The Bachelor of Architecture program has two points of selective admission.
- Students must indicate architecture as a preference during the LSU application process. Applicants will be evaluated based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores.
- Portfolio review at end of first year of study
The undergraduate program starts with enrollment in the first-year design studio (ARCH 1001). Admitted students generally have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and ACT score of 22, although a higher GPA may allow for a lower ACT score, and a higher test score may allow for a lower GPA.
Applicants who do not meet this requirement but believe they deserve a space in the beginning design course should contact the School of Architecture to present additional information and request an exception to the requirement. Applicants will be notified in writing. Students not admitted to the beginning design course can register for architecture courses listed as general education courses.
Change of Major and External Transfer Students
Change of Major Students: Any current LSU student applying for transfer into the School of Architecture should submit a Change of Major Application with supplemental documents to the school by February 15 for admission the following fall semester. Change of major students are considered for admission to the Bachelor of Architecture program and beginning design courses on a space-available basis. Admission is competitive, and applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a four-point scale), based on 30 hours or more of college courses. Inquiries should be directed to: LSU School of Architecture, 136 Atkinson Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. Phone: 225-578-6885. Fax: 225-578-2168.
External Transfer Students: All external transfer applicants must apply to LSU and submit a Transfer Application with supplemental documents to the school by February 15 for admission the following fall semester or September 15 for admission the following spring semester. Transfer credits for architecture courses may fulfill program requirements if taken as part of an architectural program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Those seeking credit for design studio courses will need to submit a portfolio for faculty evaluation. Inquiries should be directed to: LSU School of Architecture, 136 Atkinson Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. Phone: 225-578-6885. Fax: 225-578-2168.
Students returning to the School of Architecture who have not been enrolled for more than 12 months must formally apply for re-admission. The application for re-admission should be filed by February 15 for fall admission. No application fee is required. Inquiries should be directed to: LSU School of Architecture, 136 Atkinson Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. Phone: 225-578-6885. Fax: 225-578-2168.
Portfolio Review at End of First Year of Study
At the end of a student’s first year of study, the School of Architecture conducts an academic and portfolio review. Admission into the upper division is competitive, limited to a maximum of 36 students each year. Students are required to present a portfolio of work completed in their first year of study. A panel of reviewers evaluates applicants’ work, assessing technical skill and execution, design capabilities, creativity, personal expression, organization of the work, and other key factors.
The panel of reviewers considers the following areas of achievement:
- Knowledge, skill, and abilities. A good portfolio contains multiple examples of graphic and modeling skills that exhibit development of the fundamental knowledge necessary to become an architect.
- Organization. Creation of a theme that systematically arranges and unites the independent projects into a coordinated whole shows reviewers an understanding of cohesive presentation.
- Craft. Choose pieces that depict skill, ingenuity, and dexterity in applying the presentation techniques learned in the first two years of study.
- Voice. Strong portfolios contain personal expression in the presentation and convey design intent.
- Aesthetic values. Consider the role of aesthetics in design, including pieces that are compelling and demonstrate the development of a design aesthetic.
For complete details pertaining to the selective admissions process after the first year of study, see the portfolio assessment page on this site.
Financial Aid + Scholarships
The university and the LSU School of Architecture offer financial aid and scholarships to qualifying students. Visit the Architecture Scholarships page on this website to view scholarship opportunities through the school. Visit LSU Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information about opportunities through the university.