Architecture & Related Services

2021 Best Value Colleges for Architecture & Related Services

59 Colleges
8,969 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,942 Avg Cost*

Best Value Colleges for Architecture & Related ServicesArchitecture & Related Services is the #28 most popular major in the country with 8,969 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Architecture & Related Services ranking analyzed 59 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in architecture and related services. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on architecture and related services schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

The architecture and related services school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Architecture & Related Services Schools.

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

Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ames. Iowa State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services list.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,749. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is $118,231. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Arizona State University - Tempe earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tempe. In addition to being on our best value list, ASU - Tempe has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at ASU - Tempe is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,198. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe is about $138,451. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value architecture and related services schools. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the city of Gainesville.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. 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 F is $120,542. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value architecture and related services schools. Located in the suburb of Pomona, CSU Pomona is a public college with a very large student population. CSU Pomona excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services list.

The average student at CSU Pomona graduates in less than 4.9 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,111. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CSU Pomona be around $137,744. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

It takes the average student at Texas Tech about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $23,296. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is $105,298. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services ranking.

It takes the average student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $32,197 per year to attend the school. 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 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $143,921. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#7

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #7 school in this year's rankings. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

It takes the average student at U of H about 4.6 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,217. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of H is about $116,503. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a very large student population. Virginia Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services list.

It takes the average student at Virginia Tech about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,298. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech be around $142,182. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Columbus. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Ohio State also did well on our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services list. It's in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

At Ohio State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,273. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State is about $148,402. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value architecture and related services schools. Westfield is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Westfield.

At Westfield, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,805. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Westfield is $103,933. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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

Major Annual Graduates
General Architecture 4,108
Architectural Sciences & Technology 1,864
Urban & Regional Planning 847
Landscape Architecture 717
Environmental Design 591

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lorenzo Cafaro.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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