|Application Procedure||Design Immersion Days (DID)|
|Undergraduate Admission||Making + Meaning (M+M)|
|Graduate Admission||Transfer Students|
|APPLY ONLINE||International Students|
With close to 80 faculty members and 500 students, SCI-Arc is committed to shaping student experiences as they pursue undergraduate, graduate and post professional degrees. We receive applications from prospective students from all over the US and around the world and we believe your experience at SCI-Arc will prepare you not only to perform well in the profession, but will also lead you to take the discipline in new directions, as you re-think assumptions, create, explore and test the limits of architecture.
Please review the information on this page before starting the application process. If you have further questions, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213 613 5320.
What You'll Need to Do
Step 1: Complete Online ApplicationComplete the online application form, which can be found HERE.
Step 2: Determine Method to Submit Application Materials
- B.Arch (First Year Placement)
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- Materials must be mailed in directly to SCI-Arc
Students applying for First Year Placement in the B.Arch program must submit all additional application materials electronically through SlideRoom. Students that are currently enrolled in high school or those who have completed or are in the process of completing college level coursework that does not include architectural design studios must apply for first year placement of the B.Arch program either as a transfer or freshman applicant.
Only students who have previously completed or are in the process of completing at least one architectural design studio are eligible to apply for Advanced Placement in the B.Arch program.
Students applying for Advanced Placement in the B.Arch program, M.Arch 1, M.Arch 2, Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media (ESTm) or the Future Initiatives (SCIFI) program must submit all additional application materials in hard copy format to SCI-Arc’s Admissions Office.
Step 3: Submit Additional Application Materials (listed below) by the Appropriate Application Deadline.
Step 4: Login to my.sciarc.edu to check the status of your applicationLogin information will be emailed to you once we have processed your online application.
Additional Application Materials
- $85 Application Fee (non-refundable): This fee may be paid electronically when you initially submit your online application form. If you decide to pay the application later, you can either submit to the admissions office a completed credit authorization form, which can be found HERE, or you can mail your payment to SCI-Arc's Admissions Office directly. Checks and/or money orders must be made payable to "SCI-Arc."
- Statement of Purpose: This one-page essay should explain your desire to study architecture, and in particular, why you wish to pursue an architectural education at SCI-Arc.
- Resume: All applicants are required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae. This document should list your education, any of your professional experiences, academic and artistic achievements, and/or published works.
- Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation, which should attest to their academic achievements and/or creative abilities, or professional experience. At least two (2) letters of recommendation should come from past or current instructors. Applicants with extensive work experience may submit letters of recommendation from professional references. Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by a completed letter of recommendation form (found HERE). Students applying for the first year of the B.Arch program should not submit the letter of recommendation form, but instead must have their recommenders submit their letters of recommendation electronically to SCI-Arc through SlideRoom. All other programs must have their recommenders mail the letter of recommendation and required form directly to the Admissions Office.
- Academic Transcripts: Official academic transcripts from all schools previously or currently attended are required, regardless of credits received or courses completed. These records should include coursework through the most recent term completed at each school. Applicants in the process of completing their degree will be required to submit a final official transcript that indicates the degree completed and the date it was received. Official transcripts should arrive in a sealed envelope directly from each school. Students who have acquired less than 60 credit hours/units as of the date of the deadline, must also submit an official high school transcript that shows they have received their high school diploma. Transcripts from schools located internationally must be officially evaluated and translated into English.
First year applicants will be required to scan a copy of their academic transcripts and upload them to SlideRoom as part of the application process. All academic transcript must be uploaded to SlideRoom. Transcripts from schools located internationally must be officially evaluated and translated into English prior to uploading to SlideRoom.
- Portfolio: All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative work. Portfolios should consist of a minimum of 12 pieces of creative work. Individuals who have no formal architectural education or experience should include work that demonstrates his/her visual design sensibilities, sense of form and space, experience with different materials or media, craftsmanship, and imagination. This work may include but is not limited to: drawings, sketches, photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, or wood and metal work. Applicants with a background in architecture are expected to present appropriately documented architectural projects in place of or in addition to other creative work.
Applicants applying for First Year Placement in the B.Arch program will submit their portfolio electronically through SlideRoom. Details regarding this process can be located in SlideRoom. Only printed and bound portfolios will be accepted for the B.Arch Advanced Placement, M.Arch 1, M.Arch 2, ESTm and SCIFI programs. Printed portfolios larger than 10x13 inches and smaller than 5x7 inches will NOT be accepted. Please do not submit originals; your portfolio should contain scanned images or photographs of the original work. Your name must appear clearly on the front of the portfolio. Portfolios of students who are accepted and enroll at SCI-Arc will be kept and become property of SCI-Arc’s Admissions Office. All other portfolios will be discarded at the end of September.
