The priority deadline has passed…now what?!

We begin the transition from frenetic calls about tardy transcripts and absent-minded recommenders to what do I do now?

If you submitted your application and ALL supplemental documents
Well done! Likely you received an email from the Office of Graduate Studies notifying you that your application was forwarded to the Josef Korbel School. You should have also received an email from our office (Graduate Admissions) confirming receipt of your application and forwarding it to the Admissions Review Committee. While you can breathe a deep sigh of relief that the next application step is out of your control, you still have homework to do. That’s right, homework. To fill the time between now and when we will announce admissions decisions (around early March), I recommend continuing your graduate school research so when you are accepted to ALL the schools you applied to, you can make a thoroughly informed decision. Here are a few areas I recommend checking out on the Josef Korbel School site and comparing with other schools:

Current student blogs
Career and internship information
News and events
International student info
Cost of attendance, Korbel scholarships and external scholarships

If you submitted your application but have one or more documents outstanding (and therefore an incomplete application)
First things first – BREATHEEEEE. It’s ok if your degree transcript arrived at 12:01am on January 16 (which it didn’t b/c it was MLK day and NOTHING arrived that day, so really we received it on the 17). Even if we received it on the 18, 19, 20 or early next week, it is perfectly fine and we will still consider it received by the January 15 deadline and if your application is complete, the committee will evaluate you for admission AND merit scholarships. We will continue to accept applications and supplemental materials, and review completed applications until our class is filled. When will that happen? I have no idea – that’s the risk you are taking by not completing your application by the 15th.

My second recommendation: check the status of your application often, give it 8-10 business days for us to receive and process your documents and hassle those recommenders if they continue to forget to submit their letters! Keep in mind that we only need two recommendations and it takes ETS approximately 10-12 business days to submit GRE scores.  Once your application is complete, refer to the section above.

With that, I will get back to reviewing applications. Let me just say – it’s such a pleasure getting to know all of you. Brad and I, along with the rest of the review committee, really enjoy this aspect of our job so thank you for all of your hard work and for being such exceptional applicants!

Apparently many of you read our blog because we had very few emails and calls this Tuesday (and after the previous admissions blog). My apologies if I scared you from contact us. Please don’t hesitate to give us a ring or shoot us an email if you have any questions or concerns. However, based on the number of applications received, it seems like you are all successfully navigating the application process!


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


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:
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Enjoy the weekend!


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