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COVID-19 FAQ for Graduate School Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate School of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! During these uncertain times we are doing everything we can to support our applicants and admitted students. Below please find answers to frequently asked questions about our admissions process. For further guidance email us at gradschool@louisiana.edu.

COVID-19 Applicant FAQ

Is the Graduate School still accepting applications?

Yes. Applications are open for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. Please visit our admissions page to learn more about deadlines and requirements.

Are official English language proficiency test scores still required?

Demonstration of English language proficiency is still required if you do not have a baccalaureate or graduate degree, with primary instruction in English, from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and/or the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). A satisfactory English language proficiency score for admission to the UL Lafayette Graduate School is a TOEFL total score of 79, an IELTS combined score of 6.5, or a PTE score of 53. To learn more about testing options during the COVID-19 disruption, please visit the TOEFL, IELTS  and PTE websites.

In response to COVID-19, the Graduate School has approved the temporary use of the Duolingo English Test scores as an alternative to IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE scores. A satisfactory score for admission to the UL Lafayette Graduate School is 105. The Duolingo English Test will continue to be available as a temporary alternative to IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE testing options for those applying for all 2021 terms. After taking the test, you will receive a verification email allowing you to send your score to our office. Please visit the Duolingo English Test website to learn more.

Remember that official scores must be sent to us directly from the testing agency, and copies cannot be uploaded to the application portal or emailed.

Are official GRE or GMAT test scores still required?

The following graduate programs have suspended the GRE application requirement for the upcoming admission terms:

• Applied Language and Speech Science, Ph.D. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Architecture, M.Arch.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Biology, M.S. -suspended for spring 2021 through fall 2022 admission terms
• Chemical Engineering, M.S.E.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Civil Engineering, M.S.E.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Criminal Justice, M.S. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Earth and Energy Science, Ph.D. - - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Educational Leadership, Ed.D. -- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Elementary Education and Elementary French Immersion, M.A.T. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Elementary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate, M.A.T. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Environmental Resource Science, M.S. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020
• Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D. - suspended for spring 2021 through fall 2022 admission terms
• Secondary Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate, M.A.T.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Electrical Engineering, M.S.E. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Geology, M.S. - - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Mathematics, M.S.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Mathematics, Ph.D.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Mechanical Engineering, M.S.E.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Petroleum Engineering, M.S.E.- suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Physics, M.S. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020

• Speech Pathology and Audiology, M.S. - suspended for 2021 admission
• Systems Engineering, Ph.D. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms
• Systems Technology, M.S. - suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 and all 2021 admission terms

In all instances above, the graduate programs above welcome GRE results as available. The GRE requirement will be reinstated for these programs for future application terms. Some programs will continue to suspend the GRE requirement for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 applications. Please check back for future updates.

The graduate programs identified below have not suspended GRE or GMAT application requirements at this time. To learn more about at-home or online testing options during the COVID-19 disruption, please visit the GRE and GMAT websites.

• Accounting M.S.
• Business Administration M.B.A.
• Computer Engineering, M.S. and Ph.D.
• Computer Science, M.S. and Ph.D.
• Counselor Education, M.S.
• Healthcare Business Administration M.B.A.
• Informatics, M.S.
• Psychology, M.S.
 

 

How do I send my official test scores?

Our office receives TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, and GMAT scores electronically. Receipt of official test scores will be marked in your application portal. Please allow time both for posting of these scores by the testing agency and for our office to receive the scores.

Our institution code for GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL is 6672, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

How do I submit the required I-20 documents?

Final official transcripts with proof of degree(s), financial documentation, a copy of your passport, and proof of immunization compliance are required in order to receive an I-20. The documents deadline for an initial I-20 for Spring 2021 will be November 15. All required documents must be received and approved by this date. Official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School directly from each institution. Financial documentation, your passport, and proof of immunization compliance may be submitted through the application portal following the instructions on our international applicants webpage.

Are I-20s still being issued?

Yes. The Graduate School will issue initial I-20s through November 15th. An I-20 will be issued for an admitted student once all required documentation has been received and approved. Visit https://gradschool.louisiana.edu/admissions/international-students to review documentation requirements. You will be notified by email when your I-20 has been issued.

Is the Graduate School still receiving postal mail?

Due to the COVID-19 disruption, the Graduate School receives postal mail only twice weekly.

To expedite processing time, documents should be submitted electronically when possible. If electronic submission is not allowed or is not possible, use the following addresses:

Physical Address
(for courier services like DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.):
UL Lafayette Graduate School
620 McKinley St., Room 138
PO Box 43716
Lafayette, LA 70504

Mailing Address:
UL Lafayette Graduate School
PO Box 43716
Lafayette, LA 70504-3716

What should I do if I cannot secure required application documents due to COVID-19?

If you are unable to provide transcripts, test scores, or other items due to COVID-19, we encourage you to update the entry term on your application. Applicants who have not been admitted and wish to update their application may do so, without fee, for up to one calendar year from the original semester of application. Please visit this webpage for instructions.

What if I have been admitted but I need to delay my start date?

Applicants who have been admitted and wish to defer their admission may do so, without fee, for up to one calendar year from the original semester of application. Please visit this webpage for instructions.

Will there be any changes to the upcoming semester?

We continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). All UL Lafayette updates are posted on the University's official COVID-19 page, and graduate students should continue to monitor this website for complete information and the latest news regarding this rapidly evolving situation. Please plan to monitor the Graduate School COVID-19 page and the Graduate School social media accounts for additional updates specific to graduate students, graduate assistants (GTAs, GRAs, and GA), and graduate applicants.