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Princeton GRE Scores


Not many schools’ names have become so synonymous with prestige that mere the utterance of their name elicits great awe and wonder from outsiders. Princeton, the fourth oldest college in the United States, is doubtlessly one of those awe-inspirers. They are consistently ranked at the top of graduate program rankings across the board. But joining the elite group of Princeton alumni is by no means a walk in the park, especially for graduate level programs. If you want to get into Princeton, you’re going to need to be the cream of the crop. And naturally one of the factors of your application is going to be the GRE.

Below I’ve outlined the GRE scores that will put on solid footing when it comes time to apply.


Average GRE scores for Princeton – Engineering

Here’s the US News & World Report data on the engineering program at Princeton:

Program Average Verbal Average Quantitative
Engineering 163 164


The Verbal Score is in the 86th percentile and the Quantitative is in the 88th.

Estimating Princeton GRE scores in other disciplines

Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from Princeton’s ranked programs. For more on the methodology behind the numbers, see Methodology. 🙂

Program US News Rank Verbal Range Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences 7 162-166 157-161
Chemistry 16 157-161 158-162
Computer Science 8 158-162 162-166
Earth Sciences 9 163-167 158-162
Economics 1 163-167 163-167
English 4 166-170 152-156
Fine Arts 1 162-166 154-158
History 1 165-169 152-156
Mathematics 2 163-167 165-169
Physics 5 165-169 165-169
Political Science 2 165-169 155-159
Psychology 7 161-165 152-156
Sociology 1 161-165 152-156

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
English 4 #1-10 157 11 points 166-170

Note: This is just intended to give you a general idea of what you should be aiming for. 🙂 Admissions is not an exact science.


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8 Responses to Princeton GRE Scores

  1. Rian December 29, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Just got my score last week.
    My verbal score is 154, while for quantitative I got 166. I got 4.5 for writing.

    From routine training and taking exercises, I got around 150-158 for verbal, and around 166-170 for quantitative.

    My GPA is 3.87/4.00, and I am from Indonesia.

    The question is: should I retake the test if I want to pursue higher education in top universities? Considering my university is on 200-300th position T.T

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig January 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      Hi Rian!

      Great question, and congrats on your scores!

      Whether or not to retake the GRE really depends on what type of program you’d like to get into. For example, your quant score is exceptional for nearly all areas of study, but could be improved if you want to specialize in mathematics, because these programs are looking for near-perfect quant scores. Your verbal score is also very, very good, but could be improved if you want to study English or Fine Arts. Does that make sense?

      What type of program are you planning to apply to?

  2. S October 17, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I am looking to apply to programmes in Public Policy. I have a GRE score of 328 (Q 161, V 167). I have an okay GPA (international), strong work experience and essays.

    The Princeton MPA, and the Harvard MPP would be my top choices.

    Would you suggest a retake to nail a few more Quant points?


    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Hey S, probably at that level and since the programs aren’t quant heavy, it won’t matter so much Maybe focus on the rest of your applications instead?

      Chris S

  3. Abiya September 18, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Do you have the average admit scores for the Education PhD?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Hey Abiya! For Princeton? I don’t see their PhD program in Education. I checked their website and found this: “Graduate work is not offered in business, education, law, medicine, theology, or other professions not specified below.” Maybe you mean for Education programs in general? Check out this post for that: GRE Scores for Education Programs

      Chris S

  4. Stephanie June 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm #


    Thank you for this series on average GRE scores for different universities! Could you, by chance, do the next one on John’s Hopkins University? I am mostly interested in the scores for the Biomedical Eng. admissions.

    Thank you!

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Hey Stephanie! I can’t promise one on JHU any time soon, but I looked up the engineering school in US News and it looks like the averages are 155 verbal and 161 quantitative. Since biomedical engineering is so highly ranked, I’d probably tack a couple of points on top of that. 🙂

      Chris S

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