What Are the Top Schools for Architecture Bachelor's Degrees?

Find some of the best schools for undergraduate pre-professional degrees in architecture based on degree offerings and national rankings. Learn about architecture programs and facilities at these top schools. Schools offering AutoCAD Drafting & Design Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Architecture School?

In order to become a licensed architect, you must complete a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board and meet exam and experience requirements. Completing a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in architecture can prepare you to work under the direction of a licensed architect or to work in construction, engineering, planning or real estate, though not all of these programs are accredited. The following are some of the best schools for pre-professional undergraduate architecture programs.

Three Top Architecture Schools

Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University was ranked #3 among national universities in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Architecture at Yale University confers the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with concentrations in architectural design, architecture and urban studies and history of architecture. Yale also offers an intensive major in architecture, which allows students to take first-year master's degree courses in the School of Architecture during their senior year.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture - Design Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture - History, Theory and Criticism Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture - Urban Studies Concentration

Ohio State University in Columbus

OSU was ranked #56 among national universities in 2019 by U.S. News. Students at Ohio State University's (OSU) Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSArch). After completing this pre-professional degree program, students can seek careers in architecture, planning, business, public service or the arts, or continue studying in a Master of Architecture (MArch) program to be eligible to become a licensed architect. The Knowlton School features a digital fabrication lab and offers interdisciplinary study and research opportunities. Students who complete OSU's BSArch may be able to complete the MArch in an additional two years of study.

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Minneapolis

U.S. News ranked UM #76 among national universities in 2019. Students seeking undergraduate architecture degrees at the University of Minnesota (UM) can earn a Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDA) or a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Students can also enroll in the integrated BDA/MArch program, which takes a total of six years to complete. Architecture students may pursue research with the Metropolitan Design Center, Center for Sustainable Building Research, Digital Design Consortium, Center for World Heritage Studies and Center for Rural Design.

  • Bachelor of Design in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Ten Schools with Bachelor's Degrees in Architecture

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Arizona State University-Tempe 4-year, Public Tempe, AZ$11,000
Auburn University 4-year, Public Auburn, AL$11,000
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 4-year, Private New York, NY$47,000
Florida Atlantic University 4-year, Public Boca Raton, FL$5,000
Georgia Institute of Technology 4-year, Public Atlanta, GA$12,000
Mississippi State University 4-year, Public Mississippi State, MS$9,000
Pennsylvania State University 4-year, Public University Park, Pennsylvania$18,500
Savannah College of Art and Design 4-year, Private Savannah, GA$37,000
Texas Tech University 4-year, Public Lubbock, TX$9,000
University of Notre Dame 4-year, Private Notre Dame, Indiana$53,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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