Graduate Admissions FAQs
We have attempted to answer the questions we hear most frequently. In addition, we have included links in our answers, which will take you to other University of Idaho departmental webpages for more detailed information. If you do have other questions, call 888-884-3246 and ask for Graduate Admissions.
The online application fees are:
$60 for domestic applicants, i.e. U.S. citizen/permanent resident
$70 for international applicants, i.e. non-U.S. citizen/permanent resident
An application and application fee is valid for a specific degree, major, semester and is non-refundable. Pay special attention when filling out your application for admission.
Admission matters ultimately involve the departmental administrator, the dean of Graduate Studies, and Graduate Admissions. Admission decisions are made at the departmental level with final admission granted by the College of Graduate Studies.
The departmental review can take anywhere from two weeks to several months depending on the time of year and the schedules of the committee members.
Applicants will receive the official notification from the Graduate Admissions Office.
Applications for admission submitted to University of Idaho, Graduate Admissions Office are processed in the following manner:
Step 1. Receipt of application
As soon as an application is received at the Graduate Admissions Office, the staff examines it to determine whether it is complete, includes all required documents and the full payment.
Step 2. Verification of documents
Obtaining the appropriate documents is critical to the Graduate Admission evaluation process. If the Graduate Admissions Office determines that all the required documents are present, the evaluation will proceed. If any document and/or information is missing, the Graduate Admissions Office immediately issues a "Document Request" asking for the missing documents and/or information. The file is placed on hold until all the required documents and/or information are received.
If the Graduate Admissions Office decides to verify the documents with the institution(s) that issued them, copies of the documents will be sent to the institution(s) with a request for verification. The Graduate Admissions Office notifies applicants when their documents are sent for verification. All such files are placed on hold until the Graduate Admissions Office receives a written response from the institution itself. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Step 3. Credential evaluation and GPA calculation and/or conversion
Once all required documents have been received, the Graduate Admissions Office prepares the application file for the departmental review and admission recommendation. This includes, but is not limited to, the credential evaluation and GPA calculation and/or conversion.
Every applicant will receive an email (if provided) or letter indicating when their application packet is sent for the departmental review. This email/letter also provides contact information for the department.
Step 4. Departmental review and admission recommendation
Admissions decisions are made at the departmental level with final admission granted by the College of Graduate Studies.
The departmental review can take anywhere from two weeks to several months depending on time of year and the schedules of the committee members. Once the department has reached a decision, the College of Graduate Studies is notified and reviews the application file (if necessary).
Step 5. Official notification of decision
Applicants receive the official notification from the Graduate Admissions Office.
The UI Institution Code for both the TOEFL & GRE is 4843.
If you need a department code, and do not know what your department code is, use:
Credits can be transferred to UI, with the consent of the student's committee and the dean of Graduate Studies, only if the institution from which the course credits are being transferred has a graduate program in the course discipline or, should there be no graduate program in the course discipline, an exception may be granted by the dean of Graduate Studies. Transfer credits are subject to all other graduate college rules and regulations. Contact College of Graduate Studies for further information or visit our Steps to Your Degree webpage.
To receive full consideration for merit-based scholarships, your admission materials (application for admission, application fee, transcripts, etc.) must be on file with the Graduate Admissions Office by the financial aid priority deadline.
Fill out our graduate campus visit form and the campus visit coordinator will contact you to set up your visit.
Access the class schedule for the semester you are planning to enroll as it becomes available, approximately the first of March for the fall semester or the first of October for the spring semester.
The University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies recommends all graduate students be advised before registering for classes each semester. You should contact your department directly to find out who will serve as your major professor/advisor. The University of Idaho Departmental Directory lists email addresses, telephone and fax numbers for academic departments. You may use the toll free number (888) 8-U-IDAHO and ask to be transferred to the appropriate department.
Your letter of admission will include the student ID number.
Student ID cards are available through the VandalCard Office after you have been admitted and registered for classes.
The staff of the College of Graduate Studies presents orientation workshops for new graduate students at the beginning of each fall semester. Many departments also hold orientation activities. Students who are admitted for the spring or summer semester are encouraged to contact the College of Graduate Studies for assistance.
Refer to the Office of the Registrar for Residency Information.