Statement of Principles
In graduate admission decisions, multiple sources of information are used to ensure fairness, promote diversity and balance the limitations of any single measure of knowledge, skills, or abilities. The sources may include: undergraduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, personal statements, samples of academic work, portfolios, auditions, professional experience related to proposed graduate study, as well as nationally known, standardized test scores. It is the responsibility of each graduate program to select admissions’ criteria that best predict success in their specific field and to determine the weight given to each measure.
None of the sources of information, particularly standardized test scores, are used in isolation nor are such scores used in combination or separately to establish minimum or “cut off” scores. Program specific guidelines for the use of standardized test scores are developed based on the experience of a given college with its pool of applicants.
The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, located in C107, work together with the Office of Student Services to support the overall mission of USFSM.