Bachelor of Architecture

Acquire the skills you need to produce and develop your own architectural designs while becoming familiar with the technical dialogue of architects and expressing your vision through the manipulation of space and form.

The undergraduate degree in architecture requires five-years of study and 162 credit-hours of courses. At the end of the first year of study, all students may apply for continued admission into the upper division in the program. As upper division students, they will learn to integrate technical and creative elements with specific architectural projects, and they will complete an integrative design project.


Selective Admissions

The Bachelor of Architecture program has two points of selective admission.

1. Indicate architecture as a preference on your LSU application. 

Applicants will be evaluated based on high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. 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.

2. Apply for continued admission into the upper division of the architecture program after your first year of study. 

For complete details pertaining to the selective admissions process after the first year of study, see the first-year assessment page on this site.


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.

Download the Change of Major Application form.

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.

Download the External Transfer Student Application form.


Re-admission

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.

Download the Re-admission Application form.


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.