Undergraduate Admissions

The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments.

Each of these academic programs prepares students for any number of careers in the built environment including architectural design and construction, conservation, land development, landscape architecture, energy optimization or even software design.

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Undergraduate admissions occur through the University of Arizona Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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Undergraduate Admissions FAQs

The following information is provided as a guide to prospective undergraduate students. Should you have any additional questions please contact Luis Zozaya, CAPLA's recruitment and outreach coordinator.

Currently, no undergraduate program at CAPLA requires a portfolio for admittance.

All students applying for Fall 2021 to the Bachelor of Architecture will need to meet the general admissions requirements of the University of Arizona and hold at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale to enter the program. Students who fall below this criteria and hold at least a 2.9 GPA are still encouraged to apply as they may be accepted into the program after a comprehensive review of the students last 30 units grade average, course rigor and subject relativity to the field of architecture.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture will need to meet the University of Arizona’s general admissions requirement.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments must meet general admission requirements for the University of Arizona; however, the degree requires a grade point average of 2.7 for automatic acceptance into the program. The college will consider students with a GPA below 2.7 for admission upon review.

General application requirements for the University of Arizona can be found here:

Students interested in transferring into the Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch) from community colleges or non-NAAB accredited majors must complete all five years of the B Arch program due to its accredited curriculum. In most cases, prospective B Arch students who are planning to begin their studies at a community college or other local university should focus on taking general education courses, including math and English. Ideally, they will transfer after no more than one or two semesters elsewhere.

Students seeking to transfer from another NAAB-accredited B Arch program may apply for advanced standing starting at second year. To do so, they must submit 1) unofficial transcripts, 2) a portfolio of work and 3) syllabi for all architecture-related major courses, including studios. All materials will be reviewed by School of Architecture faculty members. Students are not granted advanced standing without the prior approval of Architecture faculty. Materials should be sent to Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator Luis Zozaya at zozaya@arizona.edu.

Students interested in applying to the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) can often complete a two-year program at their local community college and complete the remaining two years of the SBE program at the University of Arizona. Students can also use SBE to launch into a graduate degree at CAPLA by applying to an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) leading to a Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture or other options.

Lastly, students who would like to enter the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) can complete general education courses at their current institution; however, it is recommended that they spend no more than one or two semesters elsewhere before transferring. Due to the studio-based curriculum of the BLA, the major requires four full years of study regardless of credits or degree programs completed elsewhere.

Please contact Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator Luis Zozaya at zozaya@arizona.edu for any specific questions unique to your course history.

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