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ArchCAS Quick Start Guide

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What is ArchCAS? 

The Architecture Centralized Application Service (ArchCAS) simplifies the process of applying to Master's in architecture programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by ArchCAS, your application and materials are transmitted to all of your selected programs. Click here to start your application.

How long does the application process take? 

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements. 

Timeline Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:

    • Deadline requirements. 
    • Reference requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc. 
  2. Begin contacting potential references to confirm their participation. 

  3. Review the instructions in this Help Center.

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section. 
  3. Complete the Recommendations section. 

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Ask your schools to send official transcripts directly to ArchCAS. If there are any holds on your account at a school, resolve them now to avoid delays in sending transcripts. 
  2. Check in with your references to confirm that they received the reference request via e-mail.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Submit your application.
  2. Monitor your application for receipt of transcripts and letters of reference and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Verified

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