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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions


What is the application deadline each year?
December 1

What is the GRE code for the University of Colorado, Neuroscience 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 awarded generally.

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 TWO official copies of your transcripts from each college or university attended. Official copies must be sent directly from the college or university attended. Those submitted by the student will not be accepted.
      • FOUR 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 weekends in February. 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. 10 to 12 applicants are invited for an interview weekend that starts Thursday night and runs through Sunday morning.

I received an invitation for an interview. What do I need to do next?
The Neuroscience Program Administrator will contact you about your travel and make arrangements convenient for you. All travel arrangements are handled by the Neuroscience Program. The Neuroscience Program covers expenses for transportation, lodging, and meal expenses during your travel and visit. The Neuroscience 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 weekend?
The events typically include an informal welcome with several current students on Thursday evening, Friday interviews, and informal Friday and Saturday activities. Friday begins with a continental breakfast with current students and faculty. After an overview of the program, 5-8 interviews are scheduled, along with a lunch with current students, and a tour of campus and scientific facilities. Friday evening, several current Neuroscience students host you at dinner. On Saturday, current students coordinate interesting activities in and around Denver. Saturday evening, there is a poster session of current students' research followed by a buffet dinner with all visiting prospective students, faculty and current students.

Are there vegetarian options for the meals?
Yes, vegetarian diets are accommodated.

What can I expect during the interviews?
The interviews are one-on-one talks with the professors, Admissions Committee faculty, and student Admissions representatives. 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, but it isn't customary. 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 Neuroscience Program?
Yes, our graduate students play an important and integral part in coordinating our interview weekends. Your Friday escort can answer your questions about the Neuroscience 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.