How to Apply


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.

The deadline for 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)

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 – you still need to upload these letters to the Office of Graduate Admission through their application process)
  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.)
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    USF Office of Graduate Admissions GRE info.

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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Admission into the School of Architecture and Community Design is based upon the School’s current resources. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the School, preference will be given to applicants with higher GPA’s, GRE test scores, superior letters of recommendations, and stronger design portfolios. For all successful Fall semester candidates, proof of meeting the School’s prerequisite course requirements must be received prior to July 31. Candidates who fail to do so will forfeit their admission into the School and will be replaced by other candidates on the School’s waiting list.


Students who are placed on a Fall admission’s waiting list will be notified in August should vacancies occur. “Wait-listed” students who do not gain admission in the Fall semester must re-apply for admission in the following year.


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