Frequently Asked Questions


Lower Division

  1. Who is considered a lower division student?
    Students who are entering Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as: (1) a freshman or (2) a transfer without the lower division architecture courses. These students must begin their studies with ARC1301 Architecture Design 1. For students who have completed the first two years of architecture courses please refer to the upper division requirements for entry.
  2. What is the first thing I should do?
    Apply to FAU as soon as possible and send all necessary transcripts. You may fill out the university application and submit it online. Please visit FAU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you plan to live on campus be sure to submit your application for housing as soon as possible.
  3. How do I get into ARC1301 Architecture Design 1?
    In order to enter into Design 1 at FAU students must complete a School of Architecture application that will include drawing exercises and a writing component. Please note that this application is separate from the university application. The School of Architecture application will be available online in January. The application is typically due to the School of Architecture in February, check the application for the deadline. Directions for submission will be explained on the application. There is no portfolio requirement for lower division architecture students.
  4. When will I know if I am accepted?
    Once the School of Architecture has completed a review of all submissions a letter will be sent to all of the applicants. Some students who were not accepted in the first round may be placed on a waiting list. If a student who was accepted into Design 1 decides that they will not be attending FAU then the next person on the waiting list will be notified.
  5. What happens once I am accepted?
    Once you are notified that you have been accepted, you will need to attend freshman orientation. You must attend an orientation in May, June, or July so that all holds can be removed and you can be enrolled into your classes. If you are accepted and you do not attend an orientation in one of these months you will lose your seat in Design 1 at FAU. At that point you will need to register at the community college.
  6. What happens if I am not accepted into design at FAU?
    If you are not accepted into Design 1 or if you are placed on the waiting list you will need to cross enroll at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) or Broward College (BC) for your architecture courses. These institutions are not affiliated with FAU. Students will have to apply to these institutions as transient students. More information will be provided in the decision letter.
  7. If I have questions who do I contact?
    Chandra McKinney Clarke in the CDSI Advising Center at the Boca Raton campus can assist you with most questions. You may contact him at 561.297.2316 or via email at

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Upper Division

  1. Who is considered an upper division student?
    Students, who have completed the Architecture pre-requisite courses, completed an AA degree in Architecture, completed a four year Bachelor of Architecture degree, or someone who has completed the pre-requisites and upper division Architecture courses without completing a degree. This also applies to Out of State and International students.
  2. What are the School of Architecture prerequisites?
    ARC1301- Architectural Design 1, ARC1302- Architectural Design 2, ARC2303- Architectural Design 3, ARC2304- Architectural Design 4, ARC1701- Survey of Architectural History, ARC2208- Culture and Master Builder, or ARH2000- Art Appreciation; ARC2201- Architectural Theory, ARC2580- Structures 1, ARC2461-Materials & Methods of Construction, MAC2233- Calculus or MAC2311- Calculus with Analytical Geometry; PHY2053- General Physics or PHYx004 or higher. We do not accept Architectural Drafting or PHY1001- Applied Physics. These pre-requisites should be completed before you start design courses in upper division.
  3. What is the first thing I should do?
    Apply to FAU at as soon as possible (October, November is better), send all necessary transcripts, and pay the $30 application fee. This must be completed by the last Friday in January, but late applications are accepted up to the portfolio deadline. When applying, the major you will choose is Pre-Architecture. If you are a 2nd Bachelors student, you will be applying as a transfer student.
  4. Where is the program located?
    The School of Architecture is located on the Fort Lauderdale campus, 30 miles south of Boca Raton. The address is 111 E Las Olas Blvd, HE607, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
  5. Part-Time Students/Fulltime Workers:
    Please be aware that this is a day program. If you are planning to be a part-time student, please meet with the Academic Advisor to help plan your schedule.
  6. Is there any housing for Upper Division students?
    There are no dorms on the Fort Lauderdale campus; they are located on the Boca Raton campus. If you plan to live on campus, please contact the Housing Department at 561-297-2880. If you plan to live off campus, please visit to assist you with off-campus housing. Students usually find housing in the communities near the campus.
  7. What do I need to be accepted into the School of Architecture?
    You must submit a portfolio of your best work from your design courses (Design 1-4 for Design 5 applicants and Design 1-8 for Thesis applicants). If you have completed work at the upper division level and did not graduate, then submit work up to your highest level of design. The portfolio is due each year on the last Friday of February. The portfolio submission guidelines are found here. You also have to submit a SoA Application with the portfolio and a one-page, typed narrative that briefly explains your motivations for applying to the School of Architecture. No late submissions are accepted. Students who are professionals, who completed an Architecture program or completed some upper division program and want to return to school to complete their degree, are encouraged to apply. Please submit work from school or creative projects that are not job related.
  8. International & Out of State Students:
    In addition to the portfolio, the letter of intent, and SOA application, you have to submit course descriptions and syllabi of all your Architecture, Math and Science courses. This can be emailed to the advisor.
  9. When will I know if I am accepted?
    Once the School of Architecture has completed a review of all submission, an email with the acceptance letter will be sent to all of the applicants. Some students, who are not accepted in the first round, may be placed on a waiting list. If a student who is accepted decides that they will not be attending FAU, then the next person on the waiting list will be notified. Please be aware that the department has the right to place you wherever they feel is the correct design based on the skills you display in the portfolio. All decisions are final; there is no appeal for this decision.
  10. What happens if I am not accepted into upper division at FAU?
    If you are not accepted into upper division but still want to attend FAU, your options are: change your major to Bachelors of Urban Design or Bachelors of Urban & Regional Planning; change your major to a degree of your choice then reapply to the SOA the following year, or take upper division electives and resubmit a portfolio the following year. There are no restrictions on how many times you can apply to the program. Please speak to the advisor about your options.
  11. Who do I contact if I have questions?
    Versel Reid in the CDSI Advising Center at the Fort Lauderdale campus will assist you with your questions. You may contact Versel Reid at 954-762-5158 or