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Domestic Admission to UNC Graduate School

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info The UNC Graduate School is now accepting applications for Spring, Summer or Fall 2018.

Admission deadlines and requirements vary by program, be sure to visit the Degrees and Programs webpage of your intended area of study for specific details.

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If you have applied to attend UNC in the Spring, Summer or Fall 2018 term you can check the status of your application at anytime during the application process.

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Application Steps

  • Step 1: Know program deadlines and requirements 

    Admission deadlines and application requirements vary by program. Prior to beginning your UNC Graduate School Application, visit the Degrees and Programs webpage of your intended area of study for complete details.

    Minimum requirements for all programs:

    • A bachelor’s degree or master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the most recent 60 credit hours or at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on your completed master's degree. 
    • One official transcript from every accredited college or university attended or from which you earned credit, except UNC. Official transcripts from each college are required, even if courses taken at one institution are listed on another school’s transcript. This includes concurrent enrollment courses taken while in high school through an accredited college. You do not need to provide study abroad transcripts.

    Requirements and supplemental application materials may also require:

    • Resume
    • Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Writing samples
    • Auditions
    • Samples of your work
    • Personal statements
    • Official standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc.). UNC’s Educational Testing Service code is R4074.
  • Step 2: Determine costs and explore financial aid 

    Programs have different tuition based on varying factors. Visit your degree or program page to identify the tuition for that individual program. 

    If you haven’t started exploring your options for financial aid, now is a good time to do so. Financial assistance comes from a variety of sources, visit our Funding and Costs page for more information. 

  • Step 3: Apply now!

    Application: When you begin your UNC Graduate School Application you will create a password and use your email address. You can use these identifiers to return to your application multiple times before you complete and submit it, or to check the status of your application once it has been submitted. Your application is valid for one calendar year from the proposed start date.

    Non-Refundable Application Fee: After you complete all application questions, you will be prompted to pay a $50 application fee. 

    Transcripts: Request one official transcript from every accredited college or university attended or from which you earned credit, except UNC. Official transcripts from each college are required, even if courses taken at one institution are listed on another school’s transcript. This includes concurrent enrollment courses taken while in high school through an accredited college. You do not need to provide study abroad transcripts.

    Official transcripts may be sent via mail in an unopened sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program directly from the issuing institution. Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

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

    Electronic transcripts should be sent to grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu. We do not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from the student.

    Other required supplemental materials: To check what materials your program requires please see Degrees and Programs to determine appropriate materials for your area of study.

    You will need to log back into the online application systems to submit program-specific supplemental materials and to request letters of recommendation, if applicable. Items your program may require may include:

    • resume
    • statement of goals
    • letters of recommendation, etc.
  • Step 4: Evaluation of application

    After initial evaluation by the Graduate School, all materials are sent to the selected graduate program to be reviewed by faculty. The faculty will then make a recommendation of Regular Admission, Conditional Admission, Provisional Admission or Denied Admission is submitted to the Graduate School. Once the Graduate School receives that recommendation, we will notify you of your official admissions decision.

    • Conditional Admission: Conditional admission refers to applicants admitted pending the receipt of admission documents specified by the Graduate School. No student will be permitted to register for a second semester, receive financial aid or take the comprehensive examination or its equivalent unless the specified requirement(s) is met during the first semester of the student’s program.
    • Provisional Admission: Provisional admission refers to applicants admitted pending the completion of certain requirements stipulated by the program, which must be met before granting regular admission. A student has one year to meet all requirements. No student will be permitted to register for a third semester, receive financial aid or take the comprehensive examination or its equivalent unless the specified requirement(s) is met.
    • Denied Admission: Denied admission refers to applicants who are denied admission to the program either by the program faculty or the Graduate School. Applicants denied admissions may reapply to the same program one additional time.
  • Step 5: Admission notification

    When an applicant is offered admission to the University of Northern Colorado the applicant will receive an admission letter, confirmation form, email and welcome package. Your admission letter will have the following useful information:

    • Your residency classification for registration purposes. Questions about residency should be directed to Janis Hooper Admissions Coordinator, at janis.hooper@unco.edu.
    • Your Bear number (official university ID). You will use this number frequently as you conduct business throughout campus. 
    • Your BearMail student email address. This account will be used by UNC offices to send communications to you. 
  • Step 6: Confirm attendance

    Confirm that you will be attending UNC by completing the confirmation form enclosed in your admission package. Return the form to the Graduate School and International Admissions Office in the self-addressed envelope. It is now time to activate the following student accounts:

    • URSA Student Account Activation – UNC’s online registration and communication system. s.
    • BearMail  - UNC’s student email service
    • eBill  - UNC’s online bill payment service
  • Step 7: Register for orientation