How to Transfer Architecture Programs

It is important to learn as much as you can before transferring to a different school, and there is no exception when it comes to changing architecture programs. Get details on the transfer process for this type of program.

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Although a student may have started out in one architecture program, they may wish to transfer to a different one. Many colleges of architecture allow architecture students to transfer programs, but there are a few things students need to do in order to successfully make the move. Learn about what the process looks like for transferring to a different architecture program.

Step 1: Complete a set amount of undergraduate credits.

Transfer students will need to have already completed a set number of undergraduate credits. An architecture transfer student may need to have completed some or all undergraduate prerequisites before being admitted. It's also important to note that some programs only allow first year architecture students to transfer, while others allow students to be placed according to what work they have already completed. Find out what requirements an architecture program has for transfer students before seeking to apply.

Step 2: Fulfill general transfer requirements.

Standard transfer application requirements apply for most students transferring architecture programs. They should be sure to fill out the application form, which is often a general application called the Common Application. They should also ensure that all relevant transcripts are delivered by university-set due dates. Students may also need to pay an application fee and submit letters of recommendation.

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Step 3: Submit a portfolio for review.

Most architecture schools want to see evidence of students' experience and skills before admitting them as transfers. Some only require a portfolio be submitted if a student wishes to be placed into a program at an advanced standing. Other programs require a portfolio even if students are beginning the program in year one, and still others do not require the portfolio until after the student is admitted to the program. Students should check due dates to be sure they get their portfolios turned in on time, if required.

Step 4: Fulfill any special requirements.

To help architecture programs place transfer students, some programs may ask for syllabi from past courses. This helps determine how much credit to give transfer students. Students may also need to schedule a transfer interview. Some schools may also require students to take a studio course before beginning the program.

Alternative Ways to Transfer Architecture Programs

While students can transfer to many architecture programs from outside a university (often called an external transfer), many colleges also accept internal architecture transfers. An internal transfer is a student who is already at the same university but is enrolled in a different college or school within the university. Internal transfers into architecture programs can expect to face requirements like taking prerequisite courses or maintaining a certain GPA. They may also be expected to fill out an application, meet with advisors, or turn in other important forms.

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