University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Undergraduate Admissions Information

Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Interior Architecture Applications

  • November 1 (early action) and January 15 - Application deadline for Fall

The UO Department of Architecture offers professional five-year bachelor's degrees in both Architecture and Interior Architecture. Admissions requirements for the five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) or Bachelor of Interior Architecture (B.IARC) program reflect the focused, professional nature of the curriculum. Applicants need to present evidence of creative ability and commitment to the field of architecture or interior architecture, in addition to having strong academic credentials.

Applicants fall into three categories determined by the student's previous education. The application procedures are the same for all categories.

  • First Year Applicants—Students who have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and have earned fewer than 36 college credits at the time of the application is submitted.
  • Transfer Applicants—Students who have completed 36 or more quarter credits (or 24 or more semester credits) by the time of expected enrollment at the UO, admission will be based only on the transfer admission requirements. College GPA is used to evaluate academic record - High School GPA and SAT/ACT scores are not required.
  • Advanced Transfer Applicants—Students who have completed at least one year of architectural design or interior architectural design from an NAAB or CIDA accredited degree program, respectively. College GPA is used to evaluate academic record - High School GPA and SAT/ACT scores are not required.
  • Transfer applicants can check course equivalencies here.

There are no prerequisites courses required in order to apply.

The SlideRoom application has a $35.00 USD application fee.  Need help with your SlideRoom application?  Visit SlideRoom Support.

The Departmental (SlideRoom) application will become available approximately the first Monday in August.


Application Checklist for Students NEW to the UO for Fall Term

For students new to the UO, applicants must submit the following two (2) online applications (and related materials) by January 15:

There are two steps in the application process:

  1. Apply to the University of Oregon
  2. Apply to the Department of Architecture

(1) University of Oregon Application (UO Admissions).  See UO application requirements here.  UO Admissions will mail a UO ID number approximately one week after submission of the UO application. To check on the status of receiving your UO ID number, please email uoadmit@uoregon.edu.

  1. Send Official Degree Transcripts and related degree certificates directly to UO Admissions (Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217). To check on receipt of official degree transcripts, please email registrar@uoregon.edu.  Official transcripts can be sent to UO Admissions after the admissions deadline.
  2. English Language Proficiency Competency Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers for the Department of Architecture: IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88 ; PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575; IELTS Minimum = 7.0.  ETS must send a TOEFL score report to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401.  Official language proficiency scores need to be sent from ETS directly to UO Admissions.  Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.  Note - It can take ETS up to 30 days to send ETS scores to the UO.  The status of ETS scores received can be checked at uoadmit@uoregon.edu.  Additional information for International Applicants should be reviewed here.

(2) Department of Architecture Application (SlideRoom).  A UO ID number is required for the SlideRoom Departmental Application.

  1. Architecture Departmental Application (SlideRoom).  SlideRoom FAQ
  2. SAT Redesign, SAT, or ACT scores - We will accept the new SAT (SAT Redesign) and the old SAT, and ACT scores. For admission, we will consider the single highest score from your SAT test dates. If you took both SATs, we will use concordance tables provided by the College Board to compare scores.  When you take the test, list the UO as one of your score recipients. Our school code number for the SAT is 4846; our code for the ACT is 3498. Preferred SAT Redesign total scores is 1190; Preferred SAT total score is 1650; Preferred ACT total score is 25.  Applicants who have completed less than 36 college credits at the time the application is submitted, DO need to report their High School GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Applicants who have completed 36 or more college credits at the time the application is submitted do NOT need to report High School GPA or SAT/ACT scores.
  3. Unofficial transcripts - that are typically done via PDF
    • If you have less than 36 completed college credits, include both your high school and college transcripts
    • If you have more than 36 completed college credits, upload ONLY your college transcripts
    • Preferred high school GPA: 3.25; Transfer and Advance Transfer Applicants should have completed 36+ college level credits and have a college GPA of at least 3.0
  4. Essays - Please describe what experiences you may have already had in relation to art, construction, design, craft, what inspires you about the work we do or how traveling and seeing inspirational work abroad has influenced your interests.
  5. English Language Proficiency Competency Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers: IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88 ; PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575; IELTS Minimum = 7.0.  Non-Native English speakers who are not TOEFL exempt need to report their TOEFL scores and upload a copy of their TOEFL score report.
  6. 3 Recommendations - A minimum of two of the three recommendations are preferred from academic sources. Recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail inviting them to login and complete the reference requirement. (These recommendations should all be uploaded via the SlideRoom Departmental Application mentioned above).  You can submit your SlideRoom application even if your recommendations have not been received.

