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Domestic Admission to UNC Graduate School

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The UNC Graduate School is now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 term and the Spring, Summer or Fall terms of 2019.

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.

Application Status

If you have applied to attend UNC you can check the status of your application at anytime during the application process.


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.
    • You must have a grade point average of 3.00 or better, on a 4.00 point scale, from the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress. If a master’s degree is in progress, a minimum of 18 credit hours must be completed for the GPA of the master’s degree to be used, otherwise the GPA from the bachelor’s degree will be used. Applicants admitted based on the requirement to complete a degree in progress must still provide an official transcript within the first semester of enrollment at UNC showing their degree conferred and a GPA of at least 3.0. If the transcript showing degree conferred reports a cumulative GPA less than 3.0, requirements defined by the program will be added to the student’s admission, just as they are for any admit with a GPA below 3.0.
    • One official transcript from any accredited college or university where a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned or is in progress (if you have earned multiple degrees, bachelor’s level or higher, an official transcript is required from each college or university where a degree was conferred). If you received a degree from UNC, you do not need to request a transcript from UNC. The Graduate School & International Admissions Office reserves the right to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities as needed. Applicants who have earned or are directly pursuing a higher degree from an accredited institution without receiving a bachelor’s degree (i.e. PharmD) may be eligible to apply to the Graduate School without the conferral of a bachelor’s degree.  If an applicant intends to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies.

    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 4074.
  • 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 any accredited college or university where a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned or is in progress (if you have earned multiple degrees, bachelor’s level or higher, an official transcript is required from each college or university where a degree was conferred). If you received a degree from UNC, you do not need to request a transcript from UNC. The Graduate School & International Admissions Office reserves the right to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities as needed. Applicants who have earned or are directly pursuing a higher degree from an accredited institution without receiving a bachelor’s degree (i.e. PharmD) may be eligible to apply to the Graduate School without the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. 

    Exceptions:

    • If an applicant intends to use Veteran's Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran's Affairs policies.
    • Per program requirements, some programs may require that official transcripts from each college or university attended be submitted for admission consideration. Currently, applicants to the following programs must list all colleges or universities attended and provide official transcripts for each:
      • Biomedical Sciences MBS
      • Sport and Exercise Science — Biomechanics Emphasis (M.S. and Ph.D.)

    Official transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent via mail directly from the educational institution in an unopened, sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program from the issuing institution.

    Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
    Graduate School and International Admissions
    University of Northern Colorado
    Campus Box 135
    501 20th Street
    Greeley, CO 80639

    Electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from the educational institution to: grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu.

    The Graduate School and International Admissions does not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from applicants. All official transcripts, submitted as part of the application process, are retained by UNC and not returned to applicants or admitted students.

    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.

    • Conditions: Applicants with conditions are officially admitted as students but must submit missing required documents specified by the Graduate School (i.e., transcripts showing degree conferred) during the first semester of enrollment. No student will be permitted to register for an additional semester, receive financial aid or take the comprehensive examination or its equivalent unless the specified requirement(s) is met. Failure to meet the condition(s) within the specified timeframe will result in the closure of the student's program by the Graduate School.
    • Provisions: When a program recommends an applicant for admission who does not meet UNC's Graduate School standards, the program faculty must provide specific provisions in writing to the Graduate School. These provisions include: a rationale detailing the factor(s) considered in recommending the student, such as GPA in the discipline, maturity, letters of recommendation, applicant work samples, GRE scores or other compelling factors, and a list of measurable academic and professional/behavioral requirements the student must attain in the first calendar year of program enrollment. All recommendations for admission for applicants with a GPA below the 3.00 must be reviewed and approved by the Graduate Dean or his/her designee.  Failure to meet the provisions within the specified timeframe will result in closure of the student's program by the Graduate School.
    • 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