Cornell Biomedical Engineering graduate program eliminates GRE requirement

The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University will no longer consider the Graduate Record Examination scores in making decisions about admission to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and masters of engineering (M.Eng.) programs in the biomedical engineering graduate field, the university announced.
The change will be effective for the fall 2019 application cycle for all graduate and professional degree programs, according to the announcement.
The graduate field faculty was persuaded by several arguments about the inequities inherent in this standardized test, including numerous recent studies reporting that the GRE shows little correlation with graduate student success and that the test can be biased against women, underrepresented minorities, students from underserved communities, and international students, according to the announcement.
“Removing the GRE scores from consideration is expected to reduce barriers to graduate education and contribute to a fairer and more holistic review process while also providing significant cost savings for applicants,” said Meinig School associate professor and director of graduate studies Jan Lammerding. “As a more diverse and inclusive graduate population will provide tremendous benefits for the biomedical engineering community and future workforce, we anticipate that other graduate programs will join this vision.”

Lammerding is a BMES member.

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