What do my grades have to be in order to be an architect?
I am a 8th grader. I don't even think I should be on here but i'm just curious about my career. I want to know what exactly do I have to be good at in order to be an architect and how good because right now i'm kind of lost on what to do next . this is probably not the place to ask the question but if anyone knows could you please tell me.
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As an 8th grader this is a great time to prepare for high school. Knowing what you want to do with your life early is great, you can plan your high school courses and extracurriculars and work on building a great resume for colleges. Start this year by taking a look through your high school's course guide and look for what classes you're interested in and see if they have any pre requisite courses you need to take. If you want to be an architect you should look for advanced math and science courses. See if your high school will offer any AP math and science courses, specifically calculus and physics. If your school offers any CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses check those out too. CTE classes will often include some sort of computer drafting classes, like CAD. You'll need to take some computer courses because most drafting is done on computers these days. Something I cannot stress enough is to get involved at your school. Sign up for StuCo, try out for sports, check out speech and debate, do what ever floats your boat. Start as a member of a club as a freshman and by the time you are a junior or senior try to become president of your club. If you're pushing to study architecture look into clubs like TSA, NASA HUNCH, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, or any other STEM based club.
Also it's never too early to look at colleges, the top ten under graduate architecture programs in the nation are:
1 Cornell University
2 Rice University
3 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (SLO)
4 Syracuse University
5 Cooper Union
6 Rhode Island School of Design
7 Pratt Institute
8 Virginia Tech
9 Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
10 University of Texas (U.T.), Austin
I suggest you check out these colleges, look at the admissions pages and see what they suggest you can do to increase chances at acceptance. Good luck!
So as a current sophomore with one of the majors I'm thinking of being in a vein to architecture Ill touch on some of the points. Most above average schools want generally above a 3.5 average GPA throughout the year on 4.0 scale and SATs are a recommended thing but not required.
A general roadmap would be
take as many of the graduation requirements freshman year
sophomore year take some general AP classes and knock out grad requirements
junior year try to take electives that correlate to engineering my school has an intro to engineering and more narrow AP classes like AP physics and take the SAT/ACT and do lots of college searching
senior apply to college (duh) and maintain grades and take AP credit like AP stats/AP calc etc
This is general but also delve into 5ish ECs by end of sophomore year and go for 1/2 leadership positions by senior year such as club president but be involved in the community for ECs is great.
And you should be set.