It is crucial that each applicant submit a complete application file. No application for admission can be considered by a department until all supporting materials are received, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and, for students whose first language is not English, TOEFL scores. Applications are held by the Office of Graduate Studies and are not forwarded to departments for admission decisions until all required documents are assembled. Only then are applications reviewed by faculty members in the relevant department or program area. For applications to Bloomington programs, departments and program areas make their admission recommendations to the associate dean for graduate studies after reviewing applications. Once an admission decision has been approved by the associate dean, the applicant receives an official letter indicating admission action. For applications to Indianapolis programs, program area faculty committees make admission recommendations to the director of student services, who sends each applicant a letter indicating admission action.