FAQS - THE APPLICATION PROCESS


Q. What are the deadlines to apply to an undergraduate program?

A. There are two deadlines for first year admission:

Early Action: November 1

Regular Decision: January 1


Q: When are admission decisions made, and how will I be notified?

A: Admission decisions will be posted to your Student Information System (SIS) account by:

Early Action Applicants:  January 31st

Regular Decision Applicants:  March 31st


Q: By what date do I have to accept my admission to the University of Virginia?

A: You have until May 1st to accept your offer of admission by paying the non-refundable admission deposit via your Student Information System (SIS) account.


Q: Is an interview required for admission?

A: While prospective students are welcome to visit for an information session and tour, we do not offer interviews. To schedule an admission information session and a University tour, please use the Visit Us page.  To schedule a more in-depth tour of the School of Architecture, please use the Undergraduate Tour Request Form


Q: What scored do I need on AP, A-levels, or AICE tests in order to receive college credit?

A: The test scores required to receive college credit can be found on the University Registrar Admissions page.


Q: Am I required to take SAT Subject Tests?

A: The SAT 2 subject tests are strictly optional in the admission process.


FAQS - ADMITTED + PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS


Q: Where can I located general academic start and end dates for the upcoming years?

A: The University’s academic calendars can be found through the University Registrar.


Q: How many full-times students occupy the School of Architecture?

A: There are approximately 570 full-time students (graduate and undergraduate combined); About 325 are undergraduates.


Q: What is the average class size?

A: The introductory undergraduate lecture (ARCH 1010, ARCH 1020, ARH 1010 & PLAN 1030) have enrollments exceeding 100 students, but typically include smaller group discussions of 15-20 students each.

Upper-level undergraduate lecture range in size from 10-90 students.

Combined graduate and undergraduate seminars range from 15-20 students

Studio classes generally have 12-14 students.


Q: Are there study abroad opportunities for Architecture students? If so, when is it recommended to go abroad?

A: Yes, students have opportunities to study abroad, depending on their major. Students in the Architecture and Planning may study abroad in the summer between third and fourth year and/or the fall of the third or fourth year. Architectural History students may study abroad according to arrangements made after consulting their advisor. Learn more about Study Abroad.

 

Q: Where can I located information regarding tuition and fees, and information regarding Financial Aid?

A: Helpful links for financial information are:

Student Financial Services

New Applicants of Student Financial Services

Estimated Undergraduate Cost of Attendance, 2018/19

FAFSA Application


Q: Do I need my own computer? What are the requirements?

A: Yes, you are required to purchase a computer.  There are specific hardware and software requirements. 

Q: Does the School of Architecture have a certain emphasis (i.e. architecture, sustainability, green design, etc.)?

A: All programs in the school are well-rounded, although each has its own strengths.

Our faculty and students are notable for their commitment to critically addressing the most pressing challenges of our times - urbanization, climate change, social justice and more - through the lens of design and architecture. These cultural, economic, and social issues are addressed directly by our faculty and students through acts of thinking and making. At UVA School of Architecture theory and practice are combined, rather than distanced. Students engage issues of history, preservation, material culture; Students develop skills in a diverse set of representational techniques, fabrication processes, and communication tools.


Q: Is there a foreign language requirement?

A: Depending on your chosen major, there may or may not be a language requirement. The course requirements for all undergraduate degree paths are available in the UVA Undergraduate Record.

Q: Is it possible for students to play varsity sports if they are enrolled in the School of Architecture?

A: Students in the past have found it very difficult to balance the requirements of a varsity sport with an Architecture major, although it does happen occasionally. However, we have had several varsity athletes in our Urban and Environmental Planning and Architectural History programs. 

Although it may be very difficult to play a varsity sport, inter-mural and club sport teams are offered as well, which are slightly less demanding for the students.


Q: Will I have the opportunity to take classes outside of the Architecture School?

A: Yes, there are requirements (ENWR and MATH) that must be fulfilled outside of the architecture school, but there are also elective opportunities to explore the greater University.


Q: How long does it take to get to class every morning as a first year?

