To date, we’ve asked 122 current and past architecture students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

There’s likely at least a few majors you could see yourself in.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a architecture degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a architecture degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are architecture students compared to other degrees?

Overall, architecture students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.0 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, architecture students rate their happiness similarly to students in Education and Teaching, Elementary Education and Molecular Biology.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to architecture

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Music Performance$59,679
Biomedical Sciences$69,318
Elementary Education$41,169
Architecture$83,789
Education and Teaching$47,463
Molecular Biology$66,526
Recreation and Fitness$51,645
Electrical Engineering and Related Studies$101,374
Electrical Engineering$102,346

Let's break that down further.

Are architecture students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
133 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
41%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
4%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
134 ratings
5 stars
26%
4 stars
31%
3 stars
25%
2 stars
14%
1 stars
4%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in architecture experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did architecture graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what architecture grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.8 out of 5 stars
129 ratings
5 stars
9%
4 stars
23%
3 stars
27%
2 stars
22%
1 stars
18%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were architecture students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.0 out of 5 stars
122 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
16%
3 stars
33%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
14%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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