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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Policies

College of Design, Construction and Planning


Admission Requirements

Admission to this college is selective and cannot be guaranteed to applicants who satisfy minimum requirements. The college has established a selective admission process and priority is given to those applicants who, in the judgment of the appropriate department/schoolís admissions committee, have the greatest potential for successful completion of the program.

Admission Protocols for Native UF Students

Freshmen at the university are admitted directly to the college. The college will monitor the progress of all students. Students who fall below the critical-tracking criteria for the degree program will have a hold placed on their records. They must see an adviser in the college/academic unit before they can advance register and continue in the program. They also may be referred to the Academic Advising Center to seek admission to another college.

Admission Protocols Ė Transfer Students Without Coursework in Architecture, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture

  • Conditional admission is open to applicants who have accumulated 60 credits of college-level course work (for university transfer only) or earned the A.A. degree (community college transfer students only),
  • Completed two sequential foreign language courses in secondary school or 8-10 credits at the postsecondary level (or documented an equivalent level of proficiency) and
  • Met the general admissions criteria, yet still need to complete first-year and second-year preprofessional courses.

Summer A is the primary semester for admission for transfer students without architecture or interior design prerequisites. Fall is the primary semester for admission for transfer students interested in landscape architecture. Transfer students without the preprofessional courses are conditionally admitted and will be reviewed for selective admission into the third year of the program upon completion of the preprofessional courses, review of their academic performance and portfolio of work. These students may require as many as four semesters at the university to complete preprofessional requirements because of the sequential nature of the courses.

Each department/school may consider any or all of the following for admissions review:

  • Quality of work completed, overall GPA and preprofessional GPA.
  • Achievements in preprofessional courses and/or courses related to the chosen plan of study.
  • Portfolio review or pin-up (design students).

Admission Protocols for Transfer Students With Coursework in Architecture, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture

Transfer students who will receive their Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public institution must meet or exceed the 60-hour admission protocols for admission to the college. The admission protocols for each department are as follows:

  • Architecture: Through an admissions committee, the School of Architecture annually selects students to enter third-year professional studies. All students who satisfactorily complete the two-year preprofessional programs at the University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, University of South Florida, and Miami-Dade, Broward, St. Petersburg (Clearwater), Hillsborough and Palm Beach community colleges are eligible for consideration for third-year admission. Applications for transfer from one of the approved preprofessional programs must be filed by the deadline. Transfer students with conditional admission status (3AR or above) also must notify the department.

    Students wishing to transfer from an institution with some design and related preprofessional courses may present a portfolio of work to the school for review and placement. Students will be placed in the program the committee determines is appropriate. This may necessitate a repeat of previous coursework.


  • Interior Design: Transfer students must consult the program adviser. Students in the pre-design programs at Miami-Dade, Broward, St. Petersburg and Hillsborough community colleges must contact the department for the preprofessional courses not available at those colleges.

    Students who need to complete preprofessional requirements should apply to the Summer A term to begin the required tracking courses. The remaining preprofessional courses may be completed during the next academic year. Students accepted for the sequence are admitted conditionally, and their records will be reviewed during the next spring term for entry into the professional courses in the junior year.

    Students are admitted selectively to the professional program on the basis of portfolio review, overall grade point average, interview and letter of application. Notification of the admission decision will be made before the end of the spring semester for the junior class that begins that fall. Contact the department for current information.


  • Landscape Architecture: Transfer students must contact the department to determine admission timing and eligibility. All students must complete the General Education and preprofessional course work before admission to professional studies. Criteria for admission include review of design performance, transcript, letter and interview.


  • Building Construction: Refer to the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction.

Application Deadlines

The programs in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture will admit students for third-year professional course work only in the fall semester. Students who need to complete some or all of the preprofessional requirements shall be reviewed for the fall and Summer A semesters only. The Office of the University Registrar (for transfer students) or the deanís office (for UF students) must receive applications and all required credentials by the application deadlines.

The M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction will admit students for third-year professional course work in the fall and spring semesters. Refer to the school's application deadlines.


College Regulations

Maximum and Minimum Loads: A normal load is 14-16 credits per semester. A student may be permitted to register for more than 17 hours when the adviser feels the studentís record justifies it.

The minimum is 12 credit hours for full-time status; students who wish to take fewer credits should be aware that certain university privileges and benefits require full-time status. It is the studentís responsibility to verify the minimum academic load necessary.

Students who seek an adjustment to their academic load may petition the dean through the director of student services and the appropriate department chair.

While the preprofessional and professional course sequence must be maintained, variation of General Education and elective course work may occur. The four-year plans shown require an average of more than 16 credits per term, which may not be appropriate for all students. Students should plan their curricula well in advance so the course sequence and credit-hour loads will accommodate the most effective academic progress, regardless of the number of terms required.

Deanís List

Student Work: The college can retain student work for the purpose of record, exhibition or instruction. Work produced while the student is enrolled in the college is the property of the college.

Practical Experience: Before graduating, students should get experience in the employment of practicing professionals in their field or in some allied profession. Such employment provides an introduction to the methods of actual practice and enables the student to derive increased benefit from advanced work in school. Students should contact their adviser for recommended or required practical experience.

Field Trips: Each year there are field trips to give students an opportunity to broaden and expand their educational experience through study of planning, design and construction projects. Students frequently combine such studies with attendance at state and national professional meetings.

Students should plan to have adequate funds available for field trips, equipment and tools essential to their education as design, planning or construction professionals. These expenses also include a weeklong field trip that is required of all junior- and senior-level architecture, interior design and landscape architecture students.

Supplemental fees also are required for participation in off-campus programs, including the Vicenza Institute of Architecture (VIA). It may be necessary to assess studio fees to defray increasing costs of base maps and other materials.