Architecture at UM

<p>So. I got into LSA and preferred admission into Taubman.
How are the undergrad and grad programs?
Is it worth the money for out of state?</p>

<p>Compared to what in-state option? I haven't seen Michigan ranked incredibly highly on the architecture rankings, but it is a well known school which may help. Michigan also gives a lot of options in case you don't stick with ARCH. </p>

<p>Syracuse and Cornell and VT are the only 3 architecture programs I have heard of as being the top, not sure if Michigan ranks up there.</p>

<p>My instate options are probably Calpoly San Luis Obispo or Pomona. I also got into Northeastern.</p>

<p>Michigan would top all 3 of those by far. Closest match is Northeastern and that's more of an engineering school than anything.</p>

<p>Michigan is ranked #1 in 2011 for 4+2 (MArch) programs by DesignIntelligence. It's always ranked around the top 20's.</p>

<p>Cal Poly-SLO has an excellent architecture program. It's ranked #4 in 2011 and #3 in 2010 for 5-year BArch programs.</p>

<p>I have no idea where Cal Poly-Pomona or Northeastern rank. I don't think they are in the top 20 though.</p>

<p>2011</a> America’s Best Architecture Schools | Features | Architectural Record</p>

<p>Michigan architecture school used to be known for its emphasize on technologies -- structure, construction, environmental ... that is, your design has to be build-able, but it seems to be changing:</p>

<p>"Since 2004, when DesignIntelligence began ranking undergrad and grad programs separately, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design has held top honors for its M.Arch. program. So it is fascinating to consider how the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning nudged Harvard out of No. 1 this year. In fact, Michigan didn’t even appear on our list of top 20 grad programs last year. It hovered just below the requisite votes needed to tie for 20th place. </p>

<p>Suddenly emerging at the top seems like an unlikely story for Michigan. Yet the unfolding story is even more interesting. In her Dean’s Message posted on the Taubman College Web site, Monica Ponce de Leon explains how the school is reformulating a pedagogical strategy that has remained virtually unchanged in architecture education for more than a century. To forward Taubman’s goal of more realistically paralleling contemporary professional practice, studio work is being integrated into other required courses; various areas of expertise (history, structures, urban planning) are being integrated into the studio; and design studios are being paired with courses in other areas of concentration — a structures course or a structures seminar, for example.</p>

<p>And the students seem to agree with this tactic. Among students who took a separate DesignIntelligence survey, 90 percent of University of Michigan attendees indicated a belief that they’ll be well prepared upon graduation, with 96 percent giving the quality of their program an A (excellent) or B (above average)."</p>

<p>If you are 100% certain you wish to study Architecture and CalPoly-SLO is an in-state option, I think that would be a no-brainer. Michigan is as good in Architecture, but at more than twice the cost, I don't think it is worth it, unless:</p>

<li>The OP's folks are wealthy</li>
<li>The OP receives a good FA package/scholarship from Michigan</li>
<li>The OP may change majors to Business or pre-law.</li>

<p>Northeastern and CalPoly-Pomona are not worth considering.</p>

<p>ok. I'll have to think about SLO since im about 90% certain about architecture and I heard it's not exactly easy to change majors there.</p>

<p>and why shouldnt i consider Northeastern? (besides cost)</p>

<p>Northeastern is not in the same league as Michigan, plain and simple.</p>