Admission Policies and Procedures
High school applicants
In addition to meeting the university's admission requirements, first-year admission to the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design is based upon the review of high school course work in mathematics, English, science, social studies/history, and foreign language; ACT or SAT scores; and class rank.
Emphasis is placed upon performance in academic course work. The college can admit up to 225 new freshman and transfer students each year. It is important to apply by the deadline stated below because of the limited number of students admitted into the program. The college does not admit freshman students for the spring semester.
Application materials and deadline
1. Application for undergraduate admission
2. Official 6th- or 7th-semester high school transcript
3. Official ACT or SAT scores
4. $20 application fee
Application materials must be sent directly to:
Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102.
To ensure consideration, application materials must be submitted and processed no later than February 1.
College preparatory curriculum
Students are advised to take a full academic course load each year of high school to meet requirements for the recommended college preparatory curriculum. If honors courses and advanced placement courses are available, students are encouraged to take them. In particular, advanced placement courses in calculus and English are helpful. Courses that are helpful in developing creative abilities should be taken if time permits. With respect to drawing, the faculty strongly recommends taking a course in freehand drawing. If a choice must be made between technical drawing, CADD, or freehand drawing, the faculty prefers freehand drawing.
The following high school curriculum is highly recommended:
Mathematics 3-4 units
Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and trigonometry (pre-calculus or calculus is highly recommended.)
English 4 units
Emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing
Science 3-4 units
Physics, chemistry, and biology.
Social studies 3-4 units
Foreign language 2-4 units
Because of the diversity of applicants' backgrounds and previous educational preparation, individual transcripts are evaluated before determining placement in college programs. Transfer students are placed in either the first or second year. Students who have attended another accredited architecture, interior architecture, or landscape architecture program may be considered for advanced placement in the third, fourth, or fifth year. Academic success in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design program rests, in part, with a placement that reflects previous academic experience.
A student's academic performance in college-level course work is an important indicator of future academic performance. Students with a college grade point average below 2.7 are rarely admitted to the college, and the GPA may affect the level of placement. Please note that all placement decisions are contingent upon maintaining or exceeding placement standards. Students who do not continue to meet or exceed the stated expectations may have their placement status changed.
Students must have completed the following high school mathematics courses prior to arriving at Kansas State University:
Two units of algebra
One unit of geometry
One-half unit of trigonometry
Mathematics courses not taken in high school may be taken at other universities, community colleges, correspondence schools, night schools, or with a private tutor.
Students should contact the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design's Office of Student Services at 785-532-5047 for advice about the transfer process. It is a good idea to establish contact with the associate dean before enrolling in college courses.
Students who have attended a community college or university and who have not completed the transfer program of study will be considered for admission to the first year. Students admitted to the first year will enroll in the one-year Environmental Design Studies Program, which begins in the fall semester.
Students will enroll in design studio and any other courses that they have not previously taken and are required to complete the 31-credit-hour Environmental Design Studies program. The college does not admit transfer students for the spring semester.
Second-year placement transfer program of study
Students who will have completed the transfer program of study by the start of classes (August) will be considered for admission to the second year of the architecture, interior architecture, or landscape architecture programs. It is important to apply for admission prior to February 1 as there are a limited number of second-year transfer spaces available. Admission to a professional program is also affected by college GPA. Typically, successful second-year transfer students have GPAs of 3.0 and higher.
|Survey of Art History I|
|Western Civilization I||3|
|College Algebra or Calculus||3|
|Expository Writing II||3|
|Survey of Art History II|
|Western Civilization II||3|
|General or Descriptive Physics||4-5|
|Basic 2D or 3D Design||3|
Students admitted to one of the degree-granting programs will generally be enrolled in the same second-year course work as students who began their studies as freshmen at Kansas State University.
Third-, fourth-, or fifth-year placement
Students who have attended another National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), or Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER) -accredited program can be considered for placement in either the third, fourth, or fifth year of one of our degree programs. Transfer students should follow the procedures described in this document and submit course descriptions for all the professional program courses and a portfolio of work completed in design studio. Studio placement will be determined by means of individual portfolio reviews by the faculty. Portfolios must be sent to the associate dean immediately following submission of the official Kansas State University application.
For more information
For more information about College of Architecture, Planning, and Design programs, write or call:
College of Architecture, Planning, and Design
Kansas State University
212 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-2902
For more information about admission to Kansas State University, write or call:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102
1-800-432-8270 (toll free in Kansas)