What to Look for When Selecting a School

Because architecture programs vary so significantly, students should look carefully at their options. Some factors to consider when selecting a school include:

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Because architecture programs vary so significantly, students should look carefully at their options. Some factors to consider when selecting a school include:

  • accreditation status of the program
  • program type and length of study (see What to Know: Degree Paths)
  • institutional context
  • large university, small private college, religious affiliation, public, etc.
  • program philosophy, emphasis, and curriculum
  • tuition costs and fees
  • financial issues
  • work-study opportunities
  • living costs
  • teaching assistantships
  • scholarships, loans, grants
  • internship opportunities or requirements
  • off–campus and study abroad opportunities
  • community service opportunities
  • other special curriculum opportunities such as double majors or interdisciplinary connections
  • facilities and resources, related to studio space, library, and digital support
  • long term career options

You should match all of these considerations with your personal circumstances and goals.