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:
- Creative Ability (shown in your portfolio)
- Work Ethic and Ability to Pass the Program (shown in your grades)
- 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.