List of Architectural Universities, Schools and Colleges

Architectural specialties include residential and commercial buildings, civil infrastructure, landscapes and more. Universities, colleges and schools offering architecture programs sometimes offer a concentration in 'green' architectural materials and techniques, as well. Students considering enrolling in a architectural program may want to consider what levels and degrees a school offers, as well as areas of specialization and apprenticeship program options.

How to Choose an Architectural University, School or College

When considering enrolling in an architecture program, students may consider the types of degrees available. For instance, large universities frequently have a professional architecture school that may offer a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture and multiple master's degree programs. Community and vocational colleges often offer 2-year programs in architectural drafting or introductory architecture programs designed for transfer to 4-year schools.

Most states requires architects to be licensed to practice professionally. This often requires a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree from an architecture school accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Prospective architectural students should check school options for this and regional accreditation.

A prospective architect often spends several years in an apprenticeship. Students can check with the college to see if they assist graduates in getting these placements. Architectural program are often available with areas of specialization or with courses on a particular area of focus. For example, students may want to look for a curriculum that includes a focus on 'green' design - a school with a strong program in environmental design or sustainability - or residential design.

List of Largest Schools in the U.S., By Student Enrollment

College/University Student population Institution Type
Arizona State University 67,082 4-year, Public
Ohio State University - Main Campus 53,715 4-year, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,140 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin 49,984 4-year, Public
Texas A & M University 48,039 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 46,510 4-year, Public
University of South Florida 46,189 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus 44,406 4-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign 43,246 4-year, Public
Northern Virginia Community College 42,663 2-year, Public
University of Wisconsin - Madison 41,620 4-year, Public
Purdue University - Main Campus 41,433 4-year, Public
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,028 4-year, Public
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 39,675 4-year, Public
Florida International University 38,759 4-year, Public
University of California - Los Angeles 38,220 4-year, Public
University of Arizona 38,057 4-year, Public
University of Maryland - College Park 37,000 4-year, Public
Riverside Community College 36,146 2-year, Public

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