According to Architectural Record, the top ten undergraduate schools for architecture in the United States as of 2014, in descending order, are: California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Cornell University, Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Syracuse University, University of Southern California, Auburn University, Southern California Institute of Architecture and Rhode Island School of Design.
This list originates from DesignIntelligence, the website of the Design Futures Council, and provides only one ranking, albeit an authoritative one. The list includes only undergraduate schools of architecture. These schools may or may not rank as high with respect to graduate studies in architecture. No one source can necessarily address all of a particular student's interests and requirements, so the prospective student of architecture is urged to consult several authorities. Such sources include but are not limited to ArchitectureColleges.com, ArchDaily.com, and About.com (architecture pages). About.com also ranks schools according to type, such as graduate school, undergraduate school, landscape architecture school, and other areas of emphasis.
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture also provides information that guides prospective architecture students toward an educated choice from the 125 colleges and universities offering professional degree programs in architecture, including advice on high-school educational preparation.