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With close to 100 faculty members and 420 undergraduate students, the USC School of Architecture is committed to shaping student experiences to help you perform well in the profession and lead the discipline in new directions, sensing, responding to and creating positive change in society. Your experience in the program will be a continuous act of discovery: of observing, recording, interpreting, and finally, inventing proposals for the built environment that are in response to ideas and critical intentions. As the only private school of architecture based at a major research university on the West Coast, the school understands architecture as a fundamental intellectual discipline among the arts, humanities, and sciences.

2020 Deadlines

December 1, 2019

First-Year (freshman) Application and Portfolio Deadline for Merit Scholarship Consideration


January 15, 2020

First-Year (freshman) Application Deadline and Portfolio Deadline for Regular Consideration


February 1, 2020

Transfer Application and Portfolio Deadline for MeritScholarship and Regular Consideration


Note: USC defines a transfer student as anyone who has attended college since graduating high school. USC does not accept first-year or transfer applications for spring admission. USC does not use an Early Action or Early Decision Program.

Apply To USC Architecture

USC takes a holistic, qualitative approach to reviewing applications. Grades and academic rigor are weighed against personal qualities such as leadership, service and unique talents. We look for those students we believe would be an ideal fit for, and thrive in, the challenging academic environment USC provides.


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For more information please see our Apply page.

Visit USC Architecture

Visiting the USC School of Architecture before enrolling in one of our programs will give you a first-hand look at studio spaces and facilities, as well as a sneak peek at what life is like as a student here. Opportunities to visit include scheduled open house events, campus tours and one-on-one meetings with our admissions team. 


For more information please see our visit page.