Application Information


Please follow the link provided to access the online application. All application materials will be uploaded and handled electronically. There is no need to send or forward hard copies of any required document. Additionally, at the completion of the online application, you will have the chance to attach your personal statement and resume so that they can be included with your application packet.

Application Fee

No application fee is required of applicants to the Chemistry Department. Note that this differs from other departments at the University of Rochester, so you may disregard references to application fees within the online application system.

Application Deadline

The Department of Chemistry can admit students who apply any time of year; however, preference for September admission will be given to applicants for whom all application materials are received before the January 15th deadline.

Financial Aid

The Department of Chemistry offers a tuition waiver and an annual stipend to all graduate students admitted into the PhD degree program. However, applicants are also encouraged to apply for outside fellowships as applicable.

Standardized Tests

Applicants are urged to take the required exams early so that the results are available when admissions review begins. These examinations are given several times during the year at worldwide centers. You can obtain more information and registration materials from your current institution or by contacting Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.

Electronic copies of either unofficial or official exam score reports are accepted as part of the online application system. They can beuploaded directly to the system. It is not necessary to have official copies sent to the Department of Chemistry.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): All applicants should take the general (aptitude) test and should report the verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores and percentiles. In addition, the advanced test in Chemistry is highly recommended. Our department does not publish minimum score requirements for the GRE exam. Test scores are reviewed in conjunction with other application materials when making admissions decisions. The university GRE code is 2928.

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all Chemistry applicants whose native language is not English. There is no minimum score requirement to apply. However, to be competitive, a TOEFL score of 100 or higher is necessary. The university TOEFL code is 7267.


Electronic copies of either unofficial or official transcripts are accepted as part of the online application system. They can beuploaded directly to the system. It is not necessary to have official copies sent to the Department of Chemistry.

Letters of Recommendation

While completing the online application, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information for the three (3) persons that you are asking to recommend you for graduate school. These individuals will receive an e-mail directly from the application system with a link and instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation.

Equal Opportunity Policy

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. Furthermore, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws.

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Quick application information...

  • There is no application fee.
  • The deadline is January 15.
  • You must submit GRE scores, your undergraduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are also required for non-native English speakers.
  • All correspondence should be sent to:

Graduate Studies Office
Department of Chemistry
RC Box 270216
Rochester, NY 14627-0216