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How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate International Applications must be received by:

  • May 31st for fall term admission
  • September 30th for spring term admission
  • February 28th for summer term admission
  • All required supporting documents must be received no more than 30 days after the above deadlines have passed.

Please Note: International applicants cannot apply for or begin their studies in the winter term (interim session).

Applying for International Undergraduate Admissions

Step 1: Choose a Program of Study

The University of Northern Colorado offers many undergraduate degree programs.

Learn more about the programs offered on the Undergraduate Admissions Website.

Step 3: Pay the $60 Application Fee

Once you complete the online application you will be prompted to pay your $60 application fee on a secure webpage. VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card are accepted. The application fee is non-refundable.

You can also indicate that you will send your payment separately.

If you decide to pay the application fee after completing the application online, we accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit card payment over the phone (970) 351-2831
  • Check/money order by mail.
    • Graduate School and International Admissions
      University of Northern Colorado
      501 20th Street
      Campus Box 135,
      Greeley, CO 80639
  • Cash in person. The GSIA office is located in Carter Hall 2007.

Step 4: Official Language Scores

UNC's Minimum Scores:

  • TOEFL IBT: 70
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • PTE: 50

Applicants whose first language is not English must prove acceptable English language ability before being granted regular admission.

There are additional ways that language proficiency can be demonstrated. If you think you meet one of the options, please fill out and submit the Petition for Exemption to grad.school@unco.edu

UNC’s institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.

Applicants who successfully graduate from level 6 of UNC’s Intensive English Program may be eligible for Regular Admission.

Step 5: Official High School Transcripts

Official transcripts are those that arrive at our office in an envelope sealed by the institution or local ministry of education. All documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Official high school transcripts are not required for transfer applicants who have completed more than 30 semester hours of college/university coursework.

Official Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended (if any) should also be submitted.

Transcripts submitted become the property of the Graduate School and International Admissions and will not be returned to the applicant.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
501 20th Street
Campus Box 135
Greeley, CO 80639

Step 6: Original Bank Statement or Financial Guarantee

Financial documents (such as a bank statement) must be dated within the last six (6) months.

Scholarship award letters must indicate the initial term (semester) of attendance and be valid for one year.

Your application will not be processed without financial documents.

Step 7: Passport Copy

Please provide a photocopy of the bio-page (photo-page) of your passport along with all other required application materials.

Application Deadlines

Graduate International application deadlines are determined by the program.

If the program does not have an application deadline the following application deadlines apply.

    • May 31st for fall term admission
    • September 30th for spring term admission
    • February 28th for summer term admission.
    • All required supporting documents must be received no more than 30 days after the above deadlines have passed.

Please Note: International applicants cannot apply for or begin their studies in the winter term (interim session).

 

Applying for International Graduate Admissions

Step 1: Choose a Program of Study

The University of Northern Colorado offers many graduate degree programs.

Learn more about the programs the University offers on the Graduate School & International Admission Degrees & Programs webpage.

Step 2: Complete Online Application

Step 3: Pay the $60 Application Fee

Once you complete the online application you will be prompted to pay your $60 application fee on a secure webpage. VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card are accepted. The application fee is non-refundable.

You can also indicate that you will send your payment separately.

If you decide to pay the application fee after completing the application online, we accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit card payment over the phone (970) 351-2831
  • Check/money order by mail.
    • Graduate School and International Admissions
      University of Northern Colorado
      501 20th Street
      Campus Box 135,
      Greeley, CO 80639
  • Cash in person. The GSIA office is located in Carter Hall 2007.

Step 4: Official Language Scores

UNC's Minimum Scores:

  • TOEFL IBT: 80
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • PTE: 54

Applicants whose first language is not English must prove acceptable English language ability before being granted regular admission.

There are additional ways that language proficiency can be demonstrated. If you think you meet one of the options, please fill out and submit the Petition for Exemption to grad.school@unco.edu

UNC’s institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.

