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Exceptions to Admissions Requirements: Graduate School Approval Request (GSAR)

A Graduate School Approval Request (GSAR) is sent to the program when the Graduate School has determined a qualification for admission has not been met (e.g., a domestic applicant’s undergraduate grade point average is below 3.0 over the last 60 credits). The Graduate School may ask programs to fill out a GSAR in the pursuit of understanding why the applicant has been chosen for admission despite the qualification in question. 

Steps for filling out a GSAR

  1. After a GSAR is assigned to an applicant, a red, rectangular button for + Add GSAR will be present in the applicant’s info row in Applicant Review in the Graduate School Review tab (see screenshot below):
    An applicant row within the Graduate School Review tab showing a red GSAR request button.

  2. When you click the + Add GSAR button, you’ll be prompted to fill out a short form providing additional information supporting the applicant’s case for admission (see screenshot below). We want to know (1) what specific qualities or previous experiences the student possesses that will help them be successful in the program, and (2) how the program plans to support the student. If you can’t fit your answer within the space provided, you can send a follow-up email to the Graduate School at When done, just select Create Graduate School Approval Request, which will notify us to review the GSAR.

    GSAR form with questions.

Not sure why GSAR added to student?

If you are unsure of the reason why a GSAR has been added to an applicant, you will be able to find a note from the Graduate School Admissions in the Comments section of the applicant's profile page in Applicant Review (see screenshot below):

Example GSAR message left in an applicant's Comments section: "GS Approval Request Required: GPA below 3.0 requirement (~2.55 over last 67 credits; 2.64 cumulative). Please fill out a pro sheet presenting why an exception should be made and how the program plans to support the success of this student."

Please feel free to email with any additional questions.

KeywordsGSAR; Pro Sheet; Prosheet; admission; exception   Doc ID130870
OwnerEric L.GroupGraduate School
Created2023-09-06 10:07:54Updated2024-04-02 14:13:24
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