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Stanford GRE Scores

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Been California dreamin’? Hoping to make it into that shining pearl on the great West Coast known as Stanford University? Well, I’m guessing you know that you’ve got your work cut out for you. Getting into Stanford, no matter what the program is you’re looking at is no walk in the park. You’re going to need the right experience, the right essays, the right recs, and of course, a pretty strong GRE score. But what GRE score do you need to get into Stanford?

 

At Stanford, average GRE scores won’t cut it

If you’re aiming for an elite university like Stanford or Harvard, you can bet an average GRE score isn’t going to cut it. That means a 151 in Math and a 151 in Verbal isn’t going to do very much to help your application. For example, according US News & World Report, here’s a chart of the average admit scores we know for certain:

Program Average Verbal Average Quantitative
Engineering 161 166
Education PhD/EdD 161 156

 

Estimating Stanford GRE scores in other disciplines

Unfortunately, like most of the top universities, they never explicitly state the GRE scores they’re looking for with their applicants. Luckily for you, I’ve come up with up with a handy way to estimate the average GRE scores for Stanford’s top ranked programs, beyond engineering and education.

Program US News Rank Verbal Range Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences 1 162-166 157-161
Chemistry 4 162-166 161-165
Computer Science 1 158-162 162-166
Earth Sciences 4 163-167 158-162
Economics 5 163-167 163-167
English 2 166-170 152-156
Fine Arts 36 157-161 151-155
History 4 165-169 152-156
Mathematics 2 163-167 165-169
Physics 1 165-169 165-169
Political Science 2 165-169 155-159
Psychology 1 161-165 152-156
Sociology 4 161-165 152-156

For information on how I derived these numbers see Methodology below. :)
 

Dealing with the requisite high scores

So, you’re here because either you’re freaking out that your scores aren’t good enough or you’re freaking out that you’ll need some astronomical score (okay, maybe you’re just curious). I know, I know. Tough cookies. But hopefully the above chart helps offer you some guidance on what you should be aiming for!

Just keep in mind, folks, that even a 170 in math isn’t a free ticket to the School of Engineering. It’s all just a piece of the great and confounding admissions puzzle. Get into the mind of the admissions council. They want to see that you really have the brainpower to get deal with the tough level of coursework and research at Stanford. Will an average score cut it? Definitely not. But will a 159 in Verbal keep you out of the Graduate School of Education in spite of being below average? Probably not.

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

Check out the following links for more help preparing for the GRE:

Methodology

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

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. :)


 

Notes about “What are my chances?” comments

While I’d love to give everyone some kind of hard and fast number for your chances (it’s a nerve wracking, opaque experience, I know), I unfortunately can’t. This is because there are numerous factors involved in the admissions decisions and most of those factors aren’t the GRE. The best I can do is tell you below/at/above the score range, but that information you can see for yourself above. My universal recommendation is that you check where you stand compared to the tables above. Then have a look at the forums to see student experiences. Of course if you have questions about methodology or how to achieve certain scores, or pretty much anything outside of “what are my chances?” or “where should I apply?”, then I’ll be happy to answer them, otherwise, I unfortunately won’t be. :)

About the Author

Chris Swimmer is an analyst at Magoosh who divides his time between marketing and research projects and helping folks out with their math hang ups while studying for the GRE and the GMAT. Follow him on Google+! And you can follow him @chrisrswimmer on Twitter.

63 Responses to Stanford GRE Scores

  1. Arc October 7, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Hi,
    I took my GRE today and scored just 152 in verbal and 162 in quant.
    I am planning to apply for PhD program this year. Are these scores really bad?
    Will i have to take the test again?

    Thanks,
    Arc

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Hey Arc! That really depends on your program! The verbal scores are probably a bit low for most of the programs at Stanford, admittedly. How important that is will depend on the program. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  2. Hannah October 4, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    I am applying to the STEP Master’s program at the Stanford School of Education. I am happy with my GRE scores except for the writing section (170 verbal, 164 quantitative, 4.5 writing).

    Do you think I need to retake the GRE to get my writing score up? It was lower than I had hoped. I’m not sure of the relative importance of each section – how much does the writing matter?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Hey Hannah! Those are pretty amazing scores! At that level, a GRE retake probably won’t do very much for you. Try to shine through elsewhere in your application.

      Good luck!
      Chris S

  3. Pam September 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Hi!

    I’m interested in educational programs at Stanford and other top Universities, and I just took the GRE getting a score of 167v and 159q. Do you think it would be worth retaking to boost the math score up a little higher?