Applicants who successfully graduate from level 7 of UNC’s Intensive English Program may be eligible for Regular Admission

Please note: some graduate programs may have higher TOEFL or IELTS score requirements.

Applicants who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a US Institution do not need to submit language scores.

Step 5: Official GRE Test Scores

All applicants to Doctoral programs must provide official GRE test scores. Minimum scores for admission to the Graduate School are:

    • Verbal: 146
    • Quantitative 140
    • Total: 297
    • Writing: 3.5

Please note: If you do not meet the minimum GRE score requirements you may still be eligible for admission. The only way to find out is to apply.

The Graduate School is currently reviewing minimum score requirements for the new GRE General Test. These scores will be posted on our website soon.

Step 6: Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended should be submitted.

Official transcripts are those that arrive at our office in an envelope sealed by the institution or local ministry of education. All documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Official high school transcripts are not required for transfer applicants who have completed more than 30 semester hours of college/university coursework.

Official Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended (if any) should also be submitted.

Transcripts submitted become the property of the Graduate School and International Admissions and will not be returned to the applicant.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
501 20th Street
Campus Box 135
Greeley, CO 80639

Step 7: Departmental Requirements

Be sure to check with your program to find out if any additional materials are needed (i.e. Statement of Purpose, Supplemental Data Form, Audition, Interview, etc)

Step 8: Letters of Recommendation

The GSIA Letter of Recommendation(pdf) form is used by a majority of the graduate school programs. or check with your program area graduate coordinator to determine whether this form will be accepted or if they require a different form.

Most masters programs require two letters of recommendation as well. Check with your program to determine if they require letters of recommendation and if they accept the Graduate School Letter of Recommendation form.

Letters of Recommendations are required for all Doctoral and Interdisciplinary degree program applicants. Obtain three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to your academic potential and abilities.

Step 9: Original Bank Statement or Financial Guarantee

Financial documents (such as a bank statement) must be dated within the last six (6) months.

Scholarship award letters must indicate the initial term (semester) of attendance and be valid for one year.

Your application will not be processed without financial documents.

Step 10: Passport Copy

Please provide a photocopy of the bio-page (photo-page) of your passport along with all other required application materials.

Applying to the Intensive English Program

Students must have a basic understanding of the English language. You should know the English alphabet and have completed high school (upper secondary school).

Application Deadlines

Intensive English Program Applications must be received by:

  • June 30th for August admission
  • August 30th for October admission
  • October 30th for January admission
  • January 30th for March admission
  • March 28th for June admission
    • All required supporting documents must be received by the above deadlines. See steps 3 and 4.

Please Note: International applicants cannot apply for or begin their studies in the winter term (interim session).

Step 1: Prepare documents for applying

  • A photo-quality copy of:
    • Bio page of your passport
    • Bio page of any current US visas (if you have one)

Example: passport

  • Financial Documents
    • These should verify how you will pay for the first year of studies: $27,700 USD. This can be either a bank statement or scholarship letter.
    • If you will have dependents coming with you, please show funds for them also: $6,000 USD for the first dependent, $5,000 USD for each additional dependent.
  • Dependent Information
    • Bio page of each family member's passport
    • Proof of your relationship with each family member. This may be a marriage license or certificate or birth certificates. 

Step 2: Complete the Application

Step 3: High School Transcripts

Submit either an official high school graduation transcript OR highest level of education achieved.

  • If they are not in English, submit a notarized English translation with each document.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
501 20th Street
Campus Box 135
Greeley, CO 80639

 

Step 4: Pay the Application Fee

Pay the $60 USD application fee

  • Applications will not be processed before the fee is received.

Payment can be made two different ways:

  • Calling the office at +1 970 351 1811 to pay by credit card. Our office hours are 8:00AM - 5:00PM (MST) Monday through Friday.
  • Mailing a check or money order to:
    • Graduate School and International Admissions
      University of Northern Colorado
      501 20th Street
      Campus Box 135,
      Greeley, CO 80639