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Architectural Studies

College of Fine & Applied Arts

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What is Architectural Studies?

Architects conceptualize and construct physical structures like buildings. In this major, you’ll receive a foundation in 2- and 3-dimensional design. You will focus on both aesthetics and technology. This major will prepare you to be a creative thinker and create inventive solutions to social, political, economic, and environmental problems.

Career Options

  • Architecture
  • Contracting
  • Conservation
  • Drafting
  • Industrial design
  • Inspection
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Planning & surveying
  • Product design

Post-Graduation Success1

89% employed or continuing education

34% employed after graduation

55% attending graduate school

$43,828 average starting annual income

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math coursework and performance
  • Calculus track preferred (if available at high school)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

90% first-year retention rate

66% four-year graduation rate

81% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,078
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,420
  • Total: $35,162

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $32,050
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $53,474

International

  • Tuition: $32,958
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $54,382
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