Ranking of the Best Architecture Schools

Example of Minimalist architecture illustrating best colleges for architecture

Architecture is the design of a building, both its interior and its exterior. We expect the best architecture schools to teach the field as a form of art that not only is beautiful, but also highly functional. The students who major in architecture need to learn not just the how of structures, but the why. This design of spaces must in its highest form complement its surroundings, and create a highly functional, pleasing and structurally sound space. In this sense, the architect must be able to not only be creative, but also to work with skilled structural or construction engineers who may themselves have a different background – one being in the art world, and the other in the world of science and technology.

Ranking the Best Colleges for Architecture Majors

In the ranking table below, we have listed the current top architecture schools, factoring in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

1Cornell UniversityIthacaNY95.84
2University of TexasAustinTX95.48
3Princeton UniversityPrinceton NJ94.03
4Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeMA93.42
5Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY91.44
6Harvard UniversityCambridgeMA91.31
7Rice UniversityHoustonTX87.94
8University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPA85.54
9University of California - Los AngelesLos AngelesCA85.43
10Rhode Island School of DesignProvidence RI84.58
11University of MichiganAnn ArborMI84.05
12Yale UniversityNew HavenCT83.52
13University of California - BerkeleyBerkeleyCA83.47
14Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghPA81.60
15The Ohio State UniversityColumbusOH80.20
16Penn StateUniversity ParkPA77.79
17University of WashingtonSeattleWA75.85
18University of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignChampaignIL75.56
19Iowa State UniversityAmesIA75.55
20Arizona State UniversityTempeAZ75.35
21University Of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonWI71.48
22University of FloridaGainesvilleFL71.01
23Virginia Polytechnic University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgVA70.84
24Duke UniversityDurhamNC69.04
25Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGA68.95
26University of ArizonaTusconAZ65.69
27University of Notre DameSouth BendIN63.98
28University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesCA63.08
29Pratt InstituteNYNY58.81
30Rensselear Polytechnic InstituteTroyNY57.66
31Auburn UniversityAuburnAL57.36
32North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNC57.25
33Syracuse UniversitySyracuseNY57.23
34University of Tennessee - KnoxvilleKnoxvilleTN55.54
35Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoIL55.39
36University of OregonEugeneOR54.98
37Clemson UniversityClemsonSC54.93
38Stanford UniversityPalo AltoCA53.21
39University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA52.85
40Tulane UniversityNew OrleansLA51.68
41University of ArkansasFayettevilleAR50.71
42Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationTX50.09
43Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN49.61
44Oklahoma State UniversityStillwaterOK49.04
45Florida State UniversityTallahasseeFL48.86
46University of GeorgiaAthensGA48.86
47University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)Las VegasNV48.65
48Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleMS48.64
49Louisiana State University (LSU)Baton RougeLA48.44
50University of NebraskaLincolnNB48.39

More information on our RealRank analyses used in creating this ranking can be found in our ranking of the best colleges page. The underlined colleges link to our ranking profile specific to that institution. If your college is not profiled as yet, contact us using the contact form.


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