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About the BAC

About the BAC

We're nonprofit and independent

The BAC is the largest independent college of spatial design in New England. Architecture and design is all we do, so the people who come to study, teach, and work here are crazy about design.

We've been around for 130 years

The Boston Architectural College began as a professional club in 1889. In 1971, we became the first accredited architecture program with a work component in the US. Since then, we have introduced programs in interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies.
Read about our history

BAC students make things

One of the biggest reasons BAC students are drawn to architecture and design is that they are naturally creative and constructive. BAC students are always drawing, building, and tinkering. Whether digital or physical, you will be imagining things and bringing your ideas to life.

BAC students get to work

We go way beyond the internship at the BAC. Our students work full-time while they study, developing their careers ahead of graduation. Students learn from experienced colleagues and take advantage of the resources at their firms.
Learn more about Practice

*Note: Practice data collected via 2018 student survey

BAC students can get licensed faster

As one of the few schools in the country with the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program, our students are able to get an education and gain real world experience all while shortening their time to licensure.
Learn more about IPAL

Our faculty practice what they teach

The faculty and instructors at the BAC are practicing professionals, working in Boston and connected to the design community. They know what's happening in the field and what employers are looking for when they hire.
Read more about our faculty

Boston is our campus

The BAC is located in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay, which means you're only a short walk from museums, music venues, restaurants, colleges and universities, and iconic architecture.

52%male 47%female

We're accessible, so our students are diverse

Part of our mission is to make the traditionally exclusive field of architecture more diverse. We are committed to a policy of open admission and accept applications on a rolling basis. Our student body includes a large population of first-generation college students, international students, and minority groups.

30% international students

diversity in campus

*Note: Demographic Information reported by students and collected via the Fall 2018 student enrollment data.

Fall 2019 Retention Rate:
Graduate = 94%
Undergraduate = 88%
*Note: Fall 2019 retention is reported via the Registrar enrollment data based on those enrolled in Spring 2019.

Fall 2019 Graduation Rate:
Undergraduate based on IPEDS = 13%
Undergraduate based on all students = 29%
Graduate all students = 49%
*Note: Fall 2019 IPEDS data is for first-time, full-time undergraduates in the 2013 Cohort, which is intended to show students in 4-year programs that graduate in 6-years, which is 150% of program length. The BAC data is for Fall 2013 enrollment and includes all eligible students that graduated by Fall 2019 based on Registrar data. The BAC has curricula of a variety of lengths, including master programs, and many transfer students that are not counted in IPEDS. Therefore, based on Registrar enrollment/matriculation data, we list all BAC students who graduated by Fall 2019 that started in specific cohort years, per program, to capture 150% of the program length.


The BAC provides excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities.


To be the recognized leader in the education of design professionals, connecting theory and practice and engaging educators, practitioners, allied professions, and the public.

Diversity Statement

The Boston Architectural College is committed to promoting a community that celebrates, affirms, and vigorously pursues inclusiveness in all its forms.

Excellent design integrates diverse skills and problem solving approaches to meeting client needs. Combining divergent ways of thinking, non-traditional approaches to solving problems, multi-cultural awareness, sensitivity to the needs of persons who may be different from ourselves, tolerance of ideas we may not initially understand, and openness to new ways of addressing needs is essential to achieving thoughtful, creative, innovative and client-centered design. Through multiple design disciplines, and through our insistence on learning from diverse ways of approaching design solutions, the Boston Architectural College expresses its fundamental commitment to being an open and welcoming community. We strive to effectively serve diverse clients in a multi-cultural world.

As the largest independent, multi-disciplinary college of spatial design in the United States, the Boston Architectural College (BAC) has opportunities to influence the future viability of the design professions. Sustainable design professions require diversity and inclusivity in their approaches to serving clients. The BAC strives to increase diversity among those who study, work, teach and practice Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and a wide range of allied fields.

The BAC's diversity vision is to be a vibrant, inclusive learning community where all members are respected, welcomed and enabled to thrive. As this vision is realized, the College will reflect diversity in its student body, faculty, curriculum, Practice learning, and in the ways that we teach and learn.


The Boston Architectural College's audited financial statements are available here. If you have any questions, please contact Sydney Leo, vice president of Finance and Administration.

The Boston Architectural College's publications are available upon request from Nancy Finn, director of Marketing and Communications.