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GRE scores are required for Master and Doctoral applicants. SGUS, JI-SGUS and EGL applicants are exempt from submitting GRE test scores. The Rackham Graduate School accepts the GRE Revised General Test.

Scores are sent to the University of Michigan by providing the institution code of 1839 to ETS. GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the testing date. Scores must be received on or before the application deadline in order to avoid any delay in the application being reviewed. If you sent multiple test scores to us, please know that ME will receive all of them. We will use the best scores when evaluating your application.

NOTE: In order to match test scores with the application, all applicants must use their legal name and date of birth as listed on the State ID, Driver's License or Passport. If the name or date of birth does not match the application, the test scores will be missing. This will cause a delay in your application being reviewed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is the GRE test required for all applicants?

A: Yes the GRE is required for all applicants who apply to our Doctoral and Master programs. SGUS, JI-SGUS and EGL prospective students are exempt from submitting GRE test scores to our program. However, please note that if an applicant is denied admission to the SGUS, JI-SGUS or EGL programs, the GRE scores are required. If not admitted to SGUS, JI-SGUS or EGL program, applicants being considered for the Master program must provide GRE scores.

Q: Do Change of program need to submit GRE scores?

A: GRE is required for all students who apply to the Master or Doctoral programs. If an applicant previously provided the scores with the Master application and they are still valid, there is no need to submit new scores. However, if the scores are no longer valid (scores are valid for 5 years from test date), the applicant will need to provide new scores results.

Q: How long are GRE scores valid?

A: GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date. We must receive your scores on or before the application deadline.

Q: My GRE scores are close to expiring. Should I retake the test?

A: We will accept your GRE scores as long as they are received before they expire. If the expiration date is close, we encourage applicants to take the test again and request ETS to send us the new scores.

Q: How can I prevent a delay in my GRE scores being received the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department?

A: Applicants must list their name the way it appears on their passport or other legal documents (e.g., Driver's license, State identification card, etc.). The name should be identical to the way it was listed on the online application. If the name is not the same, there will be a delay in matching the scores with an applicant's application file. The applicant will have two UM identification numbers (UMIDs) created. Applicants should only have one UMID.

Q: Which GRE test should I take?

A: The GRE revised General Test is required for prospective students who apply to our Doctoral and Master programs.

Q: What is the minimum score for the GRE?

A: There are no specific minimums for the GRE. The average GRE scores are in the 80-90th percentile in the quantitative and verbal sections.

Q: How are GRE scores sent to the University of Michigan?

A: All applicants request ETS to submit their test scores to the University of Michigan by way of code 1839. There is no longer a Department Code to select when requesting the scores to be sent to Mechanical Engineering (ME).

Q: If my GRE scores are low, will I have a chance to be admitted to the program?

A: Applications undergo a comprehensive review by the ME Graduate Admissions Committee. The committee reviews all components of the application when considering who to admit to the graduate program. If an applicant feels their scores are too low, we encourage you to take the test again. If you retake the test, allow yourself enough time to get the new score in by the application deadline.

Q: Are there practice tests for the GRE?

A: Yes. ETS provides practice GRE tests free of charge. Free practice tests: http://www.testpreppractice.net/, http://www.greguide.com/, and http://www.studyguidezone.com/gretest.htm

Q: I took multiple GRE tests. Will the Graduate Admission Committee see all of my scores?

A: Yes the committee will see all test scores submitted to the University of Michigan.

Q: I submitted my GRE scores to the University of Michigan. Should I also submit the test score report from ETS?

A: Photocopies of the test score report are not accepted by ME or the Rackham Graduate Program. Please do not send them to us in the mail or via e-mail. We only accept test scores from ETS electronically.

Q: The Applicant Status Page in ME does not show that my GRE scores have been received. I submitted my scores when I submitted the application. Why are the scores not appearing on the status page?

A: This could be the result of an applicant having two UMIDs. Applicants should only have one UMID. Applicants must list their name the way it appears on their passport or other legal documents (e.g., Driver's license, State identification card, etc.). The name with ETS must be identical to the way it is listed on the online application. If the name is not the same, there will be a delay in matching the scores with an applicant's application file. The applicant will have two UM identification numbers (UMIDs) created. Applicants should only have one UMID.

If you feel that you may have two UMIDs, please provide all versions of how your name was spelled with ETS, the online application and any test score reports to us at me-grad-application@umich.edu. This will allow us to search for variations in your name or date of birth. It takes 1-2 weeks for the two UMIDs to be merged if duplicates are found in the Rackham Graduate School's system. The ME ASO will e-mail an applicant if two UMIDs were found.

Q: I would like for ME to review my GRE scores and resume to let me know if I am admissible to apply to the graduate program.

A: ME department requires all components of the application before the Graduate Admission Committee will review it. The committee will review GRE or resume with the full application.

Q: Wolverine Access has my test scores. However, Mechanical Engineering (ME) does not show them as received/processed on the Applicant Status Page. Can someone help me determine why ME does not have my scores?

A: There are three possible reasons the test scores are not listed as being received:

  1. ME may not have checked them off as being received on the Applicant Status Page yet. ME updates an applicant's checklist separately. We receive numerous applications and must process them one at a time. We will catch up with the applications and update your page.
  2. ME does not have your test scores. If you took the test and submitted your scores to the University of Michigan or Mechanical Engineering Department, it could be that you provided a different name or date of birth on the ETS application. Applicants must provide the same spelling of name, date of birth with ETS as was listed on the online application in order for us to receive the test scores. If the applicant modified their name or date of birth in any way, the scores will not match with the online application until we are notified of this discrepancy.
  3. The scores have not arrived at U-M yet. It can take a few weeks to receive the scores. Contact ETS to see if they sent the scores yet.

Q: Can I submit my scores after the deadline date?

A: We encourage applicants to submit the test scores by the application deadline date. However, we understand that in some countries the tests are not offered frequently. We will accept late test scores. Scores should be received for Fall term, the second week of January. For Winter term the scores should be received by the second week of September. Please note that sending your test scores after the deadline date may cause a delay in your application file being reviewed by the Graduate Admission committee. The application and other supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline date pertaining to the term you plan to apply to our program.

Q: I am planning to apply for a Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD). Are GRE scores required?

A: NCFD applicants do not submit GRE test scores. The GRE is waived for these applicants. Applicants must submit all other application requirements. See the Graduate Admission link to see what these are.

We ask applicants to check the Applicant Status Page frequently to see if we marked your scores as being received/processed.