Apply for Admission

Welcome to the USF School of Architecture & Community Design (SACD)! We are glad to help you through the application process. To be considered for acceptance, all prospective students must complete their application in the following order: 1) Apply for admission to the University of South Florida; 2) Apply for admission to SACD.

Please note that admission into the university and admission into the school are separate processes which involve different application forms, supporting materials, and deadlines.

Step 1:
Apply for admission to the University of South Florida

To begin your admission application to the University of South Florida, please refer to the USF Office of Admissions website for requirements, deadlines, and information on how to apply. The links below will guide you to the specific requirements for admission based on your academic status:

 

Step 2:
Apply for admission to the School of Architecture & Community Design

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

Before you apply, review the SACD Admissions Requirements to be sure you have fulfilled all of the prerequisites.

 

Application Materials

All SACD admission application packets must include the following:

  1. A completed School of Architecture & Community Design application form
  2. Undergraduate transcripts (as applicable)
  3. A design portfolio
    • A non-returnable sample of creative work, 8.5" x 11" format
  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 the University of South Florida is 5828 and applies to all tests administered by ETS.

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Deadline for all applications:

Completed application packets must be:

Please submit all application packets via USPS, UPS, FedEx or in person to the USF School of Architecture & Community Design's main office (HMS 301) located on the third floor of the "HMS – Architecture" building on the USF Tampa campus:

Mailing Address:

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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Specific steps for admission by academic status

First-Year Undergraduate and Non-Degree Transfer Students

  1. Apply to the University of South Florida through the USF Office of Admissions and select "Pre-Architecture" as your intended major.
  2. After you receive your acceptance into USF, meet regularly with your undergraduate advisor to complete the Pre-Architecture courses, then follow the steps for Current USF Undergraduate Students to apply for admission into the master's degree programs.

 

Current USF Undergraduate Students

  1. Meet with the undergraduate advisor about your status as a Pre-Architecture student prior to spring semester registration to ensure you are on-track to complete the Pre-Architecture courses before you apply for admission into the master's degree programs at SACD.
  2. Take the GRE exam by January 1 to ensure scores are received electronically by the February 1 admissions deadline.
  3. Submit your application packet containing the materials listed above by February 1 directly to the School of Architecture & Community Design. Note: Current USF students 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 1 to ensure scores are received electronically by the February 1 admissions deadline.
  2. Apply to the University of South Florida through the USF Office of Admissions and select "Pre-Architecture" as your intended major.
  3. Submit packet containing the materials listed above by February 1 directly to the School of Architecture & Community Design.

 

Students with 4-year Preprofessional Bachelor's Degree

  1. Take the GRE exam by January 1 to ensure scores are received electronically by the February 1 admissions deadline.
  2. Apply to the University of South Florida through the USF Office of Admissions as a graduate student and select "Master of Architecture" and/or "Master of Urban and Community Design" in the application.
  3. Submit packet containing the materials listed above by February 1 directly to the School of Architecture & Community Design.

 

Questions?

We are happy to help with any questions you may have! Please contact the school's undergraduate advisor, Ryan Hughes, at (813) 974-1216 or via rhughes3@usf.edu. Prospective students can also make an appointment to meet in person.