GRE requirements & admissions fees 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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ProgramGRE (Physics, General, & COVID-19)*Application Fee §Table last updated: 2020-08-10
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UniversityDepartment †Phys.Gen.C19 ※PolicyVerified byDom.Intl.Verified by* Key:
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Arizona StateEarth & SpaceNOURLS. Starrfield$70$115S. StarrfieldN = Does not accept0.75NNN
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Cal State Northridge ᵐᶠPhys. & Ast.NURLJ. Barranco$70$70J. Guillochon
O = Optional, no impact if not submitted ‡
NNY
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Case Western ReserveAstronomyNURLC. Mihos$50$50J. GuillochonR = Reporting recommended ‡NNN
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Georgia State ᶠᵘAstronomyNYURLM. Bentz$50$50M. BentzY = Still requiredNNY
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Georgia State ᶠᵘPhysicsNYURLM. Bentz$50$50M. BentzNNY
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Johns Hopkins ᶠPlanetaryNS. Stanley$75$75J. Guillochon
ᵃ = Alternative requirement if PGRE not reported
NNY
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Michigan ᶠᵒAst. & Astrophys.NNURLE. Rauscher$75$90J. Guillochon
ᵇ = GRE scores "blinded" until other app materials reviewed
NNY
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New Mexico StateAstronomyNNURLJ. Jackiewicz$40$50J. Guillochonᶜ = Considering relaxing policyNNN
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San Francisco State ᵐPhys. & Ast.NURLJ. Barranco
ᵈ = Department ignores PGRE, but school requires
NNN
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Syracuse ᵒPhysicsNNNURLD. Brown$75$75J. Guillochonᵉ = "Exceptions" madeNNN
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Texas Christian Univ. ᶠᵒPhys. & Ast.NNP. Frinchaboy$0$60P. Frinchaboyᶠ = Offers fee waiverONY
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ToledoPhys. & Ast.NYURLM. Cushingⁱ = Required for international studentsONN
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TorontoAstronomyNNNURLR. Domagalski$90$90J. Guillochonᵐ = Masters only programOON
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UC IrvinePhys. & Ast.NNNURLK. Abazajian$120$140J. Guillochon
ⁿ = No admissions fees for first N applicants
ONN
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UT ArlingtonPhysicsNYURLB. Jones$75$90B. Jones
ᵒ = Online policy not yet updated to reflect current status
ONN
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UT Austin ᶠAstronomyNYURLC. Casey$65$90J. Guillochon
ʳ = PGRE weight reduced in evaluation and/or no minimum score
ONY
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VanderbiltAstrophysicsNURLJ. Guillochon$95$95J. Guillochon
ˢ = Astronomy sub-discipline doesn't use PGRE
ONN
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Virginia ᶠAstronomyNYNN. Kallivayalil
ᵗ = PGRE recommended for non-physics majors
ONY
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WashingtonAstronomyNYNURLA. Romanowsky$85$85J. Guillochonᵘ = Allows unofficial reportingONN
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Wesleyan ᵐAstronomyNYURLM. Hughes$0$0J. GuillochonONN
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Wesleyan ᵐPlanetaryNM. Hughes$0$0J. GuillochonFraction of programs with each policy:ONN
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Wisconsin-Madison ᶠʰᵒAstronomyNOURLJ. Stafford$75$81P. NairONY
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Yale ᵒAstronomyNNURLM. Geha$105$105J. GuillochonOON
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Alabama ᶠᵒPhys. & Ast.OOURLJ. Bailin$65$80P. NairOOY
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AlbertaAst. & Astrophys.OURLN. Ivanova$75$75R. FernándezONN
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Arizona ᵒAstronomyONURLE. Cangi$85$95J. GuillochonOON
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ArizonaPlanetaryOURLA. Springmann$85$95J. GuillochonYON
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Appalacian StatePhys. & Ast.O$65$65J. GuillochonYON
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Colorado (Boulder) ᶠAst. & PlanetOYOURLA. Aarnio$60$80J. GuillochonYOY
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Bowling GreenPhys. & Ast.O$45$75J. GuillochonYON
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BrandeisPhysicsOURLE. Cangi$75$75J. GuillochonYON
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Brigham Young ᶠAstronomyOURLD. Stephens$50$50D. StephensYOY
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Boston University ᶠAstronomyOYOURLJ. Hermes$95$95J. HermesYNY
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Caltech ᶠᵒAstronomyOONURLM. de los Reyes$100$100M. de los ReyesYNY
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Caltech ᶠᵒPhysicsOONURLM. de los Reyes$100$100M. de los ReyesYNY
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Caltech ᶠPlanetaryOONURLH. Ngo$100$100M. de los ReyesYOY
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Cal State Fullerton ᵐPhysicsOURLA. RomanowskyYON
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Cal State Long Beach ᵐPhys. & Ast.OURLA. Romanowsky$55$55J. GuillochonYON
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Central FloridaPhysicsOURLA. Springmann$31$31P. NairYNN
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Chicago ᶠAst. & Astrophys.OYNURL
A. Drlica-Wagner
$90$90J. GuillochonYOY
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ClemsonPhys. & Ast.OURLJ. Guillochon$80$90J. GuillochonYON
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Cornell ᶠAstronomyONURLN. Allen$105$105J. GuillochonYOY
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DelawarePhys. & Ast.OF. Bianco$75$75F. BiancoYON
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DenverPhys. & Ast.OURLJ. Hoffman$65$65J. GuillochonYON
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DePaul ᵐPhysicsOURLV. Bhalotia$40$40J. GuillochonYON
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Eastern MichiganPhys. & Ast.O$45$45J. GuillochonYON
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EmoryPhysicsOURLN. Larsen$75$75J. GuillochonYNN
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FloridaAstronomyOYNURLD. Narayanan$30$30J. GuillochonYON
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Florida Inst. of Tech ᶠ
Phys. & Space Sci.
