On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we want to welcome you to the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are happy that you will be joining us and hope that your experience is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. We have assembled some information to aid you in your transition into our classroom/studio environment.
These documents address many of the frequently asked questions posed by students. Should you find that there are items that are not addressed, please let us know so that we can help you get the answer to your question as well as include that information in future iterations of this document. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.
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To meet with one of our Undergraduate Advisors, schedule an appointment.
Keep up to date on what's happening in the Architecture Program and be informed about important advising deadlines by visiting our the ARCH calendar.
Mandatory Advising Dates
Class of 2015: March 26- April 2
Class of 2016: April 3- April 10
Class of 2017: April 11- April 18
Class of 2018: Register at summer orientation
To meet with one of our Undergraduate Advisors, schedule an appointment.
If you have any questions regarding Undergraduate Architecture Advising, please contact us:
Office of Undergraduate Advising
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-6281
IMPORTANT: All undergraduate students must bring a completed 4-Year Plan to their mandatory advising session! The 4-Year Plan is essential to the advising process, and it will clarify to the advisor what requirements you have already fulfilled and when in the future you will fulfill the rest. Not only does it serve as a check to make sure you are on track to graduate, but it helps the advisors tailor their advising session to your specific needs and interests. Students should also be prepared to discuss what courses they're planning on taking in the coming semester. Download the forms below.
FAQs for Undergraduate Students with Architecture Majors
Q: What is a registration block and how do I lift this block on my registration?
A: A block is a hold placed on student records to prevent registration. Each semester, students are expected to log on to www.my.umd.edu and check their registration time and blocks. It is the student’s responsibility to take appropriate actions to remove those blocks in order to register on time.
Every semester, students will have a mandatory advising block on their registration. It is important that students meet with an advisor before your designated registration date. Once you have met with an advisor, they will lift the mandatory advising block that prevents you from registering. If you do not meet with your advisor, this block will not be removed and you will NOT be able to register. Since space in some classes can be competitive, it is in your best interests to get cleared of ALL blocks well in advance of your registration date.
Q: How do I sign up for my mandatory advising session?
A: Students can sign up for mandatory and voluntary advising appointments online at the link above. Students should follow the prompts and fill in the appropriate fields to successfully schedule an appointment. Once signed up, the student will receive an email confirming his/her scheduled appointment.
Q: Where is the Office of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Architecture?
A: The Office of Undergraduate Advising is located within the main office on the second floor. Once you are here, the receptionist will be able to guide you back to our office.
Q: As an architecture student, will I be able to declare a dual major?
A: Yes, many Architecture students major hold another major to supplement their education. Since Architecture is very demanding in terms of time and workload, it is difficult to major in other time consuming disciplines such as engineering or business. Students often pick up additional majors in world languages and cultures because of their relaxed major paths.
Q: Can I add a minor to my degree?
Yes, many of our students complete a various range of minor along with the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. If you are interested in minoring, please consult first with an Undergraduate Advisor. For a list of all the minors the University has to offer, please visit the link below.
Q: When do I apply for graduation?
A: Students can apply for graduation by the 10th day of your graduating semester. Students must have completed at minimum 120 credits and completed all of their CORE and Major classes. If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify to graduate, please set up an advising appointment with an Undergraduate Advisor. Graduating seniors can apply online at: http://www.testudo.umd.edu/apps/candapp/.
FAQs for Undergraduate Students with Other Majors
Meet with an Undergraduate Architecture Advisor:
Students who are interested in transferring into the Architecture major are welcome to meet with our Undergraduate Advisors for an advising session. To contact and/or make an appointment read the contact section above. During the session, the advisors will unblock gateway classes and make sure you are on track to apply to the 45-Credit Limited Review Process.
Q: How do I become an architecture student?
A: Since the Architecture major is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP), our studio class sizes are restricted physically by space. Students seeking to internally transfer into the major will have to complete a set of gateway requirements. Furthermore, after all the requirements have been met, the student will then have to apply to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Students interested in majoring in Architecture will have to take a series of courses that will prepare them for the intensive studio sequence. These classes should be taken and completed prior to applying for the 45-Credit Review Process.
