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Date: Jan 2014

Deadline Alert!If you’re a regular reader, you already know our vary by department, degree program and sometimes degree track.

Deadlines begin December 1 and run through the summer.

We do our very best to keep you informed, but it’s up to you to know your program, its and corresponding deadline.

The following deadlines are rapidly approaching!

January 31, 2014

February 1, 2014

February 15, 2014

Remember, the Schoolwide policy is all your materials should arrive to our office before the deadline! DON’T wait until the last minute. Submit your application and supporting materials now.

Best wishes to you and your application!

Thoughtful studentAs our programs begin admitting students, we begin receiving questions about funding.

Below are some initial resources to guide you.

Helping students find a way to fund their education is a Schoolwide effort. See this week’s web story, “Support for Students.

Most institutional scholarships are granted through the academic departments or MPH Program Office.  Your application for admission is also reviewed for scholarship eligibility. In most cases, no other forms are needed. You should contact your program of interest for information regarding available opportunities.

The Financial Aid office provides help with loans (federal and private) and the Federal Work-Study Program. Their website offers a wealth of information. They may also be contacted at

The Office of Academic Affairs developed a database for students seeking external funding. This database is searchable using a number of criteria and provides information regarding internal and external funding resources.

Tuition and fees are administered by the Office of Student Accounts. Rates can change from year to year. The most up-to-date information is on the website.

Look for additional funding posts on this blog throughout the spring!

Best wishes to you!


Question markIt’s time for another edition in our series of posts: “What You’re Asking.”

Here’s how it works: 
I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a couple of the most popular questions here.

1. As long as I submit my online application before the application deadline, can my other materials (test scores, transcripts, etc.) arrive later?

The Schoolwide policy is that the online application and all (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted by the .

Some of our departments (NOT ALL) are willing to review applications completed soon after the deadline. However, once the deadline has passed, admissions can no longer guarantee a review. Submitting materials after the deadline may also hurt your chances of student funding through the department.

Some of our programs (including the Schoolwide MPH) have priority and final deadlines. Applicants who complete their application by the priority deadline have a better chance of receiving funding.  Once the final deadline has passed, incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

You may wish to contact your department of interest to discuss any late materials and their possible effect on your application.

2. I asked my previous school to send my transcripts in November. I don’t see them in my online application. Have you received them?

Each year, we receive over 3,000 formally submitted applications (plus the accompanying transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores). Many more applications remain unsubmitted and are never finished. Because of this volume, we do not process materials for unsubmitted applications or for those applications with unpaid application fees.

Materials that arrive before the application is submitted are date stamped and placed in a holding file.

Once the application is submitted and application fee paid, we create an official application file, begin processing supporting materials, and enter those materials into the online record.

Applicants may log into their online application and follow this process.

Our admissions staff works hard to process materials as quickly and accurately as possible, but it is a manual process.  It does take time - up to ten business days - especially if you submitted on or near a major .

Remember, the application and all its supporting documents are due before the application deadline. You won’t be penalized for our processing time, but if you wait until the last minute, there may not be time to resolve any issues before the department stops accepting applications.

We definitely do not want that!

Submit your application and materials now!

Deadline alert!Hope your new year is off to a good start!

We’re here to remind you of some upcoming .

January 15, 2014

January 31, 2014

February 1, 2014

If you’re applying to one of these programs, DON’T wait until the last minute. Submit your application and now.

Remember, the Schoolwide policy is all your materials should arrive to our office before the deadline!

Best wishes to you and your application!


We really enjoyed sharing our resolutions last year.

So much so, we decided to do it again!

Admissions Staff Resolutions for 2014

  • Live in the present and stop worrying so much
  • Break my Candy Crush Saga addiction
  • Write, create, imagine more
  • Use less sarcasm and less emoticons :)
  • Take some time each week for me

Did you make any resolutions this year? May we suggest a few?

How about:

  • Pursue a meaningful career in public health
  • Investigate grad schools
  • Apply early!

Happy New Year!