Apply to Bachelor of Architecture

How to Apply:

Students applying to our Bachelor of Architecture will apply both to the university and the college:

  1. Visit Undergraduate Admissions, where you will create a Vol in Progress (VIP) account and apply for admissions and scholarships.
  2. Apply to the University by December 15; however, the priority deadline for admission to the School of Architecture is November 1. You must apply for admission by the November 1 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.
  3. Indicate “Architecture” on the application.
  4. 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 application 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


Admission to the college is selective and based on the following criteria:

  • GPA (high school)
  • ACT/SAT score
  • Review of academic records
  • Portfolio score (optional for Architecture applicants)

Special notes:

  • We do not admit students to begin in the Spring semester.
  • The deadline to submit applications for admission is November 1 for consideration for admission to the School of Architecture.


Dual Degree Programs

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.




Portfolios are not required for admission into the undergraduate program in the School of Architecture. We do, however, encourage transfer applicants to submit samples of your creative work. If you choose to submit work samples, please bring copies of them with you when you submit your application.

For Transfer Applicants

We encourage you to participate in one of our Open Houses or Transfer Information Sessions held each semester. For the FALL 2018 and SPRING 2019 semesters, these sessions will be held on the following dates from 12:30 – 1:30 PM in AA217 (2nd floor College of Architecture and Design administrative suite):

October 18 (rsvp to by 10/16)
November 15 (rsvp to by 11/13)
December 6 (rsvp to by 12/4)
January 24 (rsvp to by 1/22)
February 14 (rsvp to by 2/12)

Many, if not all of your questions about changing your major will be answered during theses sessions.

If you are a UT freshman or sophomore and would like to apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Architecture program, begin by completing the Internal Transfer Application.

Applicants from outside of UT who are looking to transfer should complete the general university application and select “Architecture” as the major.

Applications for Summer admission should be received by March 8, 2019. Applications for Fall admission should be received by November 1 for priority review.


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 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’ll engage in the summer transfer program, a 10-week intensive curriculum that fast-tracks the first-year studios (ARCH 171 + 172) and drawing classes (ARCH 121 + 122). You should expect to be in class all day up to four days per week. 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 IDS 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
  • IDS 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.

Diversity Programs

Each year, UT hosts programs for students of all backgrounds and interests, including several that address the needs of communities across Tennessee.

Fall programs for high school seniors, hosted by the UT Admissions Office, include a campus visit for Tennessee Promise high school seniors and Follow ME2UT campus visits (offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in October and November).

Many important programs are offered on campus by the offices of Minority Student Affairs and the Center for International Education.