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2020 Best Colleges for General Architecture

Approximately 7,514 general architecture degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Architecture ranking analyzed 91 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general architecture. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 13 schools 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 consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host 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 15% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 8%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 141 to 4 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general architecture degree from schools on this list typically translates into above average earnings after graduation. While the average general architecture bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $43,816, graduates of colleges on this list average $46,386.

Starting Salary  ( 43481 to 52318 )
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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 complete 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 United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a General Architecture degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list. Of the 91 schools analyzed, only 13 earned the distinction of being on this list.

Top 13 Best Architecture Colleges

University of California - Berkeley is a great option for students interested in a General Architecture degree. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great school overall.

There are about 174 general architecture undergrads studying this program at UC Berkeley. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $47,900.

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Rhode Island School of Design is one of the finest schools in the country for general architecture. RISD is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence. This college ranks 154th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There are approximately 33 general architecture undergrads studying this degree at RISD.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a General Architecture degree. Located in the city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

Cornell University is a fairly popular school to study architecture in United States with more than 0 graduates last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, architecture students generally make about $48,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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Every student pursuing a degree in general architecture has to check out Illinois Institute of Technology. Located in the city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 117th out of 1,727 colleges 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 earn around $46,900 in their early career salary.

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Located in the city New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 26 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Columbia also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general architecture, the most popular of which is a Post-Master's Certificate.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Located in the small city Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 79th out of 1,727 schools 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. Graduates from the general architecture program at Virginia Tech earn $2,411 more than the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Located in the midsize city College Station, Texas A&M is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 89th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas A&M also offers 3 different higher degree levels in general architecture, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the architecture program make about $42,600 in the first couple years of working.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Colleges rank of 3 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great college overall.

With 18 undergraduates, University of Pennsylvania is one of most popular schools to study architecture in United States.

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UCLA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great college overall.

A favorite major for general architecture undergraduates, there are roughly 63 learners enrolled in this degree at UCLA.

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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Located in the midsize city Gainesville, U of F is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 73rd out of 1,727 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 graduating, architecture students usually make around $38,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Located in the city Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. This school ranks 77th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 98 general architecture undergrads studying this degree at Northeastern. General Architecture students from Northeastern University get a earnings boost of about $3,011 above the average income of general architecture majors.

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Rice University

Houston, TX

Located in the city Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 15 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Rice is a great school overall.

With 65 undergraduates, Rice University is one of most popular colleges to study architecture in United States.

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Cooper Union is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. This school ranks 254th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Cooper Union also offers a Master's Degree in general architecture.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Architecture students that almost earned our Best Colleges for General Architecture award.

Rank College Location
14 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
15 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
16 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
17 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
19 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
20 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
21 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
22 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA

General Architecture by Region

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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 3,804
Urban & Regional Planning 2,685
Landscape Architecture 1,288
Environmental Design 702
Interior Architecture 574

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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.

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