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Why Pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture

UTSA’s Architecture degree is a four-year, pre-professional degree built around rigorous design studios and comprehensive coursework. All stages of the design process require an ability to think clearly, critically and coherently in order to make persuasive arguments and sensible judgments. Design ideas are established through the iterative process of making, drawing, modeling, fabricating, representing, discussing, reading and writing. Our aim is to contribute to the structure, utility, and beauty of our built environment; improve the quality of place in our cities, homes, work, and learning spaces; and support a positive relationship between people, buildings, and the environment.

Admission Requirements

When you apply to UTSA, you select the major you'd like to study. The choice of major will not impact if you get admitted to the University (all students must meet UTSA's general admission requirements); however, some majors will require additional admission requirements to be able to declare the major your freshman year.

Architecture: To major in architecture, you must meet UTSA’s general admission requirements and meet the additional admission requirements below. Freshman students who do not meet these requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be admitted into Exploratory Studies. Transfer students not meeting these requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be admitted into Multidisciplinary Studies.
Freshman Admission Class Rank & Minimum Test Scores
Direct Admission Top 10% with no minimum test scores or
Top 25% with 1220 SAT or 25 ACT
College Review Any Rank with 1170 SAT or 24 ACT
Transfer Admission Transferable Credits & Minimum GPA (4.0 Scale)
College Review < 30 hours with 3.0 GPA or
>= 30 hours with 3.0 GPA and submit a portfolio
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Pro Tip: Even if you don't think you will qualify for financial aid, you should still submit the FAFSA! Information from the FAFSA could impact certain scholarships that are even merit-based.

UTSA Scholarship Hub

Through one general scholarship application, you can automatically be considered for dozens of scholarships at UTSA, including scholarships that are available for this major. In order to access all available scholarship applications on the UTSA Scholarship Hub, you must be an admitted student. If you are a student applying for admission, but have not yet been admitted, you may sign in and complete the Scholarship Hub’s General Application as long as you have authenticated your myUTSA ID and Passphrase. Once you are admitted to UTSA, please sign back in to the Scholarship Hub to see if there are any additional scholarship opportunities available for you to pursue.

UTSA Scholarship Hub Architecture Scholarship Opportunities

Distinguished Scholarship

UTSA offers an automatic merit-based scholarship to incoming new freshman and transfer students who display exceptional scholastic achievement in high school by the priority deadline. Non-resident and international students awarded a Distinguished Scholarship for a minimum of $1,000 for the academic year will be granted a waiver for non-resident tuition if scholarship eligibility is maintained. This means out-of-state and international students could pay in-state tuition! For fall admitted freshmen, this scholarship is valued up to $20,000 for up to four years. For fall or spring admitted transfer students, this scholarship is valued up to $6,000 for up to two years. Renewal eligibility must be maintained and funding must be available.

Distinguished Scholarships

UTSA Bold Promise

Although not a scholarship, UTSA is committed to cover tuition and mandatory fees 100% for eligible students who come from low and middle-income Texas families.

UTSA Bold Promise

Careers, Salary & Skills

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. See possible careers below. This data is pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program. On top of the resources your college will provide, the University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Minors & Certificates

After selecting a major area of study and enrolling at UTSA, degree-seeking students can choose from a variety of minors and certificates to supplement their education. Although not required, minors and certificates can help students customize their UTSA experience based on their passions and unique career goals.

Explore All Minors & Certificates

The Honors Experience

Realize your full potential at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Honors College. Rooted in experiential learning, our classes and programs are hands-on, project-based, and customizable to fit your individual goals. Students in any majors can get invited to our Honors College. Turn your passions into marketable skills for the future!

Why Join Honors?

"My experiences at UTSA have been more than I could ever imagine. The other students want to learn just as much as I do. I’m not just getting a degree. I’ll be able to say I have all this knowledge I’ve learned from UTSA."
Anthony Torres ’19 • Architecture


Engineering and Integrated Design
Engineering and Integrated Design

The UTSA Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (KCEID) is a top producer of engineers and environmental designers. Students work with industry leading faculty, cutting edge technologies and other students from our collaborative complimentary disciplines to solve grand challenges where humanity intersects with the physical world.

Signature Experiences
Signature Experiences

A signature experience for a KCEID student includes an internship, a research project, a study abroad program or a service learning project. By completing any one of these experiences, you will be applying knowledge you learn through classwork and developing marketable skills to chart your course towards a Bold Future.

World-Class Facilities
World-Class Facilities

KCEID is home to cutting-edge technologies and facilities. From our Large Scale Testing Lab to our two Makerspaces and newly opened 160,349 square foot Science and Engineering Building, KCEID students regularly engage with and operate machines and apparatus that are commonly leveraged professionally.

KCEID Student Success Center

Student Success

UTSA is all about your success. Our experiential learning initiative takes what you learn in the classroom and helps you apply it to real life. As a student in the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (KCEID), you will explore, engage and reflect on your experiences to launch your career in a global society. The KCEID Student Success Center is a one-stop resource to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional goals. Receive tutoring, find internships, connect with industry professionals for job opportunities, and enhance your professional development skills through the center’s comprehensive programming.