- SAT I or ACT: All undergraduate applicants that have completed less than twenty-four (24) college level hours/units as of the date of the deadline are required to submit official test results from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) or the American College Test (ACT). SCI-Arc does not accept any SAT subject tests in place of the SAT I. All test scores must be received no later than the appropriate application deadline. For more information about these exams, please visit www.collegeboard.com or www.act.org. SCI-Arc's SAT School Code is 1575; SCI-Arc's ACT School Code is 0423.
- GRE: Applicants to the M.Arch 1 or M.Arch 2 programs are required to submit official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. All test scores must be received no later than the appropriate application deadline. For more information on the GRE, go to www.ets.org/gre. SCI-Arc's GRE School Code is 2781.
- TOEFL/IELTS Test: All international students applying from non-English speaking countries are required to submit official test scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score requirement is ninety (90) for the internet-based TOEFL, a five-hundred-and-eighty-three (583) for the paper-based TOEFL, or a six-point-five (6.5) band score for the IELTS. All test scores must be received no later than the appropriate application deadline. Students who have completed a minimum of two years of formal instruction at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction may be eligible to waive this requirement. Please contact the Admissions Office for detailed information regarding this process. Only test scores completed within the past two years will be accepted. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS, please visit www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org. SCI-Arc's TOEFL School Code is 7802.
For Admission to the Design Immersion Days (DID) Program- Online application form
- $25 application fee (non-refundable)
- One-page statement of purpose
Students wishing to apply for a financial need scholarship for the DID program must also submit the following items in addition to the application materials listed above:
- Financial Statement & Scholarship Application (to be considered for scholarship)
- Copy of parents/guardians' most recent tax documents*
- Official High School Transcripts (with GPA listed)
*Families who are undocumented or who will not be filing taxes for this past year, please contact the Admissions Office for additional information.
For Admission to the Making + Meaning (M+M) Program– Online application form
– $25 application fee (non-refundable)
– Statement of interest
– Resume or curriculum vitae
– Two samples of creative work
- Official TOEFL/IELTS test scores (for international applicants only)
Students wishing to apply for scholarship for the M+M program must also submit the following items in addition to the application materials listed above:
- Scholarship statement
- Official Academic Transcripts
Admission to SCI-ArcNotification of acceptance
Undergraduate applicants applying for the fall semester will be notified on a rolling basis between the months of April and June. Undergraduate applicants applying for the spring semester will be notified on a rolling basis between mid-October and mid-November. Graduate applicants will be notified of their admission status by mail in April. Students who accept SCI-Arc's offer of admission are required to submit a non-refundable deposit, which reserves them a place in the entering class. This deposit will be applied toward tuition for their first semester at SCI-Arc. International students will be required to submit an additional tuition deposit in order to begin the I-20 process. If the enrollment deposit is not received by the appropriate deadline, the applicant may forfeit their place in the entering class.
Waiting list placement
Applicants placed on the waiting list will be notified on a rolling basis as positions become available in the entering class. Portfolios belonging to applicants on the waiting list will be retained by the Admissions Office until a final admissions decision has been reached.
Students accepted to SCI-Arc may defer their acceptance for up to one academic year. In order to defer one’s acceptance, a non-refundable deposit and an official request explaining the reason for deferment must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline. An official letter confirming the student’s request to defer their admissions will be mailed to the student within 30 days of submitting their request. Any deferment requests received after the deadline are subject to approval by the Admissions Office. If an applicant fails to enroll at SCI-Arc in the following year, he/she must then reapply for admission in the following year. Applicants accepted from the wait list will not have the option to defer their acceptance and must reapply if they wish to be considered for admissions in the following year.
Undergraduate applicants that applied for advanced placement may appeal their studio placement by submitting an official appeal request in writing to the Admissions Office. All official requests must be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than June 15th. Appeals should be addressed to the Admissions Committee and must include additional portfolio work. An additional letter of recommendation and/or resume may also be submitted in the student's behalf. Appeals are reviewed by the Undergraduate Programs Chair and the applicant will receive written notification of the appeal decision.
Reapplication for admission
Reapplication within one year*: Students wishing to reapply to the program within 1 year of their initial application must submit the following:
- New application form
- New portfolio
- Updated resume
- Updated statement of purpose
- At least one new letter of recommendation (and required letter of recommendation form) pertaining to work or study done since the last application was filed.
- Updated academic transcripts showing any additional coursework that is in progress or has been completed within the past one year.
Reapplication after one year: If an applicant wishes to reapply for admission after one year of their initial application to SCI-Arc, he/she must resubmit all application materials specified for the initial application.