Budget and Enrollment Survey

Architecture School Budgets Rebound Dramatically for 2021-22

The annual survey, now in its twelfth year, asks schools to identify changes in budgets, enrollment, applications and academic staffing over the previous year. ACSA members comprise both public and private institutions, primarily in the United States and Canada.

Budgets in architecture schools are showing significant upward trends this year, and appear to be rebounding from the economic shock of the global outbreak of COVID-19.

Applications and enrollment for architecture programs appear to be increasing. M.Arch/D.Arch programs showed a strong increase in the percent of schools that report increased applications. This year we asked new questions about changes at the school level to address the disparity between White students, Black students, Indigenous students and other students of color (BIPOC) enrolled across the globe.

The 2021-22 ACSA Budget and Enrollment Survey includes responses from 67 ACSA Full, Candidate, 2-Year, 4-Year and International member schools and many of the findings highlight a major shift from the 2020-21 results at the start of COVID-19.


Kendall Nicholson
Director of Research + Information