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Graduate Application Process Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to the graduate program?

I won't graduate until May; can I apply?

How do I complete the application form?

Do I need to take the GRE test?

Can copies of GRE scores be sent?

I took the GRE 3 years ago. Can I use these scores?

What is the minimum TOEFL score needed for admission?

How can I get more information about the TOEFL and the GRE tests?

Is the IELTS test of English proficiency accepted by the University?

How can I get more information about the IELTS test?

Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation?

Is there a form I should give to people who are writing letters of recommendation for me?

Can a recommender email or fax a letter of recommendation?

Do I need to submit transcripts for every college level class I have taken?

What if my transcripts are not in English?

What should I include in my personal statement

Who will review my application?

What criteria are used to evaluate students for admission?

How many applications do you get each year?

How many students do you admit each year?

How many graduate students are currently in the program?

What if my application is not complete by the deadline?

Who is eligible to apply to the graduate program?

Minimum requirement to apply is a bachelor's level degree (B.S. or B.A.) in a biomedical field. International students must have completed an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. A 3.0 GPA in undergraduate or other graduate work is required.

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I won't graduate until May; can I apply?

Yes. If you are admitted, you will need to supply a final transcript showing completion of a degree program.

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How do I complete the application form?

All graduate applications are done online through the Admissions Department and the Graduate School. More information and the application are found on the Graduate School website.

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Do I need to take the GRE test?

Yes, the department requires GRE scores. The department does not require a minimum score; scores are considered as one part of the application package. MCATS can substitute for the GRE in some cases. GRE scores are reported directly to CSU from ETS, , it takes at least 2-3 weeks for scores to be delivered. The institution code for CSU is 4075; no department code is needed. No subject test is required.

Notice to International Applicants: We realize that GRE scores may be affected by language and cultural differences for students whose native language is not English. This is taken into consideration when applications are evaluated. The scores are nevertheless required and must be submitted for your application to be complete.

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Can copies of GRE scores be sent?

Yes, we can accept a copy of GRE scores.

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I took the GRE 3 years ago. Can I use these scores?

Yes. Scores cannot be more than 5 years old.

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What is the minimum TOEFL score needed for admission?

Paper based: 550
Computer based: 213
Internet based: 80

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How can I get more information about the TOEFL and the GRE tests?

Additional information can be found at http://www.ets.org/

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Is the IELTS test of English proficiency accepted by the University?

Yes. The Minimum IELTS score for admission is 6.5.

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How can I get more information about the IELTS test?

Additional information can be found at http://www.ielts.org/

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Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation?

You should request letters from people best qualified to address your potential for graduate work. Academic references representing your major field and persons who can comment on qualities that will be relevant to academic pursuits, particularly research, are preferred.

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Is there a form I should give to people who are writing letters of recommendation for me?

Yes. Here is the Department Form in pdf format.

Fill in the information in the top box of the form and complete the waiver statement in the next box. Send your recommenders the form and provide them with the application deadline and mailing address, fax number, and/or email address of the department.

Graduate Program Assistant
Colorado State University
1682 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1682
FAX: 970-491-1815
EMAIL:

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Can a recommender email or fax a letter of recommendation?

Yes, although a hard copy is preferred. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to or faxed to 970-491-1815

Do I need to submit transcripts for every college level class I have taken?

Yes, even if a class shows up on another transcript, the Admissions Department requires original transcripts. Official transcripts are required from all schools at which college credit was awarded, including courses taken for credit during high school or credits earned through study abroad programs.

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What if my transcripts are not in English?

If the institution does not issue records in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations

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What should I include in my personal statement?

There are no strict guidelines for writing your personal statement - that's what makes it personal. However, the personal statement is a very important part of the application and the following features are typically helpful for the Admissions Committee:

  • It should be your work and reflect you, although it's fine to get input from others.
  • It should include some description of your research experience. Research experience is a critical component in the admissions decision. If your research experience is not mentioned in your personal statement and/or your recommendation letters, the Committee won't know about it.
  • It should address the question: Why are you interested in attending graduate school, and why are you interested in graduate school at Colorado State University
  • It may include your thinking about career plans, although it's early in your scientific training and nothing's set in stone.
  • The personal statement can be a place to address discrepancies, relative weaknesses, or anything potentially atypical that may arise in viewing your application, e.g., if you had low grades in one particular semester, took time during or after college for another endeavor, are making a change in career direction or scientific field, etc.

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Who will review my application?

The Graduate Education Committee reviews all applications for the graduate program. The committee consists of the Associate Head for Graduate Education, 4 faculty members, and two current graduate students elected by their peers.

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What criteria are used to evaluate students for admission?

Perceived ability to do well in a graduate program; from your academic record, courses taken, letters of recommendation, GPA and GRE scores.

Research experience. The program does not require but prefers to see evidence of research activity as an undergraduate. Many successful applicants have had some independent laboratory experience indicative of a commitment to a research career.

Strong letters of recommendation. Strong statements of support from persons in a position to evaluate applicant's potential for success as a graduate student carry significant weight in admission decisions

Strong personal statement

Interests that match available research opportunities in the department

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How many applications do you get each year?

Approximately 70 US applications and 35 International applications

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How many students do you admit each year?

No fixed or numerical criteria are used; composite profiles of the applicants are gleaned from all of the documentation in the application file. The number of students admitted is also dependent on space and resource availability in the department and individual faculty laboratories.

Approximately 6 to 12 students are admitted each fall.

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How many graduate students are currently in the program?

Masters students: 15
PhD students: 63
Female students: 56
Male students: 22

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What if my application is not complete by the deadline?

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Graduate Education Committee

Your application can be considered the following year if you chose to defer your application or may be reviewed for any positions that become available throughout the year.

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