22.2 Hours a Week

New study: Architecture students clock the longest hours

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New study: Architecture students clock the longest hours. Seen here: GSAPP's Avery Hall. (Courtesy Wikiwand)
New study: Architecture students clock the longest hours. Seen here: GSAPP's Avery Hall. (Courtesy Wikiwand)

Indiana University recently published its annual National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which polls freshmen and seniors from universities across the U.S. and Canada to gauge how they spend their time. The NSSE tabulates average hours worked outside of the classroom and, according to the report, students of architecture have accumulated the most independent study time in 2016.

Topping out at 22.2 hours a week, architecture placed ahead of various engineering and STEM programs (19 to 18 hours), Medicine (16.41 hours), and Law (13.73 hours). The data is unclear, however, on how many of those hours were spent staring blankly at white sheets of paper or spinning models in Rhino. Leisure Studies, a major that evidently takes its subject matter seriously, spent the least amount of time working individually, coming in at 11.02 hours.

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