Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

What are the The Graduate School’s application deadlines?

Some programs have earlier deadlines to submit an application and to reply to an offer of admission. Please refer to the program’s website for specific information.

 

Spring 2021
First day to submit an application Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, December 18th, 2020

 

Summer 2021
First day to submit an application  Monday, September 14th, 2020
Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, August 27th, 2021

 

Fall 2021
First day to submit an application Monday, September 14th, 2020
Last day to submit an application: Wednesday, July 28th, 2021
Deadline to reply to an offer of admission: Friday, July 30th, 2021

 

The Graduate School recommends that students apply a minimum of 2 months before the first day of the semester. Please check with the program to which you are applying, to see if they have an earlier deadline.

International students who require a U.S. Student visa sponsored by the University of Connecticut are required to have all materials submitted to the International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) office 1 month prior to the start of classes, to ensure proper I-20/DS-2019 processing time.

How do I pay the application fee?

You will be asked to provide a valid credit card for a non-refundable payment of the application fee ($75.00). In some circumstances, your application fee may be waived.  Please refer to the UConn Graduate School Fee Waiver Policy.

I have attended UConn, or am currently enrolled at UConn, what transcripts are required for my application?

If you have attended UConn, or are currently enrolled at UConn in a non-degree, undergraduate or graduate UConn program you must include this information and upload unofficial transcripts for the courses you have already completed in your application. If admitted, you are not required to send official UConn transcripts to The Graduate School.

Please be aware that if your program requires you to fill out an additional centralized application (CAS), official transcripts may be required as part of the CAS application process.

I have been officially accepted admission to The Graduate School, what is required to finalize my admission?

If you are officially admitted and choose to attend UConn, you are required to submit official documents, including any transcripts, diplomas, or degree certificates, in order to finalize your matriculation. Required documents will be listed on your application status page.

If you have attended UConn before, please see the section about UConn transcripts.

 

Sending by Mail

If paper transcripts are sent from a US institution, they must be sent directly from the institution to our office, or sent from the student completely unopened.  The Graduate School accepts official documents in many ways, please note these documents are required to be original and official, they may not be scanned copies.

Due to mailing/processing time, we recommend mailing your official documents as soon as possible. Please send these official documents to:

University of Connecticut
The Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152  

International applicants, or applicants who have international transcripts, and who only have one set of original transcripts or degree, may use our international transcript cover sheet  to send their original, official documents.  The Graduate School will make our own certified copies for our records, and return the original copies. With this form, students can pick up their original copies at our office when they arrive, or we can send the original transcripts back to an address provided. This form must be provided with the packet of official documents mailed to us.

Applicants who have transcripts and degrees from international institutions and have since attended a US institution, may have the US institution they attended make copies of their official documents and certify that the copies were made from the original documents. The registrar’s or admissions office should make the certified copy of these official documents, and send them directly to The Graduate School at the address above.

Submit an Electronic Transcript

Contact your institution to see if they offer services to send official electronic transcripts in lieu of a physical one. Electronic transcripts must be submitted to The Graduate School at UConn directly from the institution.  If an email address is required, please have items sent to: gradadmissions@uconn.edu

Use an Evaluation Service

The Graduate School does not require third-party credential evaluations for international transcripts, however, we accept evaluations as official documents from members of the following services:

  • NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or
  • AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators)

Use a Verification Service

International transcripts can also be sent electronically using the following approved verification services:

  • WES (World Education Services)
  • IEE (International Education Evaluations)
  • ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators)

Official Documents from China:

  • CHESICC (China Higher Education Students Information and Career Center)
  • CDGDC (China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center)

Official Documents from India:

I am currently in my final year/semester of my degree, what do I need to upload to my application at the time I apply and what do I submit to The Graduate School if I am accepted?

Please upload your most recent transcripts to your online application when you apply.  We understand that you will not have the degree at the time you apply, or perhaps when you have been admitted.  Your application will be reviewed for admission based on the most recent transcripts you have uploaded.

If you are admitted, please send official copies of your most up to date transcripts at that time.  While you will be able to register for your first term, registration for subsequent terms will be blocked until The Graduate School receives the final official transcript/degree showing that the degree has been awarded.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Education Requirements section of our Admission Requirements page for additional information.

When can I expect a decision regarding my application?

To find out when your application will be reviewed, contact the program to which you are applying.  After the program has made a decision, and it has been audited by The Graduate School, you will be notified by email.

Are GRE or GMAT scores required?

GRE or GMAT scores are not a requirement of The Graduate School.  The program you are applying to may require the GRE, specific GRE Subject Tests, or the GMAT. Please contact your intended program to confirm which test scores are required.

If required by your program, request that your standardized test scores be submitted to UConn. GRE and GMAT scores are only valid for five years (from original test date to submission of UConn application).

  • GRE scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS.
    • The GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
    • The GRE code for the UConn Health Center is 3931.
  • GMAT scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through the Graduate Management Admission Council.

Are letters of recommendation required?

Letters of recommendation are not a requirement of The Graduate School, but they could be a requirement for the program to which you are applying.  If recommendations are required they must be submitted electronically in the application by the recommender.

My University is not listed in the application in the drop-down menu. What do I do?

If you do not find your institution in the provided drop-down menu, try using different searches with abbreviations or the complete name or a part of the name such as state.  Please email gradadmissions@uconn.edu for assistance to have it added.  In your email please be sure to include the full name and complete mailing address of the institution, including the country.

How do I apply to more than one program?

Applicants who wish to apply to more than one program are required to submit a separate application in Slate for each admission.  You will be required to pay the $75 non-refundable application fee for each application.

What are the housing options at your University if I attend?

