Budget and Enrollment Survey

Architecture School Budgets Decrease Dramatically for 2020-21

The annual survey, now in its eleventh year, asks schools to identify changes in budgets, enrollment, applications and academic staffing over the previous year. New this year, our research explored commonly requested data points surrounding studio size, faculty teaching load and new courses. ACSA members comprise both public and private institutions, primarily in the United States and Canada.

Budgets in architecture schools are showing significant downward trends this year, as a result of the global outbreak of COVID-19.  Most heavily impacted are travel budgets which correlate to the numerous federal, local and regional travel restrictions in the larger context of the United States and Canada.

Applications and enrollment for architecture programs appeared relatively stable but vary by degree type. M.Arch/D.Arch programs showed the most closely followed trend line. This year we also include data on international students and Black people, Indigenous people and people of color (BIPOC) enrolled in programs across the globe.

The 2020-21 ACSA Budget and Enrollment Survey includes responses from 83 ACSA Full, Candidate, 2-Year, 4-Year and International member schools and many of the findings highlight a major shift from the 2018 and 2019 iterations of the study.


Kendall Nicholson
Director of Research + Information