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There are many services that rank colleges and universities. Just three are described here. As with any ranking system it is important to understand the methodology used.


DesignIntelligence (DI) is an independent company that publishes an annual report called “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools.” The survey ranks architecture programs on their ability to prepare graduates for professional practice. It asks hiring professionals; current students and recent alumni; and deans, chairs, and department heads to provide their perspectives on the strengths of architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture programs in the US.

In 2018, approximately 12,000 people responded to the survey. The hiring professionals provide input about the schools they most admire, the ones they hire from the most, and how recent graduates are performing in 12 key focus areas. Deans, program chairs, and department heads complete a survey about major changes in their course offerings, and current students and recent alumni from architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture programs offer their perspectives on the quality of the programs they studied in and how prepared they feel in key skill areas.

The School of Architecture & Environment includes nationally ranked programs in sustainable built environments, adaptive design, and resilient design; healthy built environments; and most hired-from school.

most admired architecture & landscape Architecture schools
most hired from by
interior architecture firms
sustainable built environments & adaptive and resilient design


Here are the complete 2018–19 DesignIntelligence survey results:

  • Most Admired Schools:
    • 17—Architecture Undergraduate
    • 30—Architecture Graduate
    • 17—Landscape Architecture Undergraduate
    • 22—Landscape Architecture Graduate
  • Schools Most Hired From by Firms (by program size):
    • 7—Architecture (100+ graduates)
    • 8—Landscape Architecture (20–34 graduates)
    • 5—Interior Architecture (<20 graduates)
  • Sustainable Built Environments/Adaptive Design/Resilient Design:
    • 3—Architecture Undergraduate
    • 6—Architecture Graduate
    • 6—Landscape Architecture Undergraduate
  • Healthy Built Environments:
    • 4—Architecture Undergraduate
    • 7—Architecture Graduate
    • 9—Landscape Architecture Undergraduate
  • Research:
    • 8—Landscape Architecture

QS World University Rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. (QS), based in London, has been conducting college and university rankings of the world’s top 1,000 universities for 15 years. For the 2019 results, they assessed the best of the 4,700 institutions that were eligible for inclusion.

For 2019, our ranking in Architecture is 371.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Rankings collects its data through their annual US Student Survey, reflecting input from approximately 200,000 current college students on 1,000 institutions. Questions focus on students’ engagement with their studies, their interactions with teachers, and overall satisfaction with their experience. The student-focused nature of the WSJ/THE College Rankings means that the results differ significantly from the THE World University Rankings, which have a heavier emphasis on research excellence on a global scale. The latest rankings are due out in September 2019.

University of Oregon is currently ranked 271.