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Admissions: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate Application Process (BLA)

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 BLA program in the Department of Landscape Architecture to larch@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.

Admission Requirements

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

Students with no prior collegiate work are selected by the admissions office to enter directly into the major based on high school performance and SAT scores. On Penn State’s application form, high school students must specifically designate landscape architecture. Freshman admission applications are submitted during the fall, as processing starts in September for those seeking entry the following fall. Applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application by November 30, though spots remain available until our freshman class numbers are filled.

Materials needed to support freshman applications are specified by the admissions office,
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-5471
Fax: 814-863-7590

Note: Many Bachelor of Landscape 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 Landscape Architecture program also satisfy honors requirements, such as study abroad.


Change of Major/Assignment Students

Important Application Dates
Rolling application period: September 01 – February 15. Review of applications begins November 30, so early application is encouraged. 
Applications received after this date may be considered in a second round of reviews.

Admission Requirements

If you are already enrolled as a Penn State student, and you are applying for Change of Major/Change of Campus, please select: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) – Change of Major/Change of Campus.

Step 1. Cover letter (1 page)
Write a cover letter addressed to Eliza Pennypacker, Department Head. Introduce yourself, briefly describe what your major is, and why you are considering a change. You may also wish to reference the accompanying essay and how it supports your application.

Step 2. Essay (3-5 pages)
Write a succinct and compelling essay telling us:

  • What aspects of this diverse profession most interest you
  • What proven traits and accomplishments (skills, creativity, advocacy, innovations) you possess that show why you’re suited to becoming a Landscape Architect
  • Why you’re choosing to study landscape architecture at Penn State specifically

Step 3. Upload to SlideRoom
Once your letter and essay are well-crafted, create separate PDF files and upload to SlideRoom

Using SlideRoom

  1. Access SlideRoom (www.stuckemanpsu.slideroom.com) and create a user account.
  2. Select the "Bachelor of Landscape Architecture  Change of Major " 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
Rolling application period: September 01 – February 15. Review of applications begins November 30, so early application is encouraged. 
Applications received after this date may be considered in a second round of reviews.

(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 portion of application to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program [BLA], followed by the Landscape Architecture Department portfolio review. The admissions decision rests with the Undergraduate Admissions Office with recommendations from the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Admission Requirements

Step 1. Undergraduate Admissions Application
If you are enrolled in another university, you must submit an application to Undergraduate Admissions. For further information, visit their website: http://admissions.psu.edu

Step 2. Cover letter (1 page)
Write a cover letter addressed to Eliza Pennypacker, Department Head. Introduce yourself, briefly describe where you’ve been going to college, what your major is, and why you are considering a change. You may also wish to reference the accompanying essay and how it supports your application.

Step 3. Essay (3-5 pages)
Write a succinct and compelling essay telling us:

  • What aspects of this diverse profession most interest you
  • What proven traits and accomplishments (skills, creativity, advocacy, innovations) you possess that show why you’re suited to becoming a Landscape Architect
  • Why you’re choosing to study landscape architecture at Penn State specifically

Step 4. Upload to SlideRoom
Once your letter and essay are well-crafted, create separate PDF files and upload to SlideRoom.

Using SlideRoom

  1. Access SlideRoom (www.stuckemanpsu.slideroom.com) and create a user account.
  2. Select the "Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – Transfer" 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.

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