Top Schools for Architectural Engineering

Aug 10, 2018

Find out which top schools offer programs in architectural engineering, which examines the construction of buildings and structures. Learn about the degree options at four universities and get an overview of other schools in the U.S. that provide training for architectural engineers.

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For students wanting to enroll in the best architectural engineering schools in the nation, we'll look at some institutions that have programs with unique qualities. We also examine schools that have been highly ranked by national publications.

Architectural engineering programs can be found at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and teach students how to apply scientific principles to theoretical designs and plans. We'll explore four schools that have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in recent years. The top schools for aspiring architectural engineers include California Polytechnic State University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Drexel University.

Illinois Institute of Technology

School Highlight: The Illinois Institute of Technology maintains a student-to-faculty ration of 13:1, providing students with individualized attention and instruction.

The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago is a private, urban school that tied for 73rd on U.S. News & World Report's list of graduate engineering schools in 2016. The school's Armour College of Engineering offers programs in civil, architectural, and environmental engineering through the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Students can earn a Certificate in Architectural Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, or Master of Architectural Engineering.

University of Colorado in Boulder

School Highlight: The University of Colorado in Boulder's architectural engineering program offers research opportunities in building systems engineering, construction engineering management, and engineering for developing communities.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Colorado in Boulder as tied for 38th on its list of top public schools. At the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering program that provides opportunities for internships. In addition to basic math and science, students take classes in building design, electrical analysis, design integration, and lighting engineering. Graduate coursework in the master's and Ph.D. programs includes studies in lighting systems, architectural lighting design, and design development.

California Polytechnic University

School Highlight: This school tied for 9th among regional universities in the West in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The architectural engineering program at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo puts heavy emphasis on the structural engineering of buildings. This allows students to take more structural engineering courses while still learning about engineering management. Students in this program may pursue a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and a blended Bachelor of Science/Master of Science.

Drexel University

School Highlight: Drexel University hosts a combined Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.

Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA tied for 65th place in U.S. News & World Report's listing of the top graduate engineering schools in 2016. The school also tied for the 14th most innovative school in 2017. Students at this school may pursue a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in architectural engineering along with several accelerated Bachelor of Science/graduate programs.

Architectural Engineering Schools

Here are a few more schools that offer top architectural engineering programs and what makes them stand out:

School Name Location Distinction
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS The College of Engineering has hosted 20+ nationally recognized students
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as tied for the 18th-best undergraduate engineering program in 2017
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX The Cockrell School of Engineering tied for 11th for its undergraduate programs according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Tied for 64th among top public schools per U.S. News & World Report in 2017
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL One of the most active research universities in the U.S., according to the Carnegie Foundation
University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE Home to frequent winners of the Howard Brandston Awards conferred by the Illuminating Engineering Society

Students aspiring to become architectural engineers may use this information to discover some of the best architectural engineering schools in the nation. These well-ranked schools and their diverse program offerings all provide students with a strong engineering education.

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