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Graduate Open Houses

Graduate Open Houses are an excellent means to visit a campus and interact with students and faculty.  You have an opportunity to see the facilities and view student work up close.  If you have never been to the locale of the school, you can see the local town or city.  Graduate Open Houses can be an essential tool in making your decision.  However, the issue was the cost of time and money.  Many times, these events are held on a Friday making it nearly impossible to attend if you were a current undergraduate or even an emerging professional.

At these events, you would have an introduction to the graduate programs in architecture and other degrees along with having a discussion with current students.

When you attend a Graduate Open House, be prepared with questions to ask both the faculty and students represented.  Even try to have discussions with other prospective student as they may be your classmates.

Another question to consider is whether you attend an Open House in the fall as you apply or in the spring after you learn of your admission decision.  Attending in the fall is helpful as you can discuss questions on the application process and how a program makes decisions.  Attending in the spring may be more helpful as you know are admitted and can discuss financial aid options.

Other Options

If because of schedule or other reason you cannot attend a Graduate Open House, what else can you do.  At minimum, visit their website for details on the program, but also contact them to schedule a phone appointment with the director or graduate director.  Ask for the names of current students or recent alumni to connect with to discuss the program.  Perhaps not surprisingly, many programs have virtual tours of their facilities and school via their website.  Many programs are still having remote lecture series – attend to learn more about the culture / life of the program.

Graduate Open Houses are an excellent way to determine if a program is a good fit for you; take advantage of these events.

GRADUATE OPEN HOUSES / INFORMATION SESSIONS – Date order (NOTE: Just a limited list of Open Houses)

ONLINE: Minnesota, University of – Dates through October and December

ONLINE: Virginia, University of – September 27 / October 25 / November 15 / December 13, 2023

IN-PERSON / ONLINE: University of Maryland – October 12 (In-Person) October 9 / November 13 / December 4, 2023 (Online)

IN-PERSON: Illinois at Chicago, University of – October 13, November 3, 2023

IN-PERSON / ONLINE: Boston Architectural College – October 11 (In-Person) / September 26 / November 14, 2023 (Online)

IN-PERSON / ONLINE: Colorado-Denver, University of – October 27, November 17 (In-Person); October 13, November 3, December 1, December 15, 2023 (Online)*zera1r*_ga*NTMyNTk5MTEwLjE2OTY0MjI2NTY.*_ga_DS36BR332D*MTY5NjQyMjY1Ni4xLjEuMTY5NjQyMjcwMC4xNi4wLjA.

IN-PERSON: Columbia University – October 16, 2023

HYBRID: North Carolina at Charlotte, University of – October 20, 2023

OPEN STUIO: Georgia Institute of Technology – October 20, October 27, November 3, 2023

ONLINE:  Los Angeles, University of – October 26, 2023

IN-PERSON: Clemson University – October 27, 2023

ONLINE: Harvard University – October 27, 2023

ONLINE: Yale University – November 2, 2023

ONLINE: Pennsylvania, University of – November 6, 2023

ONLINE: Massachusetts Institute of Technology – November 7, 2023

IN-PERSON: Kentucky, University of – November 10, 2023

ONLINE: Michigan, University of – November 10, 2023


If you learn of additional Graduate Open Houses, let us know so we can add.

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