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Apply to the BAC

Apply to the BAC

The Boston Architectural College has a policy of open admissions for all of our onsite degree programs because it is our philosophy that anyone who wants to pursue the study and practice of design deserves that opportunity. Our alternative approach to admissions supports our mission of diversifying the design profession by allowing us to provide an exceptional design education to many talented students who would not otherwise have such an opportunity. Many of our students are first-generation college students as well as members of under-represented groups, which encourages a positive and inclusive learning environment on our campus in downtown Boston.

Important Dates

Admissions decisions are made throughout the year on a rolling basis. The priority application deadline is November 15 for the Spring semester or February 15 for the Fall semester. The final application deadline is January 10 for the Spring semester or August 15 for the Fall semester. If you would like to be considered for our Dean's Scholarship, you must submit your application by the priority deadline.

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Reactivation

To apply to our undergraduate programs, please provide the following:


Transferring to the BAC
Admissions information for international students

Portfolio Submission

A portfolio is not required for admission into the BAC. However, the College strongly encourages anyone who is able to submit a portfolio to assist with the College's ability to evaluate your performance prior to beginning your degree program at the BAC. If you choose to submit a portfolio, it is best to do so soon after applying for admission. If you are applying for transfer credit of design classes, a portfolio is required to award credit.

Guidelines for Portfolio Submission

  • Portfolio must be no greater 11" x 17" and no smaller than 8.5" x 11."
  • Clearly label the outside of the portfolio with your name.
  • Describe each image with a brief caption to explain your thinking. Three-dimensional work should be represented through photos. No models, slides, disks, or CDs will be accepted.
  • Send reproductions only. Under no circumstances send originals.
  • Include reproductions of preliminary sketches and diagrams to document the entire design process.
  • Present academic work in chronological order. For each project included, identify the school where the studio was taken, in which semester and year, studio level, and project duration.
  • Separate your work into sections reflecting the source: Academic, professional, and/or personal.
  • When submitting group projects (either studio or professional), be sure that your role is clearly identified.

Pay attention to submission deadlines. It is important to note that all placement decisions are made only at the time of admission. You can initiate a re-evaluation of your placement only by contacting the Admissions Office.

The BAC does not mail portfolios back to students. While great effort is made to handle student work carefully and securely, the BAC cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged items.

Deferred Admissions

Accepted students may defer their entrance for up to four semesters by informing the Admissions Office in writing. Deferral requests should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first week of the semester for which the student was initially accepted. Upon receipt of the request, the BAC will hold a place for the student in the next entering class.

Enrollment

Upon admission to the BAC, prospective students are given a deadline by which they must respond to confirm enrollment. Payment of the Intent to Register fee of $150 is required to hold a place in the next entering class and to gain access to orientation, which includes employment resources. Prospective students may request an extension of their response date. Requests should be directed in writing to the Admission's Office. The Intent to Register fee is refundable up to May 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. New students may enroll at the BAC on a full- or part-time basis. However, students seeking financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding minimum credit requirements for aid eligibility.

To apply to our onsite graduate programs, please provide the following:


Admissions information for Distance Master of Architecture
Admissions information for Advanced Standing Master or Architecture
Admissions information for Master of Design Studies


Transferring to the BAC
Admissions information for international students

Portfolio Submission

A portfolio is not required for admission into the BAC (with the exception of the Distance Master of Architecture and Advanced Standing Master of Architecture). However, the College strongly encourages anyone who is able to submit a portfolio to assist with the College's ability to evaluate your performance prior to beginning your degree program at the BAC. If you choose to submit a portfolio, it is best to do so soon after applying for admission. If you are applying for transfer credit of design classes, a portfolio is required to award credit.

Guidelines for Portfolio Submission

  • Portfolio must be no greater 11" x 17" and no smaller than 8.5" x 11."
  • Clearly label the outside of the portfolio with your name.
  • Describe each image with a brief caption to explain your thinking. Three-dimensional work should be represented through photos. No models, slides, disks, or CDs will be accepted.
  • Send reproductions only. Under no circumstances send originals.
  • Include reproductions of preliminary sketches and diagrams to document the entire design process.
  • Present academic work in chronological order. For each project included, identify the school where the studio was taken, in which semester and year, studio level, and project duration.
  • Separate your work into sections reflecting the source: Academic, professional, and/or personal.
  • When submitting group projects (either studio or professional), be sure that your role is clearly identified.

Pay attention to submission deadlines. It is important to note that all placement decisions are made only at the time of admission. You can initiate a re-evaluation of your placement only by contacting the Admissions Office.

The BAC does not mail portfolios back to students. While great effort is made to handle student work carefully and securely, the BAC cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged items.

Deferred Admissions

Accepted students may defer their entrance for up to four semesters by informing the Admissions Office in writing. Deferral requests should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first week of the semester for which the student was initially accepted. Upon receipt of the request, the BAC will hold a place for the student in the next entering class.

Enrollment

Upon admission to the BAC, prospective students are given a deadline by which they must respond to confirm enrollment. Payment of the Intent to Register fee of $150 is required to hold a place in the next entering class and to gain access to orientation, which includes employment resources. Prospective students may request an extension of their response date. Requests should be directed in writing to the Admission's Office. The Intent to Register fee is refundable up to May 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. New students may enroll at the BAC on a full- or part-time basis. However, students seeking financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding minimum credit requirements for aid eligibility.

Students who were previously enrolled at the BAC and wish to return after being away for more than four consecutive semesters are required to reactivate. Reactivating students must fill out the Application for Admission, although the supporting documents are not required. There is a $150 reactivation fee. Reactivating students do not pay the $50 application fee. Reactivating students are required to fulfill any curricular changes that have been implemented since their original semester of matriculation. For more information about the reactivation process, please contact Dean of Advising Services Rebecca Chabot-Wieferich.

Consistent with BAC policies, students who leave their programs of study while they are on probation will continue their probationary status and requirements upon re-enrollment. If a student is seeking to re-enroll and their prior grades indicate poor performance, a Contract for Educational Progress will be created through a process of meetings between the student, her/his advisor, and her/his dean or program director. Only courses in which students have earned a "C" or better will be counted toward degree completion. If a student wishes to re-enter a BAC program after five or more years of absence, s/he must meet with a dean or program director in order to determine what courses will be counted toward degree completion.