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2021 Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

11 Colleges
$33,687 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$46,071 Avg Salary

Finding the Best General Architecture School for You

General Architecture is the #93 most popular major in the country with 1,951 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This report analyzed 11 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which ones offered the best value programs for architecture students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Value General Architecture Colleges.

Top 10 Best General Architecture Schools

$26,488 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found University of Cincinnati - Main Campus to be the best value school for general architecture students who want to pursue a degree in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the large city of Cincinnati, UC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

UC undergraduate students pay an average of $26,488 in tuition and fees each year.

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$19,478 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Kent State University at Kent. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the suburb of Kent, Kent State is a public college with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Kent State are $19,478 per year.

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#2

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
$26,800 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ball State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Ball State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Muncie.

Ball State undergraduate students pay an average of $26,800 in tuition and fees each year.

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$21,168 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best general architecture schools in the Great Lakes Region . UWM is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UWM are $21,168 per year.

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#5

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of Notre Dame is a great value for general architecture students. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Notre Dame are $55,553 per year.

Notre Dame did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region list.

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$48,749 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Illinois Institute of Technology. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Illinois Tech is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Illinois Tech are $48,749 a year.

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$29,514 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Illinois at Chicago ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Chicago, UIC is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UIC are $29,514 a year.

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$28,906 Average Tuition & Fees

Southern Illinois University Carbondale did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general architecture students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the small city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SIUC are $28,906 per year.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus.

Ohio State undergraduate students pay an average of $32,061 in tuition and fees each year.

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$28,840 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Detroit Mercy ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value General Architecture Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the city of Detroit, Detroit Mercy is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Detroit Mercy are $28,840 a year.

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Best General Architecture Colleges by State

Explore the best general architecture schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 34
Illinois 111
Ohio 94
Indiana 20
Wisconsin 9

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General Architecture is one of 8 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Architectural Sciences & Technology 2,827
Urban & Regional Planning 1,852
Landscape Architecture 432
Real Estate Development 358
Interior Architecture 169

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 11 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Danichou.

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