Physics GRE requirements for US/Canadian Astronomy & Physics Programs
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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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ProgramDepartment †Physics GRE*PolicyVerified (by)* Key:
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Cal State Northridge ᵐPhys. & Ast.NURLY (J. Barranco)N = Does not accept PGRE
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Case Western ReserveAstronomyNURLY (C. Mihos)O = Optional reporting ‡
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Michigan ᶠAst. & Astrophys.NURLY (E. Rauscher)
R = Reporting recommended ‡
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New Mexico StateAstronomyNURLY (J. Jackiewicz)Y = Still required
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San Francisco State ᵐPhys. & Ast.NURLY (J. Barranco)
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ToledoPhys. & Ast.NURLY (M. Cushing)
ᵃ = Alternative requirement if PGRE not reported
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UC Irvine ᵈᵒPhys. & Ast.NY (K. Abazajian)
ᶜ = Considering relaxing policy
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UT Austin ᶠAstronomyNURLY (C. Casey)
ᵈ = Department ignores PGRE, but school requires
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VanderbiltAstrophysicsNURLY (J. Guillochon)ᵉ = "Exceptions" made
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WashingtonAstronomyNURLY (A. Romanowsky)ᶠ = Offers fee waiver
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AlabamaPhys. & Ast.OURLY (J. Bailin)ᵍ = General GRE not required
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AlbertaAst. & Astrophys.OURLY (N. Ivanova)
ⁱ = Required for international students
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ArizonaAstronomyOURLY (E. Cangi)ᵐ = Masters only program
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ArizonaPlanetaryOURLY (A. Springmann)ⁿ = No fee to apply
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Arizona StateEarth & SpaceOY. (S. Starrfield)
ᵒ = Online policy not yet updated to reflect current status
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Appalacian StatePhys. & Ast.ON
ʳ = PGRE weight reduced in evaluation and/or no minimum score
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Colorado (Boulder)Ast. & PlanetOURLY (A. Aarnio)
ˢ = Astronomy sub-discipline doesn't use PGRE
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Bowling GreenPhys. & Ast.ONᵘ = Allows unofficial reporting
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BrandeisPhysicsOURLY (E. Cangi)
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Caltech ᶠPlanetaryOURLY (H. Ngo)
Fraction of programs with each policy:
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Central FloridaPhysicsOY (A. Springmann)
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ClemsonPhys. & Ast.ON
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DenverPhys. & Ast.OURLY (J. Hoffman)
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Eastern MichiganPhys. & Ast.ON
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EmoryPhysicsOURLY (N. Larsen)
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FloridaAstronomyOURLY (D. Narayanan)
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Florida Inst. of Tech ᶠ
Phys. & Space Sci.
OY (E. Perlman)
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Florida StatePhysicsOURLY (R. Wechsler)
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Georgia State ᶠᵘAstronomyOY (M. Bentz)
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Georgia Tech ⁱPhysicsOURLY (D. Ballantyne)
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Harvard ᵍAstronomyOURLY (J. Guillochon)
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Hawaii (Manoa)AstronomyOURLY (A. Romanowsky)
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Illinois Urbana-ChampaignAstronomyOURLY (L. Looney)
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Illinois Urbana-ChampaignPhysicsOURLY (J. Filippini)
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Indiana Univ.AstronomyOURLY (E. Mills)
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Johns HopkinsPlanetaryOY (S. Horst)
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Kansas StatePhysicsOURLY (J. Guillochon)
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Massachusetts (Amherst) ᵒAstronomyOY (A. Pope)
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Massachusetts (Dartmouth) ᵍᵐ
AstronomyOY (R. Fisher)
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McGillAstrophysicsOY (D. Haggard)
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McMasterPhys. & Ast.OY (A. Sills)
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Michigan StateAstronomyOURLY (J. Strader)
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MinnesotaPhysicsOURLY (E. Ryan)
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MississippiPhys. & Ast.OURLY (J. Guillochon)
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New Mexico TechPhysicsOY (T. Candelaria)
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North CarolinaPhys. & Ast.OURLY (A. Mann)
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NorthwesternAstronomyOY (F. Rasio)
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Ohio StateAstronomyOURLY (L. Lopez)
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Ohio Univ.Phys. & Ast.OURLY (D. Clowe)
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Pittsburgh ᶠPhys. & Ast.OURLY (R. Bezanson)
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Rochester (RIT)AstrophysicsOY (J. Kartaltepe)
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San Jose State ᵐPhys. & Ast.OY (M. Kaufman)
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South CarolinaPhys. & Ast.ON
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Texas A&MAstronomy OY (C. Papovich)
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Texas Christian Univ.Phys. & Ast.OY (P. Frinchaboy)
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Texas TechPhys. & Ast.OY (T. Maccarone)
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TorontoAstronomyOURLY (R. Domagalski)
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UBC ᵒPhys. & Ast.OY (I. Stairs)
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UC Santa Barbara ˢPhysicsOY (B. Mazin)
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UC Santa Cruz ʳAst. & Astrophys.OURLY (J. Guillochon)
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Utah ᶠᵒPhys. & Ast.OURLY (P. Sandick)
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Wesleyan ᵐⁿAstronomyOY (M. Hughes)
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Wesleyan ᵐⁿPlanetaryOY (M. Hughes)
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West VirginiaPhys. & Ast.OY (M. McLaughlin)
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Western OntarioPhys. & Ast.OY (S. Gallagher)
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Wisconsin-MadisonAstronomyOURLY (D. Krishnarao)
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AlaskaPhys. & Ast.RN
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Ball StatePhys. & Ast.RN
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BinghamptonPhysicsRN
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BrownPhysicsRURLY (R. Wechsler)
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Cal State Long Beach ᵐPhys. & Ast.RN
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Caltech ᶠᵒAstronomyRURLY (M. de los Reyes)
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Caltech ᶠᵒPhysicsRURLY (M. de los Reyes)
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Central MichiganPhysicsRN
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ChicagoAst. & Astrophys.RURLY (L. Rogers)
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CincinnatiAst. & Astrophys.RN
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George MasonPhys. & Ast.RY (B. Dreyfus)
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GeorgiaPhys. & Ast.RURLY (N. Larsen)
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IowaPhys. & Ast.RN
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Kansas ᵃᶠPhys. & Ast.RURLY (H. Feldman)
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KentuckyPhys. & Ast.RN
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LehighPhysicsRURLY (J. Pepper)
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Louisiana StatePhys. & Ast.RY (R. Wallace)
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Louisville Phys. & Ast.RY (B. Holwerda)
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MichiganPhysicsRURLY (R. Wechsler)
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Minnesota StatePhys. & Ast.RN
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Mississippi StatePhys. & Ast.RN
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MissouriPhys. & Ast.RN
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NebraskaPhys. & Ast.RN
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North Carolina State ᵉᶠPhysicsRURLY (K. Daniels)
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Northern Arizona Univ.Phys. & Ast.RY (J. Barranco)
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OklahomaPhys. & Ast.RN
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TennesseePhys. & Ast.RN
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TuftsAst. & Astrophys.RN
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UC DavisPhysicsRURLY (M. Chessey)
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UT San AntonioPhys. & Ast.RN
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