University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Undergraduate: FAQ

Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

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


How does our program rank nationally?

Nationally, the University of Oregon Department of Architecture is known as one of the best schools of environmental design. In 2011, Design Intelligence's survey--the only national college ranking survey that focuses exclusively on design--ranked our undergraduate architecture program 14th in the nation and 1st in Sustainable Design Practices and Principles. Our interior architecture program is ranked 1st in Sustainable Design Practices and Design, 1st in Design, and 6th in national ranking. All first professional degree programs are fully accredited and have been continuously accredited since accreditation began.

What is the most important part of my application submission?

Each application is evaluated by members of the design faculty to establish its strength with respect to:

  • Creative potential: based on essays, recommendations and portfolio.
  • Academic performance: based on transcripts, SAT scores and GPA.
  • Potential program contribution: based on life experience, accomplishments, travel, extra-curricular activities, maturity, demonstrated motivation and potential contribution to the program.

What are the average SAT scores and GPAs of admitted students?

For undergraduate applicants, the average GPA for admitted applicants was 3.78. Students with GPAs lower than this figure, but that still reflect strong academic performance should still consider applying, since every application is considered on an individual basis.

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

When are the application deadlines?

For the school year beginning in the fall, the deadline is January 15. Refer to undergraduate admissions page for more information.

Are formal interviews a part of the application process?

No, but we encourage future applicants to visit the department, design studios and/or final reviews, and to direct any questions to the admissions advisor for the department.

What percentage of applicants are offered admission?

Interest in our programs exceeds capacity and acceptance rates vary depending on program.  Rather than keep a waiting list, the department projects for a certain amount of attrition during the process. For undergraduates, usually 43% - 47% of qualified undergraduate applicants are admitted.

Is there any prerequisite coursework?

No, but prospective students should prepare themselves with a broad liberal arts background and artistic/design development. Undergraduate architecture majors take two terms of General Physics in their first and second year.

How long is the undergraduate program?

The undergraduate program takes 15 quarters, or five years, from the date of entry. Transfer students who have already taken some of their general requirements may complete the program in four years by taking two summer studios at the intermediate level.

As a transfer student, what credits will transfer into the program?

Only general requirements or architectural course/studio credits from an NAAB or CIDA accredited program will transfer into the bachelor's degree program.

Does the department offer distance learning courses?

We do not offer distance learning courses.

How much will my degree cost?

Please refer to the Office of the Registrar website for an updated fee structure. In addition to the costs listed there, we estimate that architecture and interior students will spend approximately $1,100 per year in studio supplies. Studio supplies should average $450-$550 per studio (undergraduates take 2 studios per year). Initial start-up costs range from $440-$600, depending upon type of equipment purchased.

Is financial aid available?

Federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans is available to United States residents through the University's Office of Financial Aid. International students should contact International Affairs for information regarding grants and scholarships for foreign students. Students selected to participate in ICSP receive scholarship assistance in the amount of $2,000 per term ($6,000 per academic year).

What about scholarships?

There are many scholarships available university-wide to incoming students. Visit the University's scholarship page for more information. The Department of Architecture does not have department-specific scholarships for incoming students. A limited number of supplemental scholarships are given each year to enrolled students.

Can I become a resident while I am going to school?

Once you enroll full time, you no longer qualify to gain residency.  Key considerations used to determine classification as a resident can be found the UO Admissions website.  All residency issues should be discussed with the University's Office of Admissions.

If admitted, can I defer my enrollment?

Deferral requests are granted to graduate students only.

If I don't get offered admission to fall term, what are my options?

If you are admitted to the UO, you can register for Arch 201 or IARC 204 and then you will be eligible to submit an Architecture Departmental application (SlideRoom) for Winter Term.  The winter term application opens on October 15 and closes December 15.

Are there any summer programs available to the public?

The Summer Architecture Academy is a four-week residential program offered each summer on the Eugene campus for prospective students who would like to "try on" the profession. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to attend. For further information, visit our Summer Architecture Academy page. In addition, there is a non-residential design camp offered in downtown Portland. For further information, visit the A&AA Career Services page.

What computer should I buy?

Computer recommendations are available on our computing & facilities information page, under specifications. Freshman undergraduates are not required to have a computer until spring term of their first year.

What are the job prospects for Architects? Interior Architects?

The Office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) serves students in all A&AA disciplines to develop job search strategies, career goals and career development tools. This office works collaboratively with both administrative and academic units to provide comprehensive career services to students through a variety of activities including: linking students with professionals in the field, individual career advising, presentations to classes & student groups, coordinating workshops, panels, and the annual Career Symposium held in Portland.

Oregon graduates continue to find good first placements if they are willing to "move where the action is" - particularly to large cities or even overseas. Interior architecture graduates also need to have some flexibility about their employment location, but there is a shortage of interior designers with the skills acquired in a program like Oregon's. Placement is usually in the larger cities with architectural firms that utilize a design team approach.

What are the TOEFL requirements for non-English speaking applicants?

The minimum TOEFL requirement is 575 for the paper based test, and 88 for the internet test. The IELTS equivalent would be a minimum total score of 7.0.