    Thanks!

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Hey Pam! I’d say probably not. My limited experience with Edu programs is that the GRE scores aren’t nearly the most important aspect of the application. Of course that depends on where you’re applying and which education programs you’re thinking. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  4. Prolok September 20, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I am planning to apply for Data analysis/Machine learning related MS in top universities. I have prepared a tentative list, which includes

    UC Berkeley
    Carnegie Mellon U
    North Western University, and NYU.

    About my background:
    I did my bachelors from one of the prestigious IITs in India, with specialization in Electronics Engineering. The GPA might come arnd 3.3/3.4 out of 4.

    I have a decent GRE score of 329( 170 in Quant ,159 in Verbal)

    Around 1 and half years of partially relevant work experience in a reputed MNC based out of US.

    2 industrial internships, one relevant research internship.
    Several projects, but none of them relevant.

    Can I got ahead with the app at UC Berkeley and CMU, how are the chances?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Hey Prolok! It seems like you fit the candidate profile, just make the rest of your application is tight. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  5. Chiway September 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi, I got 148 for verbal part and 170 for math and Currently I have a 4.0 GPA from Purdue. I am thinking about doing PhD at top engineering schools like Caltech, MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley. Do you think my score looks satisfying?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Hey Chiway! That verbal score is a bit low, though I have heard people with scores that low getting into non-verbal oriented programs. However at the PhD level, it’s more about research alignment and making sure professors think you’re a good fit. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  6. Harry September 18, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Hi Chris! I just took GRE and got 155+170(V+Q). I am aiming for operations research programs. The total score is somewhere satisfying the requirement from Stanford or other schools but the verbal part is weak. Will the admission office consider the total score or considers the Verbal or Quantitative separately? Thank you!

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      Hey Harry! That’s a pretty great score. I’d say the verbal part is a bit low, but not to worry so much (at least not so much to take it again). The adcoms *probably* look at the scores separately but their processes vary between programs.

      Best,
      Chris S

  7. Shubhendu September 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Hello Chris,

    My GRE score is 311.
    TOEFL score of 103.
    2 years international work experience by Aug 2014.
    GPA of 3.47 .
    Do you think I need to re take the test for Stanford, UCLA and MIT provided that I have a strong SOP and LORs.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      Hey! It’s difficult to say without knowing your focus and the breakdown of your scores. I’ll venture to guess that it’s a bit on the low side, as at least Stanford and MIT have really high average scores. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  8. jj September 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Hello. I’m an international student applying for a psychology grad school.
    I have two GRE scores
    1) verbal 158/quant 162/writing 3
    2) verbal 156/quant 164/writing 4
    which one would you recommend to report?
    I’ll appreciate if you could give me some advice!
    Thank you

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Hey JJ! It’s a tough call. I think I’d go with the second one, mostly because of the AWA score being more in the respectable range. It makes up for a couple points lower in Verbal. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  9. Pavitra September 13, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Hi,
    I received a score of 170/157 (Quants and Verbal) in GRE. I have a GPA of more than 9/10 (topper). I am completing my B_Tech and M_Tech. I have 3 papers published and excellent recommendations. How good are my chances at Mechanical in UC Berkeley

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Hey Pavitra! Check out my post on GRE scores for UC Berkeley for more help with that. That part of your app looks like it’ll pass muster. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  10. Mike September 12, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I took the GRE in August and got 161V, 170Q, but only 4.0 in AW. An international student as I am, I consider myself an adequate writer. Frustrated by the writing score and feeling that my essays should have got higher than that, I re-took it a week ago and got 163V, 170Q but again a 4.0 in AW. I have no idea how the e-rater did its job, given that I definitely pointed out all the logic fallacies in the Argument and supplied the Issue with persuasive views and abundant evidence. Do you think a rescore would make sense? I’ve read that in most cases ETS will just keep the score unchanged for the money or even lower it to humiliate test takers.

    Anyway, as a senior in undergrad I’m looking for a research-intensive Master’s or a PhD program in Computer Science at one of the top schools. As I’m about to start my applications, I’m a bit concerned about whether this writing score would hurt me. My other stats: EECS w/ 3.93 Duke (looking forward to a summa cum laude), extensive undergraduate TA experiences and some research experience. Thanks!

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Hey Mike! I think you’re overthinking this a bit too much. I definitely wouldn’t go the route of a rescore. I haven’t really heard of people actually doing it, but I can’t imagine that it would really work out in your favor. Just accept your 4 and move on to other parts of your applications, particularly the Statement of Purpose, which is your real chance to shine in your writing.

