Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for an architecture degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,973 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,640 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

$ 40,227 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

24% above average compared to other degrees

What do architecture graduates earn?

Architecture students make an average of $79,306 per year after graduation. This is 19% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 79,306 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 77% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular architecture schools in the US

There are 248 schools in the US that offer a architecture degree. The architecture schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Berkeley and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in architecture per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo$9,432
Ohio State University-Main Campus$10,592
Cornell University$52,853

Top US schools for an architecture degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering architecture degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Cornell University13%$52,853
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art13%$45,100
Tufts University15%$54,318
Barnard College15%$52,662

Cheapest US schools for an architecture degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an architecture degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Pima Community College$2,118
Lee College$2,488
El Paso Community College$2,746
Itawamba Community College$2,840
Mississippi Delta Community College$3,030
East Mississippi Community College$3,240
Kilgore College$3,504
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College$3,670
Texas Southmost College$4,398
Florida Atlantic University$4,831


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