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The following list provides some guidelines of what you should include:
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. This is all that is needed. Do not submit a paper copy. If you are accepted and decide to attend graduate school at CU, then an official transcript (electronic or paper) will be required before you can attend.
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 that you don't have. Just make sure to have the official test results sent 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.
If your native language is not English then you must submit a TOEFL score unless you attended an English language school in an English speaking country for at least 1 academic year within 2 years of applying. In addition, the TOEFL test must be taken within 2 years of the application date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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. In extremely rare circumstances, it may be possible to apply for a terminal Masters degree.
While there are no absolute guarantees, this is the situation as it has existed in the past.