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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing
  • Transfer students from outside institutions need a 2.5 GPA
  • Transfer students from other USU majors need a 2.5 GPA

High school students planning to major in landscape architecture may enhance their preparation with courses in art, natural sciences, social sciences, and math through college algebra.


The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree program is an intensive four-year studio-based course of study, fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Accreditation standards require the department to maintain a reasonable faculty/student ratio. Space in the program is restricted by available facilities and faculty size. Admission to the upper division is limited to students who are determined by the faculty to have the best potential for academic success. Matriculation into the upper division is normally limited to 25 students, although additional students may be matriculated at the discretion of the LAEP faculty.

Any student admitted to USU is eligible for enrollment in lower-division LAEP courses. Declared LAEP majors are encouraged to meet with our academic advisor early in their freshman year to help them make plans to complete the required courses needed for matriculation. At the end of the sophomore year, a selection process will determine which students will matriculate into the upper division of the program.

Matriculation Requirements

Students applying for matriculation must have a minimum USU GPA of 2.5. Eligibility for matriculation requires the completion of the following prerequisite courses:

  • LAEP 1200
  • LAEP 1300
  • LAEP 1350
  • LAEP 2300
  • LAEP 2600
  • LAEP 2700
  • LAEP 2720
  • PSC 2620

Selection of students to be matriculated is based on:

  • A letter of intent
  • A portfolio demonstrating creative potential, problem solving skills, and graphic fluency
  • Cumulative GPA earned in the seven LAEP prefix courses listed above

Portfolio Design

Format: Work shall be submitted in an 8.5 x 11-inch format, with the student’s A number affixed to the outside. The use of you’re A number will allow for anonymity during the faculty review of your portfolios. Do not place your name, or any other identifying information on or in your portfolio.

Graphic work shall be displayed on a maximum of 10 single-sided, or 5 double-sided pages. This page count excludes the front and rear covers and your Statement of Intent, which is described below.

The graphic work of the portfolio will be built from digital copies of your work. No original documents shall be submitted. Briefly explain each exhibit adding a clear indication of your contribution when the exhibit is the work of a team.

Content: A range of communications, visual and written skills along with overall creativity and intellectual aptitude, will be evaluated. This can be portrayed in the portfolio by including examples drawn from exercises and projects completed in lower division LAEP courses. Professional work done by the applicant, either on a self-employed basis or as an employee, may be included, but must clearly indicate the exact role of the applicant and the nature of their contribution in the execution of the work.

The applicant may choose to include examples of other design-oriented work such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, and constructed designs (e.g., gardens, furniture, sculpture), as well as examples of non-graphic creative work (e.g., poetry, creative writing) not to exceed two of the allowable pages. Do not include non-professional materials such as personal and family photos.

In the front of the portfolio, the candidate is to place a Statement of Intent describing the applicant’s specific background and interest in the major. This statement shall be a maximum of 1200 words in length, and is in addition to the number of graphic pages noted above. The Statement will be used to gauge the seriousness of purpose of the individual to pursue a career in landscape architecture, as well as to demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills.

Portfolios remain the property of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and will not be returned to students.

Deadlines and Dates

Portfolios and letters of intent are to be submitted by the last Monday in March. The final selection of students to matriculate to the upper division is a decision of the LAEP faculty. The review of students for matriculation will take place during the week following spring semester final exams, and students will be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

Students submitting portfolios after the deadline will not be considered for matriculation for the upcoming fall semester.

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