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2020 Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services

Architecture & Related Services is a popular major and United States is the most popular state for students studying it. 17,359 of the 17,359 Architecture & Related Services diplomas earned last year were given by schools in United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services ranking analyzed 109 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in architecture and related services. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 16 colleges for Architecture & Related Services students.

Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services The architecture and related services program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality architecture and related services 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

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The vast majority of the colleges on this list are in at least the top 23% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 325 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Architecture & Related Services graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A architecture and related services bachelors degree from a school in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $42,748 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 Architecture & Related Services students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other architecture and related services students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized architecture and related services related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Architecture & Related Services students.

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Architecture & Related Services 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 109 schools analyzed, only 16 earned the distinction of being on this list.

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Every student pursuing a degree in architecture and related services needs to take a look at Cornell University. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 12 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great school overall.

A preferred major for architecture and related services undergraduates, there are roughly 230 learners enrolled in this degree at Cornell.

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Every student pursuing a degree in architecture and related services needs to look into University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. UIUC is a very large public school located in the city of Champaign. A Best Colleges rank of 85 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UIUC is a great college overall.

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

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It is difficult to beat University of California - Berkeley if you wish to pursue architecture and related services as a major. Located in the medium-sized city Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 65 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great school overall.

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

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus is among your top options if you're planning on studying architecture and related services. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great college overall.

There are approximately 298 architecture and related services undergraduates enrolled in this program at UW Seattle.

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UC Davis is a very large public school located in the suburb of Davis. A Best Colleges rank of 74 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UC Davis is a great college overall.

With 83 undergraduates, University of California - Davis is one of most popular schools to study architecture and related services in United States.

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ASU - Tempe is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Tempe. This college ranks 312th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There are roughly 260 architecture and related services undergrads studying this program at ASU - Tempe.

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Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the midsize city of College Station. A Best Colleges rank of 89 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means Texas A&M is a great college overall.

There are about 257 architecture and related services undergrads studying this degree at Texas A&M.

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Located in the small suburb San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 152nd out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers a Master's Degree in architecture and related services.

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Located in the city Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 206th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There are roughly 209 architecture and related services undergrads studying this program at Ohio State.

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#10

Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

Woodbury is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Burbank. This college ranks 818th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Woodbury offers a Master's Degree in architecture and related services.

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#11

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Arizona is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tucson. This school ranks 325th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There are roughly 192 architecture and related services undergraduates enrolled in this program at Arizona.

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#12

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

Located in the suburb Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 33 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great school overall.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, University of Virginia offers a Master's Degree in architecture and related services.

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Located in the small city Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 235th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Iowa State also offers a Master's Degree in architecture and related services.

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Located in the suburb Pomona, CSU Pomona is a public school with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 451st out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, CSU Pomona also offers a Master's Degree in architecture and related services.

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#15

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

Located in the medium-sized city Providence, RISD is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This school ranks 154th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There are about 170 architecture and related services undergraduates enrolled in this degree at RISD.

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#16

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of 77 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great school overall.

Northeastern University is a fairly popular college to study architecture and related services in United States with more than 122 graduates last year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services award.

Rank College Location
17 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
18 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
19 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
20 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
21 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
22 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
23 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
24 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York, NY
25 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD

View the Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services for a specific region near you.

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

Major Annual Graduates
General Architecture 7,514
Architectural Sciences & Technology 3,804
Urban & Regional Planning 2,685
Landscape Architecture 1,288
Environmental Design 702

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 209,723
Engineering 197,582
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 157,997
Engineering Technologies 92,253
Physical Sciences 53,768

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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 Lorenzo Cafaro.

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