Hey guys! 

It's that time of the year again. Let's go ahead and share our stats, anxieties, questions and decisions together.

Following information would be helpful for future applicants:

- Age/Sex/Citizenship
- Undergraduate degree/ School/ Year graduated
- GRE 
- TOEFL scores for Int'l students
- Letter of recommendations - from whom (this can be general; employer, professor, etc.)
- Personal Essay/Statement
- Portfolio
- Schools (results [in, out or waitlist], any $ offered, any other pertinent info)
- Open house impressions 
- Results (the school you plan to attend, waitlist, rejection.)
- Tips

Feb 14, 17 2:39 pm

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Wtf dude? Didn't you already have a sandbox here to play around with:

Feb 14, 17 2:47 pm

There's always two separate threads for prep and don't have to post on here if you don't want to.

Feb 14, 17 2:50 pm

Uhh no, not every year...and logically speaking, isn't it easier to consolidate the entire thing within a single thread for ease of reference & posterity?

Any problem with keeping the forum tidier given the mess? Srsly, someone has already created another unnecessary "grad school application results" thread this very instant.

Feb 14, 17 3:05 pm

Oh no, **TWO** threads per year! How will the database servers keep up with such extravagance??


Nothing wrong with laying a precedence


This is a different thread. This thread focuses on results and not prep. And that thread is "WHEN did you hear back from grad school"

Feb 14, 17 3:11 pm
Non Sequitur

I'd like to see two more categories added:

  • Total expected student debt
  • Expected annual salary post graduation
Feb 14, 17 3:12 pm

The ratio of Debt Incurred : Salary Increase is a fun way to see if your degree was worth it.

On my current path my ROI is about 4.5 years. 


Argues for thread consolidation for stated reasons.

Response: "This thread focuses on results and not prep".

Good luck with your comprehension in grad sch buddy.

Feb 14, 17 3:16 pm


Feb 14, 17 3:23 pm
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Non Sequitur

Nice donkey

Feb 14, 17 3:29 pm


It's all good, no worries. 

Feb 14, 17 6:35 pm

Anxiously awaiting results. Does anyone know tentatively when they will start popping up?

Feb 21, 17 6:36 am

I'm anxious as well. Unfortunately a lot of the schools seem to release decisions in waves (as to avoid admitting too few or too many students). So, we should expect emails anytime from this week to April. It's brutal.


From my research (stalking archinect for dayzzz)

M.Arch I programs :

-Cornell February 28 Tuesday

-GSD March 3 Friday

-PennDesign Mid-march 

-Yale ??? (varies)

Feb 21, 17 10:31 am

Edit : Cornell : Feb 27 Monday (they usually send them on mondays)

Yale: Feb 24 Friday (early acceptances - very rare) through first week

It's all helps calm down my obsessive anxiety regarding decisions...


I'm anxious as well. Unfortunately a lot of the schools seem to release decisions in waves (as to avoid admitting too few or too many students). So, we should expect emails anytime from this week to April. It's brutal.

edit: oops...duplicate comments

Feb 21, 17 11:30 am

@ecogalaxy....can you elaborate on your aspect of anxiety? For example, what makes you anxious about waiting on the decision is not he same as my anxiety. What makes this waiting period so brutal and what are you doing to keep your mind sane? Smoking weed? Reading books? Exercising? Curious to hear everyone's response...

Feb 21, 17 12:48 pm

Hey hopefuls and anxious!

  • 25 / M / German
  • B.A. in Architecture '16, Technical University of Munich, exchange year at UIUC
  • GPA: 3.94 / 4.00 (according to iGAP calculator)
  • GRE: 163 V / 158 Q / 3.5 W
  • TOEFL: 115 / 120
  • LOR: Professor from UIUC, Professor from TUM, former supervisor
  • Portfolio: 4-5 recent studio projects from TUM and UIUC
  • Applied: Cornell, Michigan, Syracuse, UIUC, IIT

just got accepted to UIUC (M.Arch 2yr) via email, no word about $

Feb 21, 17 3:33 pm

lol anxious and hopefuls...


@mr.1111 I'm also waiting to hear back from IIT. I'm having a hard time not checking the application for status changes every 30 minutes. The wait is unbearable

Feb 21, 17 4:49 pm

@cwesleystein I just checked my AppTracker and it says "Decision Status: Denied to Applied" and for some reason it shows that I have another application for Master of Landscape Architecture with decision pending, which makes no sense... Haven't gotten any emails from IIT either. Have you heard from them yet?


