The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

3rd Floor Architecture Studio

3rd Floor Architecture Studio

Application Live!

Dates and Deadlines

  • Early Decision

    • Application Deadline: December 1
      Studio Test Released: December 8
      Studio Test Submission Deadline: January 5
      Digital submissions must be uploaded to the portal on January 5. Physical submissions (mailed or dropped off) must be received by January 9, no later than at 4 pm EST.
      Application Notification: February 1
  • Regular Decision

    • Application Deadline: January 5
      Studio Test Released: January 9
      Studio Test Submission Deadline: February 6
      Application Notification: April 1  

Application Instructions

These application instructions are for first-year applicants only. There are alternate instructions for transfer students.

  • Application Steps

    • A completed Common Application with thoughtful responses to all questions in the writing section
    • 1 teacher recommendation
    • Your official high school transcript or GED certificate (including mid-year report)
    • Any official college transcripts (sent directly from the college or university)
    • SAT/ACT (test optional)
    • SAT II (optional)
    • English language proficiency test (if applicable)
    • $75 application fee or fee waiver (if applicable)
  • Supplemental Materials

    • After students have submitted the required application, they will be asked to complete a supplemental Studio Test (instructions to appear in your applicant portal once the test is released)
  • English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students

    Undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and have not had at least 3 years of English at a school where English was the official medium of instruction, are required to take one of the exams below. Please note that your English language proficiency test results are only valid for two years. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches the name on your application, and on your language scores.. 

    Test for English Language Proficiency

    Minimum Score Requirements

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    600 (paper-based test)

    100 (internet-based test)

    MyBest™ scores are not accepted

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)


    DET (Duolingo English Test)


    We do not accept results from the following exams: IELTS Indicator, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, TOEFL Essentials, and PTE Academic Online.

  • High School Graduation Requirements


    Units* Required for Architecture



    History and Social Studies


    Mathematics (including Calculus)




    Other Electives


    Total Units* Required                     

    19 recommended

    *A unit represents a year's study in a subject

    Calculus is a required first-year course for all architecture students. Entering first-year students must have completed Mathematics (including Trigonometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus). Any student who has not completed Pre-Calculus in high school must do so during the summer before enrollment and must submit an official transcript documenting successful completion of the course. A math course credit is offered upon request and evaluation: policy for ARCH 103, Calculus & Analytic Geometry.

If you have questions about our undergraduate application process, please attend an info session, check out our FAQs, or email us at

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