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Architecture Transfer

IvyOnMyMindIvyOnMyMind 2 replies5 threads New Member
Hi everyone,

I currently go to a non-NAAB accredited university, pursuing a BS in Architecture. I am a freshman. I think I am interested in transferring to an accredited university, such as Notre Dame, Cornell, Tulane, or maybe even the New School. I was wondering what the best way to go about this is or which school might be better. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you. :)
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  • bgbg4usbgbg4us 1457 replies44 threads Senior Member
    I had a kiddo who switched schools after 3 semesters; architecture both schools (4-yr program). There is something nice to it all; kiddo learned a few different things from a few different view points. It's helped. One school was more techy- one was more artsy. She now has a bit of both.

    but the other side is hard. To transfer, kiddo had to show every syllabus from every class, to see if what was taught in those classes lined up with what was taught at new school. New school will go over it all with a fine-tooth comb. It was hard to get the syllabi from classes the first year as teachers did not want to share.

    The new school had a different class progression , and put kiddo back a full year after the transfer. One upcoming semester kiddo will be part-time because of extra classes from the first school, so in a way that's helpful monetarily. But - 5 full years long for undergrad; and then 2 for masters. 7 YEARS.

    My thoughts: start saving those syllabi now; be prepared to go backwards a semester or two, and be prepared for a difference in financial aid. ** And be prepared to learn something new, in a new way. There is good to this all.
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  • momrathmomrath 5997 replies39 threads Senior Member
    @IvyOnMyMind Is your objective to change from a 4.0 year BS program to a 5.0 year BArch? Or are you just not happy with your current situation?

    As @bgbg4us points out transferring into a BS or BArch may result in retaking a good portion of the first —or maybe second—year. So consider the costs and time involved carefully. You may be better off graduating with a BS from your present school (or another school if you just want a change) then getting an MArch from one of the schools of architecture on your list.

    They are all good choices. See their websites for specific details on transferring into their BArch programs. Many BArch & MArch programs hold information sessions where you can get answers to your questions.
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