Parents FAQ

Why does my child pay a professional fee?

Professional programs are inherently more expensive to run than non-professional programs. They require more space, more personnel, a lower student-to-teacher ratio, access to a higher level of technology than most disciplines, and incur significant costs associated with achieving and maintaining accreditation from the appropriate specialized, national agencies.


As a result, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction charges a professional fee to partially defray the difference between state funding and tuition, and the actual costs of our professional programs. Within each program, a professional fee charge of $2,160 is tied to enrollment in specific trigger courses. During semesters when students are enrolled in these classes they will be charged a professional fee. These courses are identified in the CADC undergraduate handbook.


Through the professional fees, the CADC continues to provide our students with rigorous and relevant academic experiences, which contribute to our programs being recognized as among the best in the nation.


How long does it take to get a degree?

That depends on the program.  Architecture is a five-year undergraduate curriculum. Building Construction and Industrial Design and Graphic Design have four-year curriculums. However, all the programs have courses that must be taken in certain sequences, and some of these courses are only offered once a year.  If your child misses a semester, then he or she may not be able to finish on schedule.  For more detailed information, please talk to an advisor in CADC Student Services.


How’s the job market?

Like the rest of the economy, the employment outlook in architecture, design and construction has improved. While the job market may have struggled nationally, we found that our students were still able to find good jobs. The CADC’s reputation for producing well-educated, well-trained, and well-rounded employees has benefitted our students. We have a network of alumni and friends who actively seek our graduates.


What is FERPA? 

The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law (20 U.S.C. 1232g) that protects the privacy of a student's educational record. FERPA applies to all educational institutions receiving funds from the United States Department of Education, from kindergarten through university level.


Being in compliance with FERPA means that a student’s academic records cannot be released to anyone except the student.


For more information on FERPA, visit the Student Affairs website