Graduate Record Examinations, or GRE, is one of the international standardized tests used to assess applicants for admission. However, this additional need was crossed off the list in light of the pandemic in late 2020.

Although the requirement is still optional at many universities in 2023, the primary focus now is towards academic achievements than aptitude test scores. Universities abroad evaluate students based on criteria like GPA, SOP, LOR, essays, work experience, and other additional achievements for admission into different programs. 

In this blog, we will look at the universities that have waived off GRE as a requirement and what other documents you will need to submit as alternatives.

List of Universities Waiving off GRE in 2023

The GRE waiver policy varies depending on the course and university you choose. Many colleges abroad offer GRE waivers only for selected courses, while others have an optional window where you can choose whether or not to submit your GRE results. 

The list of universities that provide GRE waiver is as follows:

UniversityDetails of the Waiver
New York UniversityGRE waived off for: Mathematical Sciences, Management of Technology, etc.
Stony Brook UniversityWaived for 2023
University of CaliforniaGRE waived off for: Management Information System, Bioengineering, Industrial Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, etc.
University of Texas at AustinWaived for 2023
Northeastern UniversityGRE waived off for: Analytics, Applied Machine Intelligence, etc.
University of Texas at DallasGRE waived off for: M.Sc. in Statistics, etc.
Rice UniversityWaived for 2023
New York Institute of TechnologyDepends on the course you are applying to
Florida State UniversityDepends on the course you are applying to
California State University, Long BeachDepends on the course you are applying to
Texas A & M UniversityGRE waived off for: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Technology, etc. 
University of North Carolina at CharlotteDepends on the course you are applying to
University of South FloridaGRE waived off for: Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity Intelligence and Information Security, etc.
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyGRE waived off for: Data Science, Applied Statistics, etc.
Illinois Institute of TechnologyGRE waived off for: Data Analytics and Management, Computer and Information Security, IT Management and Entrepreneurship
University of ArizonaWaived for 2023
Syracuse UniversityUndergrad Degrees
Penn State College of EngineeringDepends on the course you are applying to
University of Wisconsin- StoutWaived for 2023
University of LouisvilleDepends on the course you are applying to
Bentley UniversityDepends on the course you are applying to as well as your experience working
University of HuddersfieldWaived for 2023
University of Michigan Ann ArbourGRE waived off for: Computer Science and Engineering, Robotics, Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc.
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeDepends on the course you are applying to
University of California, Los AngelesDepends on the course you are applying to
University of California, BerkeleyDepends on the course you are applying to
University of UtahGRE waived off for: Business Analytics, Biology, Mining Engineering, etc,
University of South MississippiWaived for 2023
SUNY BuffaloWaived for 2023
Indiana University, BloomingtonGRE waived off for: Data Science, Secure Computing, Computer Science, Information Science, Bioinformatics etc.

How to Acquire the GRE Waiver?

As aforementioned, the GRE waiver depends on the university and the course you are applying to. Several universities have completely waived off the requirement for the GRE scores and some others have a partial waiver. But getting a waiver doesn’t mean an easy admission. You will still be required to present documents ensuring universities that you are a good pick.

  • You will need to maintain excellent scores on your prior academic records, high GPA, will help universities evaluate your academic brilliance.
  • Documents like your Statement of Purpose, Letter of Recommendations, Curriculum vitae will help universities identify what kind of student you are.
  • With your essays the universities can evaluate your aptitude.
  • Providing extracurricular achievements and relevant work experience to display your skills.

GRE waiver has come as a relief for many students who wanted to apply to foreign universities but were unable to appear for the GRE because of the pandemic. However, one must demonstrate professional work experience (if any) and the proof of their skills through some other medium that otherwise would have been reflected in the GRE. For further guidance and assistance in your study abroad journey, get in touch with one of the best overseas educational consultants.

By Hemant Kumar

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