The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Discover your passion, design your story, and innovate the future at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning. The Design Foundations Program for undergraduate students fosters an ethic of care in our designers, planners, architects, and those interested in the built environment.

Design Foundations (DF) provides freshmen with a platform for success in any of the college’s degrees (architecture, multi-disciplinary design, or urban ecology), and a pathway to earn general education credits so that students are making progress toward their degree, regardless of their eventual choice of major. In addition to helping future design, architecture, and urban design majors, DF courses also provide the basis for a minor in architecture, design, or urban ecology that students can combine with any other major at the university.  

In their first year, DF students work together in three courses—Design Contexts (DES 2630), Design Ecologies (CMP 2010), and Design Foundations Workshop (ARCH 2630).  During their second year, students explore in greater depth one of the college’s three undergraduate streams of inquiry—design, urban ecology, or architecture.

Find co-curricular support systems

Through the program, you will find co-curricular support systems including peer mentoring, a student success team, and advising and allied student support services.

Design to make a difference

Each day, we challenge ourselves to design for the health and well being of our communities and environment.

Choose from three pathways

Design Foundations students choose from three pathways:

Architecture | Urban Ecology
Multi-Disciplinary Design

Learn How You Can Join Us 
Connect with:


Keith Batholomew, Associate Dean

(801) 585-8944


Visit CA+P In-Person
Schedule Your Informational Tour


Looking to apply to our graduate programs?  Visit Graduate Architecture or Graduate Planning.
Ready to start early (ages 8-18)? Check out our Summer Program.


1. Check the Deadlines

1. Check the Deadlines

We encourage our incoming freshmen students to keep current with the upcoming admissions deadlines.


2. Complete the Application

2. Complete the Application

Select one of the four following Academic Interests on the university application to enter the Design Foundations Program:  Pre Architectural Studies BS, Pre Urban Ecology BA/BS, or Pre Design BS.

3. Pay the Application Fee

3. Pay the Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee for domestic students is $55. (An additional $30 late fee will be required after the deadline.)


4. Send Transcripts to Admissions

4. Send Transcripts to Admissions

An official high school transcript (and/or any college transcripts) must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the school.

5. Track your Application Status Online

5. Track your Application Status Online

Once we receive your application, fee, and above documentation, we will begin processing. Track your status online. Admission decisions will be mailed.

Apply Now:  University of Utah Freshman AppApplication Deadline:  December 1st

Apply Now: University of Utah Transfer AppApplication Deadline:  April 1st

Questions about the application process?
Find your admissions counselor!



Entering Freshmen Scholarships & Financial Aid

Joining us as a freshman student?  Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Transfer Student Scholarships & Financial Aid

Transferring to the U of U? Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Current Student Scholarships & Financial Aid

Already here as a current student? Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid.

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College of Architecture + Planning
375 South 1530 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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Phone: (801) 585-8944

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