Budgets in architecture schools are showing positive trends, according to the results from ACSA’s 2018-19 Budget and Enrollment Survey. Applications and enrollment for architecture programs also appeared stable but vary by degree type.
Survey responses from 77 ACSA member schools in the United States and Canada showed that total program budgets and funds allotted for travel increased at most programs. Moreover, schools reported stability in discretionary budgets, making trends in budgets positive on the whole.
Applications and enrollment showed an increase across undergraduate programs, i.e. preprofessional and B.Arch programs. Most notable is the increase in both applications and enrollment for 4-year pre-professional programs for the third year in a row. Conversely, M.Arch programs showed a decline in applications.
The annual survey, now in its ninth year, asks schools to identify changes in budgets, enrollment, and applications over the previous year. ACSA members comprise both public and private institutions, primarily in the United States and Canada.