      Best,
      Chris S

  11. andy September 10, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Hi, aiming for sloan program at MIT or Stanford. Will 302 (151 +151) GRE score help? Have 15+ years of international work experience.

    thanks, Andy

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 13, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Hey Andy! Check out this post on GRE scores for MBA programs. Admittedly a 302 isn’t going to do very much, but your international work experience might carry you over. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  12. Bhavana September 5, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Hey Chris,

    I have GRE scores 157, 167 (Verbal, quant). But my essay score is 3.5. I’m looking to do an MS in CS. My toefl score is 116. What are my chances with Stanford, UIUC and Columbia?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Hey Bhavana! I can’t say much in regards to the exact chances, but it looks like your GRE scores are right on par. Just make sure the rest of your app is strong and cross your fingers!

      Best,
      Chris S

  13. Emily September 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi,
    I am looking to apply to the Stanford school of education (master’s degree). My GRE scores are: 165 verbal, 5.5 writing, 151 quantitative. I intend to become a high school foreign language teacher, so I’m wondering if in my case, verbal/writing scores may be more important than math (which I know I scored very poorly in)? Or would all three sections likely be equally important to an admissions panel, since I am competing against prospective math/science teachers, etc? I have a 3.9 undergrad GPA and other experiences that I think would help out my application, but I’m worried about applying if my low math score basically discounts my chances of admission from the start. I know that GRE scores aren’t the only or even the most important criteria that the admissions committee would use, but I’d also hate to waste my time applying if my chances of being accepted are basically nonexistent…

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      Hey Emily! I wouldn’t say your chances are non-existent! Your verbal/AWA scores are really good and math is on average lower for education programs. That’s not to say that there won’t be applicants with insanely high quant scores. But I don’t think your average math score will land you in the waste bin. It definitely won’t do you any favors, but if the rest of your application is strong (and it sounds like it), then it seems like you deserve at least their attention. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  14. Cheryl August 28, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Hi Chris: I just did the GRE and scored 161 Verbal and 153 Quantitative. I am considering a Phd in Sociology or an MBA at Stanford. Is my low quants score going to hurt me? Should I rather retake the GRE?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      Hey Cheryl! That quant score is probably a bit low for the Sociology PhD, considering that program will expect you to have the quantitative skills to conduct research. Additionally, anyone debating between a PhD in Sociology and an MBA should probably spend a bit more time thinking about what he or she really wants out of graduate school. Just my 2 cents. :)

      Chris S

  15. jai August 24, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    hii..i want to do MS(computer engineering) in stanford…..how much money it will require to complete MS course…..
    plz..suggest me…

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      Hey Jai! That’s definitely a question you can find answered on Stanford. It’s really important to do the basic research on your own!

      Best,
      Chris S

  16. James August 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Hi Chris- I’m very interested in Stanford and William and Mary for an MA in history. I’ve been scoring in the low 160’s on verbal practice tests but the mid 140’s for quantitative. Is such a low quantitative score a serious barrier to my success? I have one month left to study and would prefer to focus on verbal more and more, but I worry I should be focused on quantitative. What would you suggest please?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Hey James! I think you’ve got to bring that quant score up. I assume that the quant score isn’t the most important point for a history program, but mid-140s is well below average for all GRE test takers. Check out this study schedule to help you focus on Math, while still giving some attention to that Verbal score (which is pretty good as it is): One Month GRE Study Schedule

      Best,
      Chris S

  17. Akshay August 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi,

    I want to pursue Masters in CS in one of the top universities (Stanford, Berkeley, CMU etc)

    My GRE scores are : 160,168 (verbal / quant)

    I am amongst the top students of my class….have done a couple of research projects and 2 internships at major firms but I don’t have a publication to my name.

    Stanford is my first choice, is my GRE score okay or should I take it again?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      Hey Akshay! Those are really good scores! I’d say at this point if you didn’t get in, it wouldn’t be because of your GRE scores. Try reaching out to faculty at Stanford and seeing if they can shed some light for you!

      Best,
      Chris S

  18. Brian August 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    I’m interested in pursuing an electrical engineering PhD program at a top 10 university, preferably UMichigan. My GRE scores are 166Q and 159V (don’t know AWA yet). Umichigan’s website said its average scores for masters and PhD admitted students are 165Q and 155V. My concern is that may have higher average scores for PhD applicants only, in which case, my Quant score may be too low. But then, maybe not. I know the GRE is just one part of the application, and not even the most important part if your score is on par with what they’re looking for. I just wanted your opinion on the matter though.

