The Approaching “Deadline”

Here are a few quick notes before this weekend’s priority application deadline.  The most important thing to remember is that the University of Denver will be closed on Monday January 16th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  As a result, the mail will be delayed, however, we consider all documents postmarked on or before January 15th as received on/before this date so don’t stress it too much. Above all, please remember that we review files after this date and until our incoming class is filled.

The phones will be ringing off the hook in our office and the Office of Graduate Studies requesting info about the status of one’s application. Please try to refrain from calling unless it’s urgent. While we love to talk to prospective students and applicants, 90% of the calls go something like this:

Applicant: I’m curious if you received my transcripts from (x) university.

Admissions office:
When was your transcript sent?

Last Thursday (January 12, today is Tuesday, January 17)

Please keep in mind that it takes approximately 2-3 days for mail to arrive. Being that it is peak application season, once received, it will take approximately 6-8 business days to upload your document(s) to your record. You can check the status of your application online and we encourage you to do so as we try to process applications in a timely manner.

Please keep this scenario in mind as your finger touches the dial pad or Siri says, “are you sure you want to call the Josef Korbel School’s Office of Graduate Admissions again?” Between our office and the Office of Graduate Studies, we receive this type of call approximately 150 times/day). Please don’t call to confirm that number.

Simple logic:

If you:








with a question similar to the one mentioned above, then you take away precious









from us processing

stacks of paperwork









and therefore, we will look like

frazzled Korbel admissions staff








and you look like this

anxious grad school applicant







because it is taking a bit longer for us to process/review your application.

We recognize this is an anxiety provoking time, however, bear with us as we enter the application review season.

If you desperately want to connect with us over the three-day weekend, check out our social media channels:
Facebook   Twitter   YouTube   Flickr  WordPress

Enjoy the weekend!


Nicole Vilegi-Sandage
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies



What’s next?

The application review process has begun! Over the next few weeks, our admission committee will be reading piles of  applications to select our incoming class. While this is always a stressful time for us, we also enjoy reading about the dynamic, dedicated and promising individuals who apply to the Josef Korbel School.

We understand that this can also be a stressful time for you as you wait to hear back from us.  If you have already been notified that your application is complete, it is a matter of waiting to hear from us on the final admission decision. If your application remains incomplete, please send in your remaining documents as soon as possible. You can check the status of your outstanding documents by visiting DU’s MyWeb Admissions page and signing in with the same username and pin you set up to fill out your online application. Click “Apply Online” to be directed to your online application checklist. Please keep in mind that once application documents are received, it takes approximately 3-4 business days to process them. Keep in mind that we operate on a rolling admissions basis so we will continue to accept applications and review them until we fill our class. So don’t worry too much if your application isn’t complete yet, but try to get everything ASAP.

The following will provide you with additional information about next steps are and things you can do while we review applications. This does not include biting your nails, pacing, obsessively checking the status of your application or calling/emailing us obsessively to check the status of your application.


If your application, including all supplemental materials, is complete, our office will notify you of the admission committee’s decision in early March.

Best case scenario:
You’re accepted! We will send a message to the email address provided on your application which will contain your acceptance letter along with an admissions packet. In addition to your acceptance letter and admissions packet, there will be a funding letter describing any departmental merit scholarships offered to you. Need based funding will be emailed to you at a later date from the University of Denver’s Office of Financial Aid.

You are waitlisted. Could be better, could be worse. The waiting game continues. If you are placed on our waitlist, you will be sent a letter via to the email provided on your application. Unfortunately we don’t have too much advice other than to hold tight. We will not make decisions on the waitlisted applicants until April.

Worst case scenario:
You are denied admission. We will send a message to the email address provided in your application. If, after evaluating your application and determining potential areas where you can improve (and take actions to do so), you decide to reapply, you are welcome to do so for a future term of enrollment. If it’s within three years from the time of your previous application, your materials will be on file. It is not looked upon negatively if you reapply, however, it is strongly encouraged that you seriously consider the areas that you can improve on and work on strengthening them. Our admissions is becoming more competitive each year so submitting the same exact application you were previously rejected with will not likely translate into the results you desire.


Fill out your FAFSA. You will not be eligible for any need-based aid unless this form is submitted, so submit it as soon as you complete your tax return. The priority deadline for incoming students is March 1st.

  • Peruse our list of external scholarships, grants, fellowships, etc. Every little bit helps, so take some time to do your research. Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list but is a helpful resource to get you started.
  • Take a look at our current graduate student blogs. Current students from each of our degree programs blog on a weekly basis to give you an insider’s perspective on life as a Josef Korbel School student.

Good luck!

Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director
Josef Korbel School of International Studies