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2021 Best Colleges for General Architecture in the Great Lakes Region

Approximately 6,093 general architecture degrees were granted 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 in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 8 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general architecture. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges for General Architecture students in the Great Lakes Region.

Choosing a Great General Architecture School

Best Colleges for General Architecture in the Great Lakes Region Your choice of general architecture school matters. Important measures of a quality architecture program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality 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 combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A general architecture degree from colleges on this list typically results in higher than average salaries after graduation. Recent general architecture graduates from Great Lakes colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $42,100 in 2017-2018.

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 in the Great Lakes Region.

Best Schools to Study General Architecture in Great Lakes

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general architecture majors.

Best Architecture Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Any student who is interested in general architecture has to take a look at Illinois Institute of Technology. Located in the city Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Graduates from the general architecture program at Illinois Institute of Technology earn $4,562 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame is one of the finest schools in the United States for general architecture. Located in the suburb Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

General Architecture graduates from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of about $12,862 above the typical income of general architecture majors.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is one of the finest schools in the United States for general architecture. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

Grads of the architecture program state that they receive average early career earnings of $40,400.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus is a wonderful decision for students interested in a General Architecture degree. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus.

Students who graduate from the architecture program make about $39,500 in the first couple years of their career.

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UIC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chicago.

Graduates of the architecture program earn around $36,400 in the first couple years of their career.

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Located in the small city Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a large student population.

Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $41,900.

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Located in the large suburb Kent, Kent State is a public college with a very large student population.

Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career income of $39,100.

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a fairly large public school located in the city of Milwaukee.

Students who graduate from the architecture program earn about $39,300 in the first couple years of working.

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Best General Architecture Colleges by State

Explore the best general architecture colleges for a specific state in this the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 134
Ohio 303 313
Illinois 299 279
Indiana 283 46
Wisconsin 267 102

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Architectural Sciences & Technology 683
Urban & Regional Planning 297
Landscape Architecture 149
Interior Architecture 91
Architecture (Other) 65

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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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