More Ivy League Schools Go Test-Optional for Ph.D. Programs

More Ivy League schools are going test-optional – this time for their Ph.D. program admissions.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, both Cornell and Harvard have dropped the GRE requirement for their English Ph.D. programs. Joining the ranks of other institutions who have moved to test-optional admission requirements – not for any strategic enrollment growth benefit per se – but because these institutions are convinced that GRE scores are simply not good predictors of Ph.D. success.

The takeaway? Check your own data of course. But going test-optional may very well improve your accessibility, diversity and overall enrollment growth – all without declining your persistence rates.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.