An applicant who receives an offer of financial support is required to reply in writing by April 15. Earlier communication of an applicant’s decision is encouraged and appreciated by the faculty.

Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. If a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15.

However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made.

Further information is available through the Council of Graduate Studies.

*All funded students are subject to a criminal background check