Undergraduate Admission

First-year and transfer students may be admitted to the B.A. in architectural studies degree program. Contact the University of Kansas, Michael Swann, Associate Dean, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Marvin Hall, 1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 206, Lawrence, KS 66045-7626,

For undergraduate applications, write to the KU Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66044-7576, 785-864-3911,


Applications for fall semester should be submitted during the student’s senior year in high school. The priority application deadline is November 1, and the final application deadline is February 1. Completed applications are reviewed, and applicants are notified of their admission status. A complete application includes sixth-semester transcript, rank in class, ACT scores, and a list of courses in progress. Applications received after February 1 are considered but are less likely to be accepted due to space limitations.

Transfer students should apply by October 1 for the spring semester and by the priority deadline of November 1 for the summer and fall terms. The final application deadline is February 1. Space limitations apply to transfer students. Transfer applications received after February 1 are likely to be denied for reasons not connected with the applicant’s academic qualifications. The School of Architecture, Design and Planning encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.

High School Students

High school students are encouraged to apply for admission if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and have a minimum ACT of 23 or a minimum SAT of 1050 and if they will meet the following preparation thresholds by the time they graduate:

  • 3 or more years of math ending with calculus (preferred),
  • 3 or more years of natural science including physics,
  • 3 or more art/drawing classes. Art/drawing classes are preferred over additional drafting or technical courses (1 semester of drafting is adequate),
  • 2 or more years of foreign language (recommended).

Although students who do not meet these minimum thresholds may apply to the Department of Architecture, they are encouraged to enroll in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a preliminary year of study.

During the first semester of this preliminary year, students should complete MATH 105 or MATH 115, ENGL 101 Composition, ARCH 103 Introduction to Architecture, and 6 hours of electives. During the second semester, students should complete PHSX 114, ENGL 102, ARCH 104, and 6 hours of electives. Students may apply to the M.Arch. program by February 1 for admission the following fall. Students must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher to be admitted to the M.Arch. program.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may be admitted, if space is available, if they have an overall grade-point average of 3.0.

International Students

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning admits only exceptional students from other countries. Standards for admission are set according to the traditions and grading policies of those countries. In some countries, for example, the grade of A is almost never given, while in other countries the A grade is more frequently seen. The number of students admitted depends on the space available on February 1.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Contact Info

Department of Architecture

Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 200
Lawrence, KS 66045-7626
Architecture site
Paola Sanguinetti, Chair of Architecture
Gera Elliott, Admissions Coordinator

Department of Architecture

Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 205
Lawrence, KS 66045-7626
Architecture site
Keith Diaz Moore, Associate Dean
Gera Elliott, Admissions Coordinator
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