24 Brown University Doctoral Programs Drop GRE

About half of Brown’s doctoral programs will no longer require the GRE for admission (photo credit: Chensiyuan).

If you’re applying to one of 24 doctoral programs at Brown University for enrollment during the 2020-2021 academic year and you don’t happen to be a strong GRE test-taker, you’re in luck! As it turns out, 24 of Brown’s doctoral programs recently announced that they will drop the GRE requirement for admission. And why? As the school states in a press release about the decision to drop the GRE, “to attract a wider pool of applicants.”

Almost Half of Doctoral Programs at Brown Drop Testing Requirement for Admission

There are 51 doctoral programs at Brown. So not all programs have dropped the testing requirement. Rather, program leaders have the option of deciding for themselves if they wish to keep the requirement or drop it, a policy we wholly support. Nearly half of these programs have chosen to do away with it, including the following departments, as Brown’s press release reveals:

  • American Studies
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Literature 
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • English
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Culture and Media
  • Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathobiology
  • Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Slavic Studies
  • Theatre and Performance Studies

It will be interesting to see if more and more doctoral programs not only at Brown but at other highly selective universities continue to give the GRE the cold shoulder. At Ivy Coach, as our loyal readers know all too well, we’ve got a crystal ball. And our crystal ball has long forecasted that more and more graduate programs would be dropping the GRE requirement. Time will tell!

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