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Undergraduate Admissions

All applicants should submit applications, portfolios, and supplementary materials by the February 1 priority application deadline. If submitted after this date, applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.

Submit supplementary materials (i.e. portfolio and letters of recommendation) to:

          University of Houston
          College of Architecture & Design
          Undergraduate Admissions
          4200 Elgin St.
          Houston, TX 77204-4000

Official transcripts must be sent directly to the University of Houston Office of Admissions.

You can download our Prospective Student Information Packet for additional details regarding admission requirements, priority deadlines, portfolio guidelines, and degree/curriculum information.


First Time Freshmen

The ApplyTexas application must be completed. Applicants must meet general University requirements before being accepted by the University of Houston. Applicants who indicate Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design as their first choice major will be considered for admission into the College of Architecture and Design. No additional application is required.

The ApplyTexas application and any supplementary materials should be submitted by the February 1 priority application deadline. All transcripts must be submitted to the University of Houston Office of Admissions. Additional documentation such as a portfolio, letters of intent or interest, awarded prizes, etc. should be submitted directly to the College of Architecture and Design either by postal mail or in person. 

For additional information, prospective students may attend an Information Session for undergraduate admissions. Visit the Information Session page for more information on how to register.


Transfer Students

Applicants are considered transfer students if a minimum of 15 credit hours of college or university work are completed upon applying to the College of Architecture and Design. Applicants who have accumulated less than 15 hours must apply as freshman.

The ApplyTexas application must be completed. Applicants must meet general University requirements before being accepted by the University of Houston. Applicants who indicate Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design as their first choice major will be considered for admission into the College of Architecture and Design. No additional application is required.

The ApplyTexas application and any supplementary materials should be submitted by the February 1 priority application deadline. All transcripts must be submitted to the University of Houston Office of Admissions. Additional documentation such as a portfolio, letters of intent or interest, awarded prizes, etc. should be submitted directly to the College of Architecture and Design either by postal mail or in person.

Studio placement is based on the portfolio review.

For additional information, prospective students may attend an Information Session for undergraduate admissions. Visit the Information Session page for more information on how to register.


Change of Major

Students already attending UH must fill out a General Petition requesting a change of major to the College of Architecture and Design.

Applicants can submit supplementary information such as a portfolio, letters of intent or interest, and awarded prizes.

Studio placement is based on the portfolio review.

The General Petition and supplementary materials should be submitted by the February 1 priority application deadline directly to the College of Architecture and Design.

For additional information, prospective students may attend an Information Session for undergraduate admissions. Visit the Information Session page for more information on how to register.


International Students

Along with the ApplyTexas application, international applicants must also submit additional materials to be considered for admission to the University of Houston and the College of Architecture and Design. The additional requirements can be found at the Undergraduate Application Guide for international applicants.


Portfolio/Supplementary Materials

Although it is not required, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a portfolio upon applying. Given the competitive admissions process, a portfolio can help sway the admissions committee decision to demonstrate the applicant’s abilities and understanding of the subject.

The portfolio:

•    No larger than 8.5" x 11" and 1" thick.

•    Include any form of design or creative works including, but not limited to: drawing, sketching, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, or creative writing.

•    Include only reproductions of work (scans, photocopies, photographs, etc.). Please, do not submit your original works.

•    Securely bound (no loose sheets).

•    Clearly labeled with the applicant’s name, myUH ID, and contact information (address, e-mail, phone number, etc). No Social Security Numbers should be included.

•    Optional letters of recommendation, letters of intent, and awards or prizes won in competition can be included.

The portfolio should be submitted with a self-addressed stamped envelope if the applicant wants it returned via mail. Otherwise, the College of Architecture and Design will contact applicants to inform them when the portfolio can be retrieved in person. Portfolios not retrieved will be destroyed.


Application Status

Applicants can check the status of their application by logging into myUH to verify information.

Applicants will need to retrieve a myUH number, issued by the University upon applying and set a password. If applicants have difficulties logging in, UH Information Technology can be contacted at support@uh.edu or by calling 713-743-1411.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to general questions.


Admitted Students

Accepted students must respond to reserve their places.

An orientation session is mandatory for accepted applicants or else participation in the program will be forfeit. Please visit undergraduate orientations for more information.