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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions


What is the application deadline each year?
December 1. All materials and supporting documents must be received by this date.

What is the GRE code for the University of Colorado, Immunology Program?
GRE code: 4875

Will you accept the MCAT scores instead of the GREs?
Yes, however, we prefer to have the GREs.

Do you require the GRE subject exam?
No, but a good score in the subject exam would be positive for the application.

Does the program award master's degrees?
No, we are a PhD-granting program. Master's degrees are not typically awarded.

What does my completed application need?
•    Completed application form (Online ​Application)​
•    Include application fee information
•    Upload Statement of Purpose, CV, academic and non-academic experience
•    Requested test scores to be sent directly from Education Testing Service to the University of Colorado (Institutional Code 4875) A subject code is not required.
•    Submit one copy of your transcripts from each college or university attended. Official copies must be sent directly from the college or university attended and are required upon matriculation to the university.
•    THREE letters of recommendation

I submitted my application, now what?
The Admissions Committee will review your application file and decide whether to offer you an interview at our interview event normally held in January. If you do not receive an invitation or a letter of decline, your application is put on a waitlist. The Committee has until April 15 to notify you of their decision. Usually, 12 to 15 applicants are invited for an interview event that starts Sunday and runs through Wednesday morning.

I received an invitation for an interview. What do I need to do next?
The Immunology Program Administrator will contact you about your travel and how to make arrangements convenient for you. Lodging is arranged by the Immunology Program administrator. The Immunology Program covers expenses for transportation, lodging, and meals during your travel and visit. The Immunology Program may reimburse you for some out-of-pocket travel expenses; guidelines for reimbursement will be included in your interview packet.

What happens during the interview event?
The events typically include an informal welcome with several current students on Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday interviews, and informal Sunday and Tuesday activities. Monday begins with a continental breakfast with the department chair who gives an overview of the department. After an overview of the program, 4-5 interviews are scheduled, along with a lunch with several current students, and a tour of campus and scientific facilities. Monday evening, a dinner is held at a faculty member’s home, where you may meet and chat with additional students and faculty you did not get to meet during the day. On Tuesday morning, select faculty lead scientific discussion groups, and then, Sunday and Tuesday afternoon, current students coordinate interesting activities in and around Denver. Monday afternoon, there is a poster session of current students' research followed by a buffet dinner with all visiting prospective students, faculty and current students.

Are special dietary needs accommodated?
Yes, dietary needs are taken into consideration and alternatives are provided.

What can I expect during the interviews?
The interviews are one-on-one talks with the Immunology faculty and Admissions Committee faculty. They last 30 minutes long. You may bring any additional information you would like to share. Current students will escort you to and from your interviews.

What should I wear to my interview?
Most candidates wear nice slacks or pants paired with a nice shirt or sweater. You may wear a suit if you would like, but it isn't required. Keep in mind comfort and fluctuating temperatures and weather.

Will I be able to talk with other graduate students about their experience in the University of Colorado Immunology Program?
Yes, our graduate students play an important and integral part in coordinating our interview events. Your  escort can answer questions about the Immunology Program and give you the "inside scoop" about their experience here. Candidates will have the opportunity to attend dinners, social events, and see highlights of Denver, all arranged by our current students.