International Graduate College Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application deadlines?
  • All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate College by March 1 for the summer semester, May 1 for the fall semester or Oct. 1 for spring semester unless the department to which you are applying has an earlier deadline or you are also applying for a graduate assistantship.
  • The list of department deadlines is available here.
Does the UNLV Graduate College offer Conditional Admission to International applicants without English proficiency?

No. The English proficiency requirement must be met before an application is reviewed.

How do I apply?
  • On the Graduate College website, fill out and complete the online application.
  • Pay the nonrefundable admission application fee of $95.00, payable online by credit card or by check, made payable to the Board of Regents, UNLV.
What do I need to include in my application for the Graduate College?
  • Transcripts
    • One official transcript from all postsecondary institutions attended, showing all degrees and coursework, the dates awarded, and extension and correspondence work.
  • Transcript evaluation (if applicable)
    • After May 1, 2010, all new applicants (international and domestic), EXCEPT those applying to programs in the College of Engineering or to Management Information Systems or Economics, are required to provide a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign credentials from one of the external evaluating agencies listed below. Foreign credentials refer to transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States. When ordering your foreign credential evaluation, please be sure that your grade point average (GPA) is calculated and included in your agency evaluation. We require applicants to use one of the NACES approved agencies. You can view a list of their members on their website.
  • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
    • Proof of English proficiency is required if you are from a country where English is not the native language, or if you did not receive a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction. English proficiency requirements can be found here.
What application information do I need to provide for the department?
  • Individual academic departments may require satisfactory composite scores on standardized tests, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, portfolio, or any combination of these items. The online application is dynamic per department and will only show the application materials required for the specific program to which you are applying.
  • Upload these required department documents to your online application.
Where should I mail any additional Graduate College admission materials? (For example: your admission receipt with your check payment; your transcripts if you did not upload them into your online application; or your official transcripts upon admission)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Graduate College
FDH 352, Box 451017
4505 S. Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1017

Note: Mailing addresses for departments are available on department websites.

How do I pay for graduate school?
When will I receive my final decision letter?

A final decision letter will be posted to the online application portal when a final decision is rendered by the department. You will receive an email when this letter is ready for viewing. A hard copy letter can be requested by emailing internationalgrad@unlv.edu after admission.

How do I accept or decline my offer of admission?

Log into your Grad Rebel Gateway account and select the Admissions tab. You will see a link that says "Admitted-Respond to Offer." Select this link to read your admission letter and accept or decline admission in the letter itself.

I cannot attend UNLV in the semester that I was accepted. How do I defer my admission?
  • Do not accept your offer of admission in MyUNLV.
  • Send an email to the graduate coordinator of your department to request to defer your admission and copy International Graduate Student Services on the email (internationalgrad@unlv.edu).
  • If the department approves the deferral of your admission, International Graduate Student Services will notify you via email once your deferral has been processed.
  • You will then need to log in to your MyUNLV account and accept admission for the new term.
  • Note: a revised admissions letter will be posted to the online application portal. If you would like a new, hard copy admission letter, it will need to be requested by emailing internationalgrad@unlv.edu.
Who should I contact with questions regarding my admission application?

The Graduate College

I have been admitted, how do I get my I-20?
Who do I contact with questions about my I-20?

International Graduate Student Services

After I have submitted all financial information and have been admitted, how do I get my I-20?
  • Student who are outside the United States: The I-20 will be sent via regular mail (United States Postal Service) using the address you provided on your application.
    • The time-frame for regular mail is approximately 15-20 days, but can be longer.
  • Express Mail
    • Students can create and pay for an express mail shipping label via eShipGlobal
    • The time-frame for receiving an express shipment is dependent on the service that is chosen. It can take approximately 2-5 days. Tracking numbers are provided via email.
I am transferring from another college or university in the United States, how do I get my UNLV I-20?
  • Present your letter of admission to your current International Advisor and make them aware of your intent to transfer. Decide on a transfer date and email this date to International Graduate Student Services.
  • Please note that your I-20 will not be mailed, but will be available for pick up at the Graduate College once you arrive on campus.
  • If you are traveling outside the US before coming to UNLV, please contact International Graduate Student Services to discuss receiving your I-20.
  • What if I want my I-20 mailed? You will need to contact International Graduate Student Services requesting for it to be mailed. You will also need to confirm the address where the I-20 should be sent. It will be sent regular mail unless you create and pay for express shipping through eShipGlobal. Instructions on express shipping will be sent after admission.
I am outside of the US and have received my I-20, what do I do next?
  • Pay your SEVIS fee
  • Contact your local US Consulate/Embassy to schedule your visa interview.
    • Letter of Admission to UNLV
    • UNLV signed I-20
    • SEVIS fee receipt
    • Valid passport
    • Financial support documents
  • Additional documentation may be required by your local US Consulate/Embassy.
I have had my visa appointment and have received my F-1 visa, what happens now?
  • Make travel arrangements to UNLV. You should travel to UNLV no later than the program start date on your I-20. If you need to arrive later than that date, get in contact with International Graduate Student Services immediately to discuss your options.
  • While traveling, make sure to carry:
    • UNLV signed I-20
    • Valid F-1 Visa
    • Valid passport
    • SEVIS fee receipt
  • Orientation is mandatory for all newly admitted international students
I have arrived in the United States, what are the next steps?

Report to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) for check-in. Be sure to bring the following documents:

After arriving at UNLV, who is my contact?