The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
These instructions are for first-year applicants only. There are alternate instructions for transfer students.
For Fall 2021 applicants, our Early Decision deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and our Regular Decision Deadline is Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (RD extended to Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:59 pm EST).
Start your application here.
- A completed Common Application with thoughtful responses to all questions in the writing section
- A completed Studio Test (sent via email after Common App submission deadline)
- 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)
- $75 Application Fee, or fee waiver (if applicable)
Deferral of an Offer of Admission in the School of Architecture: Due to the small size of the programs, the deferral of an offer of admission to the Bachelor of Architecture (undergraduate) and/or Master of Science in Architecture (graduate) program is not permitted.
Dates And Deadlines
Application deadline – Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Studio Test email – Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Studio Test submission deadline – Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Application notification – Tuesday, February 1, 2021
Application deadline – Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (extended to Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:59 pm EST)
Studio Test released – Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (if you submitted your application after January 12, 2021, your release date will be Monday, February 1, 2021)
Studio Test submission deadline – Tuesday, February 9, 2021 (if you submitted your application after January 12, 2021, your submission deadline will be Friday, February 26, 2021)
Application notification – Thursday, April 1, 2021
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)
120 (current exam)
75 (testing date before July 2019)
High School Graduation Requirements
Units* Required for Architecture
History and Social Studies
Mathematics (including Calculus)
Total Units* Required
*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.