Thus far, our series on Selecting a Program has addressed the following topics:

Recently, we offered an essay on the topic of Rankings.  Amazingly, this topic received over 700 views in slightly more than a week – more than any other topic in this series on Selecting a Program.  Why so many views – we are not sure, but could it be that we want someone, i.e., the rankings, to tell us where to attend.

Now, we focus on the most important ranking – the one you make based on your own criteria.

Have you ever bought a car?  If so, what were the features that you wanted for the car?

  • Size
  • Price / Budget
  • Fuel Economy
  • Color
  • Automatic / Manual
  • Features

Well, as you consider architecture programs, what CRITERIA will you consider.  Below are aspects to review before making the final decision next spring.  In reviewing the criteria, please note that the most important ones are related to the Architecture Program.

For more details, select the URL under each category of criteria


To find the best program for you, think about your level of confidence in pursuing architect, your personality type, the proximity of the program to your home – do you want to be close or far away from home? And, finally, what is your budget for attending a program.

  • Level of Confidence
  • Proximity to Home
  • Personality Type
  • Budget


Just as important are factors related to the institution – what type of institution is it?  What about the locale of the institution – rural or urban?  Is it private or public?  What is the overall enrollment of the institution?  What is the cost of attending the institution and what amount of financial aid (grants, scholarships, and loans) are available?

  • School Type
  • Locale
  • Institution Size
  • Public vs. Private
  • Cost
  • Financial Assistance

Architecture Program:

As you will spend vast amount of time within the academic unit, you may wish to strongly consider aspects of the program. What is the overall academic structure of the academic unit?  What degrees are offered?  Consider the philosophy or approach of the program; what is the tradition or reputation of the program?  What about enrollment?  What resources, facilities, and special programs will be available to you as a student? Who are the faculty and student body?

  • Degree
  • Philosophy / Approach
  • Reputation / Tradition
  • Accreditation
  • Enrollment
  • Academic Resources
  • Special Programs
  • Faculty
  • Student Body
  • Career Programs
  • Post Graduate Plans

Thus, develop your own RANKING of architecture programs for you to consider based on the criteria that are best for you instead of relying on rankings (U.S. News & World Report, DesignIntelligence, etc.) that use criteria that may or may not have a connection for you.



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