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The following programs are sorted by Physics GRE score acceptance policy, where the programs that have completely abandoned the Physics GRE are listed on top and those with increasingly less-progressive policies are listed towards the end (otherwise listing is alphabetical). The AAS council's recommendation is "that graduate programs eliminate or make optional the GRE and PGRE as metrics of evaluation for graduate applicants," but the author of this spreadsheet believes all depreciations of the test are positive developments and should be encouraged. For more info on the rationale for such a change, please see the links below the table.
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IMPORTANT: Both the general and physics GRE tests *are* being offered both in-person and remotely (general only) in 2021, but finding testing openings has been reported to be difficult.
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Please send e-mails to guillochon@gmail.com to propose edits to this list.
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ProgramGRE (Physics, General, & COVID-19)*Application Fee §Table last updated: 2022-01-20
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UniversityDepartment †Phys.Gen.C19 ※PolicyVerified byDom.Intl.Waiv.Verified by* Key:
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ArizonaPhysicsNOURLR. Wechsler$85$95NJ. GuillochonN = Does not acceptN
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Arizona StateEarth & SpaceNNURLS. Starrfield$70$115NS. Starrfield
O = Optional, no impact if not submitted ‡
0.75NN
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Cal State Northridge ᵐPhys. & Ast.NURLJ. Barranco$70$70YJ. Guillochon
R = Optional but reporting recommended ‡
NN
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Case Western ReserveAstronomyNURLC. Mihos$50$50NJ. GuillochonY = Still requiredNN
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Case Western ReservePhysicsNNNURLC. Covault$0$0NC. CovaultNN
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CornellAstronomyNNURLN. Lewis$105$105YJ. GuillochonNN
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CornellApplied PhysicsNNURLD. Muller$105$105YD. Muller
ᵃ = Alternative requirement if PGRE not reported
N
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Georgia StateAstronomyNNURLM. Bentz$50$50YM. Bentz
ᵇ = GRE scores "blinded" until other app materials reviewed
NN
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Georgia StatePhysicsNYURLM. Bentz$50$50YM. Bentz
ᶜ = Considering relaxing policy for 2022-2023
NN
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Indiana Univ.AstronomyNOURLE. Mills$60$65YJ. Guillochon
ᵈ = Department ignores physics GRE, but school requires
NO
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Johns HopkinsPlanetaryNURLS. Stanley$75$75YJ. Guillochonᵉ = Exceptions madeNN
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Michigan ᵒAst. & Astrophys.NNURLE. Rauscher$75$90YJ. Guillochon
ᵍ = Department ignores general GRE, but school requires
NN
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Minnesota StatePhys. & Ast.NNURLP. Crowell$75$95NP. Crowellⁱ = Required for international studentsNN
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MITPhysicsNNURLC. Modica$75$75YC. Modicaᵐ = Masters only programNN
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Montana StatePhysicsNNURLD. Ayzenberg$60$60ND. Ayzenberg
ⁿ = No admissions fees for first N applicants
NN
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New Mexico StateAstronomyNNURLJ. Jackiewicz$40$50NJ. Guillochon
ᵒ = Online policy not yet fully updated to reflect current status
NN
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Northwestern ᵒAstronomyNNURLE. Teng$95$95YJ. Guillochon
ʳ = PGRE weight reduced in evaluation and/or no minimum score
NN
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NorthwesternPhysicsNNURLV. Kalogera$95$95YJiaxi
ˢ = Sub-discipline within a larger department
NN
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Notre DamePhysicsNNNURLS. Goethals$75$75YJ. Guillochon
ᵗ = PGRE recommended for non-physics majors
NN
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Ohio State ᵒPhysicsNNNURLJ. Pelz$60$70YC. Moloney
ᵘ = Allows unofficial reporting not through ETS
NN
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Oregon StatePhysicsNNURLY.-S. Lee$75$85NY.-S. LeeN
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Penn StateAst. & Astrophys.NNURLA. Villar$65$65YJ. GuillochonFraction of programs with each policy:NN
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Rochester (RIT)Phys. & Ast.NNURLJ. Kartaltepe$65$65NJ. GuillochonNN
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San Francisco State ᵐPhys. & Ast.NURLJ. Barranco$70$70NJ. GuillochonNN
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Stony Brook UniversityPhys. & Ast.NNOURLM. Zingale$100$100YM. ZingaleNO
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Syracuse ᵒPhysicsNNURLD. Brown$75$75NJ. GuillochonNN
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Texas Christian Univ. ᵒPhys. & Ast.NNURLP. Frinchaboy$0$60YP. FrinchaboyNN
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ToledoPhys. & Ast.NYOURLM. Cushing$45$75NJ. GuillochonNO
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TorontoAstronomyNNURLR. Domagalski$90$90NJ. GuillochonNN
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UC IrvinePhys. & Ast.NNURLK. Abazajian$120$140NJ. GuillochonNN
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UT ArlingtonPhysicsNYURLB. Jones$75$90NB. JonesNN
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UT AustinAstronomyNNURLC. Casey$65$90YJ. GuillochonON
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Utah State UniversityPhysicsNNURLM. Rodriguez$55$55NM. RodriguezON
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VanderbiltAstrophysicsNURLJ. Guillochon$95$95NJ. GuillochonON
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VirginiaAstronomyNYNURLN. Kallivayalil$85$85YJ. GuillochonON
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Wesleyan ᵐAstronomyNYURLM. Hughes$0$0NJ. GuillochonON
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Wesleyan ᵐPlanetaryNNURLM. Hughes$0$0NJ. GuillochonON
