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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission to the College of Architecture and Design is a two-stage process. First, applicants must be admitted to the University of Houston. Applicants who indicate Architecture, Interior Architecture, or Industrial Design as their first choice major will then be considered for admission into the College of Architecture and Design. No additional application is required. 

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

There are three categories of applicants:


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 portfolio should be submitted by the February 1 priority application deadline. All transcripts must be submitted to the University of Houston Office of Admissions.

Transfer Students

Applicants are considered transfer students if you:

  • are a student who earned 15 or more transferable hours of college credit after high school graduation (during fall/spring semester) and
  • do not qualify for readmission and
  • are a U.S. citizen, have applied for permanent residency, or qualify for Texas residency based on Senate Bill 1528

The ApplyTexas application and portfolio should be submitted by the February 1 priority application deadline. 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.

Change Of Major
to Architecture, Industrial Design or Interior Architecture

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

The General Petition and portfolio should be submitted by the February 1 priority application deadline. 

Change of Major Applicants may mail or deliver a physical printed bound 8 ½” x 11” portfolio to:

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


International Students

Along with the ApplyTexas application and portfolio, international applicants have additional admissions requirements. Please see the Undergraduate Application Guide for international applicants.


Portfolio

All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a portfolio that includes a statement of interest in their selected major upon applying. Given the competitive admissions process, a portfolio demonstrates the applicant’s abilities and the statement of interest communicates the applicant’s interest in the field of design.

A successful portfolio:

  • Includes a statement of interest on the first page of the portfolio with the applicant's name, myUH ID, and email address.  No Social Security Numbers should be included.
  • Includes any form of design or creative works including, but not limited to: drawing, sketching, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, or creative writing.
  • Is a PDF file no larger than 10MB.

Steps to submit a portfolio (for freshman or transfer students):

  • Prepare an electronic copy of your portfolio
  • Go to uh.edu
  • Click the myUH Self Service link
  • Find your “To Do List” and click “CoAD Portfolio Submission”
  • Click “Upload/View Document” and submit.

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.

Information Sessions

The College of Architecture and Design’s Student Services Office hosts Information Sessions for all prospective Freshman, Transfer, and Change of Major students interested in an undergraduate degree program offered at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.

The Information Sessions cover the following information:

  • Program overview
  • Current majors and degree plans
  • Required coursework
  • Portfolio and letter of intent
  • Admissions process and requirements
  • Question and answer session
  • Building tour

Register Today

To make a reservation for an Information Session, prospective students may register in one of the following ways:

  • Register HERE. Please fill out allportions of the registration form. 
  • Call the Student Services Office at 713-743-3463.
Visit the Student Services Office in Room 151 of the College of Architecture and Design Building.