Private 4 Year

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, California

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Southern California Institute of Architecture overview
Location Los Angeles, California
Online sciarc.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Southern California Institute of Architecture overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing No
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), located in the heart of Los Angeles, California, is an independent architecture school known for its avant-garde approach and emphasis on experimental and innovative design. Established in 1972, SCI-Arc offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs, with a curriculum focused primarily on architectural studies. The campus, situated in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, reflects the school's commitment to creative urban renewal, occupying a quarter-mile long former freight depot that has been transformed into a series of open, collaborative studio spaces. SCI-Arc is recognized for attracting a diverse student body and a faculty of distinguished practitioners and scholars in the field of architecture. Admission to the institute is considered highly selective, with a rigorous application process that evaluates a candidate's creative potential and academic record. While the school does not emphasize traditional collegiate athletics, it is lauded for its contribution to the discourse and practice of architecture and its engagement with the cultural landscape of Los Angeles. On-campus housing is not provided, encouraging students to immerse themselves in the city's dynamic urban environment.

In the most recent statistical year 513 prospective students applied, and 307 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 28 enrolled in the school.  480 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 27 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $49,490 plus fees of $1,200.












SCI-Arc is rated within the top 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Southern California Institute of Architecture overview
SAT 1020/1230
GPA 3.5

Applications Accepted

Southern California Institute of Architecture overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $85

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Southern California Institute of Architecture
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$3,920
Other Fees$1,200
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $13,440
Budget for Other Expenses$11,280
Total One Year Cost$79,330

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

58% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern California Institute of Architecture students
Subject Percent of Class
Architecture 100%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=123952 IPEDS survey data for Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Current students may use the Southern California Institute of Architecture GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.