Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate Application Instructions

Hello and thank you for considering the five-year, accredited B Arch program at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York for your future studies. Please read the information on this page carefully. We hope it will answer all of your questions.

First, visit and register for a MyCity account on the City College website. You will begin receiving information about the program, the university, and the admissions process. Click here for MyCity.

The application process has two parts:

  1. The Creative Challenge: All B Arch applicants must complete the Creative Challenge or they will not be considered for admission to the program.
  2. The CUNY Application including all materials for admission to the City College of New York.

Creative Challenge button

Note that the Spitzer School of Architecture only accepts students for the fall semester. There is no spring class admission.

Please use the chart below to help you ensure you know your deadline, what materials are needed, and where to send them. These requirements apply to international applicants as well.

Applicant Type Postmark Deadline Submit to the School of Architecture Submit to University Applications Processing Center (UAPC)
Freshman
(Non-Macaulay)
February 1 Creative Challenge All other application materials: CUNY/UAPC
P.O. Box 350136
Brooklyn, NY 11235-0001
Freshman
Macaulay Honors Applicant
December 1 Creative Challenge All other application materials: CUNY/UAPC
P.O. Box 359021
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Current CCNY Student
Change of Major
February 1 Creative Challenge
CCNY Transcript
N/A
External Transfer February 1 Creative Challenge
Unofficial College Transcript*
Portfolio only if transferring from another NAAB-accredited program
All other application materials: CUNY/UAPC
P.O. Box 359023
Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023

 

Freshman, Macaulay, and External Transfer Applicants

  • File a CUNY Freshman or Transfer Application at www.cuny.edu/undergraduate by the deadline listed above. Indicate the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College as your first choice: code 0184.
  • Submit all documents as instructed, including your high school and/or college transcript(s), standardized test scores, and application fee to the University Application Processing Center (UAPC). (These materials are not sent to the Spitzer School of Architecture.)
  • Complete and submit the Creative Challenge to the Spitzer School of Architecture.
  • If you are transferring from another NAAB-accredited architectural program, you will need to submit a portfolio with your Creative Challenge. The portfolio will allow our admissions team to place you in design studio.*

*Transfer students’ credits will be evaluated after they are accepted to the university. The department and university will not tell you which courses you will receive credit for before you apply or are accepted into the program. Prospective transfer students will not be advised on which courses to take at another institution while they await acceptance at the Spitzer School of Architecture. Curricula change frequently, each school is different, and course content varies widely. Therefore, advisement with a guarantee of transfer credit is impossible. In order to expedite the transfer evaluation process, transfer students who are accepted should be ready to provide copies of syllabi, course descriptions, and writing samples or coursework. The more information you can supply to our faculty/department coordinators, the better they will be able to evaluate the work you did at your previous institution(s) and determine if you will receive transfer credit.

 

Current CCNY Students Applying to Switch Majors (Internal Transfers)

  • Complete and submit the Creative Challenge by the deadline above. No other documents are needed.

General Academic Requirements for Admission to CCNY

We are looking for at least an 80 overall high school average and a combined SAT score (or ACT equivalent) of 1080 for freshman applicants, and an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 for transfer and second-degree applicants. All applicants must also show proof of four-year college level proficiency in reading, writing, and math. The following table states the university established methods of meeting the proficiency requirements:

Reading & Writing Mathematics
SAT

  • SAT Verbal 1 = 480 or higher or
  • SAT Critical Reading = 480 or higher or
  • SAT EBRW = 480 or higher

ACT 

  • ACT English = 20 or higher

NYS Regents

  • NYS English Regents = 75 or higher

CUNY Skills Assessment

  • Reading = 55 or higher (current requirement) &
  • Writing = 56 or higher (current requirement) or 
  • Reading = 70 (previous requirement) &
  • Writing = 56 (previous requirement)

College Course (Regionally Accredited College Only)

  • 3 Credit College Level English = C or higher

Earned Degree

  • Bachelor’s Degree or
  • CUNY Associate’s Degree
SAT

  • SAT Math (As of March 2016) = 530 or higher or
  • SAT Math (Prior to March 2016) = 500 or higher

ACT

  • ACT Math = 21 or higher

NYS Regents

  • Integrated Algebra = 80 or higher or
  • Geometry = 80 or higher or
  • Algebra 2/Trigonometry = 80 or higher &
  • Successful completion of Algebra 2/Trigonometry or higher level course or
  • Common Core Algebra = 70 or higher or
  • Common Core Geometry = 70 or higher or
  • Common Core Algebra 2/Trigonometry = 65 or higher or
  • Math A or B = 75 or higher or
  • Math Sequential II or III = 75 or higher

CUNY Skills Assessment

  • Math 5 = 57 or higher (current requirement) or
  • Math 2 = 40 or higher (previous requirement)

College Course (Regionally Accredited College Only)

  • 3 Credit College Level Math = C or higher or
  • Successful Completion of an Elementary Algebra course (CUNY Students Only)

Earned Degree

  • Bachelor’s Degree or
  • CUNY Associate’s Degree

Advanced Placement

CCNY Transfer Evaluation Services evaluates advanced placement (AP) and international baccalaureate (IB), A Level examination scores, and College Now. Please submit official transcript for College Now to the CCNY Office of Admissions Evaluation Services. You should arrange to have official score reports of AP examinations forwarded to the Office of Admissions directly from the College Board. You may bring your original official AP, IB or A Level examination scores to Evaluation Services in the CCNY Office of Admissions. City College does not grant credit for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students may receive up to 32 credits through AP, IB, or A Level examination; equivalences vary by department. Please see the guidelines.

More Information

If you have further questions, feel free to sign up for a Spitzer School of Architecture tour/information session or contact a member of the Undergraduate Affairs staff:

Michael Miller

Annemarie (Amy) Daniel