2011 Architecture Acceptances
Yes, our daughter knew before she decided to attend Auburn. It was very, very late though and down to the end (about April 26th). She had already said she was attending Auburn and paid the deposit just as a means of putting in an application for housing (they do not have enough for all freshman and you cannot put down a housing deposit which is refundable for housing until you pay acceptance deposit which is non-refundable).
If you read on their site it explains how the Foundation Unit is selected. To first be considered you have to have a certain SAT, GPA, and then fill out another form which will be mailed to you later (last year it was Feb) if you have those stats. They are looking for students that have a strong academic background and hopefully AP Credit. If you call they can explain everything further and give you dates etc.
Our daughter was also reluctant to attend if she was not in Foundation. She had other schools that have great architecture programs, but she really loved Auburn for a lot of reasons. We stressed to her that she needed to choose a school which she would be happy attending even if she did not stay in architecture.