Generally, admission of undergraduate students from high school to the university is determined by a formula that combines the high school grade point average and ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) score. In general, students in approximately the upper third of the high school graduating class are eligible for admission. Admission of transfer students from community colleges is based on college grade point average. Recently, the University has been designated as an impacted campus, altering the admissions process by instituting required filing periods and giving priority to students based on their geographical proximity to campus. This has limited enrollment of students who would have previously been admitted to the University. Further explanations of requirements for admissions to the university are found in the University catalog. The relevant section is Admissions, Pages 22 to 31 in the 2004-05 edition. The requirements are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Administrative Code.
Admission of transfer students to advanced standing in the Department curriculum is determined by a portfolio review of previous work. The Department is not involved in the selection or admission of incoming students, but does make decisions regarding requests for advanced standing.
If you do decide you want to study landscape architecture, we encourage you to submit an application to the University as early as possible. Refer to the University Admissions Office for more information about applying either on paper or online. Students meeting the University admissions criteria will be admitted to the department on a first-come first-serve basis. The application period extends from November 1 until all available places are filled. Students admitted to the Landscape Architecture program must begin study during the Fall Quarter.
If you are admitted directly from high school, or if you have completed academic work at another institution, you will begin your study of landscape architecture with our sequence of courses in the first year design (ENV101 and LA 102 and l03). If you have taken courses in art or design at another college or university, we recommend that you apply for advanced standing. Guidelines for placement beyond the first year are as follows:
Demonstrated completion of a sequence of basic design courses (in art, architecture, or similar programs) to include, at a minimum, 2-dimensional design, 3-dimensional design, color theory and design, and perspective drawing. Transferrable design credit must total at least 12 quarter units.
Demonstrated completion of at least two years of design studies in an accredited program in landscape architecture or completion of studies equivalent to the requirements for placement at second year plus a minimum of three years of professional work experience under the supervision of a licensed Landscape Architect.
Demonstrated completion of at least three years of design studies in an accredited program in landscape architecture or completion of studies equivalent to the requirements for placement at third year plus a minimum of five years of professional work experience under the supervision of a licensed Landscape Architect.
Selection of students to be admitted to advanced standing will be based on the following criteria:
1. Grades in college level work.
2. Review of portfolios that would include:
- A statement of purpose
- Examples of work done in the above courses
- Other academic and work experience
If you have questions or require more specific information about applying to the program, please contact the Department Office.
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