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What is the best colleges for architecture?

I am looking into being an architect and wanted to know which colleges are the best for a program? # #degree #career-path

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Cameren’s Answer

So I did some research and below will include the top 10 undergraduate and graduate programs of 2020 from Architectural Record.

Undergraduate Programs

1. Cornell University (this school has been number 1 since 2015)
2. Rhode Island School of Design
3. Rice University
4. Cooper Union
5. Syracuse University
6. Virginia Tech
7. Pratt Institute
8. Cal Poly, SLO
9. U.T., Austin
10. SCI-Arc

Graduate Programs

1.Harvard University (number 1 since 2014)
2. Columbia University
3. M.I.T.
4. Yale University
5. Cornell University
6. Princeton University
7. Rice University
8. Rhode Island School of Design
9. University of Pennsylvania
10. UC Berkeley

If you want more specific information on the basis of the rankings please go to this site https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14289-americas-top-architecture-schools-2020 . I hope this is helpful!
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Joseph’s Answer

Hi Alexis!

All of the schools listed are great schools and the answers provided certainly answer your question. In my opinion, it's not so much where you go to school that matters, but where you gain your experience that is going to make the difference. With that said, make sure that whatever school you go to offers an accredited degree, by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, whether it is a bachelors degree or a master's degree. An accredited degree is essential to becoming a licensed architect as it is required by NCARB, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Also, Intern early and often. You will learn so much about Architecture by working alongside profressionals. The experience you gain will also be super beneficial to your studies at school.

Another note about Architecture programs is that they vary in focus; some focus on design while others focus on technical abilities. Find what interests you and go there.

I hope this answers your question in a different way and helps.

Joseph recommends the following next steps:

Check that the schools your interested offer NAAB accredited degrees.
Learn about the school's program, and if it's something you want to take part in.
Intern early and often gain experience and perspective.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Alexis:

Thank you for your question. Based on my research here's a brief summary of the top 10 best colleges for architecture.

1) Rice University
2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
3) Cornell University
4) Washington University of St. Louis
5) Yale University
6) Columbia University
7) University of Notre Dame
8) University of Southern California
9) Princeton University
10) University of Pennsylvania

Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Research Best Colleges for Architecture: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-architecture/
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