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2021 Best General Architecture Schools

87 Colleges
$46,998 Avg Salary
$41,356 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Architecture School for You

General Architecture is the #134 most popular major in the country with 6,145 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best General Architecture Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 87 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best General Architecture Schools in the United States

Check out the architecture programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best General Architecture Schools

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school in the United States for general architecture students. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

While working on their degree, architecture majors at Notre Dame accumulate an average of around $24,500 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $254, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Yale University

New Haven, CT

The excellent programs at Yale University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general architecture schools in the United States. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven.

On average, architecture graduates from Yale take out $61,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $711, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best General Architecture Schools list. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

On average, architecture graduates from MIT take out $36,750 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $428.

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#4

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Harvard University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best General Architecture Schools list. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

After completing their degree, architecture graduates from Harvard carry an average student debtload of $65,307. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $761, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Out of the 87 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Carnegie Mellon University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

Architecture majors at Carnegie Mellon take out an average of $30,875 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $320, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general architecture programs. Located in the small city of Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at RPI take out is $31,000. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $322.

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#7

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general architecture students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Architecture Schools list. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

On average, architecture graduates from Cornell take out $57,625 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $660, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general architecture programs. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo.

On average, architecture graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out $26,250 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $272.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus ranked #10 on this year’s Best General Architecture Schools list. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, architecture graduates from Georgia Tech take out $52,360 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $597.

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University of Southern California came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best General Architecture Schools ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at USC take out is $86,702. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $990.

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University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general architecture students. It came in at #12 on the list. UC Berkeley is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley.

Architecture majors at UC Berkeley take out an average of $15,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

With a ranking of #13, Northeastern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general architecture students. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Architecture majors at Northeastern take out an average of $33,442 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $370.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best General Architecture Schools award.

Rank College Location
14 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
15 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
16 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA
17 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO

General Architecture by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

General Architecture is one of 8 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Architectural Sciences & Technology 5,448
Urban & Regional Planning 2,729
Landscape Architecture 1,177
Environmental Design 717
Interior Architecture 663

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Danichou.

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