@cwesleystein yeah, I feel you! They had sent an email on Feb 7 saying it could take up to 4-6 weeks... Let's hope it won't take that long

Feb 21, 17 5:02 pm

- 22 /M / Indonesian
- BS in Architecture / Bandung Institute of Technology
- GPA: 3.37 / 4.00
- GRE: 146 V / 152 Q  / 3.0 W (First try without proper preparations. decided not to use this score and applied for schools that do not require GRE scores.
- IELTS: 7.5 / 9.0
- LOR: all from my undergraduate institution. One from Building Technology Professor, 
- Portfolio: Three academic projects, one national competition, and one personal professional project. The portfolio available online, click here
- Applied: UIUC 2 Year M.Arch and MIT SMArchS in Building Technology.

-Result: Accepted at UIUC M.Arch. Just recently received the decision email, so excited!

Feb 22, 17 12:14 am

- 23 / F / Indian
- B.Arch / 2015
- GRE: 153 V / 161 Q / 5.0 W 
- TOEFL: 119 
- LOR: Thesis guide, Academic Director, Previous Employer
- Portfolio: Focused on research and documentation of historic sites + conservation projects
- Applied: GSD, MIT, Columbia GSAPP
- Results: Awaiting!

Anybody here who has applied to courses other than M.Arch? HTC or Conservation?

Feb 22, 17 10:20 am

Hi ! I think I know you. I finally joined the forum thanks to you. 


Has anyone heard from UIC yet?

Feb 22, 17 10:47 am

or Princeton? USC? UT Austin? GSD?...

Feb 22, 17 10:49 am

heard from UT Austin, accepted :)


Just got a rejection from UT Austin :(

Feb 22, 17 3:58 pm

Me too

@Dericsen8 what part of your application do you feel that hurt your chances in getting accepted???? I'm still waiting in their decision...

Feb 22, 17 5:28 pm

I would probably say my portfolio. It wasn't as strong as i would've liked it to be

Feb 22, 17 5:43 pm

Was it the amount of projects? The quality of work? 

Feb 22, 17 5:56 pm

has anyone else gotten the barrage of emails from sci-arc asking for contact information confirmation and supplemental financial aid information? I can't decide if this is a good thing or just standard. 

Feb 22, 17 6:03 pm

@Napoleon Ordaz Relax man. You've already submitted your application, so it is what it is. Waiting sucks, but it will be way worse if you spend all this time worrying.

Feb 22, 17 6:08 pm

- 22/F/Chinese
- BA. Arch ( Honor ) / University of Pittsburgh / April, 2017
- 3.75
- V151/Q163/W 3
Letter of recommendations - 6 total, use for different schools, 2 Alumni from Harvard (previous boss and Honor supervisor), 1 from MIT, 1 from Berkeley (Mentor for honor thesis), 1 studio professor, 1 chair of our department. 

Personal Essay/Statement- Spend a lot of time, starts with the earthquake experience when I was in China and get inspiration from one architect. Basically is about my growing experiences with sustainable architecture in human context. 

Portfolio--   (better to read each page separately)--advice is still welcome.

Schools (mostly March I) GSD, Yale, Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, CMU

Results CMU in with $$$, still wait for rest of them. dream school is GSD though. 
Tips--will update when March starts happening. 

Feb 22, 17 9:40 pm

Linhou...Congratulations on the CMU acceptance and the scholarship offer. I know someone in a similar deadline situation and they've chosen to accept one offer, now, and see where things play out in a few weeks with other schools.   Good luck on your choices. Definitely no shame in a CMU graduate degree! I suspect they'll achieve their accreditation on time in a few years too.

Feb 23, 17 9:42 am

Hey Archdad, thank you so much. cmu is willing to wait for me for another week. I am really interested in the design technology of them. I will see how others go.


Has anyone heard from Clemson yet?

Feb 23, 17 12:12 pm

Has anyone been asked to take a "Duolingo English Test" for GSD? 

Feb 23, 17 2:10 pm

@mr.1111 that sounds really odd. I haven't gotten any emails from them either and my app portal still says "pending final review". I'll let you know as soon as I hear from them

Feb 23, 17 7:17 pm

Heyy, where does it say "pending final review" on the portal? Mine just says "submitted"....


@cwesleystein okay, thanks, will just wait for their email... @M_ARCHhopeful did you apply to IIT as well? They have their own application portal, it's not through ApplyWeb


No, my bad I thought this was about GSD so I freaked out..


