Architecture Admission Requirements


For high school students (or other applicants hoping to begin their college careers), the early action deadline is December 1. For transfer and "transition" (UC transfer) students, the priority deadline is March 1.

Please keep in mind that the School of Architecture and Interior Design only accepts students for admission in the fall semester of the academic year. Portfolios are not accepted or reviewed in the UC/DAAP application process.

Academic Credentials

The academic credentials of the pool of applicants seeking admission to the School of Architecture and Interior Design vary each year. This program is highly competitive and has a limited number of spaces available.

The freshman class profile for Architecture is based on the middle 50 percent of the 2017 entering freshman class:

  • GPA: 3.69 - 4.07
  • ACT: 26 - 30
  • SAT: 1200 - 1340
  • Average Class Rank: Top 21%

We share these numbers to give you an idea of the "typical" credentials of students accepted into our programs. Scoring within this range (or outside of it) is not a guarantee of admission or denial.

The transfer students accepted to the program typically have a cumulative college GPA that is well above the 3.00 minimum GPA requirement.

Application for High School Students

The application for the University of Cincinnati and DAAP are one in the same. High school students and other applicants hoping to begin their college careers must apply through the Common Application. A high school admissions application is considered to be complete when the Office of Admissions has received the following documentation:

  • Common Application and Writing Supplement
  • Application fee or application fee waiver submitted via the Common Application
  • ACT and/or SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency
  • Official high school transcript
  • Letter(s) of recommendation

Portfolios are not accepted or reviewed in the UC/DAAP application process.

Students who are enrolled in courses for post-secondary credit should also submit official college transcripts.

Early Action Deadline for High School Students

For the academic year, students who submit a completed application by 5 PM on December 1 will be pooled and reviewed for selection. Applicants should be informed of an admissions decision prior by Feburary 1. Applicants received after the deadline maybe reviewed if space is available. If you have questions regarding the admissions process, please contact the UC Office of Admissions at 513-556-1100 and ask to speak to a DAAP Admissions Representative. Portfolios should not be submitted.

High School Course Requirements

High school applicants to Architecture must have completed or be in the process of completing:

  • 4 units English
  • 4 units of college prep math, including one unit of pre-calculus, calculus, or advanced math
  • 1 unit of physics
  • 2 additional units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.

Applications for Transfer and "Transition" Students

Those seeking admission from other programs or colleges at UC or other universities must have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA from previous college work to be given consideration. For priority consideration, completed transfer applications should be submitted prior to March 1 for admission the following fall.

Application for Transfers

Transfer students can apply through the Office of Admissions. A transfer application is considered complete when the Office of Admissions has received the following documentation:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores if the applicant has completed fewer than 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of college credit
  • Application fee

If you have already completed a bachelor's degree and want to enroll in a DAAP undergraduate program, you are considered a transfer student and should use the transfer application to apply.

"Transition" Application Components

Current UC students wishing to transition into a DAAP program from other majors at UC should submit an Application for Change in College and/or program form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office in Room 5470 Aronoff.

Current DAAP students hoping to transfer into a different major must submit a "Change of Program" form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office. This form is also available in the DAAP Student Affairs Office.

Priority Deadline for Transfer or Transition Students

The priority deadline for transfer and transition students is March 1. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.

Applications for International Students

For international freshman, the early action deadline is December 1.

Applications for international transfer students must be received by March 1.

The application and application process for international students varies from the process for domestic students. View more information about international admissions at UC.


This information is correct at the time of publication. The iniversity reserves the right to make changes in policy, regulations, requirements, and fees as circumstances dictate subsequent to publication.