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What is Pre-Architecture?

Students who apply to the College of Architecture and Planning who do not meet the entrance requirements for the college are automatically considered for admission into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).  If they meet the requirements for CLAS, students are admitted as Pre-Architecture. 

All students who are Pre-Architecture are advised in the Center for Undergraduate Exploration and Advising until admitted to the College of Architecture and Planning.

Why was I admitted into Pre-Architecture?

New Freshmen:
  • High school GPA requirement and/or high school class rank and/or SAT/ACT scores were not within the range for direct admission
Transfer Students:
  • Lack of 2.75 cumulative GPA in all completed transfer coursework
  • Lack of consistent record of improvement and/or strong performance in science, mathematics, art, or architecture-oriented courses

I was admitted as Pre-Architecture, now what?

You should set up an appointment to meet with a CUE&A Success Advisor. Your advisor will talk to you about what you will need to do in order to be admitted to the College of Architecture and Planning.  They will discuss your goals with you, help you determine when you will be eligible for admittance to the College of Architecture and Planning, and discuss other potential major options.

What are the requirements for admission to the College of Architecture and Planning?

To be eligible for admission to the College of Architecture and Planning, students must earn a minimum 2.3 cumulative CU GPA with at least 12 CU Denver credit hours.

Upon completion of these requirements, students must submit an Intra-University Transfer (IUT) form to the College of Architecture and Planning’s undergraduate academic advising office (CU Building, 2nd floor).  IUT forms can be obtained from the Academic Success and Advising Center (Student Commons Builing, Suite 1113) or the Office of the Registrar (Student Commons Building, 5th floor).  IUT form submission deadlines are August 1st for fall semester, December 1st for spring semester, and May 1st for the summer session.

How can I learn more about the field of Architecture?

There are many helpful resources to learn about the field of Architecture.  The American Institute of Architects has information specifically for undergraduate students and the many things to consider before continuing towards a licensure program.  Additionally, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards lists information on becoming an architect and the necessary educational requirements for the field.  Finally, you can always reach out to the College of Architecture and Planning​ to meet with an academic advisor, and you can schedule an appointment with them by calling (303) 315-1000.
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