    Thanks

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      Hey Brian! I think you summed it up well. Your score will be right on par with their averages. Think about it from the perspective – the difference between a 166 and 170 (a perfect score) is potentially just luck or maybe a bad day tripped you up. For that reason, schools don’t really worry about hard and fast score requirements. Nobody’s going to say “App A is worse than App B, but App A scored 1-2 points higher on the GRE, so let’s go with A!”

      Best,
      Chris S

      • Brian August 24, 2013 at 5:58 am #

        Alright then. Thanks Chris!

  19. John August 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    Hi, I’m looking for Ph.D program on Econ
    and recently I got 162/170(verbal/quant).
    My problem is AWA.
    I got only 3.0/6.0 on AWA.
    How do you think about my score for applying top tiers in Econ?
    Should I retake GRE TT ?
    For reference, my GPA is 3.83/4.0

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 16, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Hey John! A lot of programs discount the AWA, but it’s hard to say for certain how important it will be. Your GRE scores are great! It’s probably smart to mention somewhere in your application why it’s so low (too low considering your high verbal score). Time pressure? The schools know well that it’s unlikely you’ll ever need to write like that in grad school. I’d try talking to someone at your schools of interest (ie Stanford) and seeing if it will hold you back. My instinct is no, but I can’t say for certain. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  20. parth August 9, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    I want to do master in cs from harvard university or stanford university , can you please tell me what score will be needed in gre exam for the same to get a 100% scholarship in these esteemed universities…

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Hey Parth! Unfortunately there’s no one GRE score that will even guarantee you admittance into either Harvard or Stanford, let alone get a “100% scholarship”. Scholarships vary by program so you’ll have to do some digging around on their sites to see just how competitive they are.

      Best,
      Chris S

      • parth August 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

        I want to do ms in computer science from any one of these universities can you pls give me expected score for the same.. from your past experience

        • Chris Swimmer
          Chris Swimmer August 16, 2013 at 11:50 am #

          Hey Parth! The best I can say is to check the scores above, and also, check out this post: GRE Scores for the Best Universities.

          Best,
          Chris S

  21. Eunice August 4, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Hi,

    I signed up for the Magoosh Premium package which should include things like Email Assistance / Study Schedules and Score Predictors. Where and how do I access these, especially the email assistance?

    Thanks,
    Eunice

    • Eunice August 4, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      I posted my question here because I wasn’t sure where to email directly! But on a more relevant note, thank you for the information on the GRE scores to get into top universities. I noticed that most of these were for PhD programs — would you say that the scores are similiar across the schools for entrance into their Masters programs, or is that usually a little more lenient/lower?

      Thanks,
      Eunice

      • Chris Swimmer
        Chris Swimmer August 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

        Hey again. Glad you find them useful. :) The score range estimations are actually based on a scale I created using the scores given for education PhD programs and the scores from engineering Masters. That means what you see is sort of a mix of both. The variance that exists really just depends on the program. Some Masters and PhD programs will have very similar average scores, and some won’t. I’d say just aim for the range given, since a score too high will never hurt you!

        Best,
        Chris S

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Hey Eunice! Sorry for the delayed response. Congrats on signing up! You can now ask us anything you like via support@magoosh.com or you can click the Help tab on the left hand side of the screen while logged in. As for study schedules, find those here:

      GRE Study Plans

      The score prediction will show up on your Dashboard after you answer at least 50 questions in a section. It will continue to adapt as you learn and answer more questions. :)

      Best,
      Chris S

  22. Joshita July 4, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    I have scored 146 in Verbal and 162 in Quanti. Besides I have completed my Masters in CS in top M.tech College(Indian Statistical Institute) in India . Can I persue my Phd from any good Universities in USA?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Hey Joshita! It’s hard to say for certain. Your verbal score is definitely on the lower end and top CS programs are pretty competitive! Of course, there’s a lot that goes into admissions decisions. Best to check directly with the programs.

      Best,
      Chris S

  23. danush June 29, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    hi,
    what is an ideal quant and verbal score in gre for admission in MIT electrical and electronics engineering :)

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

      Hey Danush! Check this post for more help with MIT GRE scores!

