Astronomy PhD programs that do not require the Physics GRE score, but allow for optional reporting, for the Fall 2017 admission season:
Last updated Jan 12, 2017
- University of Arizona Astronomy: https://www.as.arizona.edu/application- ... procedures
- University of Washington Astronomy: http://depts.washington.edu/astron/acad ... dmissions/
- Indiana University Astronomy: http://www.astro.indiana.edu/admissions.shtml
- University of California, Santa Cruz Astronomy and Astrophysics: http://www.astro.ucsc.edu/academics/gra ... ocess.html (Physics GRE is only "recommended")
Astronomy PhD programs that do not accept the Physics GRE score (not even as optional reporting), for the Fall 2017 admission season:
Last updated Jan 10, 2017
- University of Texas Austin Astronomy: see http://www.as.utexas.edu/astronomy/education/admit.html ("Effective in the Fall of 2016, applicants’ scores on the Physics GRE subject test are no longer considered for admission to our program")
- Vanderbilt University Astronomy: see http://as.vanderbilt.edu/astronomy/graduate-program/ ("Note that we do not require (and will not consider) the Physics GRE score for admission to the Astrophysics PhD program.")
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Here's a brief history, in case you were curious or didn't already know:
In December 2015, the President of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), published this draft letter [https://aas.org/posts/news/2015/12/presidents-column-rethinking-role-gre], indicating her stance against the use of Physics GRE (and General GRE) scores in the graduate admissions process. In this letter, along with the many references cited, the AAS leadership plans to urge Astronomy departments across the country to limit the use of GRE scores in the admissions process.
In January 2016, at the annual AAS meeting, the Council officially voted to adopt this draft letter as their official stance.
Since then, many people have been working at their schools to reduce or eliminate the use of Physics GRE (and sometimes GRE) scores. In the last few weeks, schools started announcing these decisions for the Fall 2017 year.
Influential articles (cited in the AAS letter) that lead many people to this decision:
Levesque, E., Bezanson, R., Tremblay, G. (2015) "Physics GRE Scores of Prize Postdoctoral Fellows in Astronomy" http://arxiv.org/abs/1512.03709
Miller, C. & Stassun, K.G. (2014). A test that fails: A standard test for admission to graduate school misses potential winners, Nature Careers 510, 303 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v5 ... -303a.html