"Students often ask what scores are required for admission. It is difficult to say, since the exam score is only one component of the application and we have no predetermined minimum requirements. However, most US students we accept have Subject test scores above 570, Verbal scores above 500, Quantitative scores above 750, and Analytic scores of 4.0 or above. Scores for foreign students vary considerably. "
Women have historically been only one third of those who score over 570 in SAT math,
Instructions for Application to the Physics Graduate Program
The Physics Department requires the following application materials. Further details are explained below.
NOTE: Send all application materials to Graduate Admissions Office, PO Box 400775, 437 Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4775. Please do not send any application materials directly to the Physics Department.
To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be complete by January 7. We do not normally accept applicants for Spring admission.
Application FormsApplication forms are submitted to and processed by the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences:
Personal StatementThe application form provides an opportunity for applicants to give a personal statement. Often, students are unsure what to say in this statement, so we offer this advice:
GRE Exam ScoresThe General and Subject GRE tests are important parts of your application, and cannot ordinarily be waived. You should plan to take the Subject exam on or before the December test date. We accept scores from any exam in the previous three years. More information about the GRE exams is available at www.gre.org.
Students often ask what scores are required for admission. It is difficult to say, since the exam score is only one component of the application and we have no predetermined minimum requirements. However, most US students we accept have Subject test scores above 570, Verbal scores above 500, Quantitative scores above 750, and Analytic scores of 4.0 or above. Scores for foreign students vary considerably.
Previous StudyStudents applying to our Graduate Physics Program should normally have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in physics from a recognized institution. Exceptions to this requirement are possible, but in this case your application should indicate why you wish to change fields and what evidence you can present that you are sufficiently prepared. In most cases, graduate students do not have the opportunity to take undergraduate courses to "make up" material they have missed.
Students often ask what minimum GPA is required for admission. We normally expect applicants to have a GPA of 3.0 or above, although exceptions are possible. When evaluating your grades, we strongly take into account the quality of your undergraduate institution.
Letters of RecommendationStudents who wish to submit more than two letters are welcome to do so, although we discourage you from submitting more than four. If you have worked on a research project of some kind, we expect to get a letter from your advisor on the project. If a letter from your advisor is unavailable, you should explain why in your personal statement.
Please note that all recommendation letters must be submitted on-line. Further instructions are found at artsandsciences.virginia.edu/gradschool/admissions/.
iBT RequirementThe College of Arts and Sciences has determined that all foreign teaching assistants must score 600 or better on the paper-based exam; 250 or better on the computer-based exam, and/or a minimum total score 90 on the internet-based test. The department requires the iBT score. However, the applicant may submit regular TOEFL score instead, if s/he has already taken or registered for that exam, or if iBT is not offered in the country/region of the applicant.
Financial Guarantee FormLocated at http://www.virginia.edu/iso/issp/NewWindows/documents/gradvisa.doc, this form is required by the College of Arts and Sciences. It must be completed for your application to be processed, but the Physics Department does not use it as part of our admissions decision. Please note that you need to fill out only pages 1 and 4 of the form.
Application DeadlineTo receive full consideration, all of your application materials should be received in the Graduate Admissions Office by January 7. There is no separate deadline for financial aid. This takes precedence over any other deadlines listed on the College of Arts and Sciences web pages.
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Go to www.virginia.edu/nondiscrimination.html to view the University of Virginia Nondiscrimination Statement, Nondiscrimination Policy, and current office holders who enforce these policies.