45-Credit Review Process:
In accordance with the LEP guidelines, students will go through a 45-Credit Review after the gateway requirements have been completed. This review is to ensure program quality due to our physical space restriction. Students are either admitted or denied admission to the Architecture major at this time.
For more information about LEPs, please visit: http://www.lep.umd.edu/
Q: What happens if I don't get into studio? Can I still major in Architecture?
A: No. If you are not accepted under the 45 Credit Review Process, you will unfortunately have to change your major. Because of space constraints, we can only extended acceptances to a limited number of students.
Q: If I don't get into studio this year, can I apply to studio again next spring?
A: Unfortunately, you can apply to become an Architecture major only once during your undergraduate career. Because of this, the 45 Credit Review Process should be taken very seriously.
Students, who are not accepted into the Architecture major, are encouraged to apply to the School of Architecture's professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree program after they have completed their undergraduate degree.
Q: I want to study abroad; can I take architecture courses overseas?
A: Yes, the School of Architecture recognizes that architecture is meant to be experienced and studied beyond the history books. The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers three to six week long programs in both the winter and summer terms and a semester-long studio course in the fourth year, in addition to semester long programs offered by the University. For a current list of all our study abroad programs, please visit:
Graduate students are assigned a full-time faculty member as their advisor. Students meet with their advisor at least once every semester in advance of registration to review their progress in the architecture program and to plan their schedule for upcoming semesters. Faculty advisors can also assist students by providing general career advice, creating networking opportunities, and helping to prepare students for careers after graduate school.
Incoming graduate students are encouraged to work directly with the Architecture Program Director as they transition into their program and select courses for their first semester.
Graduate advising takes place in the fall and spring semesters prior to registration. It is the responsibility of graduate students to meet with their faculty advisors to plan out the upcoming academic year with particular emphasis on the fall 2014 semester. Students must make an appointment to meet with their advisor during regularly scheduled office hours. Prior to the meeting, students must fill out the appropriate Advising and Course Registration Worksheet for their degree path. Download the appropriate worksheet for your curricular path from the attachments below. Make sure that you download and read the document "Advising Cycle - Spring 2014," which contains upcoming course offerings. A list of current advisor/advisee assignments is kept in the Architecture Program office. See the Architecture Program Administrative Assistant to find your advisor.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Continuing Graduate Students:
Independent Study Proposals for Summer Session I & II 2014 Due: February 28, 2014
Independent Study Proposals for Fall 2014 Due: April 1, 2014
Graduate Advising for Spring 2014 Begins – March 24, 2014
Graduate Advising for Spring 2014 Concludes -- May 13, 2014
Important Deadlines for Graduate Students Planning on Graduating Spring 2014:
All Graduate Degree Candidates: Last day to electronically submit the Application for Graduation to the Registrar’s Office for graduation that semester.
Master’s Thesis Students: Last day to submit the Approved Program Form and Nomination of Thesis Committee Form to the Office of the Registrar, 1113 Mitchell Bldg. Committee form must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the scheduled defense; Master’s Non-Thesis Students: Last day to submit the Approved Program Form to the Office of the Registrar, 1113 Mitchell.
Master’s Thesis Students: Final date to electronically submit Thesis; Final day to submit Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Publication Form to the Registrar;
The Architecture Program invites applications from qualified continuing and newly admitted graduate students for a limited number of teaching, administrative, and research positions. The Director of the Architecture Program, in consultation with faculty members and appropriate staff will make the final determination of TA and GA assignments. TA and GA positions are awarded on the basis of academic and professional qualifications. The positions listed in the ARCH Graduate Assistant Position Descriptions constitute the range of assignments typically offered in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Because of limited resources, these positions are typically reserved for Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture students only. All positions are subject to availability and funding.
All applicants to the M ARCH and MS in ARCH degree programs are automatically considered for TA or GA positions at the time of admission review. Following determination of admission status, individuals who are granted admission to the Architecture Program may be requested to complete the Graduate Assistant Application Form.
Graduate assistantships carry a stipend ($3,500-$4,100) per semester for 10 hours / week service), five credit hours of tuition remission per semester, qualification for in-state tuition rates, and eligibility for participation in the University of Maryland health benefits system.
The deadline for submission of a completed Graduate Assistant Application form is:
April 15, 2014, 5:00 PM