Cornell architecture grads' starting salaries

<p>I was accepted into Cornell University's undergraduate architecture program (ED) and will be attending in fall of 08 (Class of 2013). Woo hoo!</p>

<p>I was particularly worried, however, about the kind of debt that I would graduate with after 5 years at Cornell, even more so if I go for grad school at another private school immediately after (which I think I probably will). My parents make a little over 100k/year, and they said that they think they have the first two years figured out. After that, we would probably have to take out loans - which my father is extremely wary of given the exhorbitant interest rates as seen in my sister's student loans. Luckily, Cornell says they'll give about $10,000 in financial aid out of the ~$50,000 cost per year for my first year, which my parents were extremely happy about after thinking that we wouldn't get any aide at all. I also realize that ultimately, education is a very important investment.</p>

<p>When I told my parents that the average intern architect makes around $36,000 a year, they laughed and thought that I was about 20k off. Also, whenever I bring up salary, the interns at the firm where I work keep telling me that architecture is the wrong field to go in. At first, I didn't really worry too much about the income. But after giving a realistic look at the cost of school, I'm getting second thoughts. I do love architecture, and people tell me to go with what I love, but I don't think I could love a profession that'll make paying student loans so difficult.</p>

<p>So I was wondering....</p>

<p>Do graduates of Cornell's B.Arch program have higher salaries than the average (either after going through grad school or not)? I know that admission is extremely selective (50-60 new freshmen/year), and I keep hearing that it's usually easier for cornell grads to get into big firms like SOM or Gensler (who himself was a cornell grad) assuming you have a good portfolio.</p>

<p>congrats! </p>

<p>cornell grads earn the same as any other arch student. they just have better connections to the starchitect firms which ironically, pay substantially less but somehow many grads want to work there because the work is more interesting. 36k is typical for a high profile starchitect firm (or even less!). however, starting salaries for grads at are getting around 50k if they work at corporate firms like Gensler or SOM.</p>

<p>you don't really need a graduate degree, especially a m.arch2 if you already have a b.arch unless you want to teach. grads who opt for graduate school later on usually get a business degree or something else</p>

<p>congrats once again! be prepared to work hard and have a lot of fun</p>