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We offer the following undergraduate degrees:
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch): A five-year, NAAB-accredited undergraduate professional architecture degree.
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A.): A four-year, pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree.
Our admission process: an overview
A joint admission committee consisting of both the Office of Admission and the School of Architecture evaluates the qualifications of architecture applicants. The undergraduate application to the School of Architecture is a two-part process:
Apply to the university through the Office of Undergraduate Admission using the Common Application. The university's admission office receives and evaluates all materials submitted as part of the Common Application to Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Architecture. University admission requirements can be found on the Office of Admission website.
Continue your application to the School of Architecture by submitting the Architecture Portfolio using SlideRoom.
The School of Architecture admission committee will review your portfolio submission along with the application materials already received and evaluated by the Office of Admission committee.
How to Apply
Before beginning your application, please be sure to visit the Office of Admission website to review the requirements requirements for undergraduate admission to the School of Architecture. The following steps are required for all B.Arch, B.A., and BXA applicants:
Start by beginning the Common Application. Identify Carnegie Mellon University as one of "My Colleges." Once you indicate that you are applying to CMU, you will automatically be directed to additional CMU-specific questions. This is also where you will indicate the School of Architecture as the undergraduate program to which you are applying by selecting: a) College - "College of Fine Arts" and b) Department/School - "School of Architecture."
Log into the School of Architecture SlideRoom portal to work on your portfolio submission. The Architecture Portfolio consists of the completion of two forms and the submission of ten different creative works submitted to the architecture portfolio portal of SlideRoom.
Register to participate in an online formal review of your portfolio submission to SlideRoom. Online formal reviews are not required of Architecture applicants, but they are strongly recommended.
Completing the Architecture Portfolio
As a School of Architecture applicant, you must submit the Architecture Portfolio to be considered for admission. The Architecture Portfolio requires you to complete two forms and upload ten different creative works to your account in the architecture undergraduate admission portal of SlideRoom. Regular Decision and Transfer applicants must submit their portfolios to SlideRoom by January 9 (November 1 for Early Decision I). Only portfolios submitted to SlideRoom will be reviewed; physical portfolios will not be accepted.
Preparing Your Architecture Portfolio
In your portfolio, we seek evidence of your curiosity, critical thinking, innovation, problem solving, spatial reasoning/visual thinking, ability to synthesize, and desire to make and build things. The quality of the portfolio’s overall composition is as important as the quality of any individual piece. You should carefully curate and arrange your portfolio to tell a compelling story about yourself, your abilities and passions, and your commitment and motivation to study architecture.
How can you best present your abilities, interests, and passions through your creative work?
Select projects that demonstrate a range of media, 2- and 3-D relationships, and a variety of subject matter while still emphasizing your strongest work.
Collaborative work that you have created with others is encouraged. You must indicate in the field information in SlideRoom that a work is “Collaborative” and list the names of each individual involved. Most importantly, describe your individual role in completing that work.
Our undergraduate SlideRoom portal accepts image (JPG) and video files. We do not accept PDF files.
A layout spread of multiple images compromises the ability for us to view your work. We prefer one image per slide. If you want to compose multiple images of one work on one slide, then we ask that you compose a layout of no more than 3 images saved as a JPG file.
It is helpful to include a brief detailed description of the context for this work in the "Description" field in SlideRoom.
We discourage applicants from submitting technical drafting.
Submitting Your Architecture Portfolio
Access and log into the School of Architecture SlideRoom portal. Complete the supporting form questions, record a simple introductory video of yourself, and upload images of your creative work using the fields provided in the software to provide detailed information about your work. Once you are satisfied with your portfolio application, submit your portfolio to SlideRoom.
Portfolio Review: Discussing Your Portfolio Submission with Faculty
After you have submitted your application to Carnegie Mellon, you can register for an online formal review of your Architecture Portfolio submission to SlideRoom. An online formal portfolio review is an opportunity for you to learn more about our school, engage with current students, and meet with a member of our faculty for a 15-minute interview in the context of your previously submitted portfolio.
Portfolio review sessions are scheduled on specific dates and are held remotely on Zoom so you must register in advance. Registration is limited will open in mid-October for Early Decision applicants and early December for Regular Decision applicants; register as soon as you have submitted your architecture application to Carnegie Mellon. Online formal portfolio reviews are not required of Architecture applicants, but they are strongly recommended.
Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 9:00am-12:00pm EST - Early Decision I Portfolio Review (registration CLOSED)
Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 9:00am-12:00pm EST - Regular Decision Portfolio Review
Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 9:00am-12:00pm EST - Regular Decision Portfolio Review
Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 1:00pm-4:00pm EST - Regular Decision Portfolio Review
Note that the School of Architecture portfolio review is a formal interview in the context of your final portfolio submission to SlideRoom. It is not a review of your work to inform your final portfolio submission. This means that your creative work will need to be submitted by the portfolio deadline in advance of your scheduled review session.
