Welcome and thank you for your interest in the undergraduate degree programs in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) at the University of Maryland. All prospective students must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you are interested in pursuing architecture as your major at the University of Maryland, make sure that you indicate this on your undergraduate admissions application. The Bachelor of Science degree is more restrictive than the Bachelor of Arts degree, and placement into this program depends on the degree placement review process that occurs during the student’s first studio course.
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Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Applicants to the architecture program are typically highly motivated individuals who have demonstrated proficiency in the visual arts, as well as mathematics and science. Many of our students are admitted to and participate in the University Honors Program, the College Park Scholars Program, or the Gemstone Honors Program, while enrolled at the university.
Fall Application Deadlines:
U.S. and International Freshmen:
Early Action: November 1
Regular Deadline: January 20
U.S. and International Transfer:
Early Action: March 1
Regular Deadline: June 1
Spring Application Deadlines:
Early Action: December 1
International Freshmen & Transfer:
Early Action & Regular Deadline: August 1
Early Action: August 1
Regular Deadline: November 15
Additional information can be found on UMD’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early action deadline.
Apply via the undergraduate admissions website.
All applicants must meet the University’s requirements for admission and are evaluated in a holistic review process. For a comprehensive list of the requirements for admission, please see the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.
Freshman and transfer applicants should select “architecture” as their intended major on the application.
A portfolio is not required for freshman applicants.
Preparation in High School
The undergraduate program in architecture is focused on both of the arts and the sciences. Applicants are typically strong in one or both of these areas. To prepare for this program, you should:
Pursue the highest level math classes you can in high school through senior year. AP Calculus is encouraged if offered.
Take physics in high school. AP Physics is encouraged if offered.
Take freehand drawing and art classes in any and all media. Computer drafting courses are not required.
High school students interested in majoring in architecture are encouraged to join us at the University of Maryland for our High School Summer Program, ARCH150: Discovering Architecture.
Degree Placement Review Process
In order for students to be placed in the degree that best suits their individual needs, skills, interests, and professional goals, there is a Degree Placement Review Process undertaken before junior year. This process will determine if a student follows the requirements for the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The Bachelor of Science degree is more restrictive than the Bachelor of Arts degree. If a student does not make it into the Bachelor of Science degree path, the student is automatically placed in the Bachelor of Arts.
Current UMD Students
During sophomore year, students will need to submit an essay, transcript(s), and portfolio in late Spring. This will determine which undergraduate degree you will pursue. If you are intending to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science, a portfolio is required. If you intend on pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, you will not be required to participate in the Degree Placement Review Process.
All the information and requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Advising page by clicking on the Degree Placement Review Process section.
All transfer students who gain admission into the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will be placed onto the Bachelor of Arts track.
All transfer applicants should list Architecture Bachelor of Art as your intended major on the application.
To be considered for the Bachelor of Science track, students must participate in the Degree Placement Process. Please read the section entitled Degree Placement Process to learn more.
The Pre-Transfer Advising program provides support to prospective transfer students from two-year and four-year schools before they apply to the University of Maryland to complete an undergraduate degree. Students are encouraged to use pre-transfer advising services to assess their readiness to transfer and estimate their time to degree completion. To sign up for a pre-transfer advising appointment, please visit: https://www.pretransferadvising.umd.edu/.
The transfer credit evaluation process usually begins for newly admitted students two weeks after you receive your admission letter. To learn more about this process, please visit the Transfer Credit Services website.
Transfer Student Requirements
Go to the Undergraduate Admissions website for transfer application requirements.
All transfer deadlines to the University of Maryland can be found at: www.admissions.umd.
Degree Placement Review Process - Applying for the Bachelor of Science
If you would like to be considered for the Bachelor of Science track and will have completed at least 60 credits by the time you enter the University of Maryland, you must participate in the Degree Placement Review Process. Applicants interested in the Bachelor of Arts are not required to participate.
To participate in this process, you must submit an application for admission to the University of Maryland by the March 1 deadline. You must then submit a separate application for the Bachelor of Science by May 1.
Please note the following:
- Students are only admitted into the Bachelor of Science for the fall semester only. If you are admitted to the University of Maryland in spring, you will be placed onto the Bachelor of Arts track for the spring semester. You will have the opportunity to apply for admission onto the Bachelor of Science track on May 1.
- The deadline to apply for admission into the Bachelor of Science is May 1. If you intend to take courses at the University of Maryland in the fall, your portfolio materials must be submitted by May 1.
- The requirements for the Degree Placement Review Process are separate from the materials you will submit for admission to the university. While your materials are being submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, you should also submit the requirements for the Bachelor of Science to the School of Architecture at email@example.com by May 1.
Transfer applicants will need to submit:
These materials are due to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation via email. Do not send your portfolio to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Prerequisites and Recommended Courses
1 English Composition course (equivalent to ENGL101)
1 Calculus course (equivalent to either MATH120 or MATH140)
1 Physics course with lab (equivalent to PHYS121)
At least 2 Introductory Architecture courses (equivalent to ARCH171 and ARCH200/300)
2 History of Architecture courses (equivalent to ARCH225 and ARCH226)
Download transfer forms and information from the PDF attachments below.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation requires that all students studying architecture purchase a laptop computer. Specific requirements for students studying architecture are listed below for both hardware and software. In addition to these requirements, many students also purchase monitors so that they can expand their digital workspace.
We provide the following technical specifications to define the baseline requirements. Many software applications are available to all matriculated students. We recommend you check the following website to see a complete list, https://terpware.umd.edu/. A list of required and recommended software is listed below. Please take advantage of student discounts for software.
Preferred Hardware Specifications
VR-Ready PC laptop ~ $2,400.00 Total (Great for multi-purposes overall)
Processor: Intel Core i7 or greater
Memory (RAM): 16 GB - 32 GB DDR4
Hard Drive: 512 GB SSD or greater for Operating System and 1TB for data storage
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 or RTX2060 or greater
Extended warranty with accidental coverage.
MacBook Pro (16 inch model) ~ $2,700.00 Total (Great for graphic design, not for VR or modeling)
KEEP IN MIND: Some coursework software are NOT compatible or supported on macOS such as AutoDesk Revit, NavisWorks and Lumion. A BootCamp partition must be configured for Windows OS so that those applications can be installed on top of Windows.
Processor: Intel Core i7.
Memory: 16GB - 32GB DDR4.
Hard Drive: 1TB SSD or greater.
GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6.
Apple Care is highly encouraged.
Many students also purchase monitors so that they can expand their digital workspace. Additional external storage and peripherals are recommended for workability and backup purposes.
External monitor 27-inch 4K monitor or larger
University-provided cloud storage (Google Drive and/or Box)
Software– Approximately $ 244.00 Total
The following are the required software applications for architecture students:
Adobe Creative Suite (or Adobe Creative Cloud) -- FREE through UMD TERPware program:
Autodesk– FREE through Autodesk Education portal (https://www.autodesk.com/education/home)
Microsoft Office– FREE through UMD TERPware program