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Design Intelligence Rankings - Historical

newjersey17newjersey17 961 replies78 threads Senior Member
This post is to show the DI rankings by year. If anyone has the history - please feel free to add. Please note that the UG ranking only represents schools that offer a 5 Year accelerated BArch. For example schools like WashU and UVa don'e offer a BArch. Instead they offer a Bachelor of Science in Architecture - 4 year program.

2015

Top Graduate School Ranking - 2015
1. Harvard
2. Columbia
3. Yale
4. MIT
5. Cornell
6. U of MI
7. Rice
7. Penn
9. UVA
10. Cal Berkeley
10. WUSTL
12. UT - Austin
13. Princeton
14. VA Poly
15. UCLA
16. Syracuse
17. So. CA Inst.
18. Clemson
18. U Cinn
20. GIT

5 Year BArch Undergraduate Ranking - 2015 (represents schools that offer a 5 year BArch - i.e. doesn't include Bachelor of Science in Architecture which is 4 years).
1. Cornell
2. Cal Poly - SLO
3. Rice
4. VA Poly
5. Syracuse (last 5 year ranking 6, 3, 7, 2, 2)
6. UT Austin
7. RISD (last 5 year ranking 10, 7, 6, 11, 7)
8. So. CA Inst.
9. Pratt (last 5 year ranking 11, 11, 10, 9, 15)
10. USC
11. CMU
12. Auburn
13. Cooper Union
14. RPI
15. IIT
16. Penn State
16. U of OR
18 Cal Poly - Pomona
19. Notre Dame
20. U of AZ

2013 (http://www.di.net/articles/big-shifts-in-design-school-rankings-for-2013/)

Top 20 Architecture, Graduate - 2013
•1.Harvard University
•2. Columbia University
•3. Yale University
•4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•5. Cornell University
•6. Southern California Institute of Architecture
•7. University of Virginia
•7. University of California, Berkeley
•9. Washington University in St. Louis
•10. University of Cincinnati
•11. University of Michigan
•11. University of Texas at Austin
•13. Kansas State University
•14. University of Kansas
•15. University of Pennsylvania
•15. Rice University
•15. Princeton University
•18. Iowa State University
•18. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
•20. Clemson University
•20. Savannah College of Art and Design

Top 20 5 Year B.Arch Architecture, Undergraduate - 2013 (represents schools that offer a a 5 year BArch - i.e. doesn't include Bachelor of Science in Architecture which is 4 years)
•1. Cornell University
•2. Southern California Institute of Architecture
•3. Rice University
•3. Syracuse University
•5. California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
•6. University of Texas at Austin
•7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
•7. Rhode Island School of Design
•9. Iowa State University
•9. Auburn University
•11. Pratt Institute
•12. Carnegie Mellon University
•13. University of Notre Dame
•13. University of Oregon
•13. Boston Architectural College
•16. University of Southern California
•16. Cooper Union
•18. Pennsylvania State University
•19. University of Arkansas
•19. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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  • newjersey17newjersey17 961 replies78 threads Senior Member
    2016
    Top 10 Graduate Programs
    1. Harvard University
    2. Cornell University
    3. Yale University
    4. Columbia University
    5. MIT
    6. Univ of Cal. - Berkeley
    7. Univ of Michigan
    8. Rice Univ
    9. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ
    10. Washington University in St. Louis (WashU)

    Top 10 Undergraduate Programs (consist of only 5 Year BArch programs)
    1. Cornell
    2. Cal Polytechnic State Univ, San Luis Obispo
    3. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ
    4. Syracuse
    5. Rice
    6. Rhode Island School of Design
    7. Univ of Texas, Austin
    8. Auburn Univ
    9. Carnegie Mellon Univ
    10. Univ of Southern Cal

    Source: http://archrecord.construction.com/features/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools/2015/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools-2016-1.asp
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  • listroiderlistroider 20 replies8 threads New Member
    edited November 2015
    2016 top 35 for UG and grad:
    http://****/r8ud6x
    edited November 2015
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  • SaifoSehamySaifoSehamy 64 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @listroider thank you so much for that :)
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  • newjersey17newjersey17 961 replies78 threads Senior Member
    University of Notre Dame Architecture ranks 18th for undergrad; however, it didn't even make the top 35 list for Grad school. Why is that? That seems odd. Does anyone know the reason? Thanks.
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  • TheWaffleMan149TheWaffleMan149 1968 replies76 threads Senior Member
    Why don't they rank 4 year undergrad programs? At least they could make a separate undergrad program list for those programs
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  • newjersey17newjersey17 961 replies78 threads Senior Member
    They should definitely rank the 4 year programs too! Very odd!
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  • newjersey17newjersey17 961 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Here's another ranking tool you can use.
    http://architecture-schools.startclass.com/
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  • newjersey17newjersey17 961 replies78 threads Senior Member
    The ranking is based on:

    Graduate Smart Rank:
    The rank of the graduate architecture program. The Graduate Smart Rank is designed to provide an indication of the institution's academic strength in comparison to others. This rank is largely based upon the rankings awarded by Design Intelligence, a market leader in architecture education. The Graduate Smart Rank also incorporates a variety of statistical data about the graduate architecture program, including the acceptance rate, student-teacher ratio, and average GRE scores of previously-admitted students.

    Undergraduate Smart Rank:
    The rank of the undergraduate architecture program. The Undergraduate Smart Rank is designed to provide an indication of the institution's academic strength in comparison to others. This rank is largely based upon the rankings awarded by Design Intelligence, a market leader in architecture education. The Undergraduate Smart Rank also incorporates a variety of statistical data about the undergraduate architecture program, including the acceptance rate, student-teacher ratio, and average GRE scores of previously-admitted students.

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  • GAudi483GAudi483 22 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @newjersey17 reason for that probably is because only b.arch and m.arch are officially accredited by NAAB and are to follow somewhat strict guidelines regarding the curriculum. However, four year programs have varying degree programs and curriculum. (B.s.arch, b.a.arch and even BFA). 4 year courses tend to have varying curriculums and emphasis on education which are relatively rare or exist in lesser degrees in NAAB accredited programs and professional degrees.
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  • UpstateNYDadUpstateNYDad 16 replies10 threads New Member
    In visiting schools, one view we've heard of the DI rankings (by folks representing schools not in the top 10) is that they are skewed a bit b/c certain schools like Cal Poly have much larger programs in terms of numbers of students, and thus have a much bigger pool of grads in the profession (and folks rank their own schools most highly). That sounds plausible though I'm not sure if it's true.
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  • QuietTypeQuietType 712 replies17 threads Member
    Yes, a portion of the DI rankings are based on responses from alumni, and the larger the pool of graduates, the larger the pool of responses. If you look through the historical listing you'll see that Cooper Union, which is generally regarded as one of the finest arch schools is rarely mentioned - they have a very small alumni pool.
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  • listroiderlistroider 20 replies8 threads New Member
    I'm going to type out the rankings for 2016-17.

    UNDERGRADUATE
    1 Cornell
    2 Cal Poly SLO
    3 Syracuse
    4 Rice
    5 Virginia Tech
    6 Texas - Austin
    7 RISD
    8 Pratt
    9 Auburn
    10 SCI-Arc
    11 Southern California
    12 Cooper Union
    13 Carnegie Mellon
    14 Tulane
    15 Illinois Tech
    16 Oregon
    17 Rensselaer
    18 Iowa State
    19 Cal Poly Pomona
    20 Penn State
    21 (tie) Boston Architectural
    21 (tie) Notre Dame
    23 Woodbury
    24 Arizona
    15 Tennessee - Knoxville

    GRADUATE
    1 Harvard
    2 Cornell
    3 MIT
    4 Columbia
    5 Yale
    6 California - Berkeley
    7 Michigan
    8 Syracuse
    9 Rice
    10 Penn
    11 WashU St. Louis
    12 Texas - Austin
    13 California - Los Angeles
    14 Cincinnati
    15 Virginia
    16 Princeton
    17 SCI-Arc
    18 Kansas State
    19 Virginia Tech
    20 Clemson
    21 RISD
    22 Georgia Tech
    23 Pratt
    24 Cal Poly Pomona
    25 (tie) Ohio State
    25 (tie) Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
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  • momrathmomrath 6015 replies39 threads Senior Member
    Thanks, @listroider for posting the top 25. My understanding is that in the graduate category Cornell and MIT are tied for #2.

    This article from Architectural Record provides further background.
    http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/11865-americas-top-architecture-schools-2017
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  • listroiderlistroider 20 replies8 threads New Member
    @momrath The DI rankings indicate that they are indeed #2 and #3, not tied.
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  • momrathmomrath 6015 replies39 threads Senior Member
    Thanks, listroider. Odd that Architectural Record reported differently. My son's a Cornell MArch, so I'm not about to quibble. :)
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  • gabrielmgeagabrielmgea 27 replies2 threads New Member
    How do you see the full list online? I have only found the top 10 programs but I'd like to see the whole 2017 list
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  • qclabratqclabrat 55 replies9 threads Junior Member
    does anyone have the full rankings for 2018?
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  • newjersey17newjersey17 961 replies78 threads Senior Member
    2017 - 2018 Design Intelligence Arch Programs

    UG BArch
    1. Cornell
    2. Cal poly
    3. Syracuse
    4. Virginia tech
    5 univ of southern cal
    6 rice
    7 univ of texas
    8 southern cal inst
    9 Pratt
    10 Rhode Island school of design
    11 auburn
    12 cal poly pamona
    13 Rensselaer
    14 cmu
    15 cooper
    16 notre Dame
    17 Tulane
    18 Woodbury
    19 penn state
    20 Illinois inst of tech
    21 univ of Oregon
    22 iowas state
    23 Boston arch college
    24 univ of az
    25 univ of Miami

    Grad
    1 Harvard
    2 Columbia
    3 cornell
    4 Yale
    5 mit
    6 univ of cal LA
    7 UPenn
    8 univ of cal Berkeley
    9 univ of so cal
    10 WashU (Washington univ in St. Louis)
    11 univ of Michigan
    11 Virginia tech
    13 so cal Institute
    14 univ Virginia
    15 UT Austin
    16 rice
    17 univ of cinn
    18 Kansas state
    19 Syracuse
    20 Clemson
    21 savannah college of art
    22 Princeton
    23 gA instit of tech
    24 Rhode Island
    25 Pratt


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  • Wallflower96Wallflower96 2 replies0 threads New Member
    There's some useful info on rankings here: https://architectureprep.com/application-tips/
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