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Admissions: Bachelor of Architecture

Undergraduate Application Process (B.Arch)

The following sections provide details regarding undergraduate application for incoming freshmen, change of major, and transfer students.

Direct any questions about the application process or the B.Arch program in the Department of Architecture to arch@psu.edu.


Incoming Freshmen/First-Year Students

Important Application Dates
Priority deadline is November 30
Spots remain available until our freshman class numbers are filled.

(Applicants who have graduated from high school and attempted no more than 0-17 semester credit hours of college coursework after high school graduation.)

Penn State Undergraduate Admission Requirements

First-year applicants must submit an online application found at www.admissions.psu.edu.

  • The Admissions Office will review and assess all applications to the BARCH program.
  • The Admissions Office will notify all applicants in writing on a rolling basis.
  • Students who are accepted will enter the program in the following Fall Semester.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office exclusively handles the application process to the Bachelor of Architecture program for first–year applicants. There is no portfolio requirement.

Note: Many Bachelor of Architecture students also qualify for the Schreyer Honors College. Please consider the requirements and benefits of the Honors College at www.shc.psu.edu Also note that many requirements in the Bachelor of Architecture program also satisfy honors requirements, such as a thesis book and semester abroad.


Change of Major/Assignment Students

Important Application Dates
Portfolio submission deadline is February 15

(Penn State students who are seeking to enter the Bachelor of Architecture program including the categories of Change of Major, Change of Assignment, Concurrent Major, and Re-enrollment.)

A candidate seeking entrance to a major or wishing to change from one college to another, or from one major to another, or from the Division of Undergraduate Studies to a college, may do so provided any enrollment ceilings of the college or major have not been reached and provided the candidate satisfies the following minimum academic requirements:

  • Demonstrates at least a C (2.00) cumulative average for all courses taken at the University subject to the conditions of Section 51-50.
  • Satisfies any additional academic requirements that have been proposed by the college or the major and approved by the dean of the college and the University Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education. Requirements for entrance to the BARCH program include a portfolio described below.

In addition to the minimum requirements for application to change majors or concurrent major, the Architecture Department requires a portfolio review. Decisions regarding entrance to the Bachelor of Architecture degree program rest with both the College of Arts and Architecture Dean's Office and the Architecture Department.

Portfolio Submission Requirements

Please submit a portfolio of creative and design work to the Department of Architecture via the SlideRoom online portfolio system. The portfolio should include original work that demonstrates the candidate's potential as an architecture student. It can include examples of architectural design, drawing, construction, fine arts and crafts. It may include drawings, sketches, paintings, photography, models, ceramics, sculpture, woodworking, crafts, video, etc. Selected examples of architectural and mechanical drafting certainly may be included in the portfolio; however, mechanical drafting alone does not constitute adequate material for evaluation.

The portfolio should include:

  1. 5-10 creative design samples
  2. Personal statement – "How does the work in your portfolio best represent you, your talents and your desire to study architecture?" (2500 character limit) 

Using SlideRoom

  1. Access SlideRoom (www.stuckemanpsu.slideroom.com) and create a user account.
  2. Select the "Bachelor of Architecture" category.
  3. Follow all SlideRoom instructions for uploading content. SlideRoom will prompt you to complete all necessary steps.
  4. Be sure to submit the materials detailed above.

Assistance is available from SlideRoom at support@slideroom.com.


Transfer Students

Important Application Dates
Application deadline is December 31
Portfolio submission deadline is February 15

(Transfer applicants, also known as advanced standing applicants, have graduated from high school and attempted 18 or more semester credit hours of college coursework after high school graduation.)

There is a two–part process for transfer applications. The Undergraduate Admissions Office handles the first porton of applicaiton to the Bachelor of Architecture Program [BARCH], followed by the Architecture Department portfolio review. The admissions decision rests with the Undergraduate Admissions Office with recommendations from the Department of Architecture.

Step 1: Penn State Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants must submit an on–line application to the Admissions Office found at www.admissions.psu.edu. Online applications are accepted from September 1 to December 31.

  • High school and college transcripts are required to complete a transfer application.
  • SAT or ACT scores are not required if you have completed more than one semester of full-time college coursework after your high school graduation.

Step 2: Portfolio Submission Requirements

Please submit a portfolio of creative and design work to the Department of Architecture via the SlideRoom online portfolio system. The portfolio should include original work that demonstrates the candidate's potential as an architecture student. It can include examples of architectural design, drawing, construction, fine arts and crafts. It may include drawings, sketches, paintings, photography, models, ceramics, sculpture, woodworking, crafts, video, etc. Selected examples of architectural and mechanical drafting certainly may be included in the portfolio; however, mechanical drafting alone does not constitute adequate material for evaluation.

The portfolio should include:

  1. 5-10 creative design samples
  2. Personal statement – "How does the work in your portfolio best  represent you, your talents and your desire to study architecture?" (2500 character limit)
  3. Syllabi for Architecture courses previously taken

Using SlideRoom

  1. Access SlideRoom (www.stuckemanpsu.slideroom.com) and create a user account.
  2. Select the "Bachelor of Architecture" category.
  3. Follow all SlideRoom instructions for uploading content. SlideRoom will prompt you to complete all necessary steps.
  4. Be sure to submit the materials detailed above.

Assistance is available from SlideRoom at support@slideroom.com.