Information for High School Students
As a high school student, you may be thinking about a career in architecture. Welcome to an exciting world! As an architect, you develop many skills and play many roles.
What is an architect? An architect is a professional who creates designs and plans to provide shelter for our human activities. This includes homes we live in, places we work in, spaces we store things in, places for education, areas for entertainment and recreation, facilities for social functions, and places of worship. The architect envisions the design for a building both in response to the functions it must serve and in an effort to enliven society with the art of architecture.
Why become an architect? There is a very special satisfaction in participating in the design and construction of a building and then one day being able to walk through the results of your labors. The architect's career is one of challenge: to develop creative solutions to problems of function, structure, form, economy, and aesthetic effect and to make all elements work together. The career offers opportunities for individual initiative, creative thought, skill, and for cooperation as part of the team of people who together contribute to the realization of a new building. Above all, the reward of the architect is the knowledge that you are serving your fellow human beings and society as you do your part in the creation of a shelter that satisfies the needs of people for a functional and aesthetically pleasing place for home, work, recreation, education, or worship.
How can I become an architect? To become an architect, you must:
- Earn a professional degree from an accredited school of architecture,
- Perform three years of internship under the supervision of a licensed architect, and
- Pass a professional licensing exam to practice architecture.
High school math and science are prerequisites for the college courses you will have to take. Freehand and mechanical drawing skills are also helpful.
How can I become a first-time-in-college student? To become a first-time-in-college (FTIC) freshman student at the Florida A & M University School of Architecture, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Earn a diploma from a Florida public or regionally accredited high school, out-of-state high school or, if foreign, its equivalent;
- Earn a score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international applicants;
- Have a 2.5-4.0 overall high school grade point average (GPA); and
- Earn SAT scores of 460 Math, 460 Critical Reading, and 440 Writing; or,
- Earn ACT scores of 19 Reading, 19 Math, and 18 Combined English/Writing.
Students must submit an application for admission, attach a copy of the SAT or ACT scores, an official copy of the transcript, and a nonrefundable application fee in the form of a check or money order of $30.00. If mailed, send to:
Office of Admissions
Florida A & M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
You are also encouraged to apply online at http://www.famu.edu. For additional information or a hard-copy application form, contact the FAMU Office of Admissions or Dr. Ronald Lumpkin, Director of Student Services, School of Architecture and Engineering Technology.