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Architecture - Advising by Major

Requirements for Architecture Majors vary by institution.  Advising for Pre-Architecture students is offered by Montgomery College's Architecture Program.

Admission into an Architecture major is extremely competitive, requiring a high GPA and a portfolio of work prior to admission at most transfer schools.  Contact transfer institutions early on for advising information.  

Montgomery College offers ARCH 101 Introduction to the Built Environment, Rockville Campus, as an introductory course for architecture students.  This class transfers to UMCP and other schools; it also helps students develop a portfolio.  The MC AAS in Architectural and Construction Technology may transfer to some universities; see Montgomery College's Architecture Program .

Links to Admissions Requirements for nearby Schools of Architecture:

  • Catholic University, DC 

  • Morgan State University 

  • Howard University DC

  • University of Maryland, College Park  Students in the UMCP Architecture program are admitted in two ways:  direct admits from high school, and transfer admits, who are students enrolled at UM and elsewhere competing for up to 30 seats each year. UMCP requires a drawing course not offered at MC.  Students may take this class at a reduced price while attending MC full-time through the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP).  Read all of the School of Architecture Admissions Requirements carefully and meet with an adviser at MC to discuss your plan of action, which should also include a Plan B because of the extremely competitive admissions process for this program.  ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE @ the School of Architecture.
    See the ARTSYS Recommended Transfer Program for course equivalencies.

    Transfer Admission Requirements - U of MD College Park School of Architecture: 

    New transfer students, as well as students already enrolled on campus who wish to change majors to architecture, will undergo a transfer admission process; to meet the provisions of the process, these students must demonstrate their ability to complete the following prior to enrollment in the studio sequence (Junior yr.):

Scholarship Information:

American Architectural Foundation 

Career Information:

Careers in Architecture 

The American Institute of Architects

Related Careers:

Landscape ArchitectCivil EngineerUrban PlannerInterior Designer
Industrial Designer, and Graphic Designer

Last Update:  05/09/17


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