List of some US universities that waive GRE, TOEFL and IELTS for scholarship applications


Obtaining a fully funded scholarship in the United States in the absence of GRE, TOEFL/IELTS may seem like an impossible task. But it is only impossible without the necessary information to go about it.

The Covid 19 pandemic that hit the world a few years back can well be likened to a blessing in disguise in this case – because, the pandemic brought about restructuring in some university’s admission requirements.

In this respect, below are the universities that these waivers apply to.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

This government-sanctioned test is a major prerequisite for some Master’s level universities in the United States. Listed below are universities that waive GRE.

  • Purdue University
  • Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
  • New-York University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Washington – Seattle
  • Northeastern University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of North Carolina
  • Auburn University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Illinois
  • George Mason University School of Business
  • UC Davis Graduate School of Management
  • Kent State University
  • Loyola University of Business
  • University of Memphis School of Public Health
  • Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College.


This English Proficiency test is also a very important prerequisite in getting fully-funded scholarships in the USA. However, if you have a Bachelor’s degree in English, then IELTS is not necessary.

If you do not, you can always request an English competence certification from your previous institution verifying you’ve studied in an English-speaking country.

List of universities that waive IELTS for international students

  • California State University
  • Rice University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Iowa
  • Drexel State University
  • University of Texas
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Colorado
  • State University of New York
  • University of Arkansas

Note that these aforelisted schools are open to international students who have graduated from a secondary school or university in which English is the primary mode of communication.