Undergraduate Architecture Admissions
The Undergraduate Architecture Program at the University of Maryland is a highly competitive Limited Enrollment Program. Admission is coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- All applicants must meet the University’s requirements for admission and are evaluated by academic and many other criteria. For comprehensive information, see Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
- Freshman applicants must request Architecture as their choice of major. A limited number of candidates is admitted to the major in the Fall semester each year.
- Freshman applicants must submit a drawing as one criterion for admission. The drawing will be evaluated by the Architecture Program for admission and advising purposes. Click here for more information on the drawing requirement.
- Transfer applicants from other institutions, including 2- and 4-year institutions, cannot be admitted directly into the Architecture major. They must first be admitted to the University and are normally admitted to Letters & Sciences; after being admitted to UM they may apply to change their major to architecture. Click here for Transfer Admissions information. Click here for Pre-Transfer Advising.
- Transfer applicants from other majors within UM may apply to change their major to Architecture by February 1. This process is called the 45-Credit Limited Enrollment Review. Students interested in the architecture program should meet with an Undergraduate Architecture Advisor as soon as possible to discuss completion of the gateway criteria prior to this application. Click here to schedule an appointment with an Undergraduate Architecture Advisor.
Preparation in High School
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program is focused on the arts and sciences. Candidates are typically strong in one or both of these areas. To prepare for this major, you should:
- Pursue the highest level math classes you can in high school, and continue to take math your senior year. AP Calculus is encouraged.
- Take physics in high-school. AP Physics is encouraged.
- Take freehand drawing and art classes in all media. Computer drafting courses are not required.
Click here for UM undergraduate, transfer and international application deadlines. The LEP admission application deadline for the Architecture Program is February 1.
Admission to the Architecture Limited Enrollment Program (LEP)
Please see www.lep.umd.edu for general information on LEP admissions. Click here for specific LEP admission requirements for the Architecture Program.
Freshman Direct Admits: All students accepted directly as freshmen into the Architecture major must complete a series of gateway courses and a review at 45 credits. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses is required.
Transfer Admission Requirements: Students beyond their first semester and students at other institutions wishing to transfer are required to meet similar gateway criteria. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all college coursework is required for all internal and external transfer students.