A: You would most likely be walking from your dorm which would vary in terms of distance and time. The walk to the School of Architecture from first year dorms can range from 15 to 25 minutes, however, the University Transit System runs along the roads as well, which can decrease the travel time and get you out of the possible rain or snow (depending on the time of year).


Q: Is it possible to be involved with programs outside of the Architecture School?

A: Yes, there are hundreds of clubs at UVA that everyone has the opportunity to join, ranging from sports, arts, dance, community service and faith clubs. However, we find that many of our students form a very tight-knit community within the A-School and participate in the many Architecture related Student Organizations available as well.


Q: Is Greek life a large part of the University?

A: Greek life is available to be part of, however it is not the only organization on grounds. 25% of women and 23% of men participate in sororities and fraternities.

Q: How many UVA School of Architecture students go on to earn a Master’s Degree?

A: Roughly 50% of the School of Architecture students continue to graduate school to earn a Master of Architecture degree. Many others seek employment in related fields.


Q: How does UVA’s undergraduate program differ from other architecture degree programs?

A: UVA’s four-year undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BS Arch). Students can choose one of two concentrations: pre-professional architecture (for those that are likely to continue into the profession or a closely related design field), and architectural design thinking, for students that want a rigorous background in the design process but might not remain in the field of architecture. 


Q. What is the Pre-Professional Concentration in Architecture?

A. The pre-professional concentration is a more focused degree than the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Architectural Studies or Environmental Design offered by many universities. The first part of a 4+2 degree sequence, the pre-professional students have a total of seven design studio courses compared to two or three studios in a BA program.  The curriculum includes requirements in architectural history, theory, structures, building materials / construction and passive design.  At the same time, the curriculum provides plenty of opportunities to explore coursework outside the School of Architecture. Pre-professional students that want to become a licensed / registered architect typically work for a couple years and then return to a two year Master of Architecture (MArch) program.  The UVA BS Arch program regularly sends its top students on to advanced standing MArch programs at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and UVA.


Q. What is the difference between a BS Arch degree and a B Arch degree?

A. A BS Arch degree is a more flexible option for students that are interested in design, but don’t know yet if they want to practice architecture or explore a related field. This is in contrast with a five year Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree offered by some other universities where the students do not get a broader education or an opportunity to explore non-architectural coursework.


Q. What is the Design Thinking Concentration in Architecture?

A. The architectural design thinking concentration offers flexibility and opportunities in terms of future career paths.  The design thinking concentration builds on many of the same educational strategies, with design studios at its core, but the studios are more broadly focused than designing primarily at the scale of a building.  Also, students are not required to take as many architecture and building technology courses, and instead are required to select courses in other departments in the university that relate to their personal interests.  The architectural design thinking students are well-rounded, and are prepared to enter a wide range of career tracks, including real estate development, community-based non-profit organizations, urban design, business, industrial design, construction, construction management, graphic design, communications and many other possibilities.  They can also choose to pursue a MArch program, or get a graduate degree in a related field like landscape architecture, planning, urban design, graphic design, animation, industrial design, etc.


Q: Will I be able to become an architect with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture?

A: Since the B.S. in Architecture is a pre-professional architecture degree, you would be required to complete a professional degree before being able to sit for the Architect Registration Exam. Many students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Architecture continue in our professionally accredited Master of Architecture program, or elect to pursue graduate studies at another institute. 


Q: What kind of jobs would I be prepared for immediately following the completion of my Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree?

A: The employment opportunities for students with a B.S. in Architecture vary greatly. Many continue on to work in a registered architect’s office as an employee or intern. Other options that student pursue are fields in graphic design, website design, 3-D visualization and animation, industrial design and construction fields.


Q: What types of jobs can students work with a four year pre-professional Architecture degree?

A: Students with four year pre-professional Architecture degrees go on to work in a variety of professions, some in Architecture, others in completely unrelated fields. One great aspect of earning a four year Architecture degree is that there is a liberal arts emphasis to the course of study, so students graduate with strong critical thinking skills, artistic ability and creative expression, material and making knowledge, excellent research skills, and a rigorous work ethic which can be applied to numerous career paths.