  7. Portfolio - The purpose of the portfolio is to provide the admissions committee a sense of your creative potential. We do not expect to see architectural related pieces, but if you have those images you are welcome to include them. We generally encourage students to show us work in some depth that is in your most adept media area, and then also include works that provide breath and uniqueness to your portfolio. Consider the portfolio itself as a demonstration of your graphic abilities. Please include graphic and/or written materials, such as freehand drawings, basic design work, planning, painting, construction built projects, furniture making, clothing design, ceramics, photography or anything else exhibiting creative thought and execution. Advanced Transfer applicants must include examples of completed studio design work. The minimum number of upload slots is 1 and the maximum number of upload slots is 15.

Portfolio Examples

Undergrad Portfolio Sample 1  /  Undergrad Portfolio Sample 2  


Application Checklist for CURRENT UO Students for Fall Term

For current UO students who have been accepted to the UO, but who have NOT applied to the Department of Architecture via the Departmental (SlideRoom) Application, must submit the following application (and related materials) by January 15:

Department of Architecture Application (SlideRoom)

  1. Departmental Application (SlideRoom).  SlideRoom FAQ
  2. SAT Redesign, SAT, or ACT scores - We will accept the new SAT (SAT Redesign) and the old SAT, and ACT scores. For admission, we will consider the single highest score from your SAT test dates. If you took both SATs, we will use concordance tables provided by the College Board to compare scores.  When you take the test, list the UO as one of your score recipients. Our school code number for the SAT is 4846; our code for the ACT is 3498. Preferred SAT Redesign total scores is 1190; Preferred SAT total score is 1650; Preferred ACT total score is 25.  Applicants who have completed less than 36 college credits at the time the application is submitted, DO need to report their High School GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Applicants who have completed 36 or more college credits at the time the application is submitted do NOT need to report High School GPA or SAT/ACT scores.
  3. Unofficial transcripts:  If you have less than 36 completed college credits at the time you submit the application, include both your high school and college transcripts. If you have more than 36 completed college credits at the time you complete your application, include just your college transcripts. Preferred high school GPA: 3.25; Transfer Applicants should have completed 36+ college level credits at the time the application is submitted and have a college GPA of at least 3.0.

  4. Essays - Please describe what experiences you may have already had in relation to art, construction, design, craft, what inspires you about the work we do or how traveling and seeing inspirational work abroad has influenced your interests.
  5. English Language Proficiency Competency Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers for the Department of Architecture: IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88 ; PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575; IELTS Minimum = 7.0.  ETS must send a TOEFL score report to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401.  Official language proficiency scores need to be sent from ETS directly to UO Admissions.  Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.  Note - It can take ETS up to 30 days to send ETS scores to the UO.  The status of ETS scores received can be checked at uoadmit@uoregon.edu.   Additional information for International Applicants should be reviewed here.
  6. 3 Recommendations - A minimum of two of the three recommendations are preferred from academic sources. Recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail inviting them to login and complete the reference requirement. (These recommendations should all be uploaded via the SlideRoom Departmental Application mentioned above).  You can submit your SlideRoom application even if your recommendations have not been received.
  7. Portfolio - The purpose of the portfolio is to provide the admissions committee a sense of your creative potential. Consider the portfolio itself as a demonstration of your graphic abilities. Please include graphic and/or written materials, such as freehand drawings, basic design work, planning, painting, construction, furniture making, clothing design, ceramics, photography or anything else exhibiting creative thought and execution. Advanced Transfer applicants must include examples of completed studio design work. You will be able to upload 10-15 files.
  8. English Language Proficiency Competency Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers for the Department of Architecture: IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88 ; PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575; IELTS Minimum = 7.0.  ETS must send a TOEFL score report to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401.  Official language proficiency scores need to be sent from ETS directly to UO Admissions.  Scores are valid for 2 years. Note - It can take ETS up to 30 days to send ETS scores to the UO.  The status of ETS scores received can be checked at uoadmit@uoregon.edu.   Additional information for International Applicants should be reviewed here.

