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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Keep up to date on what's happening in the Architecture Program and be informed about important advising deadlines by visiting the ARCH calendar.
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 Deadlines for Independent Study Proposal Submissions:
Independent Study Proposals for Winter Term 2015 Due: October 1, 2014
Independent Study Proposals for Spring Semester 2015 Due: October 31, 2014
Independent Study Proposals for Summer Session I & II 2015 Due: March 2, 2015
Independent Study Proposals for Fall Semester 2015 Due: April 1, 2015
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 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?
A: Yes. Many of our students complete a various range of minors 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 www.umd.edu/catalog/index.cfm/show/content.chapter/c/127.
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 www.testudo.umd.edu/candapp.
FAQs for Undergraduate Students with Other Majors
Q: How do I transfer into the Architecture major?
A: 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 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, Planning and Preservation recognizes that architecture is meant to be experienced and studied beyond the history books. The School 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 www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad/182.