An Examination of the Graduate Study Application and Enrollment Decisions of GRE Candidates

Baird, Leonard L.
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Admission criteria college choice college students graduate study student attitudes student behavior


This study was designed to analyze the relationship of GRE scores to applicants' choices of institutions, their admission, and their enrollment. Applicants from four fields were followed up the year after they had taken the GRE tests. Information was obtained about the departments to which the test takers applied and the departments that offered them admission. In addition, other information about the test takers' current status was collected. The typical respondent had applied to one or two departments, was accepted by at least one department, and said that he or she was satisfied with the department in which he or she was enrolled. This picture changed slightly when applicants were grouped by undergraduate grades, GRE scores, sex, race, and intended fields of study. There was evidence of self-selection by test takers to apply to more prestigious departments, based on their undergraduate grades and GRE scores. Respondents felt that the GRE tests were fair and that they were not obstacles to entrance to graduate education.

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