No prior experience or skills are necessary to enroll in architecture, landscape architecture or city and regional planning prerequisite courses or in the pre-major. We will teach you everything you need to know. Despite common myths, you do NOT need to be an artist or even know how to draw. You also don't need to a math whiz. You DO need to be curious, inquisitive and a hard worker.
Explore a Knowlton School major by enrolling in a prerequisite course:
Architecture/Landscape Architecture 2300
Outlines of the Built Environment. Required for Architecure or Landscape Architecure majors. Fulfills a Culture & Ideas GE. Open to all students. Offered AU, SP and SU. May be taken concurrently with Architecture/Landscape Architecture 2310.
Architecture/Landscape Architecture 2310
City and Regional Planning 2110
First course in City and Regional Planning major. Open to all students. Offered AU, SP and SU.
Landscape Architecture 2367, GE Cultures & Ideas, GE Writing II
Landscape Architecture 2600, GE VPA
CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING
Admissions decisions for architecture and landscape architecture will be sent to a student's OSU email address only. Students are expected to confirm your enollment in the major by the date indicated in the admissions email. It is a student's responsibility to check email regularly and to respond accordingly.
Entering freshmen who plan to pursue a major in architecture, city and regional planning or landscape architecture should apply directly to The Ohio State University via the Common Application. Students do not need to submit any additional materials to the Knowlton School. A portfolio is not required.
Prior to applying, take time to explore options for Architecture, Landscape and City Scholars or University Honors. First consideration for these programs is given to applicants who meet the November 1 priority deadline.
Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for specific information about admissions criteria, application requirements and application deadlines.
AUTUMN 2017 ADMISSIONS
New first-year students who specify Architecture, Landscape Architecture or City and Regional Planning on their application to Ohio State are admitted directly into the major.
Many new freshmen are uncertain about which of the Knowlton School's majors is the best fit. Students are encouraged to explore each major option in their first year before making a decision. The first year courses allow for flexibility and provide students an opportunity to try out various majors. The foundation courses for Architecture and Landscape Architecture are shared between the disciplines.
REGIONAL CAMPUS INFORMATION
Students who begin their Ohio State career on a regional campus (Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark or the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster) and who plan to pursue a major in architecture, landscape architecture or city and regional planning are often able to complete their degree in four years. Some other students choose a five year plan.
While Knowlton School’s major courses are not offered on regional campuses, the first year of the curriculum is flexible. On a regional campus, a student can complete most or all of their math and general education (GE) requirements by working with their regional campus advisor prior to changing to the Columbus campus.
Students who begin their Ohio State career on a regional campus (Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark or the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster) and who plan to pursue a major in architecture, landscape architecture or city and regional planning are often able to complete their degree in four years. Some students choose a five year plan instead.
While Knowlton School’s major courses are not offered on regional campuses, the first year of the curriculum is flexible. On a regional campus, a student can complete most or all of their math, science and general education (GE) requirements by working with their regional campus advisor prior to changing to the Columbus campus.
Due to the sequence of major courses, architecture or landscape architecture students who plan to complete their degree in four years need to enroll in the summer term following their first year or petition for an early campus change.
Campus Change Requirements
In general, the university allows students to change to the Columbus campus once the student has earned a minimum of 30 hours (earned after high school graduation) and has at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.*
Students who intend to major in architecture or landscape architecture or city and regional planning should plan to campus change to Columbus for summer semester which begins in May. In summer, a student can enroll in the specific prerequisite courses for Architecture or Landscape Architecture, Arch/Larch 2300 and 2310, and then apply to the major. Students who perform well in Arch/Larch 2300 and 2310 and who are subsequently admitted to the major will continue seamlessly with the major curriculum in autumn semester of their second year.
Students who intend to major in city and regional planning should plan to campus change for autumn semester of their second year.
*Approval of a campus change does not guarantee admission to the architecture or landscape architecture majors.
Petition for Early Campus Change
The Knowlton School provides students an option to petition for an early campus change. For instance, if a student begins on the regional campus in autumn semester, the student may petition to change to Columbus for spring semester. A petition for an early campus change will be approved if the student meets the following criteria:
- Earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the student’s first semester on the regional campus
- Complete Math 1148 (College Algebra) with a C- or higher, or math placement of M or L
The 3.0 GPA requirement ensures that a student will be competitive for the Knowlton major of their choice, and the Math requirement confirms that a student will have the opportunity to finish all required Math courses in their first year.
A sample schedule for an early campus change student may look similar to this:
Year 1, Autumn Semester (regional campus)
Survey, 1 credit hour (CH)
Math 1148 (or other Math course based on placement), 4 CH
English 1110.01 – Writing I GE, 3 CH
Social Science GE, 3 CH
Biological Science GE, 4 CH
Year 1, Spring Semester (Columbus campus)
Arch/Larch 2300, 3 CH
Arch/Larch 2310, 4 CH
Math 1118, 3 CH
Physics 1200, 5 CH, or Earth Science 1121, 4 CH
Transfer students who plan to pursue a major in architecture, city and regional planning or landscape architecture should apply directly to The Ohio State University. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for specific information about admissions criteria, application requirements and application deadlines. http://apply.osu.edu, http://undergrad.osu.edu
University Admissions will review coursework and GPA(s) from all previous post-secondary institutions attended. A minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher from previous institutions is required to enter the Knowlton School as a transfer student. (Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement will enter the university though University Exploration, but may still enroll in prerequisite courses and can still apply to one of Knowlton’s majors. http://exploration.osu.edu)
Architecture or Landscape Architecture
Students with an intended major of Architecture or Landscape Architecture typically enter as pre-majors. Please note that the curriculum for these degrees is sequenced. Students should expect a minimum of 3.5-4 years to complete a degree in Architecture or Landscape Architecture depending on the term of entry and Math placement levels.
Students who begin as pre-majors will complete prerequisite coursework prior to applying to the major. The core sequence of major curriculum begins each autumn semester, but prerequisite courses (ARCH/LARCH 2300 and ARCH/LARCH 2310) are offered every semester including summer. Please contact Angela Beer at 614-247-7244 to discuss the best term of admission for your transfer. Many students find that transferring for Summer semester can save them several semesters of time.
Transfer students who have completed design-based coursework at another four-year institution may be eligible to submit a portfolio for consideration toward direct admission to the Architecture or Landscape Architecture major (Autumn semester only). A portfolio of your best design work will be evaluated for possible placement in the design studio sequence. Additional coursework such as History, Graphics/Communication, Construction, Structures and Systems will be evaluated based on syllabi and your performance in those courses. In addition to a portfolio, you will need to submit a personal statement and a copy of your transcript. Please contact Angela Beer at 614-247-7244 to discuss this option and appropriate submission dates.
City and Regional Planning
Students with an intended major of City and Regional Planning will enter the major directly.
Transfer credit is not pre-evaluated prior to enrollment. If you are planning to transfer core coursework toward the major, it will need to be evaluated for equivalency to Ohio State courses and for consistency with our program’s curriculum. Please
retain syllabi from your previous institution(s). Technical credit from two-year institutions will typically count toward general electives hours only. All Ohio institutions and many other schools utilize transferology.com.
Important links for transfer students
If you have already completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or above, please consider one of our graduate programs. http://knowlton.osu.edu/students/future-students
Students Applying for Autumn 2017 and Beyond
Starting with the Autumn 2017 entering class, transfer students with an intended major of city and regional planning will be directly admitted into the major.