Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Chemical Engineering

How To Apply

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Prospective graduate students should apply through the University of Rochester graduate application website. There is a $60 fee for applications submitted via this website. A complete University of Rochester College graduate application to the Chemical Engineering department contains several components: a full Online application, a Curriculum Vitae, a Personal and Research Statement, three letters of recommendation, official transcript(s) and official test scores.

In order to make the best possible decisions on admissions and financial aid, your application must be complete by January 15 for September (Fall semester) admission. After the committee has received your completed application file they will review it and make final decisions regarding offers.

Please keep in mind that these supporting materials are a requirement. If your file is not complete, the Graduate Admissions Committee cannot make a decision on your application. Please note that virtually all financial aid is awarded to students beginning their graduate program in September and that virtually all admissions to the Ph.D. program are made for students starting in September. If you have an interest in Spring semester admission, please contact the Department of Chemical Engineering graduate program director directly to discuss your application.

Questions regarding the University of Rochester online application website may be directed to:

E-mail: gradstudies@mail.rochester.edu 
Telephone: (585) 275-4153 
Fax: (585) 273-2943

Questions regarding the Chemical Engineering department graduate application may be directed to :

E-mail: chegradinfo@che.rochester.edu
Telephone: (585) 275-4913
Fax: (585) 273-1348

Financial Aid

The University of Rochester offers fellowships, scholarships and assistantships on a competitive basis for full-time graduate study. Applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding such as NSF or New York State fellowships. Most PhD students receive full financial support, including a stipend for living expenses and a tuition waiver. 

Ph. D. Students

Ph. D. students typically receive a stipend and receive a full tuition waiver. During the first year of studies, this support comes in the form of a grant. In subsequent years students are expected to perform teaching or research in return for their stipend. The details of a particular student's financial offer can vary depending upon specific circumstances and will be specified in a letter sent to each student at the time that an admission offer is made.

M. S. Students

M. S. students typically receive a tuition waiver of 50% of registered credit hours. In addition, students are acquire to be a part-time teaching assistantship. The details of a particular student's financial offer can vary depending upon specific circumstances and will be specified in a letter sent to each student at the time that an admission offer is made.

Standardized Tests

Applicants are urged to take required tests early so that the results can be considered in conjunction with the candidate's academic records. Obtain information and registration materials from your own institution or write to: Educational Testing Service, Princeton , NJ 08541 . The institute code number for GRE and TOEFL reports for the College, Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is 7267 . The GRE department code for Chemical Engineering is 1001 and the TOEFL department code for Chemical Engineering is 64.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/know
All applicants should take the revised general (aptitude) test and should report the verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores and percentiles. Average scores for entering students are 80th percentile in all categories. Subject specific tests are not required.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) www.ets.org/toefl or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) www.ielts.org
The TOEFL or IELTS test is required of all applicants whose native language is not English unless they are graduates of a U.S. undergraduate program (minimum of 2 years of study in the U.S.). A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based test), 260 (computer-based test), or 95 (Internet test) is required for admittance.  A minimum IELTS band score of 7.0 is required for admittance.

Supplementary Information for Non-U.S. Student

Documents or letters submitted in support of your application must be in English or should be accompanied by an English translation. Please do not send secondary school records. In many countries visas will not be issued without proof of adequate proficiency in English, such as a satisfactory TOEFL and/or GRE verbal score (see Standardized Tests above). To obtain a visa for study in the United States , international students must present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) at a U.S. consulate or embassy and demonstrate full proof of ability to pay all tuition and living expenses for the first year of study.

Note: University fellowships may not cover all of these expenses; students will ordinarily need some additional funds.

International Services Office will issue the I-20 or DS-2019 after a student has accepted the offer and demonstrated proof of his/her ability to pay all expenses for at least the first year of study. Questions should be addressed to: ISO, 209 Morey Hall, University of Rochester, Box 270446, Rochester NY 14627-0446, telephone (585) 275-2866 or fax (585) 244-4503 or e-mail questions@iso.rochester.edu or through the International Services Office website at www.iso.rochester.edu

Electronic Mail and Fax

We will communicate important messages to you via e-mail or fax. An e-mail address is essential for proper communication during the review period. Please be sure to fill out the electronic mail/fax information where requested in the application.


Send your official transcript(s) from the Registrar at each college or university you have attended (including the University of Rochester, if applicable) directly to the Department of Chemical Engineering.  Electronic copies are accepted as part of the online application.   You will be required to submit official transcript(s) upon matriculation to the program. 

Letters of Recommendation

You will be asked to provide the names of three (3) persons you are asking to recommend you for graduate study. Your recommenders will be contacted by email and provided a link where they can upload their letter of recommendation.


The University of Rochester provides equal opportunity in admissions and student aid regardless of sex, age, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. Further, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws. Questions on compliance should be directed to the particular school or department and/or to the University's Intercessor, University of Rochester , Box 270039, Rochester, NY 14627-0039. Phone: (585) 275-9125.

Mailing Address

Graduate Program Admissions
Department of Chemical Engineering
206 Gavett Hall
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

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