Virginia Tech's architecture program, in the School of Architecture + Design, has been recognized as one of America's World-Class Schools of Architecture with highest distinction, tied with Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities.

The multidimensional ranking by Design Intelligence, the only national college ranking survey focused exclusively on design, is based on five criteria: current rankings by professional practices; historic 10-year rankings by professional practices; rankings by academic department deans and chairs; overall campus environment and student evaluations; and program accreditation.

The individual programs within the School of Architecture + Design were also nationally ranked by Design Intelligence: undergraduate architecture, No. 2 (No. 4 for analysis and planning, No. 2 for communication skills; No. 2 for computer applications, No. 3 for construction methods and materials, and No. 2 for design); graduate architecture, No. 6; undergraduate industrial design, No. 13 of 47 programs; undergraduate interior design, No. 9 of 148 programs; and graduate interior design at No. 6.

Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design is one the most comprehensive of its kind, with more than 1,100 students, about 700 of which are in architecture, and nearly 100 faculty and staff.