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How Hard Is It To Get Into Architecture School

How hard is it to get into architecture school?  That depends on a number of variables.  If you are wanting to get into an Ivy League school’s architecture program, then you might want to be at the top of your class (Harvard accepts just 15% of its applicants for architecture school, according to one recently accepted student).  But if you are just looking to get into any school that offers a professional architecture degree, then you have a good chance, depending on how hard you want to work for it.  There are 123 schools that offer a professional architecture degree (approved by the NAAB, which is required to receive your architecture license in most states).  From these schools, there are 154 professional programs: 58 Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) degree programs, 95 Master of Architecture (M. Arch) degree programs, and 1 Doctor of Architecture (D. Arch) degree program. The complete list for U.S. schools can be found here: Architecture Schools List

Depending on your willingness to apply to various architecture departments, you have a good chance of getting into architecture school if you work on the following criteria:

  • Keep your grades above a 3.0 GPA
  • Start getting your architecture portfolio ready as soon as possible
  • Begin schmoozing your teachers for your future recommendation letter request
  • Get the SAT or ACT out of the way (whichever your school requires)
  • Be prepared to apply to at least 4-6 schools
  • Research your schools, and be honest about which ones you will be most likely to get into

Remember that most universities will judge on three different things when you turn in your packet to get into architecture school:

  1. Creative Ability (shown in your portfolio)
  2. Work Ethic and Ability to Pass the Program (shown in your grades)
  3. Analytical and Intellectual Capabilities (shown in your essays and case studies)

How hard is it to get into architecture school, you ask?  Not very hard, if you want it bad enough.

For more information, be sure to check out the book, Get Accepted Into Architecture School, which is available on Amazon and Kindle.


There are 5 comments. Add yours.

  1. L.Ahmad

    I would just like to thank you so much for writing this book as it has helped me take my first steps down the path of architecture. I am a prospective architecture student from England, although I am only fifteen, I found your book incredibly helpful and superbly written to break down the complex architectural system. However the only thing I would critic is that it was written solely based on the American system, therefore I would greatly appreciate if you could do a post “translating” it to an international student?
    Many Thanks.
    Kind Regards,

    • admin

      Let me first just say congratulations on starting your journey toward architecture school so early. You’re definitely on the right path. As for the “translated” blog post for those in the UK, we’ll have to research that. We’ll send you an email when the post goes live. Keep up the good work and thank you for the recommendation. We’re sure other readers will benefit from it too. (Also, we’ve notified the author of your recommendation. Possible UK version in the future? We hope so.)

    • admin

      We’ve just posted “Architecture School Prep for Students in the UK”. You can find it here:
      The best of luck to you!

  2. L. Waldrep

    Having recently purchased “Getting Accepted into Architecture School,” I would like to point out that NAAB does not accredit schools as mentioned on p.21. Instead, NAAB accredits architecture programs (BArch, MArch, and DArch).


    • admin

      Thank you for pointing this out to us! We will notify the publisher of the correction.

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