The procedures followed in evaluating an applicant's potential for success in graduate work and the criteria used for admissions decisions vary according to programs and colleges and reflect an evaluation of the applicant's potential to engage in graduate work and the capability of the individual programs to accommodate additional students. Most programs consider applications as they arrive, while others accumulate applications and make recommendations on admission at certain times during the year. Generally, requests for admission are considered by program admissions committees that forward the program recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School.
Students are admitted to full or provisional status in a specific degree program. Admission is granted for a specific semester or summer term. Any change in the admission date must be requested in writing and approved by the program and Graduate School. Once the requirements for that degree program have been completed, no further registration as a graduate student will be permitted unless admission to a new graduate classification has been formally approved.