Application Package

A completed application must be accompanied by transcripts and letters of recommendation. A completed application may additionally require standardized test scores. Details of these requirements, including additional information for international students, are described in the following.


Applicants should send their official transcript(s) from each college or university they attended directly to the Department of Chemical Engineering to Electronic copies are accepted as part of the online application. Students are required to submit official transcript(s) upon matriculation to the program.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required (one letter of recommendation for internal University of Rochester undergraduates applying to the 4+1 Option). Recommenders will be contacted by email and provided a link where they can upload their letter of recommendation.

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.

The institute code number for GRE is 2928 and TOEFL reports 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)

Submission of GRE scores is encouraged but not required. Applicants taking the GRE should report the verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores and percentiles. Average scores for students accepted into the program are in the 80th percentile in all categories. Subject tests are not required.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

An English language proficiency exam is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. The Department of Chemical Engineering accepts the TOEFL and IELTS test. 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. The English proficiency exam requirement is waived for applicants who are graduates of a U.S. undergraduate program with a minimum of two years of study in the U.S.