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Southern California Institute of Architecture

Southern California Institute of Architecture is college with 237 students located in 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 intensely urban 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).

The 2012 America's Best Architecture Schools survey from DesignIntelligence ranks SCI-Arc as #1 graduate and #2 undergraduate architecture program in the Western US, with general rankings placing it at #7 in undergraduate and #13 in graduate programs overall. Based on the architecture skills assessment survey, SCI-Arc is ranked 2nd in design and computer applications, and 5th in research & theory, analysis & planning, and cross-disciplinary teamwork.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 237
Gender 65% Male / 35% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 96% Full Time / 4% Part Time
Geography 89% In State / 11% Out of State / 30% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 48% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 22%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 2%
International 30%
Hispanic/Latino 19%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 24%


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Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: pre-admission summer program
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling personal counseling financial aid counseling veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: wood and metal shop, on-site print center, robotics lab, supply store
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): visiting/exchange student program internships english as a second language (esl)
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Architecture (100%)

Majors Offered


A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

Director of Academic Affairs Ming Fung
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 28
Student : Faculty Ratio 15 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 64 : 35
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100
International Faculty 7




Acceptance Rate: 86.7% accepted of 180 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 23
English13 - 20
Math19 - 29
Writing6 - 8
SATMath590 - 708
Reading430 - 588
Writing433 - 575

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Talent Ability, Recommendations, Level Of Applicants Interest, Character Personal Qualities, Application Essay

Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Also Considered: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, Volunteer Work, Standardized Test Scores, Racial Ethnic Status

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 0
Math 0 0
Science 0 0
Social Studies 0 0
Foreign Language 0 0

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $38,483 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $40,005
$30K-$48K $30,583
$48K-$75K $41,633
$75K-$110K $42,054
$110K+ $28,325

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $36,600, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,600 Same as On-Campus
Fees $700 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $14,472
Books $14,120 $14,120
Total (before financial aid) $51,420 $65,892

Students Receiving Aid

57% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 58% $7,172
Federal Scholarships/Grants 48% $4,590
Institutional Grants 26% $14,683
Other Federal Grants 23% $500
Pell Grants 48% $4,357
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 29% $6,706
Student Loans 58% $7,172

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Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

50% of students graduated in six years.

94% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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