What is Happy Home Academy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Throughout the Animal Crossing series, a significant part of the social simulation game is for the players to creatively design their homes and put their interior designing prowess to the test. This has been consistent throughout the series ever since it was first debuted by Nintendo back in 2001. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become the best selling game since it has sold more than 10 million copies in a single month itself.

In the previous releases of the Animal Crossing series, there was ‘Happy Room Academy’ or ‘HRA’ that would grade a player’s house depending upon the items in the house and its value. The HRA would award higher players with better rewards in par with high scores. This concept is still present even in the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons series under a new name – ‘Happy Home Academy’ or simply just as ‘HHA.’ The new naming became popular in New Leaf and has since been taken into the New Horizons series as well. Want to know more? In this article, we will cover everything about the Happy Home Academy in the New Horizons series.

What is Happy Home Academy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Academy

The Happy Home Academy uses an advanced rating system in the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons game to accurately rate a player home, and it’s even more complicated from what we’ve seen in the previous series. The overall notion is that players can earn points and bonuses based on the layout of the furniture used, design, and colour – theme coordination like Ironwood Furniture.

Happy Home Academy Rewards List

Based on the rewards awarded by the Happy Home Academy, players will receive a plaque or a trophy depending on the number of points. Here’s a list of all the available awards :

  • Gold Trophy – 150,000
  • Silver Trophy – 100,000
  • Bronze Trophy – 70,000
  • Gold Plaque – 50,000
  • Silver Plaque – 30,000
  • Bronze Plaque – 20,000
  • Pennant – 10,000

Friendly tip – Players can earn bonus points for hanging these awards in their rooms. 


Happy Home Academy Ranks List

Similar to the rewards awarded by the Happy Home Academy, they also rank your home based on the number of points received. Here’s a list of all the available ranks :

House Size B-Rank A-Rank S-Rank
First House <9999 10000-14999 15000
Upgraded House <16999 17000-22999 23000
2 Room House <24999 25000-34999 35000
3 Room House <37999 38000-46999 47000
4 Room House <49000 50000-59000 60000
2 Floor House <63999 64000-74999 75000
2 Floor House + Basement <79000 80000-89999 90000


How to Get Higher Happy Home Academy Scores?

Now that we’ve covered the rewards and ranks a player can get from the Happy Home Academy, it is time to find out how a player can get them and in the best way possible. It can be noted the Feng Shui is said to be a big factor when it comes to earning bonuses from the Happy Home Academy, and it can be achieved by ensuring that players tend to their interior decorating in a particular way.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the art of setting particular coloured items at specific sides of a room. These coloured items must be placed at the three cardinal sides of a room; East, West, and South.

All Red coloured items need to be only on the Eastside, Green items on the Southside, and finally all Yellow items on the West side of a room.

What is Happy Home Academy in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Imagine the room being an 8×8 square, Feng Shui involved placing the above mentioned coloured items along its respective walls with two tile width, as shown in the image above.

Each item placed in their correct zone will get the player an additional 500 HHA bonus points for a maximum of 1500 HHA points for each room. If players have a four-room house, they can easily earn 6000 HHA points.

The Feng shui bonus is not restricted to the layout of the furniture as per their colour but also includes the wall hangings as well. If judging the exact colour of an item seems daunting, it is recommended to focus on its primary colour only.

The only room that does not add to the Feng Shui bonuses is basements.

Item Sets

As mentioned earlier, another way to earn HHA bonus points is by having matching furniture-theme sets. If players have a complete set within a room, it will be granting them an additional bonus from the Happy Home Academy.

There are various sets that can be found throughout the game. Here are a few of them :

  • Ironwood Furniture Set
  • Bamboo Furniture Set
  • Cherry Blossom Furniture Set
  • Zodiac Furniture Set
  • Bunny Day Furniture Set

Colour Coordination


Another way to impress the Happy Home Academy is by color coordination. Rooms having over 90% of the same coloured items can help maximize the points awarded by the HHA. The exceptions to this 90% are the wallpaper and floors.

Additional Tips for Happy Home Academy Bonus Points

Here are a few more ways a player can impress the Happy Home Academy  :

  • Having purposeful rooms such as a kitchen or bathroom.
  • Using seasonal items for easy set bonus points.
  • Maintaining a clean and spacious home.
  • Making sure the place is tidy to avoid any cockroaches!
  • Using rewards or plaques awarded by the HHA as decorations.
  • Utilizing space efficiently and giving purpose to the furniture layout.
  • Improve decorations by using wallpapers and carpets.

That’s all the information players need to know on how to get better rewards and ranks from the Happy Home Academy in Animal Crossing:  New Horizon.


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