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



Brad wasn’t kidding…

No doubt about it – summer is here and the entire university is desolate– with the exception of staff and the occasional student who wants to squeeze in one more cuddle with the library’s bright orange retro chairs before it shuts its doors for renovations.

What summer means to me: My choice of treadmills at the gym, walks to Kaladis Coffee shop to not only get my fav cup of joe but to defrost from the intolerable a/c and two emails in the inbox after an hour-long lunch break.

What summer means to you: Ample opportunities for one-on-one information interviews, undivided attention from the admissions staff (not that we don’t provide that during the academic year, but a normal 30 min info session in the summer may turn into an hour-long chat), opportunities to have your current student questions answered by our wonderful student employee, Liz!

If you are planning a trip to Colorado and the Josef Korbel School – summer is a wonderful time to visit. There’s a million and one things to do – from art walks (free), jazz in the park concerts (free), Red Rocks concerts (not free, but AMAZING), hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park or picnicking in nearby Wash Park. To plan your visit around what’s going on in Denver and surrounding area, click here for the city of Denver’s event calendar.

Come distract us!

Happy summer,

Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

A word about financial aid

Let me start out by saying, it’s been such a pleasure reading your applications! We love learning more about future Korbel students. We have applicants from Uzbekistan, Italy, Venezuela and India to name a few countries. Applicants representing Peking University, Boston University, Whittier College, Indiana University – Bloomington, Michigan State University and the United States Military Academy, for example. Not to mention applicants covering a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.

Just when you thought all the boxes have been checked on your graduate school to-do list, I am here to tell you that you are not quite done yet. The fun has only just begun…

I would like to take a moment to talk about  financing your graduate school education. Before you click the “X” in the top right of your screen, please read this now, rather than waiting until March-April when funding opportunities become much more limited.

The Josef Korbel School offers an array of scholarships to competitive applicants however,  the majority do not cover the full tuition. As such, the following will provide additional resources to help you afford your graduate school education.

For those of you who are not aware, the FAFSA submission priority deadline for incoming  students (U.S. citizens)  is March 1st. Regardless of what graduate school you plan on attending, it is recommended that you submit your application sooner than later to be considered for need based funding. Also, regardless of your parent’s income, you will need to fill out the FAFSA unless you are independently wealthy. To clarify (because yes, this question has come up), as a graduate student, you are considered an independent and therefore your filing is based on your income (or lack thereof). To start filing your FAFSA, click here.

In filing the FAFSA, applicants will also be considered for the following need based funding:

Stafford loans – Generally, graduate students will receive the maximum Stafford loan allocation of $20,500 each academic year. This amount includes a $12,000 unsubsidized loan and a $8,500 subsidized loan. The difference is that the former accrues interest while you are enrolled in school.

Perkins loans – Graduate students can receive up to $3,000 per year at a subsidized interest rate (5%) while enrolled in school.

Work study
– Opportunities to work on and off campus are available through the Federal work study program.  I believe (don’t quote me) the box to check on the FAFSA is #26 to express interest in being considered for such funding. If you don’t express interest, you will not be considered for work study, regardless of your unmet financial need. Most graduate students receive a $5,000 award which will paid through bi-weekly paychecks. That is of course, after you interview and get a job.

The next line of loan defense is a PLUS loan. This will cover the balance remaining of the total cost of attendance.

For more information about the University of Denver’s (DU) cost of attendance, Stafford loans, Perkins loans and Plus loans, visit DU’s Office of Financial Aid website.

The final line of loan defense is a private loan. These loans generally have a higher interest rate than PLUS loans so be sure to compare before selecting this option. For a list of private lenders, click here.

Often times, we have applicants calling/emailing us about external scholarship/grant suggestions. Unfortunately, more often than not, these queries come in April, May…August at which time the deadlines have long passed. Now that you are in application mode, dust off your to do list and start gathering documents for external scholarships. We have an extensive list of graduate funding opportunities on the Korbel website. We also have a list of scholarships specifically for International students which you can find by clicking here. Determine which ones you qualify for, when the deadlines are and get your applications in!

I hope this information is helpful. Be in touch if you have any questions.


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

T minus 10 days… application priority deadline

The long winter break has come and gone and the first week of the winter quarter 2011 here at the Josef Korbel School is upon us. Ben Cherrington Hall is alive once again with chatter about holiday adventures and excitement abounds over winter courses such as: Indigenous Movements and Human Rights, taught by Professor Louis Esparza, Population, Environment and Development, taught by Professor Sally Hamilton, Political Economy of Globalization, taught by Professor Martin Rhodes and Terrorism, Transportation and Homeland Security, taught by Professor Joseph Szyliowicz, to name a few.

To kick off the new quarter, the next two weeks at the Josef Korbel School are chock full of exciting professional and newtworking events, including:

  • Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, and Chief Economist at USAID, Steve Radelet will speak with Josef Korbel School students about their career paths and answer questions.
  • The Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East will be hosting a lecture on China-Israel Relations.
  • The Office of Career and Professional Development will be offering its quarterly Career Development Course starting this week and lasting six weeks.
  • “Obama and the Greater Middle East: Rhetoric vs. Reality”: Fawaz Gerges (Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics) will deliver a lecture at JKSIS on “Obama and the Greater Middle East: Rhetoric vs. Reality.”
  • Dr. Richard Gilmore, Special External Advisor to the U.S. Government for Private Sector Global Food Security, will present, “The United States and Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Opportunities for Sustainable Agricultural Growth.”
  • Information session regarding the US Department of State’s Oral Assessments and Foreign Service Officer Process.
  • The Josef Korbel School student group, the Denver Women in International Security, will be hosting the Denver CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) course – featuring search and rescue, disaster prevention and mitigation, and recognizing signs of terrorism. This course is a FEMA IS-317 course that will complement online NIMS independent study courses and looks great on a resume.
  • “The Happiest Man in the World” Book Launch Event Featuring Dr. James W. Jackson: You are invited to hear internationally renowned humanitarian and founder of Project C.U.R.E.

JANUARY 15th, 2011

If you don’t know this date and you are applying to our school, there may be a problem. As most of you (hopefully) know, this priority application deadline is quickly approaching so please submit your application and supplemental materials on or before this date.

We do offer rolling admissions so we will consider applications after January 15th,  however, there are no guarantees for admissions after this deadline. Likely we will continue to accept applications until March, but again, there are no guarantees.

To expedite the processing of your supplemental materials, send them directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Their mailing address is:

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Denver
Mary Reed Building
Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208

Please note: there is a 3-5 business day processing time upon receipt of materials. If you would like to obsessively check the status of your application online, feel free to do so by clicking here and entering your login and pin in the “returning user” section. Please don’t obsessively call us as that will only delay the review time which means you will be waiting longer to hear from us regarding your admission.

If you have a really REALLY important question and have scoured our website and can’t find an answer, feel free to email or call us;, 303.871.2544.

Good luck!


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