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 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.