The School of Architecture guidelines for course grading are listed below for the three separate categories of courses offered: studio, lecture, and seminar. Quantitative analysis of grading in the School has shown that the “average” grade throughout the School is a B-, so these criteria reflect that reality, as opposed to historical, though no longer accurate, benchmarks.

Grading Guidelines Design Studio Courses

Grading Guidelines Lecture Courses



Attendance is required at all classes. More than two unexcused absences will result in the reduction of the final letter grade.  More than three unexcused absences will result in a failure of the course.

GPA Requirement

Students in the School of Architecture are required to maintain the following GPAs to remain in good standing and to graduate.

  • BS Architecture: 2.5
  • BLA Urban Lanscape: 2.5
  • BS Architectural Studies: 2.0
  • M.ARCH + MDES: 3.0

Personal/Medical Issues

If you have personal or medical issues that might impact your academic performance, it is important to connect with University resources that are available to you. You can contact your academic advisor as a starting point. You can also reach out to the School of Architecture staff directly. Faculty, advisors and staff can point you to the right resources that will provide the support you may need. Note that all faculty, advisors and staff are not able to provide support that extends beyond their expertise which is why it is important to be connected with the proper agency on campus.

We Care is designed to support students in times of difficulty or crisis. This is a good place to start if you need assistance in navigating through any issues you may be having.

If you need special accommodations in class, you are not required to discuss details with your faculty member but you will be required to show documentation that you are working with We Care or University Health Services.