Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Undergraduate Architecture Programs

As a high school counselor, I have a student who is French  and is considering applying to undergraduate architecture programs.  She is an average student - her grades are ok.  She will also have the challenge of taking the TOEFL and ACT.

This is my question.  What programs are the least competitive for  admission. Obviously she will apply to some reach schools, but I am wondering what would be some safety schools?  Thanks.

I would suggest you not consider programs that are least competitive but rather focus on improving her English to improve her credentials.  I do not know which are the least competitive schools.  One route could be to start at a community college and transfer afterwards to an accredited program.  In Illinois, College of DuPage and others have architectural technology programs that start students out right.

One resource for schools is --

Also, encourage her to attend the Chicago Architecture + Design Career Day set for October 15, 2011 on the campus of IIT - --

As well, she could attend a summer design program for high school students.  One to consider is
Discover Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Such a program could help with her English and gain her confidence.


Dr. Architecture 

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