Students may enroll in a variety of bachelor's degree programs in architecture, although a Bachelor of Architecture program is most common for aspiring architects. Students can find these programs through the architecture schools at many 4-year colleges and universities.
Universities for Architecture
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition and fees (In-state, 2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||$10,158|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||$10,037|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||$13,790|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||$9,806|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||$6,381|
|Texas A & M University - College Station||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||$10,176|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||$11,839|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||$17,514|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||$13,856|
|Florida International University||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||$6,556|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Here are some important considerations for students considering the architecture programs at different colleges.
- Make sure a program has received accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) if you want to sit state registration board exams.
- A bachelor's of science or arts in architecture is not recognized by the NAAB, so those degrees only qualify students for intern roles or might be used as preparation for an accredited master's program.
- A bachelor of architecture may be more intensive and rigorous since graduates need no further schooling before entering employment.
- Specializations and emphases differ by school, so you should try to find an institution that offers the opportunity to focus on your subfield of interest.
Architecture Program Overview
Bachelor's Degree in Architecture
An undergraduate program in architecture is designed to instill the fundamentals of the field and prepare students for entry-level positions and graduate school. Basic coursework can include studies in project management, history of architecture, and computer-aided architectural design.
Students who want to major in architecture should choose an accredited college that supports their educational needs, based on the degrees it offers and the available specialization options.