The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
These instructions are for first-year applicants only. There are alternate instructions for transfer students.
For fall 2023 applicants, our Early Decision deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2022 and our Regular Decision deadline is Thursday, January 5, 2023.
Our 2023 application will be live by September, 2022.
- A completed Common Application with thoughtful responses to all questions in the writing section
- 1 teacher recommendation
- Your official high school transcript or GED certificate (including mid-year report)
- Any official college transcripts (sent directly from the college or university)
- SAT/ACT (test optional)
- SAT II (optional)
- English language proficiency test (if applicable)
- $75 application fee or fee waiver (if applicable)
- After students have submitted the required application, they will be asked to complete a supplemental Studio Test (instructions to appear in your applicant portal once the test is released)
English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students
Undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and have not had at least 3 years of English at a school where English was the official medium of instruction, are required to take one of the exams below. Please note that your English language proficiency test results are only valid for two years. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches the name on your application, and on your language scores..
Test for English Language Proficiency
Minimum Score Requirements
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
600 (paper-based test)
100 (internet-based test)
MyBest™ scores are not accepted
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
DET (Duolingo English Test)
We do not accept results from the following exams: IELTS Indicator, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, TOEFL Essentials, and PTE Academic Online.
High School Graduation Requirements
Units* Required for Architecture
History and Social Studies
Mathematics (including Calculus)
Total Units* Required
*A unit represents a year's study in a subject
Calculus is a required first-year course for all architecture students. Entering first-year students must have completed Mathematics (including Trigonometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus). Any student who has not completed Pre-Calculus in high school must do so during the summer before enrollment and must submit an official transcript documenting successful completion of the course.