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Best Universities To Study Architecture And Interior Design In America, 2018

MOVE over Georgia Tech and Princeton – MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning has been named the best in the United States, according to the CEOWORLD magazine’s list for 2018. College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University ranked number 2 on the list, followed by Yale School of Architecture (No. 3), Columbia GSAPP (No. 4), and Harvard Graduate School of Design (No. 5).

Magazine placed School of Architecture at the University of Southern California in sixth on the list ahead of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) and UCLA Extension. Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis and UC Berkeley Extension round out the list at nine and ten, respectively.

University of Virginia School of Architecture took the No. 11 spot, followed by the SCI-Arc (No.12) and School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin (No.13). Meanwhile, School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the best graduate program for architecture and interior design study in the United States for 2018.

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan came in fifteenth place, followed by College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University (sixteenth), College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University (seventeenth), College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities at Clemson University (eighteenth), and School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the University of Cincinnati, ranked nineteenth.

Out of 25 best graduate programs in architecture and interior design colleges and universities for 2018, Rice School of Architecture (RSA) ranked No. 20th.

Top Graduate Programs: The 25 best universities to study architecture and interior design in America, 2018

RankUniversityScore
1MIT School of Architecture + Planning97
2Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning96.8
3Yale School of Architecture96.7
4Columbia GSAPP96.4
5Harvard Graduate School of Design96.1
6University of Southern California School of Architecture95.8
7PennDesign - University of Pennsylvania School of Design95.7
8UCLA Extension95.4
9Sam Fox School - Washington University in St. Louis95.1
10UC Berkeley Extension94.9
11University of Virginia School of Architecture94.8
12Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)94.6
13School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin94.2
14School of Architecture + Design - Virginia Tech93.7
15A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan93.6
16College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University93.4
17College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University93.3
18College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities at Clemson University93.2
19School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the University of Cincinnati93.1
20Rice School of Architecture (RSA)92.7
21Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)92.6
22Pratt Institute92.5
23Princeton University School of Architecture92.3
24Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology)92.2
25Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)91.9

Top Undergraduate Programs: The 25 best universities to study architecture and interior design in America, 2018

RankUniversityScore
1University of Southern California School of Architecture98
2College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University98.6
3Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning98.5
4School of Architecture + Design - Virginia Tech98.4
5College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) at California Polytechnic98.2
6Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)98.1
7Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)97.7
8Rice School of Architecture (RSA)97.6
9Pratt Institute97.4
10School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin97.2
11The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union97.1
12Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)96.9
13Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design (CENV)96.8
14Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture96.7
15School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture at Auburn University96.6
16IIT College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology96.3
17Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture96.2
18School of Architecture at Woodbury University96.1
19Tulane School of Architecture at Tulane University95.7
20School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame95.4
21College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona (CAPLA)95.1
22School of Architecture at the University of Miami94.8
23Boston Architectural College (The BAC)94.7
24Iowa State University College of Design
94.6
25College of Design at the University of Oregon94.5

General Methodology:

Find detailed information on the CEOWORLD magazine rankings — Best universities to study architecture and interior design in America, 2018. Magazine’s rankings is based on four major metrics of quality and reputation. Overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1. Reputation And Influence (30%)
2. Recruiter Feedback (30%)
3. Admission eligibility (20%)
4. Specialization (20%)

To establish our list, we collected information and statistics from publicly available sources, university’s website, research, and survey. It measures the quality of education, the university’s reputation, and the recruiters feedback, without relying on university data submissions.

Students, industry professionals, and recruiters were asked to rate colleges and universities on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the universities above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s best universities to study architecture and interior design in America, 2018,” there may be many other universities that offer excellent programs.

* This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a university, and are simply one element to consider.

* The top-ranked university receives 100 points.

* The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.

* Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 65,000 individuals, across 4 data points.

* Surveys completed by 20,000 students, 24,000 industry professionals, and 21,000 recruiters around the world.

* The results come from a survey of over 65,000 people.

*The overall score are numerical scores given to the universities based on students, industry professionals, and recruiter feedback — measuring the quality of the university. Overall scores are out of 100.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 65,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.4 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

Megan Batchelor

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Executive features editor at CEOWORLD Magazine
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