On-campus:
The University is in the midst of an extraordinary period of growth and graduate housing is limited. Priority is given to newly admitted international graduate students. Housing applications must be submitted by July 1st to be considered. Single graduate student housing is offered in Northwood Apartments where two students share a two bedroom apartment which has a kitchen, small dining area, a living room, and a bathroom. The University does not have family housing available for students.  Please review your assistantship stipend, on-campus housing rates and other appropriate finances in making your decision to live on-campus.  When you make your final decision to live on campus, please be aware of the cancellation policy as outlined in the housing contract.  At the time that housing is accepted, you are responsible for payment for both semesters and the cancellation fee is 100% of those rates.

http://reslife.uconn.edu/graduate-housing/

Off-campus:

Off-Campus Student Services serves as an advocate and centralized resource for students commuting or living off-campus. If you have questions about communing, moving off-campus or relocating to the area please contact their office or check out the Off-Campus Student Services Housing Database at offcampushousing.uconn.edu.

The database offers available rental listings for Storrs, Mansfield and other surrounding communities.  The site also provides information related to roommate matching, carpooling and more. Please visit the Off-Campus Student Services website at www.offcampus.uconn.edu to guide and assist you through all of your off-campus housing needs.

Off-Campus Student Services will also provide individual programming and consultation for graduate students residing on campus as they seek to transition off-campus.  The consolation and programming will focus on helping students identify a location for their rental, budgeting for off-campus living, amenities and transportation.  Times, dates and locations of these programs will be emailed to all on-campus graduate students.

Off-Campus Student Services developed a webinar for students seeking to relocate to the Storrs area: http://offcampus.uconn.edu/new-to-the-area-check-out-our-webinar/

The webinar has potential to be offered as live session or prerecorded that will run on our website.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the following:

  • How to Search for Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Student Resource Guide: http://offcampus.uconn.edu/off-campus-housing-guide/
  • Commuter Appreciation Programs
  • Transportation Options
  • Reading and Understanding the legalities of a Lease
  • Resources available specifically for graduate, international and undergraduate students (as each webinar may differ)
  • Understanding the geographical locations of rentals surrounding UConn
  • Being a positive member of the Mansfield/UConn Community
  • Budgeting

Information for International Applicants

What scores do you require on the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo?

If English is not your primary language**, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo scores are only valid for two years (from original test date to submission of UConn application). You may use the results from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement:

  1. Receiving minimum overall scores of 79 (Internet-based test - iBT), 550 (Old Paper-based test - PBT) or 22/30 on each of the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections (“New” Paper-based test- PBT) or higher on the TOEFL test.
  2. Receiving a minimum overall score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test.
  3. Receiving a minimum overall score of 53 or higher on the PTE test, or
  4. Receiving a minimum overall score of 100 or higher on the Duolingo test, or
  5. Qualifying for a Score Waiver (please click on link to review policy).

Please note we do not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) results, unless they are from UConn.
If English is not your primary language**, and you plan to obtain a teaching assistantship, you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class. For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

  • TOEFL scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS. Use the codes listed below:
    • The TOEFL code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
    • The TOEFL code for the UConn Health Center is 3931.
    • IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo test scores are required to be sent to our University electronically directly by the testing company used in order for scores to be accepted as official.

**A primary language is defined as a language used to communicate since childhood.

International Teaching Assistant Services

If English is not your primary language**, and you plan to obtain a teaching assistantship, you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class.  For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

**A primary language is defined as a language used to communicate since childhood.

How can I have the English proficiency requirement waived?

English proficiency requirements may be waived for a few acceptable reasons which are in the link below:

Policy on Waiver of Language Proficiency Examinations

When will my I-20/DS-2019 be ready?

I-20/DS-2019 creation in the International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) office requires a student to be matriculated.  Once you have submitted all required materials, including all original transcripts and degrees, The Graduate School will be able to matriculate you. If you are missing any materials for matriculation at the time of admittance, our office will email you, and specify which materials we are waiting for.

If admitted and you attended an international university and only have one set of original transcripts or degree, mail them with an attached International Transcripts Cover Sheet to The Graduate School.  We will make a copy and return the original document(s) to you. Oversized or overweight documents cannot be returned by mail, but can be picked up in person at The Graduate School in Storrs.  Documents must be picked up within two (2) years from the date they were received.

University of Connecticut
The Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152  

Please note The Graduate School will accept:

  • International transcripts electronically from WES (World Education Services) and IEE (International Education Evaluations).
  • Transcripts and degrees from China that are verified by either CHESICC (China Higher Education Students Information and Career Center), or CDGDC (China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center).*
  • Transcripts and degrees from India that are verified by TrueCopy.*

* While CHESICC, CDGDC, and TrueCopy, are options for sending official transcripts and degrees, original transcripts and degrees are also accepted.

To initiate the creation of an I-20/DS-2019 document, students must first accept admission in their application and then submit an I-20/DS-2019 request form by using the link provided to them in their online admission letter.  The I-20/DS-2019 document will not be released from the International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) office to a student until matriculation takes place.

How will I receive my I-20/DS-2019?

After you submit an immigration document request for your I-20/DS-2019, please contact the International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) office to check on the status of your document, for details about how these materials will be sent to you, and to confirm the correct mailing address.

What options do I have for financial support?

If you are not a U.S. Citizen, you are not eligible for need based financial aid.  However, there are other options for funding such as Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships.  For more information about these options, contact the program to which you are applying to ask if these opportunities are available.

What TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores do I need to qualify for a Teaching Assistantship at the time of admittance?

Current requirements are listed here.

Please contact the International Teaching Assistant Services office with additional questions.

Information for Applicants to Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

Students applying to a program in which professional licensure/certification is required are encouraged to review UConn’s Program by State Look-up to determine if the program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.