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Wisconsin-Madison ʰᵒAstronomyNOURLJ. Stafford$75$81YP. NairON
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Yale ᵒAstronomyNNURLM. Geha$105$105NJ. GuillochonON
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Alabama ᵒPhys. & Ast.OOURLJ. Bailin$65$80YP. NairOO
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AlbertaAst. & Astrophys.OURLN. Ivanova$75$75NR. FernándezOO
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Arizona ᵒAstronomyOURLE. Cangi$85$95NJ. GuillochonOO
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ArizonaPlanetaryOURLA. Springmann$85$95NJ. GuillochonOO
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Arizona StatePhysicsOOURLR. Wechsler$70$115NJ. GuillochonOO
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Appalacian StatePhys. & Ast.O$65$65NJ. GuillochonOO
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Colorado (Boulder)Ast. & PlanetOYOURLA. Aarnio$60$80YJ. GuillochonOO
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Colorado (Boulder)PhysicsOOOURLM. Ritzwoller$60$80YJ. GuillochonOO
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ColumbiaPhysicsOOURLE. Demirboğa$115$115NM.-M. Mac LowOO
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ConnecticutPhysicsOOURLC. Battersby$75$75NC. BattersbyOO
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Ball State ᵐPhys. & Ast.OOJ. P. Millis$60$60YJ. GuillochonOO
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Bowling GreenPhys. & Ast.O$45$75NJ. GuillochonOO
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BrandeisPhysicsOURLE. Cangi$75$75NJ. GuillochonOO
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Brigham YoungAstronomyOURLD. Stephens$50$50YD. StephensOO
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Boston UniversityAstronomyOYURLJ. Hermes$95$95YJ. HermesOO
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Caltech ᵒAstronomyOONURLM. de los Reyes$100$100YM. de los ReyesON
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Caltech ᵒPhysicsOONURLM. de los Reyes$100$100YM. de los ReyesON
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CaltechPlanetaryOOURLH. Ngo$100$100YM. de los ReyesOO
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Cal State Fullerton ᵐPhysicsOURLA. Romanowsky$70$70NJ. GuillochonOO
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Cal State Long Beach ᵐPhys. & Ast.OURLA. Romanowsky$55$55NJ. GuillochonOO
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Central FloridaPhysicsOURLA. Springmann$31$31NP. NairOO
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ChicagoAst. & Astrophys.OOURL
A. Drlica-Wagner
$90$90YJ. GuillochonOO
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ClemsonPhys. & Ast.OURLJ. Guillochon$80$90NJ. GuillochonOO
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ColumbiaAstronomyOOURLD. Kipping$115$115NM.-M. Mac LowOO
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CornellPhysicsOOURLM. Niemack$105$105NJ. GuillochonOO
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CUNYPhysicsORURLM. Marinelli$75$75NJ. GuillochonOO
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DartmouthPhys. & Ast.OOURLE. Newton$50$50NJiaxiOO
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DelawarePhys. & Ast.OYOURLF. Bianco$75$75YF. BiancoOO
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DenverPhys. & Ast.OURLJ. Hoffman$65$65NJ. GuillochonOO
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DePaul ᵐPhysicsOURLV. Bhalotia$40$40NJ. GuillochonOO
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Drexel ᵍPhysicsOYURLR. Phillipson$65$65YR. PhillipsonO
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DukePhysicsOYOURLJ. Guillochon$95$95NJ. GuillochonOO
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Eastern Michigan ᵐPhys. & Ast.O$45$45NJ. GuillochonOO
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EmoryPhysicsOURLN. Larsen$75$75NJ. GuillochonOO
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FloridaAstronomyOYNURLD. Narayanan$30$30NJ. GuillochonON
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FloridaPhysicsOOURLL. Blecha$30$30NJ. GuillochonOO
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Florida Inst. of Tech
Phys. & Space Sci.
OE. Perlman$60$60YJ. GuillochonOO
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Florida StatePhysicsOURLR. Wechsler$30$30NJ. GuillochonOO
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Fresno State ᵐPhysicsOURLA. Romanowsky$70$70NJ. GuillochonRO
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Georgia Tech ⁱPhysicsOURLD. Ballantyne$75$85NJ. GuillochonRO
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HarvardAstronomyOOURLJ. Guillochon$105$105YJ. GuillochonRO
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HarvardPhysicsOOURLR. Wechsler$105$105NJ. GuillochonRO
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Hawaii (Manoa)AstronomyOURLA. Romanowsky$100$100NJ. GuillochonRO
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Illinois Urbana-ChampaignAstronomyONURLL. Looney$70$90YG. NarayanRO
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Illinois Urbana-ChampaignPhysicsOOURLJ. Filippini$70$90YG. NarayanYO
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IowaPhys. & Ast.OOURLJ. Guillochon$60$100YJ. GuillochonYO
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Johns HopkinsPhys. & Ast.OOURLT. Marriage$75$75YT. MarriageYO
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Kansas ᵃPhys. & Ast.OOURLG. Rudnick$65$85YG. RudnickYO
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Kansas StatePhysicsOOURLJ. Guillochon$65$75NJ. GuillochonYO
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Maryland (College Park)AstronomyOOURLS. Rolston$75$75Y
E. Hammerstein
YO
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Maryland (College Park)PhysicsONURLS. Rolston$75$75YJ. GuillochonYO
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Massachusetts (Amherst)AstronomyOYURLA. Pope$80$80NJ. GuillochonYO
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Massachusetts (Dartmouth) ᵐ
AstronomyOOR. Fisher$60$60NJ. GuillochonYO
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McMasterPhys. & Ast.OA. Sills$83$83NJ. GuillochonYO
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MichiganPhysicsOYURLR. Wechsler$75$90YJ. GuillochonYO