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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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.

    Does USC accept first-year (freshman) or transfer applications for the spring semester?

    USC does not accept freshman or transfer applications for spring admission.

    Does USC accept late applications?

    Applications postmarked after USC's deadlines will be considered late and may not be considered for the term in question. If this is the case, USC will automatically consider the application for the next available semester (the applicant will be informed if this is the case).

    In no case will USC return a student's application or refund an application fee.

    Are USC application deadlines postmark deadlines?

    USC application deadlines are postmark deadlines. Therefore, as long as an application or other materials are mailed and postmarked by the deadline date, they will be considered on-time. For students submitting online applications, anything submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) of the deadline day will be considered "on time."

    I am not a California resident. Will it be harder for me to gain admission? Will my tuition and fees be higher than those for California residents?

    USC is a private university and thus has no state residency requirements. We recruit nationally and internationally and almost half of our student body comes from outside of California. Tuition and fees are the same for all students, regardless of state of residence or national citizenship.

    English is not my native language. Which exam is required of me?

    All international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in the following manner:

    First-year (freshman) international applicants should earn:

    • Minimum scores of 600 on the SAT Critical Reading exam or 27 on the ACT English exam; OR
    • A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section); OR
    • A minimum IELTS score of 7; OR
    • A minimum PTE score of 68.

    Transfer international applicants should earn:

    • A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section); OR
    • A minimum IELTS score of 7; OR
    • A minimum PTE score of 68.

    Does USC offer early decision or early action admission?

    No, USC does not employ an Early Action or Early Decision program in its admission process. We also do not maintain admission waitlists. Instead, students who apply for fall admission may be invited to enroll in the spring semester. All students who apply to the university by the appropriate deadline (December 1st for first-year scholarship applicants, January 15th for all other first-year applicants and February 1st or all transfer applicants) are given equal consideration in the application review process.

    Does a student's financial need affect an admission decision?

    No. USC is need-blind in its admission process—a student’s financial need will never influence an admission decision. In fact, nearly two-thirds of undergraduate students at USC receive financial aid.

    What are USC's tuition and fees? Do you have a net price calculator?

    See a full listing of tuition and fees on USC's Financial Aid Office website. The USC Net Price Calculator will help you and your family plan for the cost of a USC Education.