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.


Back to School, Back to School

Apologies for the three month long hiatus… We were on what we call “summer break.”  Three glorious months where Josef Korbel graduate students can read books for pleasure, gain new experiences and skills through an internship and / or travel, take a couple summer classes, enjoy a Colorado summer or explore living in a new city, and much more.

Unlike students, the Admissions Office does not have a summer break – in fact, the admissions cycle keeps going during the summer months.  Here are some of our office highlights from the summer:

  • We are finally feeling settled in our new offices! If you have not yet visited us on campus, the Admissions Office is in the new half of the building and shares a large office space with the Office of Career and Professional Development.  It’s a very bright, collaborative and new space – we’re excited about it, and it feels great to be settled!
  • Yesterday we welcomed all of our new students onto campus. We are thrilled to have the new cohort join us on campus.
  • We also officially welcomed the Public Policy folks into our school. The MPP program is now housed in Korbel, so Korbel students are able to take classes with MPP students.
  • There are several new faces in the Admissions Office this year, and we can’t wait for you to meet them! And, of course, we have some awesome returning staff!

Our fall recruiting season is upon us, so here are some important dates for all you prospective fans out there to keep in mind.  If you would like more information on any of these specific events, please reach out to us directly at korbeladm@du.edu or 303-871-2544.

Happy Tuesday,

Korbel Admissions Team

End of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program

Earlier this month the Peace Corps announced that they will be retiring its Master’s International (PCMI) graduate school program after nearly three decades of partnering with 96 graduate universities across the country.  Students who have started the program by or before fall of 2016 will still be able to apply to the Peace Corps and serve as a PCMI student if selected.

The Peace Corps is ending the program to better focus resources on the Peace Corps Prep undergraduate program and the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate program.

“With the retirement of MI, the Peace Corps will bolster support of its Peace Corps Prep undergraduate program and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate program. The agency has Peace Corps Prep program partnerships with more than 50 leading academic institutions nationwide and partners with more than 100 graduate universities through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.” – The Peace Corps

The University of Denver has a long standing relationship with the Peace Corps.  In fact, the Josef Korbel School has the largest returning Peace Corps volunteer population in the nation.  The Peace Corps community on campus is very active in maintaining and sharing the foundational values of the Peace Corps amongst the student population.

Click here to read the official announcement from the Peace Corps.

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