Top Five Architecture Schools, by Student Satisfaction

June 20, 2013 · by DesignIntelligence

Architecture students grade the overall quality of their program.

This year 2,151 B.Arch, M.Arch, and D.Arch students registered their opinions in the DesignIntelligence student survey. (The number of D.Arch students participating was too small to equal 1 percent of the total survey population. B.Arch and M.Arch students' responses were combined in these results. Only those NAAB-accredited schools with at least 10 survey participants are represented here.

Here are the top five schools with the highest percentage of students answering "Excellent" to the question: How do you grade the quality of your program overall?

Note: numbers in red represent overall average from all students surveyed.

1. Harvard University

How they grade the quality of the program overall

__Excellent__ 58.1% (overall avg)
95%__
__Above Avg. __32.9%0%
__Average __7.5%3%
__Below Avg. __ 1%0%
__Failing__ 0.4%2%
  

Believe they'll be well prepared for their profession upon graduation

__Yes __92.4%93%
__No __7.6%8%
  

What they'll do after graduation

__Pursue an advanced degree in architecture __23.3%3%
__Pursue an advanced degree in something other than architecture __3.6%0%
__Work in a private practice __49.3%73%
__Work for a corporation __2.3%0%
__Work in academia __2.8%15%
__Work in government __0.8%0%
__Self-employment __2.6%5%
__Volunteer or work for a non-profit or communicy service organization __2.4%0%
__Work in a field other than architecture __ 1.4%3%
__Undecided __9.1%3%
__Other __2.5%0%
  

Plan to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE)

__Yes __81.9%82%
__No __4.5%10%
__Undecided __13.6%8%
  

Plan to become a LEED accredited professional

__Yes __58.2%28%
__No __7.3%30%
__Undecided __29.7%35%
__Already LEED __4.8%8%

***

2. University of Texas at Austin

How they grade the quality of the program overall

__Excellent__ 58.1%87%__
__Above Avg. __32.9%12%
__Average __7.5%1%
__Below Avg. __ 1%0%
__Failing__ 0.4%0%
  

Believe they'll be well prepared for their profession upon graduation

__Yes __92.4%98%
__No __7.6%3%
  

What they'll do after graduation

__Pursue an advanced degree in architecture __23.3%11%
__Pursue an advanced degree in something other than architecture __3.6%4%
__Work in a private practice __49.3%61%
__Work for a corporation __2.3%0%
__Work in academia __2.8%1%
__Work in government __0.8%0%
__Self-employment __2.6%5%
__Volunteer or work for a non-profit or communicy service organization __2.4%7%
__Work in a field other than architecture __ 1.4%0%
__Undecided __9.1%10%
__Other __2.5%1%
  

Plan to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE)

__Yes __81.9%89%
__No __4.5%4%
__Undecided __13.6%7%
  

Plan to become a LEED accredited professional

__Yes __58.2%62%
__No __7.3%7%
__Undecided __29.7%26%
__Already LEED __4.8%5%

***

3. Rice University

How they grade the quality of the program overall

__Excellent__ 58.1%85%__
__Above Avg. __32.9%15%
__Average __7.5%0%
__Below Avg. __ 1%0%
__Failing__ 0.4%0%
  

Believe they'll be well prepared for their profession upon graduation

__Yes __92.4%96%
__No __7.6%4%
  

What they'll do after graduation

__Pursue an advanced degree in architecture __23.3%23%
__Pursue an advanced degree in something other than architecture __3.6%0%
__Work in a private practice __49.3%54%
__Work for a corporation __2.3%0%
__Work in academia __2.8%8%
__Work in government __0.8%4%
__Self-employment __2.6%8%
__Volunteer or work for a non-profit or communicy service organization __2.4%4%
__Work in a field other than architecture __ 1.4%0%
__Undecided __9.1%0%
__Other __2.5%0%
  

Plan to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE)

__Yes __81.9%81%
__No __4.5%0%
__Undecided __13.6%19%
  

Plan to become a LEED accredited professional

__Yes __58.2%54%
__No __7.3%8%
__Undecided __29.7%31%
__Already LEED __4.8%8%

***

4. Cornell University

How they grade the quality of the program overall

__Excellent__ 58.1%85%__
__Above Avg. __32.9%13%
__Average __7.5%0%
__Below Avg. __ 1%0%
__Failing__ 0.4%2%
  

Believe they'll be well prepared for their profession upon graduation

__Yes __92.4%91%
__No __7.6%9%
  

What they'll do after graduation

__Pursue an advanced degree in architecture __23.3%18%
__Pursue an advanced degree in something other than architecture __3.6%3%
__Work in a private practice __49.3%49%
__Work for a corporation __2.3%3%
__Work in academia __2.8%5%
__Work in government __0.8%0%
__Self-employment __2.6%0%
__Volunteer or work for a non-profit or communicy service organization __2.4%2%
__Work in a field other than architecture __ 1.4%3%
__Undecided __9.1%15%
__Other __2.5%3%
  

Plan to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE)

__Yes __81.9%84%
__No __4.5%5%
__Undecided __13.6%12%
  

Plan to become a LEED accredited professional

__Yes __58.2%61%
__No __7.3%8%
__Undecided __29.7%27%
__Already LEED __4.8%5%

***

5. Syracuse University

How they grade the quality of the program overall

__Excellent__ 58.1%82%__
__Above Avg. __32.9%16%
__Average __7.5%2%
__Below Avg. __ 1%0%
__Failing__ 0.4%0%
  

Believe they'll be well prepared for their profession upon graduation

__Yes __92.4%98%
__No __7.6%2%
  

What they'll do after graduation

__Pursue an advanced degree in architecture __23.3%14%
__Pursue an advanced degree in something other than architecture __3.6%4%
__Work in a private practice __49.3%61%
__Work for a corporation __2.3%8%
__Work in academia __2.8%0%
__Work in government __0.8%0%
__Self-employment __2.6%0%
__Volunteer or work for a non-profit or communicy service organization __2.4%2%
__Work in a field other than architecture __ 1.4%4%
__Undecided __9.1%8%
__Other __2.5%0%
  

Plan to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE)

__Yes __81.9%85%
__No __4.5%2%
__Undecided __13.6%13%
  

Plan to become a LEED accredited professional

__Yes __58.2%59%
__No __7.3%2%
__Undecided __29.7%19%
__Already LEED __4.8%0%

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