Thursday, February 10, 2011

Direct Admission or Review Process

I have been researching Arch programs for my son and I think it is important for students to note that many of the 4 year programs require presenting a portfolio at the end of sophmore year in order to be “picked” to continue.  Univ of Wash, Univ of Utah, Univ of Montana and Univ of Idaho to name a few.

If a student is paying OOS fees, it can be kind of a rude awakening to find out that you not only can not continue in your program but that you may have trouble transferring to another if you have not completed their prereqs.  Students should note when they are making up their lists which schools are “direct entry” ie Univ of Boulder or Phil Univ with no portfolio and which are “direct entry” after portfolio review ie Univ of Maryland and Univ of Mass.

Thank you for keeping your blog.  I just found it and it is very helpful.
Your observation is a very good one; the actual path of the curriculum with subsequent reviews is not always apparent on an architecture program website; during my professional career, I have worked at three different architecture programs -- Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), University of Maryland, and University of Illinois.  Of the three, only the University of Maryland had what was referred to a Review Process in the spring of the student's sophomore year.  During that review, students accepted to the major as incoming freshmen had to meet certain academic GPA requirements and submit a portfolio to be able to continue to studio as a junior.  In my eight (8) years there, students were not allowed to continue, but the percentages were very low and the students knew the expectations upon entry and also during the recruitment process.

At IIT and University of Illinois, a student was admitted from high school (without portfolios) and could continue through to graduation as long as they meet the University's academic standards, usually a 2.00 GPA.

I do remember that as a student at Michigan many years ago, we had to apply to the architecture program after two years in Literature, Sciences and Arts.  I and my classmates were certainly anxious to hear of the decision; fortunately, I was admitted and graduated.

I would love to hear more of your thoughts and flush out a list that you have compiled for a blog post or incorporate in the next edition of Becoming an Architect, 2nd edition.

Dr. Architecture 

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