Undergraduate Transfer Applicants
Transfer students are those who have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours at the time of application and who do not meet the definition of a beginning first year or readmission applicant. For fullest consideration for transfer admission into the School of Architecture, a 2.75 GPA is recommended (though it will not guarantee admission). No more than 60 semester credit hours of community college work can be applied to the degree. In addition, either the first 90 or last 30 semester credit hours of degree work must be completed in continuous, uninterrupted residence at UIC.
Please note that admission to the School of Architecture is determined by the applicant's academic record and space in the program. Space in the program, which is based on current enrollment, varies by year.
The deadline for international transfer applicants is March 31. Domestic transfer applicants are urged to apply by the deadline of March 31st.
An incoming transfer application is considered complete and ready for evaluation when the following items are on file with the Office of Admissions:
1. Official transcript(s) from all colleges attended
2. Completed application for admission (with a supplemental personal statement of interest that includes an indication of why UIC and architecture)
3. Nonrefundable application fee of $50
Note: The portfolio required for advanced placement (see below) should be submitted to the School of Architecture by the priority deadline.
International applicants must also submit their TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Office of Admissions.
For those transferring from local community colleges, refer to the Transfer Substitution Matrix for information on community college courses that are comparable to UIC offerings.
Internal Transfer Applicants
Internal transfer applicants are those who are currently enrolled at UIC in another college or school. To apply for admission into the School of Architecture program, students must fill out an application at the College of Architecture and the Arts, 208 Jefferson Hall. Applicants should provide a statement of interest that includes an indication of why architecture.
Portfolio Requirement for Transfer Students
Only those transfer applicants who seek advanced placement in the undergraduate architecture studio sequence are required to submit a portfolio of creative work as part of their application to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program. See below for guidelines on portfolio content and format.
Criteria for Advanced Placement in Arch. Design Studio
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago requires four years of carefully sequenced architectural design studios that begin in the fall of the first year. Accordingly, advanced placement in architectural design studio is defined as any placement beyond the first year.
Advanced placement in architectural design studio requires fulfillment of both of the following criteria:
1. Successful completion of architectural design courses at the applicant's transfer institution (i.e., an accredited university and/or community college), and
2. Successful architectural design portfolio review.
Transfer applicants meeting both of these criteria typically receive placement in the second year design studio upon successful completion of a three-week summer bridge studio at UIC. If the transfer applicant does not fulfill both criteria, (s)he will be placed in the first year design studio.
Portfolio Submission and Priority Deadline
Portfolios must be submitted directly to the School of Architecture at the time of initial application to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Portfolios are accepted until the March 31 University application deadline for transfer students; however, portfolios submitted by January 31 will be given priority consideration.
College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts
University of Illinois at Chicago
929 West Harrison Street, 208 Jefferson Hall, MC033
Chicago, IL. 60607
Attn: Maria Tolbert
Please note that the University will sometimes extend the transfer application deadline; visit the Admissions Deadline website at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/undergrad/deadlines_undergrad.html for confirmation. However, since the School of Architecture maintains a highly competitive admissions process, early application is strongly recommended.
A successful design portfolio is a collection of creative work that displays strong conceptualization and visualization skills, evidence of critical thinking and design development, and an overall intellectual curiosity.
The content of the portfolio should consist primarily of creative work, and may include various modes of representation, such as pencil drawings, paintings, sculptures, graphic designs, physical models, 3D visualization renderings, etc. Emphasis should be placed on demonstrating how a creative idea is developed from conceptual sketches to a more finalized project.
Transfer applicants who are eligible for potential advanced placement (see criteria above) should include architectural design work done in an academic setting, and should present sketches, models, diagrams, and hand or CAD drafted presentation drawings to emphasize the architectural design process from conceptualization to final design presentation.
The portfolio should NOT document CAD drawings from CAD courses (i.e. basic or advanced computer-aided drafting courses, introduction to architectural CAD courses, CAD for Architectural Drafting courses, architectural CAD courses, etc.) or internships in an architectural office. Applicants should NOT submit blueprints or construction drawings from an office or from building science or technology courses. All drawings from these sources should be excluded from a portfolio because they do not provide an indication of an applicant's creative work.
In addition, the overall design of the portfolio itself should demonstrate a level of thinking, care, and consistency that is commensurate with the applicant's creative work. Aspects of the portfolio that should be carefully considered and consistent throughout are: page size, orientation, and layout; font style, labeling, and descriptive text; title pages; use of color, etc.
The UIC School of Architecture accepts 8.5" x 11" (letter size) or smaller portfolios only; if coursework is done in a larger format, applicants should scan and reduce it to a smaller format. All portfolio material must be bound and less than 1" thick. Loose (unbound) sheets and formats larger than 8.5" x 11" will not be accepted. The applicant's name must be clearly visible on the cover page. Please note that the following are not accepted: digital portfolios, slides, rolled or folded prints or drawings, original documents or drawings, or more than one portfolio per applicant. Portfolios that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be reviewed.
Upon completion of the admissions process, the portfolio may be returned by mail. Applicants who would like for material to be returned by mail should enclose a stamped, self-addressed, appropriately-sized mailing container when the portfolio is submitted to the School. Correct postage must be provided. Do not send cash, checks, or money orders to cover postage. Portfolios will not be mailed to an address outside North America. Portfolios not returned by mail are held in the School office for no longer than six months.