You are on page 1of 3

Graduate Program - GRADUATE FAQ SHEET - Department of Loui... http://www.che.lsu.

edu/degree_programs/grad/faq.htm#1

Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Sunday, April 19, 2009

Graduate Program Home > Academics > Graduate Program > Graduate FAQ Sheet

Program Overview
Requirements
Graduate FAQ Sheet
Applicant Evaluation
How to Apply We receive a lot of email from applicants who
have various questions concerning our graduate
Financial Aid
program. The most frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked and their answers are listed below.
Questions (FAQs)
1. When should I apply?
The Graduate Faculty
2. Do you admit students for the spring
Graduate Students semester and do you offer financial aid to
students who are admitted for spring?
Graduate Course
Offerings 3. How is admission decided?
4. When will I know if I will be admitted?
LSU Graduate School 5. If I give you a summary of my scores and
International Cultural background, can you tell me my chances of
Center being admitted?
6. After I have applied, can you tell me my
Search this site status in the admission decision process?
7. If I give you a summary of my scores and background, can you tell me my chances of
getting financial aid?
8. Can the application fee be waived?
9. Do you have recommendation forms?
10. Can I send photocopies of my GRE and TOEFL scores with my application instead of
having the originals scores mailed?
11. Should I contact a faculty member that I would like to work with before I arrive at LSU
or even before I am admitted?
New Chemical 12. When and how do I pick a research advisor/project?
Engineering Building on 13. What are the minimum GRE and TOEFL score requirements?
the way - Fund-raising
Campaign in motion 1.) When should I apply?

The deadline for fall admission is May 15, but we start admitting students early in
February. Applications that are received after we have started the admission
process have a reduced chance of admission because there will be fewer open
positions remaining. For fall applicants, we recommend that the application be
mailed no later than mid-January in order to have the best chance of admission.

2.) Do you admit students for the spring semester and do you offer financial aid to
students who are admitted for spring?

The answer to both questions is yes. However, our program is best suited for fall
admission, and the spring class is typically much smaller than the fall class.
Occasionally, we do not even have a spring class.

3.) How is admission decided?

How is admission decided? A faculty Admissions Committee makes all decisions
concerning admissions and assistantships.

1 of 3 4/19/2009 12:40 AM

5. but a pool of qualified applicants is kept on hold until we have received as many acceptances as we have openings. A decision may be made shortly after we receive your application.) If I give you a summary of my scores and background. Most faculty members are deluged with emails from prospective students and will not commit themselves to work with a student based only on email correspondence and an application package.. 6.che. New students will then have most of the semester to talk to the faculty members they would like to work for. Matching students with projects is a complex process involving student competition and available funding. we can say that a large number of our students are granted financial aid. but if you are admitted. ranked in order of preference. We do not respond to inquiries concerning financial aid status. this is not always possible. can you tell me my chances of being admitted? If you would like to be evaluated prior to formally applying.) After I have applied.) When and how do I pick a research advisor/project? Shortly after the semester begins. most faculty members will want to meet students in person and see how well they perform in our classes before making a decision. However.GRADUATE FAQ SHEET .) Can the application fee be waived? No. Therefore. Obviously.Department of Loui..lsu.) Do you have recommendation forms? No. 9. Students are then assigned projects based on these lists. Therefore.) When will I know if I will be admitted? That is difficult to say. You will be notified by letter if you are offered financial aid. but the University requires it.htm#1 4. most faculty members will be more willing to commit to advising a student if this commitment does not include a financial obligation to support the student.) Should I contact a faculty member that I would like to work with before I arrive at LSU or even before I am admitted? Probably not. 12. preferably in such a way that everyone gets his or her first choice. can you tell me my chances of getting financial aid? No. However. 2 of 3 4/19/2009 12:40 AM . 11.Graduate Program . you should complete and submit our Graduate Program Applicant Evaluation form. You will be notified by letter if you are admitted. 8. The graduate coordinator informs each applicant by letter when a decision is made. We know that the application fee is a significant financial burden for some applicants. Just have your recommenders write regular letters (on professional letterhead if possible). The decision process usually begins in February (for fall applicants) and continues through the spring semester. if you are financially self-supported and do not require an assistantship.edu/degree_programs/grad/faq. you must then request ETS to send the official scores to LSU before the beginning of your first semester. faculty members offering projects will give short presentations on these projects. it may make sense to contact potential research advisors in advance. We do not respond to inquiries concerning admission status. sign over the seal. and return them to you to send to us. 7.) Can I send photocopies of my GRE and TOEFL scores with my application instead of having the originals scores mailed? Yes. as long as applications are received and positions are available. They should then seal the envelopes. and we do not have the option to waive it.) If I give you a summary of my scores and background. 10. can you tell me my status in the admission decision process? No. Each student must hand in a list of 3 or more desired projects. http://www.

lsu. NO EXCEPTIONS. Official Web Page of Louisiana State University. http://www.. 2007 Cain Department of Chemical Engineering 110 Chemical Engineering South Stadium Road Baton Rouge. 213 (computer based test). ^ Top This page was last modified on February 5.1426 Fax: 225. or 79 (Internet based test). LA 70803 Telephone: 225.) What are the minimum GRE and TOEFL score requirements? The LSU Graduate School will accept TOEFL scores no lower than 550 (paper based test).Graduate Program . but these scores are not required for admission as many factors are evaluated when considering admission of each applicant. 3 of 3 4/19/2009 12:40 AM .edu Copyright © 2006.578.GRADUATE FAQ SHEET . Our department prefers scores of at least 620 (pBt). All Rights Reserved.. It is only required that you take the test. The Graduate School does not have a minimum GRE score requirement.edu/degree_programs/grad/faq. 260 (cBt).578. Our department prefers GRE scores of 1200 or higher (verbal + quantitative).che.Department of Loui. or 105 (iBt).1476 E-mail: cheweb lsu.htm#1 13.