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2021 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. 17,176 of the 17,176 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 choice. This year's Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services ranking analyzed 62 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in architecture and related services. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Architecture & Related Services students.

Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services Your choice of architecture and related services 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 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 host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 12% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 16%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 180 to 13 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A architecture and related services degree from colleges on this list typically translates into higher than average salaries following graduation. Recent architecture and related services graduates from U.S. colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $42,748 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 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 colleges for Architecture & Related Services students.

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Architecture & Related Services Schools list to help you make the college decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study architecture and related services.

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

It's hard to beat Cornell University if you wish to pursue architecture and related services as a major. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of 17 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

Cornell University is one of the most popular universities to study architecture and related services in the United States with about 238 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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Iowa State University is among your top options if you're planning on studying architecture and related services. Iowa State is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Ames. This university ranks 213th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

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

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University of Southern California is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a Architecture & Related Services degree. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, USC 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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Texas A&M University - College Station is one of the finest schools in the United States for architecture and related services. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 102nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

For those interested in something more advanced, Texas A&M College Station 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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ASU - Tempe is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Tempe. This university ranks 276th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

For those interested in something more advanced, ASU - Tempe 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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UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley. A Best Colleges rank of 69 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

A favorite choice for architecture and related services undergrads, there were roughly 322 individuals who completed this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available.

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UW Seattle is a fairly large public university located in the city of Seattle. This university ranks 97th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were about 290 architecture and related services individuals who graduated from this program at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

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Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 155th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is one of the most popular universities to study architecture and related services in the United States with approximately 221 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. A Best Colleges rank of 88 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Virginia Tech 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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Newschool of Architecture and Design is a small private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego. This school ranks 1348th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Newschool of Architecture and Design also offers a Master's Degrees in architecture and related services.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Architecture & Related Services students that almost earned our Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services award.

Rank College Location
11 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
12 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
13 Boston Architectural College Boston, MA
14 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
15 Woodbury University Burbank, CA

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

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

Major Annual Graduates
General Architecture 6,100
Architectural Sciences & Technology 5,123
Urban & Regional Planning 2,633
Landscape Architecture 1,142
Environmental Design 697

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 196,678
Computer & Information Sciences 173,112
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 160,242
Physical Sciences 53,214
Engineering Technologies 52,780

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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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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