"Central to the concept of holistic application review is looking at everything a candidate has submitted, understanding unconscious biases and being aware of inequities in access to opportunities."
Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and GRE Board Chair
"We must commit to holistic evaluation to get a true sense of who an applicant is and can become."
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and GRE Board Past Chair
"Despite the pressures of time and resource limitations, we owe each applicant dedicated attention to each component of the application process and a keen understanding of the nuances hidden within each application."
Dean in Residence, Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, and GRE Board member
In this inspiring video series, find out how graduate school and program leaders are adjusting their recruitment and admissions strategies during these unprecedented times.
Supporting a Robust and Inclusive Graduate Admissions Process
Why Holistic Admissions is Important
Explore the principles and benefits of holistic admissions.
Why Using GRE® Scores is Fairer
Holistic admissions — inclusive of GRE scores — balances the influence and limitations of any one piece of information.
Increasing Diversity: How Holistic Admissions Can Help
Access resources from institutions that have improved diversity and inclusion.
Navigating Holistic Admissions
Get tips and resources for implementing holistic admissions at every stage of the process.
It’s Time for an Honest Conversation about Graduate Admissions
Some programs are considering changing the role of GRE® scores in their admissions process.
Explore FAQs and resources about the test’s purpose and misconceptions around bias and diversity, which can help inform the conversations that may be happening on your campus or within your academic networks.
David G. Payne, Vice President and COO of Global Education at ETS, shares his perspective on why including research-proven solutions supports collective efforts to improve diversity, equity and access.
Enhance Your Graduate Student Recruitment Campaigns
The GRE® Search Service helps you reach the right applicants by allowing you to filter and find qualified prospects that are actively looking for a program like yours. Explore how it can enhance your graduate student recruitment strategies.
Virtual Panel Discussion
Can a Holistic Approach Improve Student and Program Success?
Graduate programs committed to equitable, holistic application review are applying those principles beyond admissions to the full student experience. Join us at the Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting to discuss how a holistic approach to graduate education — from recruitment through completion — can help improve program and student success. Learn about advancements that ETS is designing to contribute toward this effort.
Continue Your Journey
Learn how you can benefit from holistic admissions practices — a method that looks at multiple sources of information to get the fullest picture of each applicant’s potential.