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Top 10 US Universities for Architecture 2015

If you have been inspired by the creative architectural designs in your surroundings and want to make the same kind of mark on the world, then a degree in architecture could be of benefit to you.  The United States has many excellent universities for architectural study. Below is a list of the top 10 universities you can attend to build the skills necessary to become a successful architect.

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1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The overall goal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is to discover new knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other fields to keep up with the needs of this nation and world as we move forward.

MIT’s Department of Architecture provides students with the opportunity to obtain degrees in several areas: architectural design, art culture and technology, building technology, computation, as well as history theory and criticism. Undergraduate and graduate students can take advantage of MIT’s programs. The cost of tuition, it is $46,400 for undergraduates and graduates of the 2015-2016 academic school year.

2. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is one of the world’s leading universities. They consistently rank as one of the very best in a variety of disciplines relating to undergraduate and graduate programs on a national level.

Students with an interest in architecture can choose degree programs offered by UCB’s College of Environmental Design. Their programs include an Undergraduate Minor in Architecture and a Master in Architecture. The cost of tuition is $13,878, according to the undergraduate budget for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

3. Harvard University

In addition to the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University has 12 schools that grant students with degrees. It has long been ranked one of the best and often the highest ranked university in the world.

The Department of Architecture, part of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is a rich environment for diversity, creativity, and professional growth. Specific areas of architecture the department touches on are landscape architecture as well as urban planning and design. As for the cost of tuition, it is $45,278, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

4. Columbia University

Columbia University strives to attract a diverse and international community of faculty and students. Additionally, they desire for their attendees to support research and teaching on global issues by creating academic relationships with many other countries and regions.

Their Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a selection of high-quality programs to their students: Master of Architecture, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Ph.D. in Urban Planning. As for the cost of tuition, it can range between an average of $36,000 and $46,000 per year, according to QS World University Rankings. The tuition and fees information for students of the 2015-2016 academic school year has not yet been indicated on the Columbia University website (at the time of writing this). The information is updated in July.

5. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) maintains an average rate of over 30,000 students each year and has a high capacity for producing state-of-the-art research.

The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design provides several degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students to fulfill: Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, Master of Arts in Architecture, and Ph.D. in Architecture. The main areas UCLA’s course selection covers are design, critical studies, and technology. As for the cost of tuition, it is $13,806 for undergraduate California residents and nonresidents, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

6. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a pioneer in innovative research that addresses global issues and enhances the human experience. The Illinois School of Architecture gives students an aesthetically motivated and technically rigorous design education.

Degree programs include a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Master of Architecture, and a Ph.D. in Architecture. As for the cost of tuition, it ranges between base rates of $12,000 and $29,000 for undergrads and graduates, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

7. Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology (also known as Georgia Tech) is consistently ranked by the U.S. News and World Reports as one of the top 10 public universities in the United States. They are committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.

There are several schools available for students to attend, in connection with the Georgia Tech College of Architecture. They consist of the School of Building Construction, School of City and Regional Planning, as well as the School of Industrial Design. Students can earn bachelor’s, master’s, dual master’s, doctoral, and minor degrees in architecture.

As for the cost of tuition, it can range between an average of $6,000 and $28,000 annually for undergrads and graduates, according to QS World University Rankings. Tuition and fee rates for the 2015-2016 academic school year must be calculated per hour for different programs.

8. Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Cornell University has strong egalitarian values as well as a mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, part of Cornell University, specializes in helping students develop sophisticated skills in business administration, with regard to architecture. Master’s and doctoral programs in business administration are offered. As for the cost of tuition, it ranges between $25,000 and $60,000 for professional studies, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

9. Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University highly favors making collaborations across disciplines and pursues multidisciplinary initiatives in the areas of biosciences, the environment and international affairs. Their students are distinguished by a heightened love of learning and a will to contribute to the greater community.

As part of the Stanford School of Engineering, students can seek out an Architectural Design program. This program equips students with strong math and science skills suited for careers in architecture, engineering, construction and structures. As for the cost of tuition, it ranges between $25,000 and $46,000 for undergraduates and graduates, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

10. University of Pennsylvania

For more than 200 years, the University of Pennsylvania has been dedicated to greatness in scholarship, research, and service. The Graduate Architecture Department enjoys relationships with other fields of the School of Design (known as PennDesign): historic preservation, landscape architecture, city planning, and fine arts. There are educational opportunities for undergrads, graduates, and doctoral students. The cost of tuition ranges between $30,000 and $46,000 for those pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic school year.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading this list and feel encouraged to make your dreams of being an architect a reality. Please share this list with others interested in architecture.

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