Congratulations on your admission to the graduate programs in WashU’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. You are part of a talented group of artists, architects, and designers, and we look forward to welcoming you to the entering class this fall.

Your choice of graduate school is a big decision. The resources on this page are intended to help you with information you may want to consider about housing, St. Louis, life as a Sam Fox School student, financial aid and scholarship support, and much more.

Questions? Please reach out to Taylor Yocom, graduate recruitment specialist, at

Ready to enroll? Submit your deposit by April 15, 2023.

For those currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program, this offer of admission is contingent upon the successful completion of your current semester’s work and your bachelor’s degree requirements.

Admitted Student Events and Campus Visits

Admitted Students Welcome was March 23-24. Guests explored Sam Fox School spaces, met with faculty and current students, and got a feel for living and making in St. Louis.

Couldn’t make it? Contact Taylor Yocom at to schedule an individual visit. We love our campus, and we think you will, too. 

Check out this Housing Information Session for an overview of graduate student housing options. 

Life as a Sam Fox School Student

Health and Safety

WashU provides routine medical and mental health care on campus through its Habif Health and Wellness Center. The university takes care to keep the campus safe and secure with a variety of resources and management systems.

Career Services

In addition to WashU’s Career Center, the Sam Fox School has its own Career Development Office dedicated to assisting students and alumni in cultivating a successful and fulfilling career.


We pride ourselves on keeping alumni connected, sharing their successes, and inviting them to stay involved with the Sam Fox School through a variety of programs. 

Living and Studying in St. Louis

Affordability is the first thing students tell us they love about St. Louis. In 2023, the average rent for an 832-square-foot apartment is $1152. 

There are a variety of neighborhoods close to campus. Choose from neighborhoods like the cosmopolitan Central West End, the calm and quiet DeMun, or the college-town-vibe of University City, among several others. 

WashU’s central location makes accessing different parts of the city fast and easy whether by foot, bike, car, or public transit. 

Check out this Housing Information Session for an overview of graduate student housing options. 

Financial Aid and Scholarship Support

Graduate students can utilize funding from a variety of streams, including financial aid, scholarships, and grants. Contact Joseph Fitzpatrick, associate dean of students, for more information.

International Students

Students planning to enroll who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents are required to obtain an appropriate visa status which allows them to enroll at Washington University. If seeking a student visa, financial documents must be sent to us in order to obtain a visa eligibility certificate (I-20). Contact Joseph Fitzpatrick, associate dean of students, for more information.

2023-24 Academic Calendar & Orientation

The fall semester kicks off with the presemester course for new M.Arch students on Monday, August 7th, 2023. Orientation for new MLA and MUD students begins on Monday, August 15th, 2023. Details will be sent out in early July.

Advising and registration for the fall semester will take place in August, just before the start of classes. The first day of classes is August 28. For more information, please refer to the WashU Academic Calendar. Information about summer opportunities and pre-semester orientation will be coming soon.