University description (as per official university website)
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 Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, SCI-Arc is distinguished by its vibrant studio culture and emphasis on process.
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 to re-think assumptions, create, explore and test the limits of architecture.
• We examine everything about the built environment—from design and materials to culture and experience.
• We ask provocative questions to provoke new thinking and prompt new theoretical constructs.
• We are international leaders in creating the future of architecture; our students and faculty come from throughout the world.
• We invite the community into our school and take our classes and ideas into the community; we are a nonprofit cultural center that is woven into the fabric of Los Angeles.
• We create designs that change how people interact with each other and their environment. We understand that the power to change lives is at our fingertips.
Standards for satisfactory academic progress (SAP) for financial aid purposes
For federal, state and institutional aid, SCI-Arc is required by the US Department of Education to define, for all aid applicants, qualitative and quantitative standards for "satisfactory academic progress" toward the completion of the degree. These academic standards apply for all periods of enrollment at all colleges attended, regardless of whether or not financial aid was received.
Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to be maintained
The GPA is based on grades for credits earned at SCI-Arc and does not include grades transferred from another institution. An undergraduate student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. A graduate student is required to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate level coursework.
Minimum unit/studio requirement
A student receiving aid must earn a minimum number of units each semester, applicable to his/her degree, and consistent with his/her enrollment/funding status. Students are encouraged to register for more than the minimum number of units so as not to jeopardize progress. Failure to complete a studio or continue on to the next studio level, and falling behind in seminar requirements will result in academic disqualification for financial aid.