Important Dates & Deadlines
August 1, 2023 – Common Application available. Select the School of Architecture as the program(s) to which you intend to apply. Indicate whether you will be applying for Early Decision, Regular Decision, or Transfer.
August 15, 2023 – Carnegie Mellon Supplement available. Continue your application by reviewing and submitting the additional application materials required for your application to the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
September 1, 2023 – School of Architecture SlideRoom portfolio submission website is available. Select the School of Architecture portal in SlideRoom to upload your creative work for the Architecture Portfolio.
Early Decision I
November 1, 2023 – Common Application deadline for Early Decision I
November 1, 2023 (11:59pm ET) – Architecture Portfolio submission deadline to SlideRoom
November 5, 2023 – Early Decision I Formal Online Reviews of the Architecture Portfolio submission
December 15, 2023 (no later than) – Early Decision I admission decisions revealed online
February 15, 2024 – Early Decision I Fall 2024 enrollment deposit deadline
Regular Decision or Transfer
January 3, 2024 – Common Application deadline for Regular Decision or Transfer
January 9, 2024 (11:59pm ET) – Architecture Portfolio submission deadline to SlideRoom
January 21, 2024 – Formal Online Reviews of the Architecture Portfolio submission
January 28, 2024 – Formal Online Reviews of the Architecture Portfolio submission
February 15, 2024 – Financial Aid FAFSA Application Deadline
April 1, 2024 (no later than) – Admission decisions revealed online
April 2024 – Admitted Student Visitation Month
May 1, 2024 – Fall 2024 enrollment deposit deadline
BXA Intercollege Degrees
BXA Intercollege Degrees are four-year interdisciplinary degree programs between a concentration within the College of Fine Arts and another college at CMU. (BXA degrees are not accredited professional degrees; therefore, they do not meet the educational requirement for professional architecture licensure.) More information about the following programs is available on the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs website.
Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA)
Bachelor of Science and the Arts (BSA)
Bachelor of Computer Science and the Arts (BCSA)
Bachelor of Engineering Science and the Arts (BESA)
Admission evaluation by the School of Architecture is a requirement for students applying for a BXA Intercollege Degree Program blending architecture and one of the disciplines outlined above. To be offered admission to one of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs with an interest in architecture, you must complete complete the admission requirements and be offered admission to both the School of Architecture and the other college represented by the "X": Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H), the Mellon College of Science (S), Computer Science (CS), or the College of Engineering (ES). Therefore, BXA applicants with an interest in Architecture MUST submit the architecture portfolio to Carnegie Mellon University as part of their application to be evaluated by the School of Architecture for admission consideration.
Undergraduate students who transfer into the School of Architecture are classified as first-year students and will begin in the fall semester of the first year of the undergraduate program. At the end of the second year, they will choose to pursue either of the following degrees:
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch): five-year, NAAB-accredited undergraduate professional architecture degree.
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A.): four-year, pre-professional undergraduate architecture degree.
The curricula of these two degree programs parallel in the first two years with students taking classes predominately in architecture and selecting their degree program in the second year. Our B.Arch curriculum is unique to our school’s NAAB-accredited degree program and consists of a specific sequence of co-requisite and pre-requisite coursework. It doesn't readily correlate with curricula from other NAAB-accredited architecture programs. As a result, the B.Arch is a set five-year program; there is no way to accelerate the program.
Previous college coursework for transfer credit is not evaluated as part of the admission process. Coursework for transfer credit is evaluated with the undergraduate Senior Academic Advisor once a student is enrolled and begins academic coursework in our program.
Transfer Application Requirements
Transfer applicants to the School of Architecture are required to meet first-year undergraduate application deadlines for admission consideration. The School of Architecture requires Transfer applicants to:
Complete the Common Application for Transfer through the university's Office of Admission by January 3, 2024;
Submit their School of Architecture transfer applicant portfolio to SlideRoom by January 9, 2024; and
Conduct a Transfer Interview with the School of Architecture undergraduate admission committee in mid-February.
Transfer applicants will be contacted by the School of Architecture’s Director of Recruitment & Enrollment, Alexis McCune Secosky, in early February to schedule their Transfer Interview. Interviews are conducted in a remote format via Zoom.
Transfer applicants have the option to participate in an Architecture Portfolio Review. Those who are able to register for a review will receive their Transfer Interview at the time of their scheduled session. Transfer applicants who do not register for a review will be contacted in early February to schedule their interview.
Applicants can track their Carnegie Mellon application status online through the Office of Undergraduate Admission's Where Am I In the Process website or by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
For questions about the School of Architecture, the Architecture Portfolio submission, the Architecture Portfolio Reviews, or Transfer Admission please contact the school's Director of Recruitment & Enrollment, Alexis McCune Secosky, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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