How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCESS

New students are admitted once a year and begin in the Fall semester only. The deadline for application is February 1st of the same calendar year for which the applicant is seeking fall admission.

Deadline for all applications:

Completed application packets must be:

Postmarked by February 1st if mailing USPS (tracking services, delivery confirmation and/or return receipt recommended)

Shipped by February 1st if using FedEX or UPS (tracking services, delivery confirmation and/or signature required recommended)

Delivered in person no later than 5 pm on February 1st to the USF School of Architecture and Community Design’s main office (HMS 301)

Please submit all application packets via USPS, UPS, FedEx or in person to the USF School of Architecture and Community Design’s main office (HMS 301) located on the 3rd floor of the “HMS – Architecture” building on the USF Tampa Campus:

School of Architecture and Community Design
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., HMS 301
Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974-4031
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Before you apply, please be sure you have fulfilled all of the prerequisite admissions requirements.

All admission application packets must include the following:

  1. a completed SACD application form
  2. undergraduate transcript(s) (as applicable)
  3. a design portfolio (a non-returnable, 8.5” x 11” format, sample of creative work)
  4. three (3) letters of recommendation;
    (hard copies submitted with this packet)
  5. a one-page statement of academic/professional intent
  6. a GRE test score. (The institution code for USF is 5828 and applies to all tests administered by ETS.)
    Take the GRE
    USF Office of Graduate Admissions GRE info.

Specific steps for admission - Choose path

Current USF Student
  1. Meet with the pre-architecture advisor prior to Spring registration to ensure you are on-track with pre-requisite courses
  2. Take the GRE exam by January 1st to ensure scores are received electronically by February 1st admissions deadline
  3. Submit packet containing the materials listed above by February 1st directly to the School of Architecture and Community Design
Note: You do not need to send an official transcript. We can access USF transcripts internally.

Associate of Arts Transfer Student with AA in Architecture
  1. Take the GRE exam by January 1st to ensure scores are received electronically by February 1st admissions deadline
  2. Apply through the Office of Admissions at USF via this link selecting "pre-architecture" as the intended major
  3. Submit packet containing the materials listed above by February 1st directly to the School of Architecture and Community Design
Students with 4-year Pre-professional Bachelor's Degree
  1. Take the GRE exam by January 1st to ensure scores are received electronically by February 1st admissions deadline
  2. Apply through the Office of Graduate Admissions at USF via this link
  3. Submit packet containing the materials listed above by February 1st directly to the School of Architecture and Community Design

QUESTIONS?

Prospective students make an appointment with our Undergraduate Advisor

Current USF Students make an appointment with our Undergraduate Advisor

For useful information about studying architecture, please refer to the NCARB website