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.  Due to the holiday, the mail will be delayed, so if you were planning on sending something on Monday, you’ll have to wait a day. We consider all documents postmarked on or before this date as received on/before the priority deadline so don’t stress it too much. Above all, please remember that January 15th  is a priority deadline and we plan to review files after that date, 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 Wednesday (January 11, 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.

Think about this scenario as your index finger touches the dial pad or Siri asks, “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 approximately 150 calls of this nature. 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

admission files









Therefore, we look like

frazzled Korbel admissions staff










and you look like

anxious Korbel 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 or in general, visit/join 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


Back from break!

Happy New  Year!

On behalf of the Office of Graduate Admissions, I wish you many personal, professional and academic successes in 2012. I have a feeling it will be a terrific year and our 2012 cohort is going to be one of the best on record.

We are wrapping up the first week of the winter 2012 quarter and you can definitely differentiate between the first-year and second-year students, when asked, “How was your break?”

Typical first-year student response: “It was good. I read a lot of books but it was too long. I was bored…it’s great to be back.”
Typical second-year student response: “It went way too fast, I wish we had a few more weeks.”

Little do the first-year students know, the next 20 weeks of their lives will be rather intense, to say the least. You see, we have a nice long  break between the fall and winter quarters. Six weeks to be exact. However, the long haul has just begun – 10 weeks of classes, a week for spring break (at which time, many courses require final papers during that week) and then another ten weeks of classes. By finals week of spring quarter,  (June 4-7), the cafe can hardly keep up with the queue of bloodshot eyed, nail-biting, walking zombies.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

However, if you have yet to submit your application, time is ticking! The January 15 priority deadline is quickly approaching. Our office has received quite a few calls this week from applicants who haven’t hit the submit button and are checking to see if we received their transcripts, letters of rec, GRE scores, etc. Here’s the challenge: until you hit the submit button, we cannot review your electronic file because… you don’t have one! So do yourself (and us) a favor and make the final tweaks to your statement of purpose and resume and submit your application so we can better assist you!  I look forward to seeing your application next week.

click submit

Enjoy the weekend,

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