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Admission FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding Admissions to the Earth Sciences Graduate Program


Is the GRE required for admission?

Yes, official GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical) are required of all applicants. Official scores should be received by the application deadline of December 15th. Please request that ETS mail your scores to Institution Code 4846 and Departmental Code of 0504 (we do not receive electronic scores). DO NOT use the “UOregon CSDCAS” code – your scores will never reach us!

ETS only mails out scores twice a week and it takes time for the US Postal Service to deliver. Please be sure to give at least five weeks for the scores to arrive and be processed!

We do not receive electronic score reports from ETS.

Is the TOEFL required for all international applicants?

Proficiency in the English language is vital to the academic success of international students. Students whose native language is not English must supply official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination as part of their application. Please request that ETS send your scores to Institution Code 4846. The departmental and university minimum score for the Internet-based TOEFL is 88. Official scores must be received by the application deadline of December 15th.

If an international student has received a bachelors or masters degree from a college/university within the United States, the TOEFL is not required.


The online application will close at the end of the day on December 15th.  You will be unable to complete or submit your online application after that point.  Late supplemental materials (letters of recommendation, official test scores, and official transcripts to Office of Admissions) can still be processed after the deadline, but will delay consideration of your application.

Is there an additional form to apply for departmental teaching/research positions?

No additional form needed.

What about letters of recommendation?

We require three (3) references. Please be prepared to enter the individual’s name, position, institution, phone number and email address. References will receive an automated email requesting that they upload their letter of recommendation to the online application. You can return to your application to view the progress of your letters.

What if the writer did not receive the automated email?

If the writer did not receive the automated email, you can return to your application and click on the link to have a new email sent. Sometimes entering a different email address for your reference-writer will help the automated message avoid a spam filter.

Do transcripts have to be mailed directly from previous colleges/universities?

Official transcripts can be mailed in by the applicant or directly from the college/university as long as the transcript remains in the original, sealed envelope from the college/university attended. Official degree transcripts must be sent to:

UO Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1217

For more details about official transcripts, please see the Graduate School’s admissions webpage.  You will also need to upload your transcripts in PDF format to your application.

When will decisions be made?

Immediately after the deadline, the admissions committee begins reviewing applications.  All components of an applicant’s materials (including the statement of purpose, grades, test scores, and reference forms) are considered in roughly equal proportions when evaluating potential for graduate study. Successful candidates are typically notified by late March.

Is there an application fee waiver?

The department does not have the capability to waive the application fee.  The Graduate School does have a program.  For more information follow this link.

Has the University received my exam scores or transcripts?

Once you have submitted your application, this information will be available on your Application checklist.  Test scores are not automatically linked with their applications, but are reviewed and updated on a daily basis.  The transcripts you upload to your application are sufficient for initial application review, and you will be informed if your official transcripts at the Office of Admissions are not on file when required.


If you have additional questions, please email our Graduate Coordinator at

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