Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Admission

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School of Architecture

Admission Process Overview

The School of Architecture is seeking applicants to the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree program with diverse backgrounds, interests and creative potential, as well as a distinct passion for the built environment. We look closely at students' qualifications in the following areas:

  • Strong Academic Record – Demonstrated through academic performance and curriculum, SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing scores, and two SAT Subject Tests, including Math and either Physics or Chemistry.
  • Creative Ability – Demonstrated by the submission of a portfolio of creative work, as well as other artistic endeavors based on creativity and systems thinking.
  • Interpersonal and Leadership Skills – Demonstrated through the personal statement, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, service and the on-campus portfolio review.

A joint admission committee consisting of both the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the School of Architecture evaluates the qualifications of architecture candidates, including the qualifications noted above. The Office of Admission evaluates all required admission materials submitted as part of the admission application, and the School of Architecture evaluates each student's creative ability and interpersonal and leadership skills through the submission of the required portfolio. 

If you have any questions about the admission process or submission process for creative work, please contact Alexis McCune, Coordinator of Student Programs in the School of Architecture.

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