Future Students Updates

Fall 2020 Orientation

Fall 2020 New Graduate Student Orientation will NOT be held in-person. Instead, online orientation will be accessed through WolfWare (Moodle). We anticipate online orientation opening in late July. More information will be posted soon on our Graduate School Orientation website.

Transcript Admission Requirements

Applicant Information: We encourage applicants to have their official transcripts and degree statements sent to us electronically, when possible. We recognize that some institutions have been severely impacted by COVID-19, removing the possiblity to obtain official transcripts at this time. To continue processing admissions in a timely fashion, we will reach out to recommended applicants, who have submitted their intention to enroll, and confirm that you want to be considered for admission with unofficial copies of transcripts.

International students must first pass the international clearance process by submitting your Certificate of Financial Responsibility and/or Visa Clearance Form. Official copies of your transcripts and degree statements will be required no later than October 2020.

English Proficiency Admission Requirements

In response to the temporary closings of testing centers in countries impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic, the Graduate School will now accept Duolingo English Test examination results. The Duolingo English Test will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for proof of English proficiency for impacted applicants. Duolingo English tests taken after February 3, 2020 will be accepted.

To be admitted, a minimum score of 110 will be required. In addition to providing a score at or above the minimum, the Graduate School or graduate programs may choose to require students to participate in a Zoom or Skype interview prior to making an admission decision.

Teaching Assistants:
The Duolingo English Test does not provide subscore breakouts and cannot be used to satisfy the English proficiency requirement for teaching assistants. Students who submit a Duolingo score for admission will need to take the TOEFL/IELTS at a later date and take the SPEAK Test upon arrival to campus if planning to hold a teaching assistantship.

Duolingo English Test Information:

Updates on TOEFL testing centers

Updates on IELTS testing centers

GRE and GMAT Score Admission Requirements

The Graduate School does not require the GRE or GMAT scores for official admission to the university; however, many of our graduate programs do have this requirement. If you are unable to take these exams due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the temporary closing of testing centers, please contact the Director of Graduate Programs for your proposed program of study.

GRE is providing updates regarding testing centers.

GMAT is providing updates regarding testing centers.

Issuance of I-20s and DS-2019s For Admitted Students

The U.S. Consulates across the globe have temporarily suspended F-1 and J-1 Student Visa interview scheduling. At this point, there is no clear indication as to when they will reopen in a given country. However, as international applicants submit the Certificate of Financial Responsibility with proof of funding for approval, we will continue to issue I-20 and DS-2019 visa eligibility documents for the upcoming Summer/Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters to allow applicants to schedule visa interviews as soon as possible after the U.S. Consulates re-open.

Online Courses and Deferment Options for International Students

If you are unable to obtain a student visa and arrive in time to begin your studies in Summer or Fall 2020, please contact your graduate program for information on enrollment options.

If your graduate program is offering distance education/virtual courses, students enrolling in on-campus programs, but with visa or travel issues, may have the option to take courses virtually during Summer or Fall. This option allows on-campus students to start their program without delay. Students will be able to take a full course load (9 hours) online in Fall 2020. After passing international clearance, an I-20 or DS-2019 would be issued for on-campus attendance in Spring 2021.

Another option would be to defer your admission start term to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 (applications can be deferred up to one year from the original admit term). There is no deadline to request a deferment, so please take your time in considering all options regarding attendance. Contact your graduate program for deferment approval.

Course Enrollment for Summer and Fall

Enrollment is open, effective March 25, 2020. If you currently intend to begin your graduate program in the Summer or Fall 2020 terms, you should plan to consult with your graduate program about releasing your advising hold, so that you can register for classes. If you need to defer your admission until a later time, you can drop your courses online (prior to the start of the term) and receive a refund for any payments that you made.


Additional Resources for International Applicants