Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Please visit this Web page to apply. All materials, including letters of reference, must be uploaded by December 15, 2019 to be considered for financial aid. If not requesting financial aid, all materials must be uploaded by April 1, 2020.

When is the application deadline?

To be considered for financial aid, all materials, including letters of reference, must be uploaded by December 15, 2019. If not requesting financial aid, all materials must be uploaded by April 1, 2020.

How much does it cost to apply? Can this fee be waived?

The application fee is $85. Unfortunately, this fee cannot be waived under any circumstances.

Is the TOEFL/IELTS required?

International students must have an outstanding command of the English language in order to enroll at the University of Virginia. The TOEFL/IELTS exam is required of all applicants if the language first learned and spoken in the home is not English, and they are not permanent residents. However, TOEFL/IELTS is not required if the applicant has received a 4-year degree at an English-speaking institution (whether or not the institution is in the U.S.). (If the applicant has a 4-year degree from a non-English-speaking institution and a Master's degree from an English-speaking institution, TOEFL/IELTS is still required.) Most students admitted score at least 90 on the TOEFL IBT.

I scored less than 22 on the Speaking section of TOEFL. Can I still apply?

We review all applications thoroughly, along a number of dimensions. However, it is rare that we offer admission to an applicant who scored less than 22 on the Speaking section of TOEFL.

Where do I send my GRE and/or TOEFL/IELTS scores?

The Institution code for School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Virginia for the GRE is 5820. The code for TOEFL is  B875. There is not a specific code for the Department of Computer Science.

I'm taking TOEFL/IELTS or GRE after your deadline (Dec 15). If I apply will these scores make it into my application and be seen by the admissions committee?

We will start evaluating applications soon after the Dec 15 deadline. Applicants should submit the most complete application they can, based on the information they have at the time (e.g., current test scores, even if new test scores are anticipated).Those applications that are complete will be considered first. We will continue to evaluate applications into early next year, until we have completed our offers. As we are reviewing applications, we will certainly consider updated scores as the arrive at the University of Virginia. There is no need to email us to tell us that new scores are being sent.

Should I mail or should I upload my materials with my application?

We strongly discourage applicants from mailing in any items that can be uploaded to avoid delays in your application review, and we ask that you not send duplicate copies of previously uploaded documents.


If you still need to mail documents to our office, please send them to:

For US Postal:

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science Admissions

P.O. Box 401103

Charlottesville, VA 22904


      Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science Admissions

      1001 Emmet Street North

      Room 209B Carruthers Hall

      Charlottesville, VA 22903


I’ve submitted my application and all supporting materials. Why does my application status still show as incomplete?

We will fully review your application with unofficial test scores and unofficial transcripts. Your application will only show as "complete" when your application has been submitted, your official scores and transcripts have been received and all three letters of recommendations have been received. An application is complete for review with unofficial transcripts and self-reported scores, though the checklist will still show incomplete.

Please note that all official transcripts are received in our main admissions office and scanned or entered into our system manually. If you feel that your materials should have been received by now, but are NOT showing up when you login to your account, please note that the Graduate Admissions Office processes a very large number of applications and it may take longer than expected for your documents/information to appear online (in your account). It is very likely that your materials have been received, but have not been loaded into our application system yet.

If I email you my information (e.g., GPA, GRE scores, etc.) before I apply, can you tell me the chance of being accepted?

The graduate admissions committee considers many factors in an application, including more than just GPA and test scores. In particular, letters of reference and your personal statement are extremely important. Therefore, we are unfortunately unable to provide any information before the committee considers your full application.

I still have other questions. Is there anyone available to help me?

Yes! For program/degree specific questions, please send email to the chair of the Computer Science graduate admissions committee, Prof. Matt Dwyer. For application support and specific questions regarding the application process, please contact: Central Graduate Admissions 434-243-0209


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