Admission Process Overview

The School of Architecture provides deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by the broader Carnegie Mellon culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry.  We seek innately curious, thoughtful, creative students with strong academic records and emergent leadership abilities.

A joint admission committee consisting of both the Office of Admission and the School of Architecture evaluates the qualifications of undergraduate architecture applicants. 

  • The Office of Admission evaluates all required admission materials.  
  • The School of Architecture admission committee assesses demonstrated creative ability by reviewing an applicant’s online submission of either the architecture portfolio of creative work or architecture design project.  


Architecture applicants are required to submit either the architecture portfolio or design project to SlideRoom for review by the architecture admission committee. The committee will value the portfolio and design project submissions equally, so you should choose the option that best fits your needs and situation.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to register for a formal on-campus review of their online portfolio or design project submission.


Please visit the School of Architecture website for more information about our school. If you have any questions about the online submission process, please contact Alexis McCune Secosky, Coordinator of Student Programs in the School of Architecture.