|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 postgraduate 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, you can use our ONLINE INQUIRY FORM or 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
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 should 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, ESTm or SCIFI program must submit all additional application materials in hard copy format to SCI-Arc’s Admissions Office.
- B.Arch (First Year Placement)
- Electronic submission through
- Materials must be mailed in directly to SCI-Arc
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 (or money orders) should 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 all of your professional experience, 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 are not required to submit the letter of recommendation form, but instead must have their recommenders submit their letters of recommendation electronically to SCI-Arc through SlideRoom.
- Academic Transcripts: Official transcripts from all schools 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 at the time they submit their application, 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 translated into English and evaluated.
- Portfolio: All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative work. Portfolios should consist of a minimum of 15 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. 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 and the program in which you are applying 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.
- SAT I or ACT: Undergraduate applicants that have completed less than twenty-four (24) college level hours/units are required to submit official test results from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) or the American College Test (ACT). All test scores should 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 to submit official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. All test scores should be received no later than the appropriate application deadline. Only test scores completed within the past two years will be accepted. 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 should 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. Only test scores completed within the past two years will be accepted. Please contact the Admissions Office for detailed information regarding this process. 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- $25 application fee (non-refundable)
- Online application form
- One-page statement of purpose
- Financial Statement & Scholarship Application Form (where applicable)
For Admission to the Making + Meaning (M+M) Program– $25 application fee (non-refundable)
– Online application form
– Statement of interest (one-page)
– Two samples of creative work (submissions must not exceed 8.5 x 11 inches; please send only reproductions of your work)
– Resume or curriculum vitae
Mail application materials to:SCI-Arc Admissions Office
960 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, California 90013
T: 213.613.2200 x320
Admission to SCI-ArcNotification of acceptance
Graduate applicants will be notified of their admission status by mail in early April; undergraduate applicants will be notified on a rolling basis between the months of April and June. 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 is applied toward tuition for their first semester at SCI-Arc. International students are 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 as positions become available in the entering class. Portfolios belonging to applicants on the waiting list may need to be retained after the notification date for admission purposes.
Admission deferments are granted on a case-by-case basis for up to one year. Applicants must petition the school in writing to defer their admission. Petitions are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the applicant receives written notification of the decision. If an applicant fails to enroll in the following year, he or she must reapply for admission.
Applicants who wish to appeal an admission decision or studio placement must make their requests in writing. Appeals should be addressed to the Admissions Committee and should include applicable support materials (additional portfolio work and/or an additional letter of recommendation, résumé, etc). Appeals are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and may require a personal interview with one or more committee member. The applicant receives written notification of the 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 (with recent work, if applicable)
- At least one new letter of recommendation pertaining to work or study done since the last application was filed.
Reapplication after one year: If an applicant wishes to reapply for admission after one year of absence from the program, he or she must resubmit all application materials specified for the initial application.