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Personal Potential Index (PPI)

The PPI measurement is designed to evaluate a prospective student’s potential for graduate study based on six (6) non-cognitive characteristics. The PPI allows applicants the opportunity to provide an enhanced range of attributes often valued as indications of success in graduate school. The applicant may select three (3) faculty recommenders to submit PPI evaluations for review by the prospective program.

If you are currently registered with the ETS for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), you may designate the three (3) PPI evaluations at no additional cost. To submit the PPI reports to the Graduate School at Howard University, visit the ETS website at

The programs that are reviewing ETS/PPI evaluations as part of the admissions review are listed below:

African Studies
Communication, Culture and Media Studies
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Genetics and Human Genetics
Mechanical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Science

For more information, please call 202.806.4676