SCI-Arc Admissions

SCI-Arc Admissions

Southern California Institute of Architecture Admissions Overview:

In general, students with good grades and test scores are more likely to be accepted at SCI-Arc. Since the school is focused on architecture, students will need to submit a portfolio of work as part of the application. Additional required materials include a resume, personal statement, high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores. For more information, or if you have any questions about the admissions process, be sure to visit SCI-Arc's website, or get in touch with the school's admissions office.

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  • SCI-Arc has open admissions
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Southern California Institute of Architecture Description:

The Southern California Institute of Architecture is an independent school of architecture in Los Angeles, California. The campus is located in the rehabilitated historic site of the Santa Fe Freight Depot, at the heart of the urban art district in downtown Los Angeles. The college takes an experimental approach to architecture education, emphasizing practical experience and encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to work together in a non-hierarchical environment. SCI-Arc offers one undergraduate program, a bachelor's degree in architecture, as well as two- and three-year master of architecture programs and two postgraduate master of design research programs in emerging systems and technologies and city design, planning and policy. Students benefit from the flexible, nontraditional program both inside and outside of class, with 24/7 access to architecture studio spaces, a unique cultural environment and various student-led clubs, activities and social events.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 519 (262 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 62% Male / 38% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $42,900
  • Books: $6,848 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,260
  • Other Expenses: $9,889
  • Total Cost: $66,897

SCI-Arc Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 28%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 28%
    • Loans: 13%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,668
    • Loans: $5,500

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Architecture.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 67%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 83%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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