Admissions Requirements


First Year Freshmen applicants should submit the following

  1. An application for admission.  The University accepts both paper and electronic applications, as well as the Common Application. 
  2. An official high school transcript 
  3. SAT or ACT scores 
  4. Two Letters of recommendation (recommended) 
  5. Personal statement (recommended) 
  6. $25.00 non-refundable application fee 

Transfer applicants should submit the following

  1. An application for admission. The University accepts both paper and electronic applications, as well as the Common Application. 
  2. Official college transcript(s) from all previous institutions of higher education attended. 
  3. Proof of high school graduation (official high school transcript or copy of high school diploma).  
  4. Two letters of recommendation (recommended) 
  5. Personal Statement (recommended) 
  6. $25.00 non-refundable application fee. 

International Applicants

Please consult the International Admissions requirements page here, or for specific queries, contact your admissions counselor here.


Complete your application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before January 1, and receive priority consideration for financial aid. 


SASD is looking for a passion for art and design in a portfolio. We recommend that students choose from the following for inclusion in their portfolio: drawings, paintings, posters, photography or video, sculpture, ceramics, fashion, or work for a school yearbook or class.

If a student does not have art or design work or attends a school that does not provide art or design classes, he or she may contact SASD for an assignment to complete at home. In these cases, we encourage students to visit SASD so a faculty member can provide both examples and materials.


Showing Your Portfolio

Applicants may arrange a visit to SASD or submit a portfolio by disc (CD, DVD) or by a URL to an online portfolio site.

In addition, a portfolio review is encouraged, but not required, of candidates for the design programs. The portfolio plays a role in assessing the abilities of the student. The student applicant may personally submit a portfolio to the school at an interview, or send the portfolio, slides or Macintosh-compatible CD through the mail with return and contact information included. Applicants should call the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at (203) 576-4222 or (203) 576-4034 to schedule an appointment or to make arrangements to submit the portfolio by mail. The University of Bridgeport participates in regional portfolio days sponsored by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and portfolio reviews may be completed at the NASAD program.

Submissions should contain 10-12 samples of your work. Portfolios may be emailed, mailed in on CD or DVD, posted to a personal website, or hand delivered in hard copy form. Discs should be sent to SASD directly:

SASD, Arnold Bernhard Cente
University of Bridgeport 126 Park Avenue,
Bridgeport CT 06604

Do not send originals of your work; send scans, printouts, photos, or CDs/DVDs!

Shintaro Akatsu
Sketches, typography, drawing, lettering, painting, photography, Web or screen work, layout, editorial, experimental, packaging, posters, logo and identity, etc.