Graduates from NAAB Programs Have Higher ARE Pass Rates

Last year, nearly 25,000 students enrolled in a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)—the only U.S. agency authorized to evaluate architecture programs. So what’s the advantage of attending an accredited program? (Besides a stellar education, of course.) Not only do graduates from these programs complete the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) sooner, they also have higher ARE pass rates. 

According to NCARB’s data, candidates from accredited programs finish the exam almost six months sooner than those from non-accredited programs. Plus, they have a 69 percent success rate, compared to 61 percent for candidates from non-accredited programs.* 

We invite you to explore our data through the interactive charts below. For additional insight into the profession, download your copy of NCARB by the Numbers today! And let us know what you think on social media using #NBTN. 

* Editor’s note: The figures reflected in the corresponding Tableau chart vary slightly from the digital version of NCARB by the Numbers. In the print edition, we reported that the overall success rate for candidates from non-accredited programs was 58 percent. However, the Tableau chart reflects more recent data from June 2015. 




About the Author

Before joining the NCARB team, I worked in journalism, marketing, and public relations. After making my way to DC for graduate school, I pursued a career that merged my two passions—writing and interior design. That’s when I landed freelance positions at the Washingtonian and Rue Magazine, interviewing some of today’s biggest designers, including Robert and Cortney Novogratz, David Stark, and Waldo Fernandez. Today, I manage press NCARB's outreach and editorial content, sharing industry news with licensure candidates and architects across the country. Find me on Twitter at @samanthabmiller