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.

Admissions for Prospective Transfer Students

According to the university, you are considered to be a transfer applicant if you have attempted 12 or more credit hours at another college or university any time following graduation from high school. The Transfer Guide from the University Registrar provides helpful information such as transferable courses and transfer requirements.

First-Year Curriculum

Courses of study will vary greatly among majors in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. There are certain university core requirements that all students must fulfill, usually during the first year: English, math, science, and a program-specific requirement.

Dates and Deadlines

Check the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ site for all of the important dates and deadlines for Freshmen, Transfer, International, and Non-Degree Seeking students.

Application Review

Admissions directors use a holistic approach throughout the application review process. Many factors are considered; the most important being rigor of academic program, grades in academic courses, and standardized test scores. Other factors include:

  • Ethnicity
  • First-generation
  • Leadership and service
  • Legacy
  • Requested major
  • Participation in Virginia Tech pipeline programs
  • Personal statements
  • Disciplinary record
  • Residency