CU Boulder engineering college waiving application fees for Ph.D. students

This is the second year fees will be waived, after the school saw positive results in applications

In the day since Mark Kennedy was announced as the sole finalist in the University of Colorado System presidential search, students have organized a rally in opposition to the choice, faculty have expressed concern and an open letter against Kennedy has begun circulating.

The University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science is again waiving application fees for qualifying Ph.D. students after seeing successful results from the program last year.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents with an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or better through Nov. 15 can apply to the Ph.D. program for free, according to a CU news release.

Application fees usually are $60.

The fee was waived last year in a pilot program. The school found applications of highly qualified applicants increased by 10%, and applications increased by 50% from groups usually underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, the release states.

Meredith Canode, director of graduate programs, the release said the school is committed to increasing diversity in its graduate student population while growing the Ph.D. programs.

“The fee waiver is one tool in our tool chest that helps improve access for top-notch students,” she said.

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