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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE - [SCI-ARC], LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles, CaliforniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1972Established Year
  514Enrollment

Southern California Institute of Architecture: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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Southern California Institute of Architecture is a small private institution located in Los Angeles, California that started in 1972 with mere 7 instructors and 70 students. Accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the institute today has become a coveted name in the US Education System.

It offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses in the field of architecture and ranks in the top 10 for both undergraduate and postgraduate education in all focus areas including design, theory, construction methods, materials, and sustainability. They enroll about 259 undergraduate students every year which includes international students from around 50 countries across the globe.

Admission at Southern California Institute of Architecture is offered on a rolling basis round the year. However, it observes a recommended deadline for March 15 and requires a deposit of a non refundable application fee of 85 USD. With an acceptance rate of almost 100%, the institute is open for all the deserving candidates with decent overall profiles. The fact that the alumni of the college earns a starting salary of around 48,400 USD makes it one of the favored choices to study in the USA.

SCI-Arc has been ranked among America's most admired Architecture Schools with 10th rank for undergraduate programs and 17th rank for graduate programs 

Highlights

University TypePrivate
Campus SettingUrban
UG Application PortalThe Common Application; Official Website
Student Retention Rate77%
Mode of ProgramsFull-Time
Annual Cost of Attendance67,750 USD
Application Fee85 USD
Application SeasonRolling
English language proficiency scoreTOEFL or equivalent
Financial AidAvailable as grants, awards and scholarships
Admission Helpdesk213.613.2200 | admissions@sciarc.edu

Programs, Campus and Accomodation

Campus

The campus offers the students with various facilities and resources to support their academic progress and experimentation. Some of the facilities are:

  • Magic box: It is a digital fabrication lab for emulation, simulations, and animation.
  • Robot house: A platform for experimentation and speculation. 
  • Fabrication shop
  • Architecture supply store
  • Print center to provide the students with a variety of regular and large-format high-resolution color plotters and printers.
  • Kappe library focused on architecture. 

Housing Facilities/Residence

  • SCI-Arc does not offer residential services within the campus.
  • The students who have accepted the offer letter will gain access to a housing section in their my.sciarc.edu portal with the posting of roommates and apartment openings.
  • Students can search for housing options near the campus through websites like Apartments.com, Downtown News, HomestayMatch, HotPads, Houses for rent, My Apartment Map, etc.

Courses

  • The institute offers a plethora of courses for international students which includes undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs in the field of architecture and these courses are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • The undergraduate program has only one course i.e, B.Arch of 5 years.
  • The graduate program has 2 courses:
    • M.Arch1: It is a course of 3.5 years) and the applicants who hold a bachelor's degree in any field of study can apply.
    • M.Arch 2: It is a 2 years course and can be taken only by the Architecture graduates.
  • There are 4 postgraduate programs and a fellowship of 1 year. The postgraduate programs are:
    • MS Architecture Technologies
    • MS Fiction and Entertainment
    • MS Design of Cities
    • MS Design Theory and Pedagogy
    • MS Synthetic Landscapes

Southern California Institute of Architecture: Application Process

How to Apply?

Application portal:Common application

Application fees: 85 USD

Application deadline: The admissions are usually conducted on a rolling basis, but the applications are still expected before March 15.

Basic Admission Requirements:

  • Common application
  • Official transcripts of the institute attended, showing the dates of attendance, degrees earned, and grades.
  • A transcript evaluation by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • Evidence of English language proficiency tests with TOEFL iBT: 92/ IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.
  • Evidence of official SAT/ ACT scores.
  • Personal statement showing interests, motivations, and goals of the applicants.
  • SCI-Arc Supplement question.
  • Letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or other professionals.
  • Portfolio (optional)

Additional documents for graduate admission:

  • Official GRE test scorecard.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Southern California Institute of Architecture Cost of Attendance

If you're a prospective aspirant of the institute, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US that may come in handy for you is as tabulated below. 

ExpensesEstimated Cost per semester
Tuition fees23,439 USD
Student health insurance1,900 USD per year
Books and supplies1,600 USD
Room & Board6,720 USD
Loan fee250 USD
Transportation740 USD
Miscellaneous4,575 USD
Overall expense per semester39,824 USD

Financial aid and Scholarships

The institute offers various lines of financial aid for its students like awards, grants and studentships. All the applicants are considered for these awards during time of application on the basis of their meritorious performance and needs. 

However, note that the awards provided are mostly for the U.S citizens and scholarships for international students to study in the US are next to negligible at the college.

Alumni Network

There are more than 5,000 alumni, who are considered as the family of SCI-Arc even after graduation. The alumni can stay connected with the institute by joining the SCI-Arc Alumni Platform and can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Can volunteer for the Portfolio review workshop, serve on the Alumni Council, can complete the DesignIntelligent survey and more.
  • Attend events like reunions, Open Season, regional receptions, main events, etc.
  • They can share their success story and get it featured in the Alumni News section of our quarterly support newsletter.

The alumni can also get a source for networking through the Alumni Council. It can be helpful for professional development, creates an opportunity for social gatherings and promotes SCI- Ari events and fundraising initiatives. They can get career resources that include an exclusive job board.

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Southern California Institute of Architecture Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population655
FAFSA Code001230
Application Cost$85
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$43,760 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Attendance Cost

$43,760

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$43,760 / Year
Post Graduate Program$43,760 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$6,100 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$11,100 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$6,750 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,387 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$6,750 / Year
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