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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 Reading||430 - 588|
|SAT ® Math||590 - 708|
|SAT ® Writing||433 - 575|
|SAT ® Total Score||1453 - 1871|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||13 - 20|
|ACT ® Math||19 - 29|
|ACT ® Writing||6 - 8|
|ACT ® Composite Score||19 - 23|
Acceptance Rate Table
The chances for admission at Southern California Institute of Architecture can be seen in the table below.
|Granted Admissions||156 (87%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||32 (21%)|
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||20%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||15%||$22,067|
|Receiving Student Loans||20%||$3,500|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 10%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo support students and graduates, Southern California Institute of Architecture may offer services including:
- Career path counseling
The overall graduation rate of Southern California Institute of Architecture is approximately 58%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Graduating in 5 Years||21%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||36%|