Information Session on Holistic Admissions

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am
110 Chittenden Hall

Audience: Graduate Program Directors, GAADs, and Admissions Counselors

Studies by several national academies and by ETS have demonstrated that quantitative measures (e.g., GRE scores, undergraduate GPA) are not reliable predictors of  graduate student success.  The Council for Graduate Schools, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Urban Universities for Health along with many other national organizations, have advocated for holistic review of applicants as a way to ensure that those students who are admitted are the most likely to succeed.


What does it mean in practice to do holistic review?  What are the key drivers for graduate programs to shift their admissions strategies?  What might programs be able to implement in this admissions cycle to promote better admissions decisions?  Please join representatives from some of MSU’s leading graduate programs as they discuss their implementation of holistic admissions.  In this panel presentation, they will discuss different ways of practicing holistic review, the benefits to their programs, and the challenges involved in a broader approach to evaluating applicants’ strengths and weaknesses.


Cheri Declercq, Assistant Dean for MBA Programs

Kevin Ford, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Psychology

Kirsten Tollefson, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Physics and Astronomy

Eric Torng, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Computer Science and Engineering

Percy Pierre, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Eric Juenke, Associate Professor, Political Science and Chicano and Latino Studies