1. What majors may an undergraduate applicant choose?
  2. What is it like to major in Architecture or Interior Design?
  3. What is required to become an architect?
  4. What is required to become an interior designer?
  5. How does the architecture program at UT Austin compare with other schools?
  6. How do I apply as a freshman applicant?
  7. What is required for the application?
  8. Do you require a portfolio?
  9. Do I need a specific class rank, GPA, or SAT/ACT score to apply or be admitted?
  10. Are specific high school courses required?
  11. The application asks for a first and second major choices.  Should I choose two majors of study in the School of Architecture just in case I am not admitted to my first choice?
  12. How many students are in the School of Architecture, and how many students do you accept each year?
  13. Where do graduates of the School of Architecture work after graduating?
  14. What is your student to teacher ratio in design studios?
  15. Do the School of Architecture degrees require calculus and physics?
  16. What other test scores award credit by examination?
  17. Does the School of Architecture offer scholarships?
  18. Are new students required to attend summer orientation?
  19. How can I establish Texas residency?

 

 

What majors may an undergraduate applicant choose?

Undergraduate degrees are available in architecture and interior design. To be considered for admission, you must list architecture or interior design as your first-choice major. We do not review applications in which interior design or architecture is the second-choice major. Please see FAQ #11 for a list of the five degree programs the School of Architecture offers.

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What is it like to major in architecture or interior design?

Visit the following external sites for thorough descriptions.

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WHAT is required to become an architect?

There are three categories when it comes to pursuing registration as an architect:  Education, Experience, and Examination. These requirements are often referred to as the “Three E's."  Texas requires the following:

Please see the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards [NCARB] website for the most up-to-date information.  

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WHAT is required to become an Interior Designer?

Similar to architecture, many jurisdictions in the U.S. require the "Three E's" when pursuing registration as an interior designer.  Texas requires the following:

Please see the National Council for Interior Design Qualification [NCIDQ] website for the most up-to-date information.  

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How does the Architecture program at UT Austin compare with other schools?

Our Bachelor of Archtiecture is consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally by DesignIntelligence. A 2007-2015 comparison of rankings is provided by Architectural Record.  

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How do I apply as a freshman applicant?

The UT Austin Office of Admissions administers freshman admission for the School of Architecture. Students apply online. To be considered for admission, you must list architecture or interior design as your first-choice major. We do not review applications in which interior design or architecture is the second-choice major.

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What is required for the application?

For your convenience, below is an abbreviated list of application requirements due by the December 1st deadline, as the School of Architecture offers admission only to the fall semester. However, all applications are handled by the University's Office of Admissions, so their website and office is the best source of information. To be considered for admission to the School of Architecure, you must list architecture or interior design as your first-choice major. We do not review applications in which interior design or architecture is the second-choice major.
[  ] ApplyTexas application
[  ] Essays A & D
[  ] $75 non-refundable application fee [$90 for international applicants]
[  ] SAT or ACT test scores
[  ] High school transcript(s) + any college transcript(s)
[  ] Recommendation Letter(s) [optional, but strongly encouraged]
[  ] Expanded Resume [optional]
[  ] Student Information Form

*International applicants should be aware of additional admission requirements/information.

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Do you require a portfolio?

We do not accept portfolios for freshman admissions.

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Do I need a specific class rank, GPA or SAT/ACT score to apply or be admitted?

We do not have minimum admissions requirements, but those who are admitted typically fall in the top quarter of their class, have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above, and have a high SAT or ACT test score.

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Are specific high school courses required?

The Office of Admissions maintains minimum high school course requirements for freshman application eligibility.  Refer to the Office of Admissions website for information on these course requirements. The School of Architecture does not impose additional requirements. However, we recommend that high school students take AP courses or IB courses (if available) including physics and calculus. In addition, we recommend humanities and elective art classes, such as drawing.

Note: Prospective applicants with an interest in applying to the Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering dual degree must also meet the requirements for admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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The application asks for a first and second major choice. Should I choose two majors of study in the School of Architecture just in case I am not admitted to my first choice?

No. If a student is not admitted into their first major choice within the School of Architecture, he or she will not be accepted into another major offered by the School. Therefore, your first major choice must be one of the five programs offered by the School of Architecture (listed below), and the second choice should be a major offered within another college or school at the University. If unsure, we recommend that applicants select “undeclared” within the School of Undergraduate Studies as their second major choice. The undergraduate programs offered by the School of Architecture include the following:

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How many students are in The School of Architecture, and how many students do you accept each year?

The School of Architecture consists of roughly 330 undergraduate students and 370 graduate students. Out of approximately 1,000 freshman applicants, 120 students are admitted. 

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Where do graduates of the School of Architecture work after graduating?

Employment reports are available from the School of Architecture's Career Services center. 

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What is your student to teacher ratio in design studios?

13 to 1.

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Do the School of architecture degrees require calculus and physics?

Both calculus and physics are required for all architecture degrees. Physics is required for the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Applicants may do themselves a favor by taking high-level math courses and physics in high school. You may earn college-level course credit for calculus, physics, and math while in high school by taking certain tests.

Examples of exams high school students may take that award calculus credit: 

Examples of tests/exams high school students may take that award physics credit: 

For interior design applicants: Calculus is not required for the interior design degree, but students may opt to use calculus to fulfill the interior design math degree requirement. Interior design students have the option to use any math course that satisfies the core curriculum for math. Examples of math tests high school students may take that award college-level credit suitable for meeting math requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree are listed below.

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What test scores award credit by examination?

The University of Texas at Austin has a centralized Student Testing Services center that maintains credit by examination policies. You may find it helpful to also view the courses that fulfill Texas common core curriculum requirements as you are viewing the credit awarded for tests. 

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Does the School of Architecture offer scholarships?

The School of Architecture offers various competitive scholarships. A few awards are offered to incoming freshmen. Students need not apply separately for these awards. Continuing SOA students are eligible to apply for scholarships after completing the fall semester of their first year. The University offers many scholarships to new and continuing students as well.

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Are new students required to attend summer orientation?

We expect all incoming freshman to attend one of the two orientation sessions in which the School of Architecture participates. 

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How may I establish Texas residency?

The residency specialist in the Graduate and International Admissions Center [GIAC] provides details about establishing residency and can be contacted for all residency questions.

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Contact Information

Katrina Kosted

Academic Advising Coordinator, Undergraduate Programs: (512) 471-0109, katrina@austin.utexas.edu
Goldsmith Hall 2.116

Tomi Yamamoto

Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Programs: (512) 471-4525, tomi@austin.utexas.edu
Goldsmith Hall 2.118