High School Preparation and Admission
A challenging college preparatory curriculum is your foundation for success in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Specifically, you must present a minimum of 18 units. The breakdown of preferred courses depends on the individual program.
Four units of English is a standard requirement. The university requires three units of math (including algebra II and geometry), but CAUS strongly recommends an additional unit of higher math. For building construction students, four units of math are required. Two units of social sciences (including history) are required, and additional units are preferred for students majoring in public and urban affairs. Two units of lab science (chosen from biology, chemistry, or physics) are sufficient for most majors, but additional natural science courses, particularly in biology, are recommended for landscape architecture. The completion of two or three units in a foreign or classical language is recommended.
Freshman applicants enrolled in a rigorous high school academic curriculum with a solid average of A’s and B’s and a combined SAT (critical reading and math) score of 1200 or better or an ACT score of 26 or higher will be given preference in the admissions review process.
Undergraduate Admissions offers a helpful checklist to make sure you have everything you need to apply.
Architecture, interior design, industrial design, and landscape architecture (known as School of Architecture + Design majors) are restricted majors, and enrollment is limited due to space constraints in the design labs.
If you want to know more about the student experience, you may want to actually speak to another student. Our CAUS Ambassadors are students from majors from across the college, and they would be happy to answer your questions and tell you about their experiences.