Auburn University
College of Architecture, Design and Construction
School of Architecture
Auburn, Ala.

B.Ed., B.ARCH., B.Int. Arch., Master of Community Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture

Samuel Mockbee died eight years ago, and his close collaborator D.K. Ruth, sadly, passed away in August—yet the world-famous design/build studio they founded together in 1993, the Rural Studio, is still going strong. Now led by Andrew Freear, Auburn students continue to pour their smarts and sweat equity into high-quality community projects in and near rural Hale County, Ala. But Auburn isn’t a one-program school: It maintains an active Urban Studio, based in Birmingham, and offers study-abroad opportunities in Rome, Florence, and Turkey.

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. ACT: 26.8 / Min.: 18; Avg. GPA: 3.7 / Min.: 2.5; Applied: 857; Accepted: 592; Enrolled: 154*
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 14%; Female: 40%; International: 2%; Financial aid: N/A
Graduate Admissions: Avg. GRE: 1018 / Min.: 750; Avg. GPA: 3.0 / Min.: 3.0; Applied: 35; Accepted: 10; Enrolled: 10
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1 (incl. first-year students); 10:1 (minus first-year students)
Tuition: $10,560 (resident), $23,040 (nonresident)

*Acceptance into the B.Arch. takes place in the second year based on a competitive first year.

Louisiana Tech University 
College of Liberal Arts 
School of Architecture
Ruston, La.

B.S. Arch Studies, Bachelor of Interior Design, M.ARCH.

Architecture students at Louisiana Tech learn with their hands as well as with their heads, participating in a range of design/build activities (including annual projects supporting North Central Louisiana Habitat for Humanity). They also have access to an impressive suite of rapid prototyping and digital fabrication equipment: 3D printers and scanners, a laser cutter, and CNC milling, routers, and plasma cutter. The school supports a Community Design Assistance Center, which allows students to have a role in Louisiana Tech's own planning and design initiatives. There are summer study-abroad opportunities in Germany (Berlin) and Italy (Florence).

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. ACT: 25.2; Avg. GPA: 3.39; Applied: 153; Accepted: 105; Enrolled: 49
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 12%; Female: 33%; International: 3%; Financial aid: 81%
Graduate Admissions: GRE: not required; Avg. GPA: 3.2; Applied: 21; Accepted: 15; Enrolled: 15
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Tuition: Undergraduate, $6,012 (resident), $14,812 (nonresident); Graduate, $6,972 (resident), $15,772 (nonresident)

University of Kansas
School of Architecture, Design & Planning
Lawrence, Kan.

B.A. Arch Studies, B.S. in Architectural Engineering, M.ARCH., M.ARCH./MUP, M.ARCH./MBA, M.A. Arch., Ph.D., graduate certificate in facility management

KU is home to Studio 804, a comprehensive, two-semester studio in which students design and build a full-scale, affordable, and sustainable project (often a single-family home). Led by Dan Rockhill, the program has garnered three AIA Honor Awards and boasts the first LEED Platinum building in the state of Kansas. The school also supports vigorous urban planning and community design studios. Fifteen study-abroad opportunities span the globe.

Undergraduate Admissions: Avg. SAT: 1203 / Min.: 1120; Avg. ACT: 27.7 / Min.: 24; Avg. GPA: 3.81 / Min.: 3.5; Applied: 592; Accepted: 241; Enrolled: 107
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 8%; Female: 42%; International: 4%; Financial aid: 67%
Graduate Admissions: GRE: not required; Avg. GPA: 3.2 / Min.: 3.0; Applied: 121; Accepted: 76; Enrolled: 38
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Tuition: Undergraduate, $7,359 (resident), $19,327.50 (nonresident) + architecture course fee of $36.05/credit hour; Graduate, $6,492 (resident), $15,510 (nonresident) + architecture course fee

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
College of Arts + Architecture
School of Architecture
Charlotte, N.C.

B.A. Arch., B.ARCH., M.ARCH., Master of Urban Design

Gaining hands-on experience with traditional materials and tools doesn’t preclude learning the latest technology. In addition to its three research focuses of urbanism, digital media, and sustainability, UNC Charlotte hosts four dedicated labs for making: wood lab, metal lab, laser lab, and digital fabrication lab. Tuition and Fees: Undergraduate, $4,427 (resident), $15,039 (nonresident); Graduate, $4,830 (resident), $15,237 (nonresident)

University of Washington
College of Built Environments
Department of Architecture
Seattle, Wash.

B.A. in Arch Studies, joint B.A. in Arch Studies/B.S. in Construction Management, M.ARCH., M.S. in Architecture, Ph.D. in the Built Environment; various certificate programs

A faculty member cites UW’s “major strengths in craft and making, in architectural history (a group of faculty with great breadth), in digital design & fabrication, in sustainability.” Another says that the culture is one of “considerable respect for various points of view”—surely a rarity in academia. Activities range from a collaborative Design Machine Group and furniture studios, to a state-of-the-art daylighting research lab, to a study center in Rome.

Undergraduate Admissions: Applied: 128; Accepted: 48; Enrolled: 48
Undergraduate Demographics: Minority: 30%; Female: 50%; International: 10%; Financial aid: N/A graduate admissions: Avg. GRE: 1205; Avg. GPA: 3.5; Applied: 483; Accepted: 117; Enrolled: 47
Student/Faculty Ratio: N/A
Tuition: Undergraduate, $7,692 (resident), $24,367 (nonresident); Graduate, $12,130 (resident), $26,540 (nonresident)