When you call Korbel…

When you call Korbel, one of our awesome Admissions Office staff will answer the phone.  We have some awesome new staff this year, and I want to introduce you to each one of them.

Meet Samantha!

Samantha is from Frederick, Maryland – “an adorable small town in the very far suburbs of DC and Baltimore.”  Before starting at Korbel this fall, Samantha worked on the communications team for a nonprofit in DC called First Book.  First Book provides books and resources to schools and programs serving children in need.  Before her time at First Book, Samantha was an International Studies major at UNC Asheville.

Samantha is a first year in our International Development program.  She hopes to focus her studies on Latin America, gender as it relates to the development process, and WASH.

When Samantha isn’t hitting the books or answering the phone at the Admissions Office, she can be found eating (especially breakfast food and fried chicken), cooking, hiking and generally being outdoors.  Once upon a time Samantha was a yoga instructor.  She loves the Baltimore Orioles and picking and eating blue crabs.  Also, she changes her hair color – a lot.


Samantha, at Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park, gazing and pointing off into the distance.


Samantha, eating.


Deferring your Admission to the Korbel School

Many admitted students want to know about the deferral process. First off, a definition. A deferral is when someone pays the required admission deposit of $500 but then tells us to save them a seat in a future class. University policy allows admitted students to defer their admission for up to one academic year. So if you’re admitted for the fall of 2016, you could defer your enrollment until the fall of 2017. Policy only allows for one deferral request. If you don’t enroll after your requested enrollment date, you need to reapply.

How do you defer?

In order to defer your admission, you need to pay the $500 admissions deposit plus a $200 deferral fee. The $500 admission deposit can be made online with a credit card and is easy as logging back into your online application and clicking the deposit button. The $200 deferral fee can only be paid via check (yes, I know, it is 2016) and should be sent to our office address.

Office of Graduate Admissions

2201 S. Gaylord St.

Denver, CO 80238

Your $500 deposit is credited to your tuition when you arrive, but your $200 deferral fee is not. Both are non-refundable if you decide not to enroll.

When does deferring make sense?

Deferring your admission makes the most sense if you have an amazing opportunity for a year-long job or internship, if you just don’t want to be bothered with reapplying, or you can’t reapply (often due to a job or opportunity in a country with limited internet access). Deferring only makes sense when you know that Korbel is where you want to go to school in the future.

When does deferring not make sense?

Deferring your admission does not make sense if you are unsure if you want to enroll at Korbel or if you want to take a year to think about your decision. In these scenarios, I recommend that you reapply for admission. Reapplying involves filling out a new application, submitting new letters of recommendation, a new resume and a new personal statement. The cost associated with reapplying is only a new application fee of $65. While reapplying does not come with the peace of mind that you’ve been admitted that deferring does, for many of our applicants, I think it is a good idea.

Do scholarships defer with me?

Nope, sorry. If you got a scholarship and you defer, there is no guarantee that you will get the award in the future. Instead, you will be considered for scholarship funding along with next year’s applicant pool. If you did not receive a scholarship and you defer your admission, you will also be considered for scholarship funding along with next year’s applicant pool.

I still have questions about deferring.

Call me, let’s talk your situation over.

Brad Miller

Director of Admissions



Scholarships! Scholarships! Scholarships!

A while back we blogged about how there are thousands of scholarship opportunities out there, and that the key to finding / getting them is to get specific.  Well, here we are with some super specific scholarship opportunities.

The following link has a lengthy list of scholarships available to African women from Africa and other developing countries.  Some of the scholarships listed are specific to one country or school, but not all of them – check ’em out!

2016 List of Scholarships for African women and Developing Countries, SHARE!

The Secret to Checking your Online Application Status

Dear Korbel Admissions Office,

Have you received my transcript(s) and / or my GRE scores? I sent them two weeks ago.


Applicant X


Lately the Admissions Office inbox has been flooded with emails similar (or identical) to the one above. Don’t worry, if you sent something like this to us, it’s cool. We’ll still take a look at your application. However, here are a few things you should keep in mind before asking us if we’ve received your materials:

  1. The lifespan of a transcript and of test scores is rather lengthy and there are several steps throughout the process: requesting from the undergraduate institution or testing facility, processing on that end, going through the mail to arrive to Denver, arriving on campus to the Office of Graduate Studies, processing of materials on this end, and then marking as “complete” in the online application.
  2. The Office of Graduate Studies processes all application materials…for ALL graduate applicants. This means they are processing application materials for anyone applying to any of the graduate programs on campus. If you’re interested in counting those programs, here’s a list: http://www.du.edu/learn/graduates/degreeprograms/index.html. Considering how many applications come through, let’s be patient with the processing of application materials.
  3. The priority deadline for Korbel graduate applicants was on January 15th, which means that there were MILLIONS (that’s dramatic – realistically it’s probably more like hundreds) of transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation, that arrived right before and right after the deadline. There’s a bit of catch up being played.
  4. The status that you can see on your online application is the same status that we can see on our end. This is because the Office of Admissions doesn’t process the application materials. If you are starting to wonder where your requested transcript or test scores are, the Office of Graduate Studies is who you want to reach out to.

The moral of this blog post is to remember that the secret to checking your online application status is to remember to be patient.

While you’re being patient, check out these sneak peek photos of our new building! Those views… those views…

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