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Incoming Student Information

Welcome to UW’s Department of Landscape Architecture!

Below are information and links to help you prepare for your first quarter in the MLA or BLA program. Students moving to Seattle should plan to arrive by Sunday, September 17, 2023.

Autumn 2023 Important Dates and Activities

Design Prep Week Info

Monday, Sept 18 – Friday, Sept 22

9:00 – 12:00 Digital Drawing
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 – 4:30 Hand Drawing

All incoming BLA + MLA I (3-year track) students are required to attend.
For MLA II (2-year track) students who are new to Seattle, we recommend you attend the afternoon drawing sessions.

BLA + MLA I $200 (all day)
MLA II $100 (afternoon session only)
Payment will be collected in late summer.

Please register for Prep Week here.


Monday, Sept 25 – Department of Landscape Architecture
Tuesday, Sept 26 – College of Built Environments

First Day of Classes

Wednesday, Sept 27


Incoming MLA Students Information


Incoming BLA Students Information

  • For the BLA Program Guide, Curriculum Guide, Requirements Checklist, Course Sequence Charts, and list of Directed Electives, visit and click the “Undergraduate Resources” tab
  • For the Autumn 2023 BLA Directed Electives course list, find the link at the top of the Courses page.
  • Current UW students: Change of Major forms are being submitted to declare your new major. You’ll officially be listed as a BLA student beginning Autumn 2023.
  • Transfer students: UW admissions has been informed that you’ve been accepted into the BLA program. You should receive additional information from UW soon. Once you are officially accepted into UW, work with your adviser to begin Autumn registration.
  • For your first term in the program, you will be registered for the following courses:
    • L ARCH 401 Design Foundations Studio
    • L ARCH 411 Landscape Representation
    • L ARCH 431 Landform and Grading
    • L ARCH 341 Site Design and Planning (unless you’ve already completed this course)
    • This course load equals 15 credits (12 credits if you’ve already completed L ARCH 341). This is an appropriate course load for your first term in the program. However, if you have space in your schedule and would like to take something else, please register for that yourself.


Resources – All Students

You can find other information on the Department Student Resources Page.

Other questions? Contact your adviser.

Jennie Li, BLA Program Adviser
Julie Parrett, MLA Program Adviser