Admission FAQs


What if I am unable to arrive for the start of the Fall 2020 session and want to defer my admission term?

With department approval, you are eligible to defer from one semester up to one year.  An email request should be made to the department to which you are admitted.  The contact information for all areas of study may be found on the Areas of Study page:  This request should contain the reason for your deferral along with the term you are wishing to defer to. The department must approve the request first and then forward to the Graduate School for processing.

How do I check the status of my application with the Graduate School?

Applicants to Auburn University’s Graduate School may check their status through the Online Application System.  Applicants will be able to check the status their official transcripts, test scores, and online recommendations via the Apply Yourself application module. They will need to contact the department directly with all the questions concerning departmental requirements as well as admissions recommendations and the time frame in which it will be made. The contact information for all departments can be found under the Areas of Study page.

If you submitted your application prior to October 13th, 2014, then you submitted it in the old application system. You unfortunately are not able to check your status online. The system is set up to keep you up-to-date on your application via automated email, sent to the email address you provided, once each of your materials is confirmed in the Graduate School. 

How can I pay my application fee?

Applicants can pay online via Credit Card at the end of the application process.  The Graduate School accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.  Applications and records will not be processed until the application fee has been received.

Below is a list of the current application fee exemptions:

  • Current Auburn University graduate students enrolled in graduate courses
  • Full-time Auburn University employees
  • Ronald McNair Scholars must submit a memo from sponsoring institution
  • Florida A&M Feeders Program — must submit a memo from Faculty sponsor
  • GEM applicants — must submit a copy of their GEM application
  • Active Duty Military — with a letter confirming duty
  • Applying for an approved dual program — the second application fee is waived

To qualify for one of the application fee exemptions, you must submit the required documentation to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5122

I am having trouble logging back in to my account.

Applicants were sent an email when they applied.  This email contained a PIN for use when signing in to check the application status.  Applicants should retrieve this PIN and use the password created upon initial account creation.  The password can be reset using the Reset Password Link on the Apply Yourself Sign-in page.

What is the institution code I use when requesting ETS to send Auburn University my TOEFL or GRE scores?

Auburn University’s institution code is 1005.

Where do I send my official transcripts?

Official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School using the following address:

The Graduate School
106 Hargis Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849-5122

Official electronic transcripts from domestic institutions may be sent to

Whom should I contact with questions specific to my program of interest?

Please contact the Graduate Program Officer for your program of interest.

May I review my application materials if I am not admitted to the university?

It is the policy of the Graduate School to not release application materials to applicants who do not enroll as students of the university.

What are the general admissions requirements for the Graduate School?

General admissions requirements can be found under General Admissions Requirements.

What are the minimum scores for TOEFL/IELTS, GRE, and GMAT?

Minimum test scores:

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language

550 on the paper-based test (pBT),
213 on the computer-based test (cBT)
79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
Additionally, successful applicants must score a minimum of 16 on all sections (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) of the iBT.

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

6.5 overall band score.


Please contact the department for their minimum requirements. Departmental contact information can be found on the Areas of Study page.

Under what circumstances can I be exempt from the TOEFL?

TOEFL exemptions are made on a case-by-case basis, depending on your official government language and medium of instruction. Applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution may also be considered for this exemption.

What is the institution code for GMAT?

A list of codes by program can be found under General Admissions Requirements.

What is the deadline for the Graduate School and my program/department of interest?

International applicants should submit all required materials at least 90 days before the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. Domestic students should submit all materials at least 45 days before the first class day. However, most academic units make admission decisions several months in advance. Thus, applicants should check with the department to which they seek admission to determine when materials should be submitted. Check the contact information for your department of interest.

Last modified: July 2, 2020