Top Architecture Schools Rankings According to Student Reviews

Top Architecture School Rankings – Fall 2015

In compiling the Architecture School Rankings, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2017 architecture student earning his graduate degree from Cornell University wrote: “The program at Cornell is truly a unique experience. Being in Ithaca, NY offers a monastic setting to delve into your studies whole-heartedly. The faculty is very involved and with a high ratio of faculty to students, it is very personal; this being furthered by the small class size. The facilities are like nowhere else and I am very gratefuly for my time here.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

1 Cornell University 8.79
2 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 8.66
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 8.47
4 Florida International University 8.42
5 Parsons The New School for Design 8.38
6 University of Utah 8.37
7 Harvard University 8.31
8 University at Buffalo, State University of New York 8.22
8 University of California-Berkeley 8.22
10 University of Pennsylvania 8.14
11 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 8.12
12 Pratt Institute-Main 8.10
13 Yale University 8.02
14 North Dakota State University 8.00
15 California College of the Arts 7.97
16 University of Southern California (USC) 7.96
17 Clemson University 7.95
18 Savannah College of Art and Design 7.94
19 Texas Tech University 7.92
20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 7.91
21 Arizona State University 7.80
22 University of Oregon 7.76
23 Syracuse University 7.71
24 Rhode Island School of Design 7.67
25 Carnegie Mellon University 7.65

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.