College of Design
Cdes Current Students

Pre-Architecture: New Students

Information for New Pre-Architecture Students



Required Registration: Students transferring within the U of M system

You need to register for the following course during fall term 2017 (if not already taken):

  • Arch 1281: Design Fundamentals I
  • Ach 2301: Introduction to Drawing in Architecture
  • Arch 2281 (if Arch 1281 has been completed)


Other fall term course options include:

  • Arch 3411W: Architectural History to 1750
  • Arch 3711W: Environmental Design in the Sociocultural Context
  • Writ 1301: University Writing (if an equivalent first-year writing course has not yet been completed)
  • Liberal Education Requirement (see note below regarding the mathematical thinking and physical science requirements)



Students interested in pursuing the B.S. degree in Architecture will need to complete:

  • Architecture Math Requirement (Math 1142: Short Calculus OR Math 1271: Calculus I)
  • Architecture Physics Requirement (Phys 1101W OR Phys 1201W OR Phys 1301W)






Academic Advising

Allow approximately two weeks after you have received your admission email to be assigned to your academic advisor. Your advisor's name will appear on your APAS report. After you have been assigned to your academic advisor you can schedule an advising appointment.


Note: Advisors do not make their own appointments. To schedule an advising appointment, please call 612-626-3690 or stop by 107 Rapson Hall.


You are required to have an advising appointment with your CDes academic advisor prior to registering for spring classes in November. You may fulfill this requirement by meeting with your advisor at any point during fall term.







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Study Abroad

We highly encourage students to consider spending a semester abroad in their junior or senior year or participating in a shorter excursion during any summer, winter or spring break. Exposure to other cultures is a critical component of every architect student's education.


Students interested in a study abroad experience should work closely with their academic adviser and the U of M Learning Abroad Center to learn about their options and outline their course of study. Careful program and course planning will help you stay on track for timely graduation.






Student Groups

Consider joining a CDes or U of M student organization. Popular options for architecture students include:







Architecture is a demanding major. It requires a serious time commitment for success. Although we recognize that many students need to work to finance their undergraduate education, the architecture faculty strongly recommend that you work no more than 10 hours per week. Maintaining a high GPA is critical for acceptance to a graduate or professional program. (Note: A professional degree is required for licensure as an architect.)



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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