Camp Arch

What is Camp Arch?

Camp ARCH is a summer camp designed to give high-achieving students an opportunity to experience the professions of Architecture, Construction, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, and Visual Design (Visualization). Camp Arch combines academic instruction with fun social activities. Particpants leave Camp Arch with an excellent outlook on the architecture profession, and the spirit of Aggieland.


Date:        July 7 - 13, 2019

Age:         Incoming 10th, 11th, & 12th Grade Students* (Students graduating high school in Spring of 2019 are ineligible to attend)

Cost:        $1,200.00* (Price includes: three meals per day, living in dorm, social activities, and takeaways)

*Limited scholarships available

*The scholarship committee considers academic achievement as demonstrated by grades and SAT/ACT scores (PSAT in some cases); strength of Personal Statement; personal background, as demonstrated by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, socioeconomic background, cultural heritage, race and ethnicity

Deadline: March 29, 2019 at 11:59pm. Waitlist application will be for those students who have applied after the deadline.

What sessions are offered during Camp Arch?


The Architecture course mirrors the design studio aspects that students in the Department of Architecture experience throughout the year and culminates in the creation of a hand-built 3D model using CAD software, laser cutting, and other specialized tools.

Construction Science

The Construction Science course allows students to participate in design/building, site visits, building information modeling (BIM), interactive lectures, and specialized presentations by faculty in the Department of Construction Science.

Landscape and Urban Planning

The Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning course mirrors elements of professional design studios and encourages creative individual thought within a team dynamic. Students explore three dimensional space arrangements, form making, spatial functions, and procure the ability to create and communicate designs for the public realm.


The Visualization course gives students the opportunity to design and create their own visual marketing campaign for a new brand with a small team of partners. Students will be responsible for developing a logo, collateral material, and a motion ad campaign.

How to be admitted?

To apply:

  1. Complete the entire application including the personal statement (essay) section
  2. Obtain a copy of your transcript, or another form of document from your high school records office or guidance counselor that states your academic progress and your overall GPA, and class rank. Upload required documents in online application.
  3. Submit completed application by Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:55pm.

Participants are selected to attend Camp Arch based on their entire application including their personal statement, their high school academic achievement, their interest in attending Texas A&M, and their intent to major in a program in the College of Architecture.

Make sure you complete the entire application. You will receive a "thank you for your application", and a summary of your response at the end, so do not stop until then. Please do not send more than one application.

Students admitted into the Camp will be enrolled in one of the sessions, depending on availability. Students will be notified by email in Mid-May.


Email your questions about Camp Arch 2019 to


Preview Application in PDF below:

Personal Statement:

If you had the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make? Your changes should relate to how you would improve the quality of life in the natural, built, or virtual environments.

Your essay should center on how attending the Camp ARCH Program, in your specific major of interest, will help you meet these goals (please don't just put this at the end).  You could include creative elements, such as pictures, diagrams, etc.

Please note: Students will be admitted to the camp and desired session based on their ability to communicate their understanding of their major of interest, how they plan on improving their community with their major, and displaying their creativity and uniqueness in their personal statement.
*Students interested in studying Visualization should think creativity on how they would answer the prompt (i.e. how can you use game design, animation, or interactive media to make these changes).

Please limit essay to 1-2 pages.



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