Admission and Application Process at Claremont Graduate University

The Application/Admissions Process

Having a lot of questions about the graduate school admissions process is normal. Rest assured that we are here to guide you to the right answers. The multifaceted nature of our academic programs will add a few variations here and there, but the process comes down to following the steps below:

International Students please review this section and the Prospective International Students section to get a comprehensive view of the application/admissions process for international students.

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Prospective Students

Learn more about our graduate-only community of approximately 2,200 students who specialize in more than 20 masters and doctoral degrees. Search for the program that best fits your interests and goals.

Prospective Students
  • Academic Programs
  • Campus Visits/Info-Sessions
  • Courses
For more information, please click here.


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Application Requirements

Familiarize yourself with this list of important deadlines, required documents and tests, and tips on how to package your information prior to formally applying to CGU.

International Students, please also review and comply by these additional requirements.

Application Priority Deadlines & Fees
  • Spring: November 1st
  • Summer: April 1st
  • Fall: February 1st
Please refer to the main Application Deadlines & Fees page for important details. The above dates are priority dates only.
Required Documents & Tests In addition to the documents and test scores required by the Office of Admissions and Records, you will also need to submit additional department-specific documents. See link for details.
Financing Your Education Whether if you have questions on how to fill out a FAFSA form or what do subsidized vs. unsubsidized loans mean, it is better to start early. Check out these links and contact us for further questions.
What Admission Committees Want (PDF) Tips on how to become a competitive applicant for graduate school, including detailed information about researching graduate programs, recommendation letters, required tests, and more.
Basis for Admission University philosophy on student selection, admission basis, and evaluation of an applicant's ability to pursue graduate study.


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Applying to CGU

Ready to apply? Start your application process by browsing through these sections. Return to this section from time to time as questions arise.

The Application/Admissions Process Frequent questions asked about what to expect during the application process, including a detailed list of application approval stages and turnaround times for inquiries.
Applying to Special Programs
Apply Now CGU Application (online or PDF), application checklist, and mailing information for required materials.
Contact Us Select the 'prospective' tab (this includes those who have submitted an application but haven't been admitted yet), broken down by school/academic program.


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Your Admission Packet

Your admission packet was mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service within two weeks of the time you first learned of your admission from your academic department. Read it carefully.

Interpreting Your Admissions Letter Each student admitted to the University is classified in a particular category. Click for more information.
Return your Decision Card ALL admitted students interested in enrolling MUST return the decision card BY MAIL to:

Claremont Graduate University
Attn: Admissions
160 E. Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711.
Tuition Deposit/Intent to Enroll BY CHECK:
You can send your Tuition Deposit check (along with your Decision Card) to the mailing address above.



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Admitted Student Checklist

You have applied to CGU, received your Admit Packet, mailed in your Decision Card, and made your Tuition Deposit (by check or online). Now what? Here are checklists and contacts for your next steps:

Checklist (Domestic Students)
  1. RSVP for the New Student Orientation online
  2. Secure you financial arrangements
  3. Housing Services
  4. Register for classes
  5. Get Student ID Card after semester begins
Checklist (International Students)
  1. Secure you financial arrangements
  2. Housing Services
  3. Obtain your I-20 or DS-2019
  4. RSVP for the New Student Orientation online
  5. RSVP for the International Student Orientation/Check-In online
  6. Register for classes
  7. Get Student ID Card after semester begins
Contact Us Search for Contact list broken down by different needs.


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Please allow up to two (2) weeks from the time you mailed documents to our office to contact us regarding your submission/receipt.

  • Email Us at
  • Check our Announcements section
  • Phone: (909) 621-8069
  • Fax: (909) 607-7285
  • Mailing address:
    Admissions Office
    160 E. Tenth St.
    Claremont CA 91711
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