Undergraduate Admissions

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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

The School of Architecture is one of the smallest academic units at The University of Texas at Austin. Our undergraduate student body exemplifies the diverse constitution of the communities we strive to serve. In support of unique perspectives and experiences, all applications are reviewed with an understanding that excellence may manifest itself in many areas and may be expressed in different forms, such as compelling essays, strong academic preparation, extracurricular activities, excellent test scores, life experiences, as well as other accomplishments.

Undergraduate degrees are available in architecture and interior design.

More information about the application process and associated educational costs is available from the Texas Admissions office.

VISITING THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Prospective students and families may learn about School of Architecture degree programs, facilities, career services, student support services, internships, and study abroad programs at a Prospective Student Information Session. The one-hour session includes detailed application process information and a time for questions. As staffing availability allows, visitors may also reach out to our Undergraduate Office about School of Architecture tour options. 

Prospective students may register for the School of Architecture Information Sessions, as well as the UT General Admitted Freshman, Prospective Freshman, or Transfer Session, on the Texas Admissions website. Once on the registration page, please select the college to view dates and register for the School of Architecture Sessions. 

FRESHMAN ADMISSION

Applications to The University of Texas at Austin for freshman admission are available online. The University of Texas at Austin admissions process is administered centrally by the Texas Admissions office. The School of Architecture is unable to accommodate all qualified applicants and preference is given to candidates considered to have best demonstrated the interest, aptitude, and dedication to pursue a design education. All applications are evaluated with emphasis on the following areas: SAT or ACT scores, class rank, essays, academic preparation, extracurricular activities, and other achievements. Portfolios are not accepted from freshman applicants.

For more information on freshman admission, please read the Freshman FAQ.

EXTERNAL TRANSFER ADMISSION

Applications to The University of Texas at Austin for external transfer admission are available online. The University of Texas at Austin admissions process is administered centrally by the Texas Admissions office. Please note that applicants may apply for fall semester only, and the application deadline is March 1. External transfer applications and portfolios are accepted only from students of architecture and interior design programs at other universities whose mimimum transfer GPA is 3.25. The required portfolio will be evaluated with emphasis given to excellence in design, academic preparation, essays, and other achievements. Course credit and placement in studio sequence is determined upon acceptance. External transfer admission is offered to a few qualified applicants each year, based on available space.

For more information on external transfer admission, please read the External Transfer Student FAQ.

INTERNAL TRANSFER ADMISSION

To request a major change, enrolled University of Texas at Austin students applying for internal transfer must have a minimum of 24 in-resident UT Austin credit hours (completed by the end of a spring semester) and a minimum UT Austin GPA of 3.25. Emphasis is given to strong performance in university courses, especially courses relevant to the degree program to which the applicant is applying. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.

For more information on internal transfer admission, please read the Internal Transfer Student FAQ.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International undergraduate applicants should see Texas Admissions' International Undergraduate section for application information.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN MAJOR CODES

Please be sure to use the correct major code on applications. Students wishing to pursue an undergraduate architecture or interior design degree program must be formally admitted to the School of Architecture with one of the following major codes:

  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, 908000
  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, 908400
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 909200
  • Bachelor of Architecture + Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, 909201
  • Bachelor of Architecture + Bachelor of Arts in Plan II, 909300

DUAL DEGREES

Students who intend to pursue the dual degree in Architecture and Plan II Honors must apply to both programs. Please contact the Plan II Honors Program Office in the College of Liberal Arts for further information regarding the separate and early application to the Plan II Honors Program: 512-471-1442.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Architecture + Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering will complete degree requirements through the School of Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) and the Cockrell School of Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering). Applicants are strongly encouraged to also familiarize themselves with the admissions requirements of the Cockrell School of Engineering.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

Although credit by examination is not offered for architecture courses, it is possible to receive credit by examination for other courses required for architecture and interior design degrees, such as English literature, calculus, physics, American history, government, and certain electives. Detailed information about the UT Austin testing program is available from Student Testing Services.

TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE (FORMERLY TASP)

The TSI examination is a state-mandated program designed to improve student success in college. Please contact the TSI office at the University for more information about exemption or waivers at 512-232-7146.

WHAT IF I DON'T GET IN?

Applicants who miss the deadline or whose academic record makes them ineligible for admission to the School of Architecture have at least three alternatives for pursuing an architecture degree:

•  Enroll at UT Austin in another college or school, complete the courses open to non-majors that will count toward the architecture or interior design degrees, and later apply for internal transfer admission to the School of Architecture. All freshman and transfer applicants are encouraged to indicate a second degree program choice on their UT Austin application for admission. Students not admitted into the School of Architecture will be considered by the Office of Admissions for the second choice of major (for example, School of Undergraduate Studies or College of Liberal Arts). Students admitted to their second major choice will then be eligible to apply for internal transfer admission to the School of Architecture during the spring for the following fall semester (see Internal Transfer Admission).

•  Apply to another school of architecture or interior design. Accredited degrees in architecture are offered at more than 90 universities in the United States including six other schools in Texas: Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and The University of Texas at Arlington. Accredited degrees in Interior Design are available in Texas through the University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, Texas State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Christian University, and Texas Tech University.

•  Complete your current undergraduate degree program and apply to a first professional graduate architecture or interior design degree program. The University of Texas at Austin, for example, offers a first-professional Master of Architecture degree and a first-professional Master of Interior Design degree for students with degrees in unrelated disciplines—a program of approximately three and one-half years in duration.

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    On Friday at 12:30 p.m., visiting professor Alex Schweder @schweder1 presents his lecture “Performance Architecture” as part of our Spring 2023 Lecture Series. <br />
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    On Friday at 12:30 p.m., visiting professor Alex Schweder @schweder1 presents his lecture “Performance Architecture” as part of our Spring 2023 Lecture Series.

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    More than 100 employers and dozens of students and alumni participated in @utsoacareers’ 2023 Career Fair yesterday. <br /><br />A big thank you to those who joined us - Cheers to connections, new and old, and all the bright futures on the horizon! <br />
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    More than 100 employers and dozens of students and alumni participated in @utsoacareers’ 2023 Career Fair yesterday.

    A big thank you to those who joined us - Cheers to connections, new and old, and all the bright futures on the horizon!

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    Alumnus Michael Hsu returns to campus this Wednesday, February 8 for his lecture “Generalities and Specificities,” taking place in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    Alumnus Michael Hsu returns to campus this Wednesday, February 8 for his lecture “Generalities and Specificities,” taking place in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.<br />
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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.

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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there
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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there

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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner<br /><br />@masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman <br />
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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner

    @masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman

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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.<br />
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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.

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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!<br />
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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!