Portfolio Examples

Undergrad Portfolio Sample 1  /  Undergrad Portfolio Sample 2  /  Student Gallery


Application Checklist for Current UO Students for WINTER Term

For currently enrolled UO students who did not get offered admission to the Department of Architecture/Interior Architecture AND who are enrolled (or have previous credit) in ARCH 201 or IARC 204, may submit an Architecture Departmental application (SlideRoom) for Winter Term.  The winter term application opens on October 15.  The number of available slots for winter term admission is based on available studio space.  Applicants must submit the following application (and related materials) by December 15:

  1. Department of Architecture Application (SlideRoom).  SlideRoom FAQ
  2. SAT Redesign, SAT, or ACT scores - We will accept the new SAT (SAT Redesign) and the old SAT, and ACT scores. For admission, we will consider the single highest score from your SAT test dates. If you took both SATs, we will use concordance tables provided by the College Board to compare scores.  When you take the test, list the UO as one of your score recipients. Our school code number for the SAT is 4846; our code for the ACT is 3498. Preferred SAT Redesign total scores is 1190; Preferred SAT total score is 1650; Preferred ACT total score is 25.  Applicants who have completed less than 36 college credits at the time the application is submitted, DO need to report their High School GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Applicants who have completed 36 or more college credits at the time the application is submitted do NOT need to report High School GPA or SAT/ACT scores.
  3. Essays - Please describe what experiences you may have already had in relation to art, construction, design, craft, what inspires you about the work we do or how traveling and seeing inspirational work abroad has influenced your interests.
  4. 2 Recommendations - Recommendations are preferred from academic sources. Recommenders will automatically receive an e-mail inviting them to login and complete the reference requirement. (These recommendations should all be uploaded via the SlideRoom Departmental Application mentioned above).  You can submit your SlideRoom application even if your recommendations have not been received.
  5. Portfolio - The purpose of the portfolio is to provide the admissions committee a sense of your creative potential. Consider the portfolio itself as a demonstration of your graphic abilities. Please include graphic and/or written materials, such as freehand drawings, basic design work, planning, painting, construction, furniture making, clothing design, ceramics, photography or anything else exhibiting creative thought and execution. Advanced Transfer applicants must include examples of completed studio design work. You will be able to upload 1-5 files.
  6. English Language Proficiency Competency Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers for the Department of Architecture: IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88 ; PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575; IELTS Minimum = 7.0.  ETS must send a TOEFL score report to the University of Oregon, Institutional Code: 4846, Department Code: 4401.  Official language proficiency scores need to be sent from ETS directly to UO Admissions.  Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.  Note - It can take ETS up to 30 days to send ETS scores to the UO.  The status of ETS scores received can be checked at uoadmit@uoregon.edu.   Additional information for International Applicants should be reviewed here.

For questions on completing the SlideRoom application or contacting the SlideRoom technical support team, see the SlideRoom FAQ.

Do NOT send any paper copy materials to the Department of Architecture (transcripts, recommendations, portfolio, etc.).  We do not create Departmental application files since the departmental process is online via the SlideRoom application.

If you need to make changes to your SlideRoom Departmental Application, you can request the Architecture Admissions Department (archadms@uoregon.edu) to unsubmit your application to allow for revisions and a re-submission.

Paper copy admission letters are not sent out. Applicants for Fall Term will be emailed the Department of Architecture admission decision via their Departmental (SlideRoom) Application email address during the first week in April. 

Undergraduates will remain listed as an UNDECLARED major in the UO system until final admission decisions have been made by the Department of Architecture and UO Admissions has updated the student records.  Generally, majors are updated just prior to the start of classes for the term.

For questions about the program or for more information, please contact us at archrecruiter@uoregon.edu or at 541-346-1740.