Each year, Columbia’s urban campus beckons thousands of aspirants to try their hand at getting into one of the many prestigious graduate school programs. There’s more than just the allure of Manhattan’s Upper West Side; this university is one of the most well-respected in the world. Of course, with respect, as I’m sure you know, comes selectivity. Like almost every other university in the U.S., the admissions committee uses the GRE as a means to whittle down the field to the most qualified candidates.
Of course there’s a lot more that they look at than just your GRE score, but the test has become a reliable indicator for schools like Columbia to assess a candidates worthiness. So what do you need to get in?
Average GRE scores for Columbia – Engineering and Education
Here’s the US News & World Report data on the engineering and education programs at Columbia:
|Program||Average Verbal||Average Quantitative|
|Engineering - Master's||155||166|
|Engineering - PhD||157||166|
|Education - Master's||157||156|
|Education - PhD||159||156|
The Verbal Score is in the 61st percentile and the Quantitative is in the 88th for engineering and for a PhD/EdD from the Teachers College, Verbal is 77th and Quant is 56th.
Estimating Columbia GRE scores in other disciplines
Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from Columbia’s ranked programs. For more on the methodology behind the numbers, see Methodology. 🙂
|Program||US News Rank||Estimated Verbal Range||Estimated Quantitative Range|
To see where those scores fall, check out the GRE percentile rankings.
Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need
Check out the following links for more help preparing for the GRE:
Using the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s release on graduate schools (for engineering and education), I created a block scale that assumes a standard difference between the ETS’s average of intended applicants of a specific major and the rank block (ie Ranks 1-10, 11-50, 51-100). Next I added the expected difference to the average score of the intended major and spread 2 points on either side of that to create a nice range. It would look like this:
|Program||Rank||Rank block||Intended Score||Exp Difference||Range|
Of course, you could argue that this isn’t perfect, and I’d have to agree. This is just intended to give you a general idea of what you should be aiming for. 🙂