We are living in uncertain, unprecedented times. We recognize the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted lives in many ways, and these impacts are disproportionately experienced across lines of privilege. We also recognize that testing centers, schools and universities have been suspended or disrupted, which can make applying to graduate school more difficult to navigate than usual. In the CU Boulder School of Education, we are committed to student support and community well-being. Educational equity is at the heart of our academic programs, research and admissions processes. We do not want access to testing and technology or academic disruptions be additional barriers for prospective students. Our admissions process has always involved a holistic review of students' lived experiences, personal statements, academic background and letters of recommendation in making admissions decisions. We believe this is more important now than ever.
In an effort to safeguard educational equity and access, the CU Boulder School of Education will temporarily waive GRE testing requirements for prospective doctoral applicants seeking admission for Fall 2021. Students may still submit GRE scores for consideration, which will be reviewed as a part of a holistic process. However, not submitting GRE scores will in no way make an applicant less competitive for admission to the School of Education. Master’s applications did not require the GRE prior to COVID-19, and this remains unchanged.
We hope this alleviates some of the stress associated with applying to doctoral programs during uncertain times, and we look forward to welcoming a Fall 2021 class of students whose diverse experiences will add rich perspectives to our welcoming community.
If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact Jonathon Sawyer.