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The primary considerations for undergraduate admission are your artistic and intellectual promise and your academic record. You must have graduated from high school, received a recommendation from your teachers or other responsible officials of the school, and taken an appropriate distribution of high school subjects.

First-Year Admission

Washington University accepts either the Common Application or the Coalition Application and requires one supplemental essay that is specific to your academic interest. The Common Application is available at The Coalition Application is available at

Your application must be accompanied by a $75 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request. You must also submit your official secondary school transcript, a teacher recommendation, standardized test scores (see WashU's one-year test optional policy for applicants in 2021), and essay. Full instructions are available online at Washington University's Undergraduate Admissions website.

Transfer Students

Transfer admission to Washington University is both selective and competitive. In any given year any academic division may have from zero to a small handful of slots available. We recommend the strongest candidates for admission present proof of a high school diploma or equivalent and proof of a high level of academic success at their current institution. Transfer applicants are required to submit a portfolio of design/art work completed at another college or university for review by the Architecture faculty, along with transcripts reflecting all collegiate work undertaken. Washington University accepts either the Common Application or the Coalition Application and requires no supplemental essays. The Common Application may be submitted electronically at The Coalition Application may be submitted electronically at Your application must be accompanied by a $75 nonrefundable application fee. Transfer students are required to submit a portfolio.

Optional Portfolio

While a portfolio is optional for first-year applicants to the College of Architecture, we encourage all applicants to submit a portfolio. If you wish to be considered for the James W. Fitzgibbon Scholarships in Architecture, you must submit a digital portfolio through SlideRoom.

A portfolio can include anything from drawings and paintings, to photographs, illustrations, videos, sculptures, storyboards, websites, or other types of work that seem relevant. Choose 10-20 pieces of your best and most recent work. There are currently two ways you may submit your portfolio.

Digital Portfolio
Submit images through the SlideRoom function of the Common Application. Each image/file can be up to 5MB. When you upload your materials, you will be able to include information such as title of work, medium, dimensions, and date completed. There is no additional fee.

National Portfolio Day
At National Portfolio Days, held online in 2020-21, you will have the opportunity to receive a personal portfolio review by one of our representatives and ask questions about the School. For more information about the events we will be attending, visit

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accommodate in-person portfolio reviews on campus at this time.

For more information or questions about portfolios, click here or e-mail Rachel Youn at

Non-Discrimination Policy

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Applicants with a prior criminal history will not be automatically disqualified from consideration for admission.

Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.


For more information or questions about the undergraduate admissions process, call 800.638.0700 (within the United States) or 314.935.6000, or e-mail