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What to Expect

Students seeking admission into our program should have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent and have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Foreign students must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A baccalaureate degree in either a biological science, chemistry, physics or engineering is recommended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take an undergraduate level biochemistry course. Students will be more favorably viewed for admission if they have Graduate Record Examination percentiles of 65 or higher. There is no absolute requirement for grade point average above that required by the graduate school, but successful applicants will generally have GPAs above 3.2 (A=4.0). Undergraduate research experience is strongly recommended. Students with deficiencies may be admitted, but these must be rectified during the first year.

Application Procedures

An applicant for admission must submit the following:

      1. Part I and Part II of the Graduate School application (combined in the on-line application)
      2. One official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be consider "official", the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the CU graduate program
      3. A $50 non-refundable application fee* [credit card (on-line only), check, or money order]. An application will not be processed without payment. *$70 for International applications.
      4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
      5. GRE test scores (or equivalent) and other materials as required by specific programs. Use GRE code 4875
      6. TOEFL scores and financial support verification (international students)
      7. State of Colorado residency form (part of the on-line application)

All application materials including transcripts (with the exception of GRE, TOEFL, or other test scores) should be sent directly to the program address:

UCD Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 163
PO Box 173364
1380 Lawrence Street Suite 1250
Denver, CO 80205-3364


The Neuroscience application deadline is December 1. All credentials presented for admission become the property of the University of Colorado.