Student Design Competition Q&A: Who Exactly Is Eligible?

Student Design Competition Q&A: Who Exactly Is Eligible?

Q.jpgSomewhere in your rules and FAQs, I saw something about having to be a student at an undergraduate institution in order to enter your Student Design Competition. What does that mean exactly? 

Are community college/2-year college students eligible? What about grad school? Continuing ed? High School students? Or what if I just graduated this past December? Can I still enter this year's competition?

A.jpgGreat questions! Technically speaking: as long as you're enrolled as a student at an accredited school in this academic year's fall OR spring semester, then you're eligible to enter. So, what does that mean exactly?

If you're in an associate or bachelor's degree program at a college/university (that includes community colleges and schools outside the U.S.), then yep, you can enter! 

And even if you graduated in December, then yes, you can enter the following spring's competition. For example, if you graduated in December of 2014, you can enter this spring 2015 competition. However if you graduated prior to the fall 2014 semester such as in the spring or summer of 2014, then no, you can NOT enter the 2015 competition.

If you're in grad school, high school or a continuing education student, then unfortunately you're out of luck: our competition is limited to undergraduate college students only. Sorry!! But you guys CAN enter our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show ... that deadline is in early June, so keep an eye on the blog for details on that and enter your work then!

Got another question? Check out all our FAQs on the competition details page here, or email us at
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