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Physics Graduate Application FAQ's
The following list provides some guidelines of what you should include:
- Your previous research experience including details about what you contributed
- Current research interests including people you are interested in working for at CU
- Other experience that may be relevant to your experience in physics
- Your career goals (why do you wish to study physics?)
- An explanation of any low grades or time gaps in your education
The answer to both questions is “yes”. You must submit transcripts for all classes that you used towards your undergraduate degree. You will be asked to upload PDF versions of all transcripts from all post-secondary institutions during the application process. These can be official or unofficial transcripts.
No. We understand that because of the deadlines, Fall grades don't arrive in time to be included. You do not need to send another transcript in January.
No. You must have ETS send GRE/TOEFL scores directly to CU (institution code is 4841 and no department code is needed). We will not accept scores submitted by the student.
We require the physics subject GRE for all physics applicants (other than Geophysics). You may submit your application without the physics GRE but your chance of admission is reduced.
You don’t need to enter test scores before you submit your application. Just leave the spaces blank. Please be sure to have the official test results sent to CU from ETS. The CU institution code is 4841 (no department code is needed).
There are no minimum scores. Admission decisions are made by a committee. The committee considers all aspects of your application, i.e. GPA, standardized test scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation to arrive at admission decisions.
We generally admit about 180 students per year from an applicant pool of about 800, leading to an incoming class size of about 45. We do not have quotas for domestic or international students. We are interested in admitting qualified students regardless of where they are from.
Generally, if your native language is not English then you must submit a TOEFL score. A TOEFL is not required if you attended an English language school in an English speaking country for at least 1 academic year within 2 years of applying. Please note, ALL international applicants will see that a TOEFL score is required on their application. The staff of International Admissions will manually evaluate applications and remove or waive the TOEFL requirement if they determine that the student is exempt. Please be patient. This takes time. See the graduate school page for more information.
No. We need to evaluate all international applicants' language skills using the same standard.
No. In this situation, students generally complete an additional year in a master’s program in the same country where they received their bachelor’s degree.
The Graduate Admissions office will convert all grade points to a 4.0 scale.
You are required to submit a resume/CV during the application process. You are welcome to include links in that CV to additional materials like published papers or theses. Please do not upload these items directly.
If you are a McNair Scholar, a Project 1000 participant, or an active volunteer for the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, there is a fee waiver available by contacting email@example.com before completing your application.
In very exceptional cases, other fee waivers may be granted. To request a waiver, send email to the Graduate Program Assistant Jeanne Nijhowne at firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation of why a fee waiver should be granted in your case.
No. Please be sure your application is complete and accurate before you submit it.
Admission decisions will be communicated as soon as they have been made. Traditionally, the earliest you can expect to hear is the end of February. This is due to the volume of applications. The Admissions Committee wants to look at everyone before choosing the most qualified applicants. The Graduate Assistant will not relay acceptance or rejection information over the telephone. You will be formally notified by email after decisions have been made.
We welcome transfer students. To transfer from another institution, you need to apply through the regular admission process
The physics department only accepts students intending to pursue a Ph.D.
No. To get into the Chemical Physics program, you need to be a graduate student in either the Chemistry and Biochemistry department or the Physics department. Therefore, you need to apply to one of those two departments.
While there are no absolute guarantees, this is the situation as it has existed in the past.
- All admitted students, whether domestic or international, receive a full tuition waiver and are guaranteed support as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant for the first two years. Each student is still responsible for student fees. (The fee schedule may be found on the CU Bursar’s website.)
- All students making satisfactory progress are currently supported through a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship and this is expected to continue.
- The university will contribute most of the cost of the Gold Comprehensive Insurance Plan. Additional information is available by calling the Wardenburg Student Health Insurance Office at 303-492-5107 or accessing the Golden Buffalo Student Health Insurance website at http://www.colorado.edu/health/insurance/health-insurance.
- All of this is automatically given to you as part of your admission package.