Kellogg School Will Waive GMAT, GRE for Round 3 Applicants

by Stacy Blackman Consulting, May 8, 2020


We're living through a unique moment in history as the whole world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak. Business schools, for their part, are adapting to meet the current challenges facing many Round 3 applicants. But one elite school has gone beyond any other thus far. The Kellogg School will waive GMAT and GRE standardized test requirements for applicants applying in Round 3.

In sharing this unprecedented decision, Kate Smith, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, said, "Your goals matter. Nothing about the disruption you are experiencing should hold you back. So we’re removing what you and your future classmates have identified as a potential barrier to finalizing your applications in time for the extended deadlines."

While online options for the GMAT and GRE have or will soon become available, Smith says Kellogg understands that such delivery methods do not accommodate everyone. They also potentially present new challenges of studying in a crunched timeline, she added.

If you already have a test score and feel it will strengthen your application, you may send it in. Kellogg will also continue to accept scores from GMAC and ETS's online testing alternatives.

Applicants should note that the Kellogg School will waive the GMAT/GRE requirement specifically for this unique moment in time. It is not an indicator for future admissions cycles. Also, Kellogg's other admissions standards and criteria have not changed.

"We’re as committed as ever to bringing together a student body comprising diverse, accomplished and driven individuals," Smith said.

A second chance for waitlisted/dinged applicants?

Finally, Smith noted that applicants who were waitlisted or denied in Rounds 1 or 2 may submit an appeal to have their application reconsidered. Check in with the Kellogg AdCom team for specific instructions for how to do so in the coming days.

If you have questions about your application, please get in touch with the Kellogg admissions office.

"Kellogg will always be a place that puts its community first, and the same goes for future students," Smith said. "We look forward to reviewing your applications and welcoming our new classes to Kellogg."


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