Colleges That Have Architecture As a Major: List of Schools

Architecture is the study of how to design and create buildings and other structures. Various colleges throughout the U.S. have undergraduate architectural majors.

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

These universities offer bachelor's degrees in 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
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

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 of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree 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.

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.

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