Apply to Bachelor of Architecture
First-year Students applying to enter UTK:
How to Apply:
Students applying to our Bachelor of Architecture will apply both to the university and the college:
- You can apply for admission one of two ways: Vol in Progress (VIP) or the Common App. You’ll need a VIP account if you choose to submit a portfolio to the School of Architecture (see details below). This is also how you apply for scholarships.
- Apply to the University by December 15; however, the priority deadline for admission to the School of Architecture is November 2. You must apply for admission by the November 2 deadline in order to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships including the category called Chancellor’s Scholarships. Admitted students will receive an email with the link to the scholarship application, which you need to complete by December 15. We strongly encourage you to apply for admission as early as possible.
- Indicate “Architecture” on the application.
- Consider submitting a portfolio, which is optional. If you’d like to submit a portfolio, please follow these instructions: After you’ve submitted your application, login to your Vol in Progress (VIP) portal, and under the “Upload Materials” section, select “Architecture Portfolio” from the drop-down list. (“Architecture Portfolio” is for School of Architecture applicants and School of Interior Architecture applicants.) Then upload the portfolio files from your computer. If you’re having trouble, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the college is selective and based on the following criteria:
- GPA (high school)
- ACT/SAT score (The University of Tennessee has decided to make standardized test scores optional for the 2021 application.)
- Review of academic records
- Portfolio score (optional for Architecture applicants)
- We do not admit students to begin in the Spring semester.
- The deadline to submit applications for admission is November 2 for consideration for admission to the School of Architecture.
Students who wish to enroll in a dual degree, Bachelor of Architecture + Master of Landscape Architecture or Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture + Master of Architecture, can do so after the semester begins by visiting our Center for Student Development.
For Internal & External Transfer Applicants
We encourage you to participate in one of our Transfer Information Sessions held each semester. For the FALL 2021 and SPRING 2022 semesters, these sessions will be held on the following dates from 12:30 – 1:30 PM via Zoom. Please visit this Registration Link to select a date to attend:
October 7, 2021
November 4, 2021
December 2, 2021
February 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
Many, if not all of your questions about changing your major will be answered during theses sessions.
FOR INTERNAL TRANSFERS (those of you who are already here at UT and wish to change your major): Attending a session is mandatory prior to applying to the program. Upon completion of a session, you will be given access to an internal application form. A UT GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for consideration.
Applications for Summer and/or Fall admission should be received by March 11, 2022.
FOR EXTERNAL TRANSFERS (applicants from outside of UT) should complete the general university application and select “Architecture” as the major of choice. A college GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for consideration.
The Architecture degree requires ten consecutive semesters (five years) of design studio. To ensure efficient use of your time in college, we offer an accelerated Summer Transfer Program (STP) which offers the first two studio courses (ARCH 171 & 172) and first two visual representation classes (ARCH 121 & 122) during a 10-week summer session. Upon successful completion of the STP, students will start the second year of the Architecture program. Please note on your transfer application if you wish to be considered for entry into the Summer Transfer Program or traditional Fall semester foundation program.
The STP is entirely contingent on available seats in the rising second-year cohort. Priority placement into the summer program is reserved for students who have been accepted to the program and have completed 30 hours (one year) of college-level course work prior to starting the Summer Transfer Program.
Internal Transfer Application Review Process
We do not have prerequisite requirements for applying to the college, but previous academic success, standardized tests (ACT/SAT) and your statement of intent are thoroughly reviewed to evaluate your desire and ability to participate in our programs. Please note that we require our students to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50.
Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an in-person meeting with the director of the School of Architecture. The director will formally notify you by email of his decision regarding your admission, and if you are accepted, you will be informed of the term of entry (Summer or Fall). Summer or Fall admission largely depends on the current cohort numbers and available seats. Upon acceptance, your major will officially change, and you may set up an advising appointment in our Center for Student Development to discuss specifics of your academic plan.
If you start in the summer, you should expect to be in class all day up to three days per week for the full summer session. Once you successfully complete the summer transfer program, you would join the second-year cohort the following fall.
General Education Requirements for UT Students
UT students who are considering applying for transfer into the School of Architecture should consider taking any of these classes that fulfill the noted General Education (GenEd) requirements:
- ARCH 111 (AH) Architecture & the Built Environment This course will substitute for the major requirement of ARCH 101 or IARC 101
- ARCH 211 (AH) History and Theory of Architecture I; space is limited, college permission required
- ARCH 212 (AH) History and Theory of Architecture II; space is limited, college permission required
- IARC 200 (SS) Human Environment Relations; space is limited, college permission required
- DSGN 130 (OC) / DSGN 430 Design Thinking This course is applicable to the Industrial Design and Interior Architecture minors and can be used as a professional elective for both Architecture and Interior Architecture majors.
- MATH 113 Mathematical Reasoning or MATH 125 Basic Calculus (QR) Either of these math courses will cover the requirement for the Bachelor of Architecture.
- PHYS 161 (NS) Elem Physics for Architecture & Design Students This course is specifically designed for Architecture and Interior Architecture students but is open to non-majors as well.