Students should consult with the University’s Office of Admissions to learn about the requirements and processes of admissions at Tulane. In general, Tulane seeks students who have a strong high school academic record in terms of performance (grades and class rank, if available) and selection and content of courses studied. Tulane recognizes that curricula vary among high schools and that not all students have the same academic resources available to them. The Admissions office does look, however, for students who undertake the most challenging college preparatory program possible. Applicants are evaluated in terms of how well they use the resources available, and the Admissions office also takes into consideration the differences in grading standards that exist between schools.
Often, students applying to the School of Architecture ask about drafting or technical graphics courses in high school. These courses may be helpful to some students, but most of our students have found courses in freehand drawing better preparation for our program. Required graphics presentation work during the first two years of the Tulane design studio sequence assumes no prior knowledge or experience in graphics or technical drawing.
There are several phases that make up the Transfer Process into the School of Architecture, all of which insure the best outcomes for the students and the programs, as well as provide a necessary series of ‘checks and balances’ for the student, the School, and the University.
First and foremost, a student must be admitted into Tulane University, itself a rigorous process of review and selection. Upon admission into the University, and the student’s consequent acceptance of the University’s offer, they can then elect to be placed into the School of Architecture. It is at this time that their file, along with a required portfolio of design and/or arts materials, is forwarded to the School of Architecture for review. Evaluation of the transcript, the quality of education/ranking from the previous institution, and the portfolio. Secondary school reports are required only of first-time freshman, and not of transfer applicants. These then determine placement into the program at either the first (first or second semester) or second year level (first or second semester). Only in highly exceptional cases are students placed at a level higher than second year.
Transfer credits are then evaluated by two groups: the University and the School of Architecture. All transfer credits accepted by the School of Architecture must fulfill the general rubric of not only the School of Architecture’s curriculum, but the formulas represented by the School’s accrediting body, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
At approximately the same time, the student’s transcript is evaluated by the University Associate Dean’s Office in light of Tulane’s Core Curriculum Requirements.
The University Admissions Office receives official memoranda regarding accepted credits from the School of Architecture Associate Dean’s Office, the Academic Advising Center (AAC), and the University Associate Dean’s Office, a copy of which is made available to the student in order to aid in his or her selection of curricular components in anticipation of degree fulfillment. It is usual for the student to meet at least once with their assigned Advisor at the AAC and with the Director of Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs of the School of Architecture in order to sketch out a path towards fulfilling all requirements for the School and University, and for obtaining a NAAB-accredited degree.
Tulane University seeks to offer educational opportunities to qualified students regardless of their current ability to meet their expenses. Tulane pays, on average, 40 percent of the actual cost of educating a student through extensive merit and need–based scholarships, grants, loans and campus employment. The difference is often covered by endowments and gifts. This combination of financial components makes for an affordable investment in your educational future. For more information regarding Tuition and Financial Aid, please see below.
Congratulations and welcome to Tulane! The Tulane University Office of Admissions offers many resources to help newly admitted students on their path to enrollment. You can also find information about academic policies, studio culture, supply lists, and other things you may have questions about on our Current Students page.
STEM OPT Eligibility
Beginning in fall 2019, the Tulane School of Architecture’s professional Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) and Master of Architecture (M. Arch I.) degrees will be classified under Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology (CIP code 04.0902).
Consequently, international students graduating with B. Arch. or M. Arch I. from Tulane on or after 2019-2020 academic year will be eligible for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ STEM OPT extension program. This allows international students to remain in the U.S. for up to 36 months after graduation to receive practical training through work experience in the field of architecture.
Visit the Tulane OISS webpage on STEM OPT Extension for more information.