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List of Good Colleges for Architecture Programs

Aug 17, 2018

Architecture degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are available from several universities in the U.S. Get ranking, accreditation, and program details on some of the best schools for studying architecture. View article »

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There are many good and highly ranked colleges around the country that offer undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. These include Princeton University, Columbia University, and Yale University. Architects are licensed professionals who design plans for buildings, complexes, and rooms. They oversee many aspects of the building process, from structure and functionality to the overall look and feel. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) currently accredits at least 130 schools of architecture. In most states, architects must hold a degree from an accredited program in order to gain licensure. Three of the best schools in the nation for studying architecture are Princeton University, Columbia University, and Yale University. These prestigious institutions have architecture programs accredited by the NAAB, and they offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field. Additionally, all three are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report'.

Princeton University

School Highlight: In 2017, Princeton University was ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Architecture at Princeton University is one of the 137+ national schools of architecture accredited by the NAAB. Undergraduate programs offered include a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, which allows for a major in urban studies and a joint program in engineering and architecture. At the graduate level, students at Princeton can pursue a Master of Architecture. This university is located in Princeton, NJ.

Yale University

School Highlight: U.S. News and World Report ranked Yale University as the third best university in the country for 2017.

Yale University, a private school in New Haven, CT, offers another top-ranked architecture program accredited by the NAAB. In addition to an undergraduate architecture major, the Yale School of Architecture also offers several graduate program options, including a 3-year Master of Architecture, a 2-year post-professional master's degree option, several joint master's degree programs, and a Ph.D. in Architecture.

Columbia University

School Highlight: The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program is accredited by the NAAB; undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students can take a year-long intensive study in architecture or urban planning, spending a semester in New York and a semester in Paris.

Columbia University in New York, NY, was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the fifth best college in the country for 2017. The school offers master's and doctoral architecture programs, and undergraduate students may complete a certificate program in New York and Paris. The master's program requires 3 years to complete, while the Ph.D. program can be completed in four semesters.

Top Colleges for Architecture

Other good colleges for architecture include the following:

College/University Name Location Distinction
Cornell University Ithaca, NY Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and M.Arch. programs are accredited by the NAAB; undergraduate architecture students are required to spend a semester at the university's campus in Rome
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA M.Arch. programs are NAAB accredited; International Urban Design Workshop students, including architecture students, can collaborate across disciplines and with students at international institutions
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA M.Arch. programs are NAAB accredited; it offers variety of summer architecture and design programs offered for high school, undergraduate, and post-graduate students, as well as for working professionals
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 3-year M.Arch. I program is NAAB accredited; Ph.D. program in architecture typically takes 6 years to complete
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL M.Arch. 2-year program is NAAB accredited; program offers joint M.Arch. and business administration, urban planning, or engineering degrees
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI M.Arch. programs are NAAB accredited; architecture programs offered for high school students, including one for high school credit
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA M.Arch. program is NAAB accredited; the university's Architectural Archives houses works from over 400 designers, dating back to the 17th century
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA M.Arch and B.Arch. programs are NAAB accredited; the program offers 6 architecture and design-related certificates
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA M.Arch. program is NAAB accredited; variety of study abroad opportunities available in China, India, Switzerland, Jamaica, Venice, England, Barcelona, and Vicenza, as well as through the Semester at Sea program

All good colleges for architecture should offer accreditation from the NAAB. When deciding on a college for architecture, students may take into consideration things such as study abroad opportunities and dual-degree options, in addition to accreditation.

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