SoA Admissions

Admission to the School of Architecture is competitive and requires two separate admission processes:  1) Admission to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and 2) Admission to the School of Architecture (SoA).  When applying to the university, please designate “Architecture” as your intended major and submit all required materials (such as test scores and transcripts) by November 1st or February 1st (applies to both incoming freshman and transfers).   For more information about applying to UNC Charlotte, go to admissions.uncc.edu.

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Admissions

Approximately one week after the payment of your university application fee, you will receive an email notification from SoA-admissions@uncc.edu with your username and password to access the online SoA Application.   Early applicants who have completed both the university and the SoA applications are given priority in the SoA admission process.   Therefore, you should complete and submit your UNC Charlotte and SoA Applications prior to the following deadlines:

  • Priority Review: November 1st
  • Standard Review: December 1st
  • Final Review: February 1st

SoA Applications submitted after February 1st will be considered if there are seats available.  Currently enrolled UNC Charlotte Students can access the SoA Application by going to  http://apply-soa.uncc.edu. 

Based on a review of your academic standing and SoA Application, you may be selected for an individual interview during an Open House / Interview event.  At the Open House, you will learn about the SoA through an information session, a tour of the building and facilities, and small group discussions with students and faculty.  You will also have a thirty-minute individual interview, during which you will be asked to discuss work presented through a digital portfolio. The digital portfolio is a part of the online application process and a guide to creating a portfolio may be found here: Portfolio Guidelines

Portfolios should contain examples of creative work, which may include traditional forms of art (such as freehand drawing, graphic design, painting, and sculpture) or other forms of creative expression (such as carpentry, craft, ceramics, dance, film-making, model-making, music, poetry, and set/costume design). Photography may be included if it represents work created as an artistic product (as compared to travel photos).

Final decisions regarding admission to the SoA will be made on or before April 1st.  Important: Applicants must be admitted to UNC Charlotte before they will be admitted to the SoA.   If you apply to the SoA, but your application to UNC Charlotte remains "incomplete" after February 1st, you will no longer be eligible for admission to the School of Architecture (applies to both incoming freshman and transfers).   Please monitor your UNC Charlotte application in your Future 49er Portal to verify that all admission materials (test scores and transcripts) have been received no later than February 1st.   The SoA admits applicants for the fall semester only.  If you are not admitted to the SoA, your acceptance to the University remains unchanged.  Many applicants who are initially denied admission to the SoA choose to enroll at the university and reapply to the SoA the following year. 

For questions regarding the admissions process, please email SoA-admissions@uncc.edu.

Bachelor of Architecture Admissions

The School of Architecture accepts applications to the Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program from students who have completed a B.A. or B.S. in architecture from another NAAB-accredited institution.

Required Entry-Level Competencies:

  1. A minimum of eight semesters of architectural design studios;
  2. A minimum of four semesters of architectural history and/or theory courses;
  3. A minimum of two semesters of computational courses;
  4. A minimum of four semesters of building technology courses equivalent to the following School of Architecture courses:
  • Material and Assembly Principles (ARCH 4301)
  • Environmental Systems Principles (ARCH 4302)
  • Structural Principles (ARCH 4303)
  • Structural Systems (ARCH 4304)

To ensure that external applicants are evaluated appropriately, please complete the Core Competency Evaluation Form.  The SoA may request that you furnish the Admissions Committee with relevant course descriptions and syllabi of all architecture courses passed and completed that satisfy entry-level competencies.  All core competency requirements must be fulfilled prior to starting the B.Arch program in the fall semester.

UNC Charlotte students completing the Preprofessional Degree are automatically recommended for admission to the Bachelor of Architecture program if they have earned an Architecture/Major GPA of 3.0 or higher by the end of their fall semester of 4th year.  UNC Charlotte students who do not meet this requirement may submit a full application for admission.