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Admissions FAQ

Where should I send my application materials?

All application materials should be submitted through the online application. You can upload your personal statement and resume at the time of applying or you can log into your application at a later date and upload them. The application will require the submission of your recommenders' email addresses. Upon submission of your application, they will be contacted via email in 1-3 business days with instructions on how to upload their letters.

Official transcripts can be sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Education
Mary Reed Building
Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208

For questions about receipt of application materials, please contact the Office of Graduate Education:
303-871-4942 (fax)

What is considered an official transcript?

In order for a transcript to be considered official, it must arrive in an envelope sealed and stamped with the registrar/school's official stamp. International transcripts must contain the official seal(s) of the school and be sent from the institution's records or registrar's office in the original language of instruction. Non-English transcripts need to be submitted with notarized or certified translations. The Publishing Institute requires an official transcript from all institutions from which more than a half credit was earned, including summer community college programs and study abroad schools/organizations.

Should I have my transcripts sent directly to the Publishing Institute?

You can have your transcripts sent directly from your University's Registrar's Office to the University of Denver's Office of Graduate Education:

Office of Graduate Education
Mary Reed Building
Room 5
2199 S University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208

You may also send the transcripts yourself, and then send them to the Office of Graduate Education, but they must remain in a sealed envelope with your University's official stamp across the seal.

Do I need to send in copies of my study abroad transcripts?

Additional study abroad transcripts might not be needed if the title, credit hours and grades received from the study abroad institution are posted on the home university's transcript. For the review process, you can submit the transcript from your home university even if these items are not listed; however, if you are admitted you may be asked to supply a transcript from the study abroad institution depending on what course information is listed on the home transcript. The Office of Graduate Education will notify you if additional transcripts are necessary.

How do my recommenders submit their letters of recommendation?

The references page of your application provides the opportunity to create an invitation for your references (recommenders). If you click the hyperlinked "Add Recommender", you are directed to a form whereby you can enter the names and addresses of your recommenders along with your decision to waive the right to access the reference(s) or recommendation(s).  The form is then submitted to the University of Denver's Office of Graduate Education which will then send an invitation via email to your recommenders requesting the completion of an evaluation form and optional submission of a letter of recommendation. The following is a sample of the invitation sent to recommenders:

Recommendation Request from (name of applicant) for University of Denver Graduate Studies

(Name of applicant) has requested that you write a letter of recommendation to University of Denver Graduate Studies on his/her behalf. In an effort to make this process as easy as possible for you, we offer the ability to complete your recommendation online through our secure website. To submit your recommendation, please use the link below. This link is unique to this recommendation and should not be shared or forwarded.

Submit Recommendation

Thank you for your time and consideration.

University of Denver Graduate Studies

This is the preferred method. However, recommendation letters can also be submitted via postal mail in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal to:

Office of Graduate Education
Mary Reed Building
Room 5
2199 South University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208

Can my recommenders mail their letters of recommendation?

Our preferred method for receiving letters of recommendation is through our online system. However, if your recommender strongly prefers to mail a hard copy, it should be written on letterhead, be in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal, and mailed to:

Office of Graduate Education
University of Denver
Mary Reed Building
Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208

For questions about the receipt of application materials, you can check the status of your application online or contact the Office of Graduate Education at: 303-871-2831 or via email

What should the letters of recommendation address?

The most effective recommendation letters will address how well suited you are for publishing. Not every recommender is familiar with the industry, but hopefully they can address some of the following topics:

  • Your interest level for publishing and the world of books.
  • Your experience with publishing, if any.
  • Your experience with editing/ copy editing, if any.
  • Your readiness/ enthusiasm to start a new career.
  • Any other qualifications, experiences, etc.
What should my personal statement include?

Write not more than two pages (double spaced) to explain why you are considering a career in publishing and what personal characteristics, interests and aspirations have led you to this choice.

Where should I send my scholarship application?

Please submit the Publishing Institute Scholarship Application in the online application system.  It will be available in the online system once you have completed the main application.

Can I check the status of my application online?

You may check your application status via the online application web portal. You will need to enter the email address and password that you created when you began your application.

Do I need to take the GRE?

No, the Publishing Institute does not consider GRE scores.

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.

Applicants may be exempted from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the entire language of instruction and examination is English. These applicants must have attended an English-medium university for all years of study toward the degree program. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

What are the TOEFL requirements?

The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University of Denver Publishing Institute is 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted is 6.5

What is DU's institutional and department codes for the TOEFL?

Our institutional code for the TOEFL is 4842.

When will the Admissions Review Committee notify me of its admissions decision?

If applications are completed on or before the early acceptance deadline (February 26th), applicants will be notified of the Admissions Review Committee's decision no later than March 16.  Completed applications received by the general acceptance deadline (April 2) will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by April 19.

If admitted, when do I need to notify the school if I will accept or decline the admissions offer?

Early acceptance applicants will need to accept the admissions offer and submit an admissions deposit of $1000 on or before April 2, 2021. General admissions applicants will need to accept the admissions offer and submit the admissions deposit on or before May 7, 2021.

Can I defer my admission?

Deferral requests may be submitted to the Publishing Institute Associate Director, Jennifer Conder, at

The following items must be submitted to request a deferral:

  1. $1000 admissions deposit. This payment is non-refundable. The admissions deposit can be paid online with a credit card, directly from your checking or savings account or by submitting a check or money order. Checks should be made out to the University of Denver.
  2. A written statement outlining the reasons for requesting a deferral, which must also include the following statement:
    "I understand that this payment is non-refundable if I fail to enroll in the term agreed upon. Regardless of the reason for not enrolling, my deposit will be forfeited."
  3. The Deferral Request Form.
    Deferrals can be requested for one year, to the summer 2022 program. If your deferral is granted, you are expected to enroll in the summer 2022 Publishing Institute.

Scholarships for the Publishing Institute will not transfer to the term of deferred admission.

How many students attend the Publishing Institute?

The Publishing Institute accepts 95 students to the program each summer.

Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?

No, this is an intensive four-week full-time class.

How do I get my international transcript translated into English?

English translations of your transcripts must be generated by your school or by a certified translator. Non-English transcripts can be unofficial, but need to be submitted with certified translations. WES, ECE or IERF credential evaluations are not classified as English translations. The University of Denver's Office of International Admissions will evaluate all international transcripts and degree certificates.

International applicants only: Do I need to send an official transcript? What if my university only provides one official transcript?

For the review process, unofficial transcripts are allowed. If admitted and you matriculate to the Publishing Institute, you will be asked to provide an official transcript. If your university issues only one official transcript the Office of Graduate Education will request a letter from the school confirming this is the case. Arrangements will be made once the student arrives for the office to view the official transcript and return it to the student.

International applicants only: When must I submit the Financial Verification form and the SEVIS form?

It is helpful if you submit the complete financial verification and immigration-related forms while completing the application process. If accepted and you choose to enroll at the Publishing Institute, you must submit these documents as soon as possible so our Office of International Admissions can process your I-20.

I would like to reapply for admission. Can I reuse any items from my previous application?

Transcripts and letters of recommendation will be held on file for twelve months following the initial date of application. However you will need to submit a new personal statement, resume and $65 application fee. Please contact the Office of Graduate Education for more details. Phone 303-871-2706, e-mail:

Whom should I contact with questions?

General information and inquiries about the Publishing Institute including the admissions process and scholarships:

Denver Publishing Institute
Sturm Hall 386
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

Questions about application materials and application status:

Office of Graduate Education
Mary Reed Building
Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208
303-871-4942 (fax)