Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Cross Campus Transfers)

Application Deadline:
February 1

Portfolio Deadline:
February 1

Taubman College welcomes students currently enrolled at U-M who wish to pursue the B.S. in Architecture.  We accept cross-campus transfer students every fall semester only.

/ Before You Apply

All transfer applicants must complete the required prerequisite coursework before transferring. Students applying to transfer from a different U-M Ann Arbor school/college should complete a minimum of 55 credit hours and a maximum of 70 credit hours during their first two years on campus, including all of the prerequisite coursework outlined below. If accepted to the Bachelor of Science in Architecture program, students will begin their Taubman coursework in the fall semester of their junior year. Prospective cross-campus transfer students are highly encouraged to meet with a Taubman College Admissions Counselor to ensure they are completing the necessary coursework. Please contact

/ Prerequisites

The following courses are required for transfer admission into the Bachelor of Science program and should be completed before cross-campus transfer students begin at Taubman junior year.

Use this worksheet to keep track of prerequisite courses.

Course Credits
1 First Year Writing Requirement equivalent 3-4
1 Calculus course 4
2 Physics courses with labs (or PHYS 121) 8
6 architecture studio modules 12
ARCH 208 (Design Foundations) 3
2 Humanities Courses 6
1 Natural Science Course 3
2 Social Science Courses 6
Transferable Electives 10-25
Total Transferable Credits 55-70

At least 55 credits are required to cross-campus transfer.

/ Begin Your Application

All cross-campus transfer applicants submit their applications using the University of Michigan Online Application. All transfer applicants apply to Taubman College during the winter term of their sophomore year.

/ Required Application Materials

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose/Essay (500 words): Describe the unique qualities that attract you to Taubman College. How would the curriculum support your interests? Submit via the University of Michigan Online Application.


U-M transcripts and transcripts from other institutions where you have earned college credit (if applicable) will be supplied by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

One Recommendation Form

One letter of recommendation is required from a non-architecture U-M instructor (professor, lecturer, or a graduate student instructor).

Applicants should instruct their recommender to send the Recommendation Form to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at

/ Submit Your Portfolio

The portfolio is required (except for students with Preferred Admission) and is submitted through Slideroom.

There is a $6 fee to submit your portfolio. Students who receive an application fee waiver will also receive a SlideRoom fee waiver. Please email to notify us of your application fee waiver.

Required Formatting

Required Cover Page

Must include:

  • Your last name, first name
  • Street address, city, state, postal code, country
  • Email address
  • Telephone number

Document and File Information

  • One Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file
  • 20 MB maximum
  • Not to exceed  8 ½”x 11” (portrait or landscape)
  • 8-10 pages, in addition to one cover page

Page Formatting

Each project or piece of work should be labeled neatly with the following information:

  • Title of the work
  • Media
  • The year it was produced
  • Whether the work was undertaken independently or as part of a group effort (for group projects, the label should indicate the type and extent of the applicant’s personal involvement)
  • The context in which it was produced (a class, in an office, independent work, etc.)

Generative AI

Generative AI is emerging as a tool in the design process. Work produced using generative AI is permitted to be included in the portfolio only if images are clearly labeled and identified.

Any work not fully authored by the applicant that is not clearly identified will not be eligible for review consideration by the admissions committee.

Suitable Work for Portfolio Inclusion

Portfolio content may include, but is not limited to:

  • Architectural design or building
  • Ceramics
  • Costume design
  • Digital media
  • Fashion design
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Graphic design
  • Industrial design
  • Interior design
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Other crafts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Sewing
  • Stage design
  • Two- and three-dimensional pieces
  • Woodworking

/ Questions

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to learn more about the application process.