University of South Florida

School of Architecture & Community Design

USF College of The Arts

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 must include the following:

  1. A completed School of Architecture & Community Design application form
  2. Undergraduate transcripts (as applicable)
  3. A design portfolio
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  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. - The School of Architecture and Community Design prefers to have the GRE information from applicants, the test is available online. If there are extenuating circumstances the SACD may waive the requirement.

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instructions for submitting applications:

All above application materials must be submitted via email no later than February 1st.

Email address: SACDAdmissions@usf.edu

Each student should submit one application email containing:

  • Completed SACD application form
  • Design portfolio
  • Statement of intent
  • A .PDF of GRE test scores downloaded directly from ETS website

Students can direct their letter-writers to the email address provided to submit their letters of recommendation on their behalf.

Students who are not already admitted to USF can have digital copies of transcripts sent to the email address provided.

The window for submitting applications will open beginning the first week of January and close on February 1st. However, students should be working to collect and finalize all application materials prior to the application window opening.

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Sophia Peerzada at Peerzada@usf.edu

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 containing the materials listed above by February 1 directly to the School of Architecture & Community Design via email. 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 your application containing the materials listed above by February 1 directly to the School of Architecture & Community Design via email.

 

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 your application containing the materials listed above by February 1 directly to the School of Architecture & Community Design via email.

 

Questions?

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