GPA and GRE FAQs
Students apply from institutions from all over the country. There is no way to quantify the difficulty of one program over another. Each applicant’s GPA is weighed equally against all of the other applicants. No preferential treatment is given based on perceived rigor of one program over another.
Applicants are very competitive and have excelled in their undergraduate and prerequisite coursework. Our required minimum cumulative and science prerequisite GPA is 3.4 for Early Decision Candidates, and 3.2 for Regular Decision Candidates. However, the average GPAs and GRE scores are much higher. You can view the most recent averages here.
Our required minimum cumulative and science prerequisite GPA is 3.4 for Early Decision Candidates, and 3.2 for Regular Decision Candidates. However, the average GPAs and GRE scores are much higher. You can view the most recent averages here.
It depends on what coursework was completed in your early career. We consider your cumulative undergraduate GPA. If any of your courses are pulling your cumulative GPA or science GPA below competitive levels, it may be necessary to repeat courses you received low grades in to raise these GPAs. While the minimum required cumulative and science prerequisite GPAs are 3.4 for Early Decision and 3.2 for Regular Decision, the average GPAs and GRE scores are much higher. You can view the most recent averages here.
University policy allows three courses to be repeated and to fully replace the previous grade on your transcript. After the first three courses are repeated, any additional repeats will be averaged into the GPA with the previous grade. In this sense, retaking courses can certainly help to improve your GPA, especially if you have a C in any of the required prerequisite courses. Be certain to mark any repeated courses (both the first and second attempt) as such on your PTACS application.
Official GRE scores are required. The GRE is one of the primary factors used to determine acceptance into the program. There is no minimum verbal and quantitative combined GRE score required. You can view the most recent averages here. We require a minimum 3.0 analytical writing score for regular decision applicants and a 3.5 for early decision applicants. Both the verbal and quantitative component and the analytical writing component are considered in the admissions decision.
Yes. Official GRE scores are required and must be reported via the UTC PTCAS GRE code: 0464. An application is considered incomplete until official scores are reported to PTCAS via this code.
We recommend you take the GRE for the first time at the end of the winter break during your junior year. This allows you to study over the break without the worry of juggling GRE study time and coursework. You are allowed to take the GRE every thirty days and up to five times in a calendar year. Taking it over the break allows you to take the GRE a second or even third time if needed. It takes approximately two weeks for scores to be reported, so early decision applicants should take the GRE at least once before July 30th of the year they apply for the program. This should allow adequate time for scores to be reported to PTCAS before the August 15th deadline. Regular decision applicants should take the GRE for the first time no later than mid-September to meet the October 1st soft deadline.
Yes. In fact, we often encourage applicants who are placed on the alternate/ wait list to do so. Because our program looks at the two GPAs and the GRE when making admission decisions, retaking the GRE is the quickest and most economical means in which to improve your ranking on the wait list. The last date we typically recommend applicants repeat the GRE is late March.
GRE scores are valid for up to five years. If you previously took the GRE, you should arrange to have your scores reported to us via the UTC PTCAS GRE code: 0464. Scores that were previously sent to the Graduate School using the 1831 code will not be reported to PTCAS and will not be received by the department. You must resend the scores via the UTC PTCAS GRE code: 0464. An application is considered incomplete until official scores are reported to PTCAS via this code.