Southern California Institute of Architecture

960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA

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SCI-Arc is a center of innovation and one of the nation's few independent architecture schools, offering undergraduate and graduate programs. We are dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future.

Located in a quarter-mile long former freight depot in the artist's district in the heart of Los Angeles, SCI-Arc is distinguished by the vibrant atmosphere of its studios, providing students with a uniquely inspiring environment in which to study Architecture.

An integral part of the emerging cultural hub of a city with a tradition of architectural experimentation, the school is devoted to finding radically new responses to the real needs and aspirations of today's world.

We offer students a unique experience as they pursue undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees. Our approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members—most of whom are practicing architects—work together in a fluid, nonhierarchical manner to re-think assumptions, create, explore and test the limits of architecture.

The professional degrees awarded by SCI-Arc—the B.Arch degree and M.Arch degree offered through the M.Arch1 and M.Arch2 programs—are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the candidates Southern California Institute of Architecture accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting into Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading430 - 588
SAT ® Math590 - 708
SAT ® Writing433 - 575
SAT ® Total Score1453 - 1871

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English13 - 20
ACT ® Math19 - 29
ACT ® Writing6 - 8
ACT ® Composite Score19 - 23

Acceptance Rate Table

The chances for admission at Southern California Institute of Architecture can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions156 (87%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled32 (21%)

Student Enrollment

Southern California Institute of Architecture has a total student population of about 530. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 47% enrolling as graduate students and 53% as undergraduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid20%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships15%$22,067
Receiving Student Loans20%$3,500

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 10%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Southern California Institute of Architecture may offer services including:

  • Career path counseling

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Southern California Institute of Architecture is approximately 58%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years36%

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Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

  • Phone: (213) 613-2200 x321

Financial Aid Office

  • Phone: (213) 613-2200 x346

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