      Best,
      Chris S

  24. Elizabeth June 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Chris; I am planning to apply to the school of Ecology and Evolution in the fall. I’ve just received my GRE scores (6 writing, 168 verbal, 155 quant) and am a little nervous regarding my quant score. I’ve been working in ecology since my sophomore year in college, and I am more than familiar with the math I need for the field. I also have a competitive undergraduate GPA, lots of work experience in ecological labs, and some papers published. The problem for me was that I hadn’t used math that wasn’t ecological statistics for five years, and studying for the GRE proved that it came back more slowly than I wished. Are the verbal/writing scores enough to cover my (64th%) math scores? Should I gear up for taking it again?

    Thank you!

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer June 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Hey Elizabeth! I have to admit I’m not extremely familiar with the Ecology and Evolution program, so I’m not sure how quant heavy the focus is. Your other scores are astronomical though. :) It honestly sounds like you need to get in touch with some people in the department you’re aiming for and seeing what they think. You’re obviously a very a serious candidate, so I think they’ll take you seriously. :)

      Chris

  25. Kumar Nitin May 27, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Hi, I’ve passed Bachelors in Engineering with 7.5/10 CGPA. In GRE I scored 170 in Quant and 155 in Verbal. I’m looking for MS program in Computers.

    I have also written a paper which is recognised by IEEE. But I have just an year of experience.

    Can I make it to the top 5 universities with this score?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer May 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Wow Kumar, great GRE score in Quant. Your verbal’s not so bad for engineering, either. I unfortunately can’t say for certain one way or another about getting in, since there’s so much more to an application than just scores. I’d definitely focus on the rest of your application (research, recs, essays), and giving it a shot. :)

      Chris

  26. Mashia May 7, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Dear Mr. Swimmer, I want to apply for the Phd program of petroleum engineering-Stanford university, I have one published paper which is internet journal and published there with ISSN number, my GPA is 3/4,my university rank in master program is about 400, please guide me what GRE score do I need to enhance the chance of acceptance?
    how is my status for applying to Starnford university?
    Thank you.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer May 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Hey Mashia! Unfortunately it’s pretty difficult to say which score you need exactly as there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to applying for grad school. I’d definitely be shooting for the mid 160s in math, and maybe mid 150s in verbal. The rest will come down to your application, recs, and outreach to current professors at Stanford.

      Best,
      Chris

  27. Melanie April 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi! I’m an MD (passed all my boards, and I’m practicing in Family Medicine) BS in premed Magna cum Laude, BA in spanish also with high honors, multiple scholarships, currently Chief resident and participating in the congressional events geared towards health care policy as it impacts family practice.
    I am very interested in Harvard’s MBA/MPP dual degree problem…here’s the problem: I just took my GRE and got a 169 verbal…and a 151 quant (prelim score/unofficial scores) and I’m scratching my head…(obviously my MCAT scores were competitive, and I’ve passed three sets of VERY VERY LONG boards)
    I don’t want to take this again, and I have international experience and other things that could be on my application, but having been a part of the admissions process myself, will this quant score put me out of the running?
    I thank you for any advice and insight, and for your time in reading this.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer April 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Hey Melanie! I can’t say for certain if it will or if it won’t. I will say that everything else on your resume is pretty impressive, and that 169 on verbal is astronomical! I wouldn’t say that your Quant scores will put you out of the running, though it might make the admissions committee pause for a moment and ask what went wrong. While there’s always the fear that they’ll open your application, have a look at your score and toss it in the (probably electronic) waste bin. I’d like to think their approach is a little more holistic than that, though.

      All of that being said, your quant score is pretty low, and I’ll guess that the average math score for the MPP program at Harvard is somewhere around the 70th percentile (yours is the 48th). You seem like you’ve put a lot of your life and energy into making this happen, so why slow it down now? Even if your verbal dropped a few points on the second go-around, a 5-6 point increase in your math would probably inspire more confidence in the admissions committee.

      Good luck!

  28. Vanan April 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Can you just give an idea of the GRE Score required to make it to the Engineering programs @ Stanford both on the Verbal and Quants? An approximate plz…..? :)

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer April 8, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Hey Vanan! While the school doesn’t release verbal scores, Stanford admits average a 165 on the quant side. It’s pretty much the highest of any school in the country for engineering, so you better expect to score in the astronomical range! It’s tough, but you can do it!

  29. Shruti April 6, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Hi,

    I am looking for PHD in any of the following universities (Electrical Engg):

    1) University of California……San Diego
    2) University of Southern California
    3) University of California……Irvine
    4) University of California……Davis

    Or any other good university in California only. