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Information on the Use of the GRE in Admissions Decisions

Vanderbilt Context

At the national level there has been a significant inquiry into the value of using GRE scores to evaluate candidates for graduate training.  In light of national interest in this area, the faculty within the Vanderbilt biomedical research community are invited to use the resources here to more fully educate themselves on the data that have been accumulated and published as well as the viewpoints and perspectives shared on the use of GRE scores in graduate admissions.  

This collection is not meant to be exhaustive; if you find additional material you think should be added to this resource, contact Lindsay Meyers in the BRET office.  Periodically, there will also be seminars that provide information relevant to the use of GRE scores; all faculty in biomedical research are invited to attend.  Suggestions for speakers are welcome and should be sent to Linda Sealy, Assoc. Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Basic Sciences.

Recently Published Research Articles

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National Discussions

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Other Institutions' Responses

The AAMC GREAT Group asked its members to share information on whether or not their institutions are using the GRE score as an admission requirement for their graduate programs (Results of survey).

Upcoming Events to Facilitate Faculty Discussion

Please join us to learn more and to ask questions about the GRE and its usefulness as a predictor of student success at town hall meetings dedicated to these topics.

Drs. Linda Sealy and Jeffrey Bloom present “Diversity, Inclusion, and the GRE”

  • Monday April 30, 2018 from 4:00-5:00 pm in 214 LH or
  • Monday June 4, 2018 at 4:00-5:00 pm in 202 LH

Drs. Roger Chalkley, Liane Moneta-Koehler, and Abigail Brown present “GRE Scores and Student Outcomes”

  • Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 4:00-5:00 pm in 214 LH or
  • Friday Jun 8, 2018 4:00-5:00 pm in 214 LH

Previous Events



On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Dr. Julie Posselt presented a seminar on her study of the graduate admissions process entitled “Inside Graduate Admissions – Merit and Diversity in PhD Admissions.”  Dr. Posselt is the author of the book Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping.  During her visit to Vanderbilt, she met faculty from Peabody, Engineering, and A&S.