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MSU architecture grads exceed national average on professional exams

March 9, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Graduates from Montana State University’s School of Architecture exceed the national average for passing rates on licensing exams in each area of expertise tested by the Architectural Registration Exam.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, or NCARB, the organization that oversees the licensing process and standards for architects, recently posted the 2014 passing rates of the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE), and they show that MSU School of Architecture graduates exceeded the national passing rate in all seven divisions.

“This is a fantastic endorsement of the success of our program,” said Nancy Cornwell, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. “In a market that took a hit but is now recovering quickly, the architecture program demonstrates that it still puts out exceedingly high quality professionals. That fact is supported by the continued interest of firms who seek out our graduates.”

The seven divisions in the ARE licensing exam are: 

  • Programming Planning & Practice – MSU’s passing rate is 86 percent vs. 62 percent nationally;
  • Site Planning & Design – 80 percent vs. 69 percent;
  • Building Design & Construction Systems – 68 percent vs. 64 percent;
  • Structural Systems – 71 percent vs. 68 percent;
  • Construction Documents & Services – 67 percent vs. 62 percent;
  • Schematic Design – 85 percent vs. 77 percent;

NCARB’s national passing rates are located at  

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