Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective students who are interested in studying architecture must apply directly to Barnard College, Columbia College, or The School of General Studies.
Please note that the Barnard + Columbia Architecture Department does not participate in the admissions process or decisions for any of these schools.
The Barnard + Columbia Architecture Department does not offer financial aid.
All inquiries regarding institutional, federal, and state financial aid should be directed to the appropriate Office of Financial Aid at Barnard College, Columbia College, or The School of General Studies.
Office of Financial Aid & Educational Financing
Office of Financial Aid
The School of General Studies at Columbia University
Office of Educational Financing
You can also browse scholarships and fellowships offered through Columbia here, or Barnard here. The American Institute of Architects and the Architects Foundation also offer a variety of scholarships for architecture students.
The Barnard + Columbia Architecture Department only serves students who are earning their Bachelor's Degree.
If you're interested in learning more about Master's Degrees in Architecture, please visit Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning.
The Barnard + Columbia Architecture Department is not involved in the admissions process for Barnard College, Columbia College, or The School of General Studies, so we cannot advise you on the application requirements for whichever school you are applying to.
However, in case this information is useful, included below are the admissions webpages that address the submission of "supplementary" or "optional" materials, and whether or not they are accepted:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
CC Admissions Website: First Year Admissions (See Supplementary Materials —> Creative Portfolios)
If you have any further questions, please contact the appropriate admissions office.
Unfortunately, we do not offer in-person class visits for prospective students.
Students at Barnard College and Columbia College typically graduate with their Bachelor's Degree after completing four years of study. Students at The School of General Studies have a more flexible timeline for completing their degree.
Architecture majors typically complete the major requirements across two to four years of study. At a minimum, our major requirements take two years to complete.
For more information about our major requirements, please visit this page of our website.