ETS Partners with Hobsons to Enhance GRE® Search Service
Princeton, N.J. (April
26, 2007) —
ETS announced today a new partnership with Hobsons U.S.
to improve and enhance ETS’s Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®) Search
Service. The service, which is administered in consultation with the GRE
Board, allows graduate programs to draw from a searchable database of more
than 500,000 prospective students and generate mailing lists based upon the
institution’s preferred criteria.
The GRE Search Service will begin offering improved features and
functionalities beginning in October 2007. Major enhancements include a new
feature that allows users to search by GRE score ranges in combination with
self-reported undergraduate grade point averages, new data formats that will
be more compatible with most campus management systems and more user
friendly data output.
“The GRE Search Service has been an important recruiting strategy for
graduate programs for more than 30 years,” says David Payne, ETS’s Executive
Director of Higher Education. “Graduate student recruitment has become
increasingly competitive, and this online tool helps graduate schools be
very strategic in their recruitment and outreach efforts. We are very
enthusiastic about drawing upon Hobsons’ expertise to make this service even
more useful to those who use it.”
Graduate institutions can search the current database using a number of
criteria; for example, students who live in a certain geographic area, have
expressed interest in specific programs of study, or plan to enroll during a
particular timeframe. Prospective graduate students can sign up for the
service for free, increasing their exposure to institutions that may wish to
target them for enrollment.
“ETS’s GRE Search Service enables graduate schools to use comprehensive
information about prospective graduate students to increase overall
enrollment, increase graduate student diversity, and help schools shape
their incoming classes,” says Craig Heldman, President of Hobsons U.S.
“Hobsons’ work will allow graduate programs to receive the data in formats
that are more compatible with most campus management systems, and more
easily use that data in their recruitment and outreach efforts. Hobsons will
also help communicate the value of the Search Service to graduate
institutions across the country.”