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Do I have to take the GRE General or GRE Subject Test?
GRE General is required for all applicants. GRE subject tests are not required. Please see The Application Process page for details.

Do I have to take the TOEFL?
If you are an international student, then an official report of a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or other demonstration of adequate English language skills is required. If you are not sure, contact the Graduate School directly at

Is there an application fee?
Yes, the application fee is $50 domestic and $75 international non-refundable.

Is there financial aid? How do I apply?

All first-year PhD students are supported on a stipend from the Graduate School. After the first year, students are supported by individual faculty after entering a thesis laboratory. We encourage students to apply for financial aid, fellowships, scholarships and grants as they apply.

What about other scholarships and/or fellowships?
American students are encouraged to apply for various graduate fellowships from funding agencies such as NSF, NIH, AWIS and DOE. Students from other countries are encouraged to explore these opportunities as well in their home country.

How can I find out the status of my application?
You may contact our Program Administrator by email or telephone 303-724-7280.

When can I expect a decision on my application?
The deadline for application is December 1st. A decision can be made shortly after the deadline. Most decisions will be made in January, but the decision process may go on until April.

Where should I send my statements, my transcripts, or any other materials?
Please refer to The Application Process on this web site. Do not send materials to the Director of the Computational Bioscience Program, or to individual faculty members. The documents may get lost.

I don't have the conventional admission background you require, but instead have related experiences. Am I still eligible for admission?
We do consider outstanding applicants from related disciplines. If we think you can easily bridge from your existing background to an adequate bioinformatics background, we may admit you. Students with significant deficiencies in computer science or biology will not be admitted.

Are there opportunities for me to attend major North American conferences in my area of interest?
Yes. It is often the case that faculty send their graduate students to major conferences in North America, to present joint research papers. At UC Denver, there is a regional annual Rocky Mountain Bioinformatics Conference for graduate students to share research results and make connections.

If I am a foreign student in the US, is it likely there will be anyone else there from my country?
The University of Colorado is multi-cultural and we encourage diversity. There are students from all over the globe studying at UC Denver; there is an annual international festival at CU Boulder. No matter where you are from, you will be able to make connections with others from around the world.

Where can I get information on off-campus residence?
You can visit the student assistance office for housing information.
What do current Bioinformatics students say about the program?
Go to the PH.D Students page on this site. We encourage you to email students directly and ask them about their experiences.

What are the research areas of the faculty?
Take a look at the Our People section of this site, especially the Core and Associated Faculty pages.

What it is like living in Denver and what is there to do?
The cost of living in the Denver metro area is slightly higher than the national average but considerably lower than other major cities in the U.S. Although the campus is in Aurora, CO most people from campus live in the City of Denver. That works because there is great public transportation to campus and generally speaking everywhere around the Denver metro area. So if you’re savvy with public transportation it’s really not necessary to drive a car everyday. This is a good resource to cruise through when you have some time:

Here are few of the reasons why we love living in Colorado, and the Denver metro
area: 1) accessibility of the mountains, 2) relatively low congestion in the city itself
with lots of access points in and out, 3) mild climate and 300+ days of sunshine
a year, and 4) access to pretty much anything you can wish for (culture, cuisine,
recreation including tons of trails in the city, quality neighborhoods, diversity, etc.).

The climate in Denver and throughout the state is pleasant with relatively mild, sunny winters and warm, dry summers. Denver averages more than 300 days of sunshine per year. The nearby Rocky Mountains offer a spectacular array of outdoor recreational activities, including skiing, climbing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing, gliding, paddling, and a variety of other water sports. Popular vacation and sightseeing spots include Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Telluride, and Aspen. Cultural assets include the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Art Museum, countless smaller organizations and artists of all kinds throughout the region.

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