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Admissions Standards and Statistics

The selection process is carried out in order to limit the incoming cohort such that reasonable advising relations may be maintained, graduate seminars can be kept small, and adequate financial support can be provided to all students.

No one aspect of the application material is valued more than another; the admissions committee seeks to gain a holistic understanding of the applicant and therefore equally considers all pieces of the application. The department evaluates prior academic performance as indicated by an applicant's undergraduate GPA and the results of their Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The Graduate School requires for admission a cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, based on average scores received by applicants admitted in recent years, the department generally chooses students with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.6. If your GPA is not of this quality it will behoove you to address this deficiency in your personal statement. We also prefer to admit students with consistent and strong verbal, quantitative, and analytical GRE scores. Considering average scores received by applicants admitted in prior years, the department prefers students with verbal and quantitative scores of 160 or better, and analytical scores of 5.0 or better.

The admissions committee also evaluates letters of recommendation, written works, and personal statements. Additional considerations of the committee include the interest areas and strengths of our faculty compared to those of the applicant, and the quality and strengths of the applicant's undergraduate and/or graduate program(s). The following table summarizes GRE and GPA averages for the last three cohorts.

Average GRE/GPA of Admitted Students

Cohort Year Verbal GRE Score Quantitative GRE Score Analytical GRE Score Undergraduate GPA
2016 161 156 4.5 3.62
2015 161 154 4 3.75
2014 161 155 5 3.68

Admissions Statistics

Year Completed Applications Offered Admission Entering in Fall
2016 119 30 11
2015 105 22 9
2014 110 23 11