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GRADUATE

Preparing Your Application

Information for Fall 2014 Applicants:

Complete details about the components of a graduate studies application are provided below:

Application Forms

To apply online, click on the following link: Online Graduate Application Form

The application form is only one piece of your application package. Several items must be uploaded to your application in order for it to be complete. The deadline is January 10 for Fall admission

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of eighty-five U.S. dollars (U.S. $85.00) must accompany each application. The fee must be paid online with a debit or credit card at the time of application. Checks and cash will not be accepted. We will not process applications that are not accompanied by the application fee. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will not grant an application fee waiver. Return to top

Note to Foreign Applicants

The application fee is required of all applicants, including foreign students. We recognize that some foreign students may have difficulty with currency exchange. However, payment of the fee cannot be deferred until the time of enrollment. An application can be processed ONLY when the application fee has been received. Return to top

Letters of Evaluation

Three letters are required. The letters should be written by people best qualified to testify to your capacity for graduate work. It is always our preference to have academic references representing your major field, though we recognize that there are situations where this may not be possible. In such circumstances, we encourage you to seek out those persons who can comment on qualities that will be relevant to your academic goals, particularly research. Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically via the links provided in the application process. Instructions for requesting online recommendations is included within the online application.  Return to top

Academic Transcripts

We require one unofficial copy of the transcript from each institution (undergraduate and graduate) that you have attended. These transcripts are an essential piece of your application. Send transcripts from any institution where you earned (or will earn) a degree, studied for one year or more, or took classes that relate to your current application for graduate study. You will need to upload unofficial transcripts to the application. If you are offered admission, we will require that official transcripts be sent prior to processing your enrollment documents.  
Official transcripts should be in confidential, signed-across-the-seal envelopes provided to you by the registrar of each institution. It is critical that the transcripts be in confidential envelopes. Personal copies of your records, or copies which have passed through your hands and are therefore not confidential, are not acceptable and will not be regarded as official. If your school will not provide you directly with a confidential copy of your transcript, then you must have them send an official copy to directly to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  We must also receive certification of degrees received, including the date the degree was awarded. This information may be included on the final transcript. 

NOTE TO FOREIGN APPLICANTS: The academic records which we refer to as transcripts should provide a listing, year-by-year, of all courses taken and the grade or marks received for each one. It is helpful to have the grading scale of the institution and the student's rank in class included when such information is available. Do not submit secondary school records. Transcripts must bear an official signature in ink of the appropriate official of your institution(s), such as the registrar or recorder of records, and must bear the institutional seal. If your college or university will not provide original official academic documents, exact copies that have been verified as "Certified True Copies" by the appropriate institutional official of each institution that you have attended should be sent. Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable.
To be considered, all documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations. These translations must bear an original ink signature and seal, and translations alone will not be acceptable.  Return to top

GRE Scores

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering requires all applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores. The scores must not be more than five years old, and an unofficial copy must be uploaded into the application to be considered for admission. In some cases, we are able to get the official scores electronically. If you are offered admission and we aren't able to get your scores electronically, you will be required to have an official copy sent to Rice University directly from the Educational Testing Service. The Institution Code for Rice University is 6609. Personal copies are not acceptable.
Rice University receives GRE scores electronically from the Educational Testing Service. Because we match scores by an applicant's name, it is important that you explicitly call our attention to any discrepancies that might occur between your name as reported on your application forms and as recorded on your GRE scores.

 
Be sure to take the GRE in time for official scores to reach us by the January 10th deadline. For further information on the GRE and registration forms, please contact the 
 
          Educational Testing Service, 
          P.O. Box 6000, 
          Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000 
          USA 
          Telephone: (609) 771-7670 
          E-mail: gre-info@ets.org 
          GRE website: http://www.gre.org. 
 
NOTE TO FOREIGN APPLICANTS: We realize that language and cultural differences may affect the GRE scores of foreign students, particularly those whose native language is not English. This is taken into consideration when such students' applications are evaluated. The scores are nevertheless required and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service.  Return to top
 

TOEFL Requirement (For Foreign Applicants)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any student whose native language is not English.

Your score must not be more than two years old and an unofficial copy must be uploaded into the application to be considered for admission. If you are offered admission and we aren't able to get your scores electronically, you will be required to have an official copy sent to the department directly from ETS. The Institution Code for Rice University is 6609. Personal copies are not acceptable. The test is administered through the 
 
Educational Testing Service 
Box 6151 Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 
USA 
Telephone: (609) 771-7100 
E-mail: toefl@ets.org 
 
Rice University receives TOEFL scores electronically from the Educational Testing Service. Because we match scores by an applicant's name, it is important that you explicitly call our attention to any discrepancies that might occur between your name as reported on your application forms and as recorded on your TOEFL scores. Much of your success in graduate study in the United States will rest on your ability to understand, read, write, and speak English. If English is not your native language, evidence of proficiency in its use will be decisive in the review for admission. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL test and score at least 90 on the internet-based TOEFL, at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or score at least 250 on the computer-based TOEFL. For students who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7. Original test scores are required unless the student is already enrolled in a U.S. graduate program and receives their degree from a university in which English is the official language of communication. Waiver of the TOEFL and IELTS test may be requested by the admitting department if the department deems that the student has sufficient English communication skills to be successful in their degree program. 
 
 

Personal Statement 

Your application and all supporting documents help us know your work, your goals, and your abilities as a chemical engineer. Your personal statement should include information about your professional goals and discuss your research interests. Please do not send any materials to the department.  Return to top