OE. Perlman$60$60J. GuillochonYOY
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Florida StatePhysicsOURLR. Wechsler$30$30J. GuillochonYON
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Fresno State ᵐPhysicsOURLA. RomanowskyYON
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Georgia Tech ⁱPhysicsOURLD. Ballantyne$75$85J. GuillochonYON
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Harvard ᶠAstronomyOOURLJ. Guillochon$105$105J. GuillochonYOY
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Hawaii (Manoa)AstronomyOURLA. Romanowsky$100$100J. GuillochonYON
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Illinois Urbana-Champaign ᶠAstronomyOYOURLL. Looney$70$90G. NarayanYOY
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Illinois Urbana-Champaign ᶠPhysicsOURLJ. Filippini$70$90G. NarayanYOY
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Indiana Univ. ᶠAstronomyOURLE. Mills$60$65J. GuillochonYOY
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Johns Hopkins ᶠPhys. & Ast.OOOT. Marriage$75$75T. MarriageYOY
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Kansas ᵃᶠPhys. & Ast.OOURLG. Rudnick$65$85G. RudnickYOY
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Kansas StatePhysicsOOURLJ. Guillochon$65$75J. GuillochonYON
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Maryland ᵉᶠʳAstronomyOYOURLE. Hammerstein$75$75
E. Hammerstein
YOY
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Massachusetts (Amherst)AstronomyOURLA. Pope$80$80J. GuillochonYON
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Massachusetts (Dartmouth) ᵐ
AstronomyOOR. Fisher$60$60J. GuillochonYON
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McMasterPhys. & Ast.OA. Sills$83$83J. GuillochonYNN
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Michigan State ᶠAstronomyONNURLJ. Strader$65$75J. StraderYOY
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Minnesota ᶠAstronomyOOURLE. Ryan$75$95J. GuillochonYOY
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Minnesota ᶠPhysicsOURLE. Ryan$75$95J. GuillochonOY
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Nebraska ᶠPhys. & Ast.OOURLJ. GuillochonOY
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New Mexico TechPhysicsOT. CandelariaON
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North Carolina ᵇPhys. & Ast.OURLA. Mann$95$95J. GuillochonON
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Northwestern ᶠᵒAstronomyOOURLF. Rasio$95$95J. GuillochonNY
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Ohio State ᶠAstronomyOYNURLL. Lopez$60$70J. GuillochonOY
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Ohio Univ.Phys. & Ast.OURLD. Clowe$50$55J. GuillochonON
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Oregon ᵗPhysicsOYURLR. Klaiss$70$90J. GuillochonON
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Pittsburgh ᶠPhys. & Ast.OURLR. Bezanson$0$50J. GuillochonOY
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Rice ᶠPhys. & Ast.OURLJ. Whitley$85$85C. TunnellOY
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Rochester (RIT)AstrophysicsOJ. Kartaltepe$65$65J. GuillochonON
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Rutgers ᶠˢPhys. & Ast.OYURLA. Baker$70$70A. BakerOY
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San Diego State ᵐAstronomyOURLA. RomanowskyON
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San Jose State ᵐPhys. & Ast.OM. Kaufman$70$70J. GuillochonON
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South CarolinaPhys. & Ast.O$50$50J. GuillochonON
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Stanford ᶠPhysicsOURLR. Wechsler$125$125J. GuillochonOY
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Texas A&MAstronomy OYURLC. Papovich$65$90T. KonchadyNN
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UBC ᵒPhys. & Ast.OI. Stairs$78$126J. GuillochonNN
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UC Berkeley ᶠAstronomyONURLS. Fu$120$140S. FuOY
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UC Los Angeles ᵘPhysicsOOURLA. Riley$120$140R. MebaneON
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UC MercedPhysicsOURLA. GopinathanON
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UC RiversideAstronomyOOURLM. SpasojevicNN
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UC Santa Barbara ˢPhysicsOYNURLK. Zhang$120$140E. BauerNN
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UC Santa Cruz ʳAst. & Astrophys.OYNURLJ. Guillochon$120$140J. GuillochonON
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Utah ᶠPhys. & Ast.OURLM. Hughes$55$55J. GuillochonOY
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West VirginiaPhys. & Ast.OM. McLaughlin$60$60J. GuillochonON
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Western OntarioPhys. & Ast.OS. GallagherRN
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AlaskaPhys. & Ast.RURLJ. Guillochon$75$75J. GuillochonRN
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Ball StatePhys. & Ast.R$60$60J. GuillochonRN
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