Getting into the M.Arch 1 Program at Top Tier Universities


Dear all,

I am a current senior enrolled in an interior design program in New York and am currently thinking about applying to the M.Arch 1 program in a few years. 

My GPA is currently 3.51/4.0, which I would assume is a decent grade, but again, I don't know if it would be good enough to apply to top-tier architecture programs (e.g., Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and so on). 

Of course, there are other variables that would measure the chances of a successful admission, and some of them (like the portfolio) will matter more than the numbers listed on the transcript. However, I am still posting this to hear your opinions about it.

Your responses will be very well appreciated. Have a good day, you all.

Feb 4, 23 4:02 pm

Most of these programs list their cutoff for GPA, and it varies. 

I'd suspect a 3.5 would be acceptable at pretty much any grad school for architecture. 

I suspect everyone will say the same thing that has been said for years, the portfolio is way more important though.

Feb 6, 23 2:35 am  · 
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Still, the score is important and your score is good

Feb 6, 23 6:52 am  · 

Good enough*

Feb 6, 23 8:02 pm  · 

Yeah, it probably just crosses the line. Keep in mind too the school that gave the GPA matters. A Pratt ID GPA probably counts for more than a community college's, in the eyes of admissions.

Feb 7, 23 6:11 pm  · 

I got waitlisted by Yale M.Arch I. I personally think it's my portfolio that got me in, and my GPA dragged me down. My GPA is 75.9/100, from an Australian Bachelor's program. So that's slightly above the 2:1 degree line, which is tbh mediocre. So I reckon, yes if your GPA is too low, they wouldn't consider you at all. But a strong portfolio doesn't guarantee entries if your GPA is mediocre. So I'd say 3.7 is something that wouldn't be a disadvantage.

Feb 27, 23 3:56 pm  · 

I'm not saying my portfolio is extremely good. But that's how I feel about it. All the alumni from my school that I know got into Yale had a First Class Honors degree (80+ GPA).

Feb 27, 23 3:58 pm  · 
Non Sequitur

70 was the minimum for consideration back in my days of grad school applications. Should have been 80, honestly.

Feb 27, 23 5:36 pm  · 

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