Architecture & Related Services

2021 Best Value Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California

7 Colleges
1,153 Bachelor's Degrees
$39,505 Avg Cost*

Best Value Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in CaliforniaWith 1,153 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, architecture and related services is the #27 most popular major in California. This means that 12.9% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California ranking analyzed 7 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in architecture and related services. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. Instead, we are looking at those architecture and related services schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Architecture & Related Services Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Check out the architecture and related services programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Our rankings recognize California State Polytechnic University - Pomona as the #1 school in this year's rankings. CSU Pomona is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Pomona. In addition to being on our best value list, CSU Pomona has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California ranking.

It takes the average student at CSU Pomona about 4.9 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,111. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from CSU Pomona is about $137,744. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public school with a fairly large student population. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California rankings.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,197. This means that the average student pays around $143,921 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of California - Berkeley landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value architecture and related services schools. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population. UC Berkeley also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UC Berkeley is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $42,692. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley be around $179,733. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Southern California earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. USC also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California rankings.

It takes the average student at USC about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $39,750 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the USC is $165,758. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Woodbury University. Located in the city of Burbank, Woodbury is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Woodbury has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California ranking.

It takes the average student at Woodbury about 4.5 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $40,276. This means that the average student pays around $181,645 to get a bachelor’s degree from Woodbury. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

Our rankings recognize California College of the Arts as the #6 school in this year's rankings. California College of the Arts is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco. As a testament to the quality of education offered at California College of the Arts, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at California College of the Arts is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $48,276. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from California College of the Arts is $215,794. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. USFCA is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco. USFCA also made our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services in California list, coming in at #8.

At USFCA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $45,231 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USFCA is about $187,256. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Explore all the Best Architecture & Related Services Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 194
Hawaii 27
Oregon 155
Nevada 41

Major Annual Graduates
General Architecture 585
Architectural Sciences & Technology 150
Urban & Regional Planning 148
Landscape Architecture 112
Real Estate Development 94

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 14,696
Engineering 14,467
Computer & Information Sciences 8,752
Mathematics & Statistics 4,654
Physical Sciences 3,889

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 7 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.

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