- 25/F/Chinese
Syracuse University B.arch
- 3.36
- 320 v156 q164 w3.5 
Letter of recommendations - from thesis advisor, studio professor and vc professor
Personal Essay/Statement focusing on how I look at the relationship between art and architecture and my future interests
Portfolio will post on issuu later
Results Awaiting...

Feb 23, 17 8:20 pm

Accepted to UT Austin yesterday, one of my top choices. Still waiting on five more schools but I'm already very sold on UT. 

Feb 24, 17 2:11 am

University School of Architecture and Planning ( B. Arch)
Letter of recommendations - from thesis adviser, studio professor, gsd instructor (summer program), Principal architect of internship firm 
Portfolio will post on issuu later
Schools: GSD, MIT SAP, GSAPP (M.Arch II, SMarchS , MSAAD)
Results Awaiting...

Does anybody know the approximate dates of the results of these schools?

Feb 24, 17 3:50 pm

scroll up


What about MIT? Any ideas?


Not sure, I didn't apply there so I wasn't looking. But check grad cafe and previous posts. From what I remember they send out acceptances before GSD etc.




3.81/4.3 (1ST OF CLASS 2017)
- 110
Letter of recommendations - 1 school professor, 2 studio instructor (worked for both as intern)
Portfolio - will share when results come out
Schools GSD M Arch II, MIT SMarchS, GSAPP MSAAD, Princeton M Arch II, Cornell M Arch II, YALE M Arch II
Results Awaiting

Feb 25, 17 12:42 am

Anyone heard from SUNY Buffalo, UIC, UIUC? 

Feb 27, 17 8:55 am

Is anyone else having an issue seeing your application status for Michigan? I am getting an error message when I try to click through on my application status. 

Feb 27, 17 12:01 pm

I also get an error message. It was working last week.


The wolverine access page says its under some maintenance work... Hope it gets resolved soon..


Rejected from Yale, did not receive email just checked the website for an update. 

Feb 27, 17 5:18 pm

Reject from yale, heat frozen. just want to turn down the internet forever. 

Feb 27, 17 5:27 pm

Rejected from Yale.

Feb 27, 17 5:29 pm

same, rejected from yale.

Feb 27, 17 5:32 pm


Feb 27, 17 5:32 pm





also got rejected

Feb 27, 17 5:34 pm

Anyone else get in.... the results seem dire im scared to look

Feb 27, 17 8:18 pm

Did you end up getting good news here??


nope :(



Feb 27, 17 8:45 pm

wish you luck Ven-!


24/M Studio Art & Philosophy Double

GRE: V:163 Q:161 W:5

GPA: 3.72/4.0

LOR: Painting professor, Philosophy prof, three from current managers/coworkers (currently working in law)

Portfolio: Lots of painting, ceramics, drawings, thoughts on large modern sculpture, some excerpts of my honors thesis on color philosophy

Applied: GSD, Cornell, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Penn, New School


Also dinged at Yale.  :(

Feb 27, 17 9:13 pm

Final Update:

In: Penn ($$), GSAPP, New School ($$)

Out: Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton


26/ F / American / BS Arch @ NJIT

Applying for M.Arch I this fall

GRE: V155 Q154 W 4.0

GPA 3.2/4

INTERNSHIP/WORK: 3 years at architecture firms in NJ

Schools im interested in: GSD, YsoA, Cornell AAP, PennDesign 

LORs: 2 from Studio professors, 1 currently supervisor , 1 Director of Arch

SOP: Wrote about my interest in Neuro-phenomenology and related that to my studio and tied it to my background.


 Applied to: GSD, Yale, Cornell, UPenn

Results: Accepted to Yale (???) no aid info --- Awaiting others


Work hard and put effort and thought into the application and you will get in. Personal statement and Portfolio are the most important parts of the application make sure they convey the same core message in your application. 

Also the book Graduate Admissions Essays (by Donald Asher) is incredibly helpful

Feb 27, 17 9:50 pm

Rejected by GSD (my top choice, so heart broken but in retrospect I mentioned I wanted to work with M.Des professors while applying for M.Arch I so I think that def hurt me )


do all schools have waitlist? I thought it is only undergrad thing

Feb 27, 17 10:41 pm

Accepted to Yale (M.Arch II), waiting on GSD and Cornell.

Feb 27, 17 10:49 pm



Thank you! :-)


Has anyone heard from Princeton?

Feb 28, 17 3:07 pm



Do you remember when they said we would know by? I need to book my flights to those open houses...

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