Graduate School faculty panel on phasing out the GRE

The UW–Madison Graduate School will host a faculty panel on phasing out the GRE on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Members of the CALS community are invited to attend the virtual event.

The Graduate School has received many questions from programs interested in removing the GRE requirement in their admissions processes, in some cases due to the Covid-19 pandemic making access to testing difficult or impossible for students. At the same time, there are many graduate programs that are uncertain how they can review admissions applications without the GRE.

In this context, the Graduate School will hold an online panel of faculty from graduate programs that have successfully removed the GRE requirement from their admissions requirements. This panel will cover what led to the decision in the program to remove the requirement, what the process was for revising application review, and how things have been going in the program without the GRE.

The goal is to help other faculty who are interested in removing the GRE requirement gain guidance from peers about how this might be implemented in your own program at UW-Madison.

The following faculty members will be panelists:

  • Emily Fletcher, Associate Professor, Philosophy PhD/MA
  • Peter Lewis, Associate Professor, Biochemistry PhD/MS
  • Tracy Schroepfer, Professor, Social Work MSW
  • Christy Tremonti, Associate Professor, Astronomy PhD/MS

Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science Lisa Martin will moderate the discussion. Alexia Rebne, Admissions Coordinator in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program, will talk about their decision to use the holistic admissions tool “Kira Talent”.

This is the link to join:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Questions? Contact Emily Reynolds (, Academic Planning Specialist, in the Graduate School.