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September 20, 2018

Autumn 2018 – Convey Admissions Decisions

Please be advised the fifth day of instruction, Tuesday, October 2nd, is an important admission deadline for Autumn Quarter.  The following actions should be taken in MGP no later than October 2nd: Submit admission petitions for any changes to Autumn 2018 applications Defer – admitted for Autumn 2018 deferring to a future quarter Early Entry*…


September 14, 2018

GEMS – Unsatisfactory Progress

Please note our new submission process for Low Scholarship / Unsatisfactory Progress. This is a temporary process while GEMS works with our technical team to integrate this process entirely into MyGradProgram. If you have already submitted documents for a particular student, please do not resubmit. To submit a probation status recommendation: 1. Access the Sharepoint…


March 16, 2018

Spring 2018 – Convey Admissions Decisions Deadline

As you plan for Winter 2018 graduation, don’t forget that Spring quarter is right around the corner!  Please be advised that the fifth day of instruction is March 30th (please refer to our Dates & Deadlines calendar each quarter for the “Convey Admissions Decisions” deadlines). For our March 30th Spring 2018 deadline, please ensure that: Admissions petitions are submitted…


Planning for Winter Quarter 2018 Graduation

These are reminders for you that will assist GEMS in providing a quick and successful graduation for your students for Winter Quarter 2018. Students must have completed all degree requirements on or before March 16, 2018. Before you recommend graduation in MyGrad (by Wednesday, March 21st at 5 p.m.), please ensure the following steps have been completed:…


March 30, 2017

Update to Deadlines for Conveying Admissions Decisions

On January 5, 2017, GEMS notified advisors that the “Notice of Intent” regarding a deadline for admission deferrals, admission early entries, late applications for admission and admission decisions had been approved and would be implemented. At the request of the International English Language Program (IELP), we are now adding Defer AEP requirements to this deadline…


February 3, 2017

Admissions Challenges Under New Executive Order

Graduate School Dean David Eaton sent the below message (excerpted) to graduate programs on February 1, 2017. With the recent Executive Order potentially impacting student entry into the US, many of you have asked how you should handle admission applications specifically from the seven countries identified in the Executive Order. The Graduate School strongly recommends…


January 19, 2017

Critical reminder: Paid ECDs (Enrollment Confirmation Deposits) guarantee admission for new students

If an applicant pays the ECD after your offer acceptance deadline, the applicant becomes an enrolled student. To prevent a student from accepting your offer and paying the ECD past your stated deadline, you will need to manually decline the offer in MyGrad before the student submits the ECD payment. Instructions for declining an offer…


January 9, 2017

Change in Policy: Admissions Deferrals and Late Applications

Per the e-mail sent to advisors last week: starting Winter 2017, each quarter now has an admissions process deadline – the fifth day of instruction. This date is calendared for each quarter on the Dates & Deadlines page. Please work with your students to ensure that the below actions are conveyed through MyGrad no later…


November 23, 2016

Critical Graduate Admissions Updates

The Graduate School recently received a policy clarification from the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency regarding conditional admissions.  In response to this clarification, the Graduate School is changing a few of our admission practices to ensure compliance with federal policy while minimizing the impact on your current admission practices and retaining fairness to all…


September 20, 2016

Webinar Recording: International Student Employment and Degree Level Changes

If your program enrolls F-1 international students, but you were unable to attend the International Student Services’ webinar on August 31st, you can now access the video on the GPA/GPC Resources page. Topics covered: The Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs (quick intro for new staffers) Recent government changes to the OPT employment program How…