois Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general architecture, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the architecture program make an average of $46,900 in the first couple years of working.

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University of California - Berkeley is a wonderful option for students pursuing a General Architecture major. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great school overall.

There are roughly 150 general architecture undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UC Berkeley. Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $47,900.

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#4

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame is among your top options if you're planning on studying general architecture. Located in the large suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Notre Dame also offers a Master's Degree in general architecture. Students from the general architecture major at University of Notre Dame get $7,716 above the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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UT Austin is a very large public school located in the city of Austin. This school ranks 91st out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 108 students enrolled, The University of Texas at Austin is one of most popular schools to study architecture in United States. General Architecture majors from The University of Texas at Austin get a earnings boost of about $2,416 above the average earnings of general architecture majors.

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University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Colleges rank of 42 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great college overall.

There are roughly 101 general architecture undergraduates enrolled in this degree at University of Virginia. Students who complete this degree report average early career wages of $45,600.

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. This college ranks 155th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 136 undergrads, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is one of most popular colleges to study architecture in United States. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo general architecture students make $5,416 more than the average architecture student.

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Located in the large city Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 81 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Northeastern is a great school overall.

A favorite choice for general architecture undergraduates, there are about 65 students enrolled in this program at Northeastern. Northeastern University general architecture students make $3,116 more than the typical architecture grad.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the city Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 85th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of F also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general architecture, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Soon after graduation, architecture students usually earn an average of $38,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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WIT is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. This college ranks 445th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, WIT also offers a Master's Degree in general architecture. Wentworth Institute of Technology general architecture students earn $3,816 more than the average architecture grad.

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General Architecture by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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

Majors Similar to Architecture

Related Major Annual Graduates
Architectural Sciences & Technology 5,448
Urban & Regional Planning 2,729
Landscape Architecture 1,177
Environmental Design 717
Interior Architecture 663

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Danichou. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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