How do I become an architecture student?
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. For more information about LEPs, please visit: http://www.lep.umd.edu/
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. For a full description of the gateway requirements, please visit:
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 on the 45 Credit Review, please visit:
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. 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.
How to sign up for an advising appointment with an Undergraduate Advisor?
Students can sign up for mandatory and voluntary advising appointments online at the link below. 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.
Where is the Office of Undergraduate Advising?
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.
What should I bring to my advising appointment?
All 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.
Questions? Contact Advising!
Phone: (301) 405-9583
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.
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: