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School of Architecture

Admissions Overview

All applicants for admission to the school must complete a UH System Application Form by the stated deadline for the semester in which initial enrollment is sought. For information on the application process, see manoa.hawaii.edu/prospective/.

Acceptance to UH Manoa and the school is based on various criteria, including previous academic performance, types of courses previously taken, and the quality of prior experiences.

Placement

The Office of Admissions will complete a transfer credit evaluation for prior completed post-secondary level coursework or approved Advanced Placement (AP) high school coursework. The school will complete a transfer credit evaluation for prior completed post-secondary level coursework taken in architecture or related subjects after an applicant is accepted by UH Manoa. Architecture course requirements will be waived only for transfer credits that are deemed equivalent to courses offered by the school.

Students entering the pre-professional program directly from high school may potentially complete the pre-professional program in four years of full-time study. The time to complete the program by transfer students is based on a case-by-case evaluation of transfer credit.

Students entering the program holding a baccalaureate degree in a field unrelated to architecture enter the 108 credit professional DArch program. They may complete the program in approximately three or four years of full-time study dependent on evaluation of previous coursework of undergraduate equivalence.

Students entering the program holding a four-year pre-professional baccalaureate degree (e.g., BS architecture studies, BA architecture studies, BA environmental design) enter the 90 credit professional DArch program. Evaluation of previous coursework on a case by case basis is also undertaken for undergraduate equivalence.

Application Procedures

All applicants for admission must complete a UH System Application using the following steps:

  1. Download the application form at www.hawaii.edu/admrec/ or apply online at apply.hawaii.edu; and
  2. Complete all required information on the form and complete the application process according to the directions from the UH Manoa Office of Admissions. This is found on the undergraduate webpage.

Applicants holding a baccalaureate degree or higher must also complete a School of Architecture Supplemental Information for Admission form and submit the required documents by the stated deadline using the following steps:

  1. Applicants whose applications have been received by the UH Manoa Office of Admissions will receive the School of Architecture Supplemental Information for Admission form by mail. The form is also available to download at www.arch.hawaii.edu.
  2. Complete all fields on the School of Architecture Supplemental Information for Admission form, attach the required documents noted on the form, sign the form, and mail all materials to the school at the address shown on the form by the stated deadline.

Application Interviews

The school does not require, nor does it grant, personal interviews as part of the admissions process.

Application Deadlines

Fall priority deadline is January 3 and final deadline is March 1. Spring priority deadline is September 1 and final deadline is October 1.

All required application materials listed above must be received by the above listed deadlines to be eligible for consideration for admission. Applicants should advise the school immediately of any changes of address. The school assumes no responsibility for missed deadlines resulting from a failure to notify the school of a change of address.

The school Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in the order in which they are received. Early application is therefore advisable. Most applicants will receive final notification beginning approximately one month after the deadlines listed above.

Deferred Admission

The school and UH Manoa do not grant deferred admission. Applicants wishing to defer admission must reapply to UH Manoa and the school.

Ownership of Supplemental Documents

Supplemental documents submitted by applicants become the property of the school and will not be retained after the admissions decisions of the School of Architecture have been made.

Advising

Informal academic advising may be requested by prospective students by contacting the school Student Services Office. Students who have been accepted to the school should contact the Student Services Office for information regarding orientation and required coursework necessary to complete the degree requirements.

Graduating Students

Students are required to apply for graduation and pay any required graduation fees. Forms are available from the school Student Services Office.