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2020 Best Colleges for Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is a popular major and United States is the most popular state for students studying it. 1,288 of the 1,288 Landscape Architecture degrees earned last year were given by schools in United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Landscape Architecture ranking analyzed 31 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools for Landscape Architecture students.

Choosing a Great Landscape Architecture School

Best Colleges for Landscape Architecture Your choice of landscape architecture school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. 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 collection of various 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 5% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 5%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 101 to 37 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Landscape Architecture graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A landscape architecture bachelors degree from a school in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $44,162 a couple years later.

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 Landscape Architecture students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other landscape architecture students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized landscape architecture related accrediting body.

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

Best Schools to Study Landscape Architecture in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Landscape Architecture degree.

Top 10 Best Landscape Colleges

Any student pursuing a degree in landscape architecture needs to take a look at University of California - Berkeley. UC Berkeley is a fairly 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 college overall.

There are about 43 landscape architecture undergraduates enrolled in this program at UC Berkeley.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

It is hard to beat Cornell University if you wish to pursue landscape architecture as a major. Located in the small city Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great college overall.

There are roughly 31 landscape architecture undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Cornell.

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It is difficult to beat University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign if you wish to pursue landscape architecture as a major. Located in the small city Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 85th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

For those interested in something more advanced, UIUC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in landscape architecture, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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It's difficult to beat University of California - Davis if you want to pursue landscape architecture as a major. Located in the small suburb Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population. This college ranks 74th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

With 5 undergrads, University of California - Davis is one of most popular colleges to study landscape in United States. Landscape Architecture students from University of California - Davis earn a boost of around $3,109 above the average earnings of landscape architecture majors.

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University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Located in the midsize city Athens, UGA is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 137th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are roughly 57 landscape architecture undergrads studying this program at UGA. Graduates of the landscape program earn around $42,800 in the first couple years of their career.

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Located in the city Seattle, UW Seattle is a public school with a very large student population. This college ranks 84th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There are roughly 0 landscape architecture undergrads studying this program at UW Seattle.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue is a very large public school located in the city of West Lafayette. This college ranks 100th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There are approximately 15 landscape architecture undergrads studying this program at Purdue.

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UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Amherst. This school ranks 167th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There are roughly 24 landscape architecture undergraduates enrolled in this degree at UMass Amherst.

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Located in the city University Park, Penn State University Park is a public college with a very large student population. This school ranks 170th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Penn State University Park offers a Master's Degree in landscape architecture.

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Located in the suburb College Park, UMCP is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 103rd out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UMCP also offers a Master's Degree in landscape architecture.

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Landscape Architecture by Region

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

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
General Architecture 7,514
Architectural Sciences & Technology 3,804
Urban & Regional Planning 2,685
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 La Citta Vita.

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