Table of Contents
- Grad schools waiving GRE
- Universities offering course-specific GRE waivers
- Universities giving conditional GRE waivers
- Bonus list – Universities without GRE score requirements
- We’ll keep adding more universities to this blog
- Factors influencing students’ applications for universities offering GRE waivers
- So should I take the GRE or not?
- How to prepare for GRE?
Several universities across the world have changed their admission requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of them are offering complete waivers for GRE, GMAT, and SAT exams. And others are allowing students to take these tests at a later stage. This is not only because tests like the GRE at-home exam aren’t feasible for everyone but also because these online exams are not available in all countries. Consequently, the list of grad schools waiving GRE has gone on increasing. This offers a great advantage to all the students who want to study abroad in 2023!
This blog covers-
- Grad schools waiving GRE.
- Universities offering course-specific GRE waivers.
- Universities giving conditional GRE waivers.
- Bonus list – Universities without GRE score requirements.
- We’ll keep adding more universities to this blog.
- So should I take the GRE or not?, and
- How to prepare for GRE?
Grad schools waiving GRE
Without further ado, here’s the list of grad schools waiving GRE regardless of where the students are coming from-
- Bowling Green State University
- Pratt Institute
- California State University, Long Beach
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Clayton State University
- Drew University
- Florida State University
- University of Southern Mississippi
- Illinois Institute of Technology (not for Ph.D. students)
- South Dakota State University
- Mississippi State University
- University of Houston
- Stevens University
- Rutgers, New Jersey
- University of Texas, San Antonio
- University of Wisconsin
- Texas Tech University
- Northeastern University
- University of Alabama
- San Jose State University
- University of Southern Mississippi
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
- University of North Carolina, and
- William Carey University
Note: We will update this list as and when more and more colleges decide to waive off GRE.
In the meanwhile, if you know of any other university whose name is missing, feel free to drop its name in the comments for us to add!
Universities offering course-specific GRE waivers
There are a few colleges in these specific universities that have chosen to waive off GRE. Here are a few of them-
- Texas A&M University
- Auburn University
- University of New Hampshire
- University of Illinois
- George Mason University School of Business
- UC Davis Graduate School of Management
- University of Memphis School of Public Health
- Loyola University School of Business
- University of Louisville College of Business and School of Accountancy
- Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College
- University of North Texas Public School of Health
- Kent State University
- University of Minnesota Robotics Institute
- Jackson State University Masters of Arts in Teaching
- University of Arizona Master of Public Health
- Duquesne University
- University of Houston
- Brandeis University Master of Public Health
- University of North Alabama MBA, and
- Harrisburg University of Science & Technology
If you need information about which specific programs are offering GRE waivers, make sure you contact us for details.
Universities giving conditional GRE waivers
Even though a lot of colleges have chosen to evaluate candidates on other fronts, others are still asking students to take the test. However, if you are unable to do so and fulfill certain criteria provided by these GRE waiver universities, they might waive off your scores-
- Kansas State University
- University of Nebraska
- UC Davis
- University of Dayton
- Wichita State University
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- The University of Rochester
- University of New Haven
- The University of Oklahoma, and
- University of Idaho
A lot of colleges have relaxed their admissions requirements only because of the pandemic. But several other schools do not expect applicants to submit GRE scores in general. You can get a more detailed list of these schools here. But to start with, some of the universities without GRE requirements are-
- Columbia University (Journalism, Neuroscience and Education, etc.)
- Northeastern University (Bioinformatics, Nanomedicine, etc.)
- University of California, Berkeley (Architecture, Environmental Design, etc.)
- San José State University (Data Analytics, Civil Engineering, etc.), and
- Rochester Institute of Technology (Product Development, Applied Statistics, etc.)
Some of these colleges make it optional for you to submit your GRE scores. However, the rest of them might ask for more documents, like Letters of Recommendation or your Portfolio.
We’ll keep adding more universities to this blog
As I’ve already mentioned, the list of grad schools waiving GRE has been increasing day-by-day. So if there’s a university or a course that you are interested in and you can’t find it on this list, don’t fret!
Go to the university website and check their Graduate page. Or look at the program page itself. If the application requirements on these pages do not mention GRE that submitting GRE scores is optional, you might not need to take the test after all! Unless you end up shortlisting a college that does require you to share your GRE scores.
Factors influencing students’ applications for universities offering GRE waivers
Academic History: The first thing that the admission committee will look at is students’ GPA (Grade Point Average). Most top universities require applicants to have at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate studies.
Experience/Internship: Some professional programs like MBA emphasize work experience. Whether it’s just an internship or a full-time job, some experience will make a huge difference in a student’s CV.
Resume/CV: Graduate schools will ask students for their updated resume/CV, along with students’ professional experience and details such as awards, recognitions, projects, etc.
Statement of Purpose (SOP): If an applicant needs to stand out among the competition, S/he needs to draft a near-perfect SOP. The SOP will highlight students’ academic potential and writing and grammar skills.
Letter of Recommendation (LOR): Graduate schools will require applicants to submit 2 to 3 LORs from faculty or previous employers. Your teachers can write about your qualities that a GPA score cannot reflect. A good LOR can strengthen your point and improve your overall application.
So should I take the GRE or not?
My only suggestion to you is this – shortlist your colleges wisely.
Don’t just pick universities because they are not giving GRE waivers. Choose them because you like the course and find the curriculum fascinating. And if that means you have to take the GRE test, do it!
In case you are facing any technical difficulties at home or if ETS does not offer the GRE at-home version in your country or your region, email the university. If they say you will definitely have to submit the scores, return to this blog. Shortlist universities that you like, and apply!
You might end up at a place better than you had dreamed of.
How to prepare for GRE?
Since not all courses and universities are waiving GRE, you might have a few on your shortlist that are still asking students to submit GRE scores.
In that case, it’s best to start preparing for the test as soon as you can. To begin with, check out this blog on ‘All about GRE.’ You can also head over to the article I have written on ‘GRE at-home.’ Here, you will find out about GRE test dates, exam patterns, registration, and scoring. The first blog also has a sample paper for you to practice.
Moreover, the second blog will help you set up your room and your PC (among other things) to help you take the test at home.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over and start preparing!
And in case you get stuck or have any questions (or if you’re still not sure about giving the GRE exam), feel free to reach out or drop a comment below.
We would be very happy to help!
Q1. Are grad schools waiving GRE requirements?
Answer. Yes. A lot of grad schools have changed their application requirements since the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
Q2. Can GRE be waived?
Answer. The answer depends on three factors –
- The COVID situation in the country you’re applying to.
- The university you’re applying to.
- What course you plan to pursue.
You will find the answer on the website page of your university of interest.
Apart from this, if you make an exceptional case, the university you’re applying to might waive GRE for you.
Q3. Will GRE be waived for Fall 2023?
Answer. Several universities have continued to waive off GRE scores in the light of the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean all of them have done so. To find out, head to the program page of your university you want to apply to.
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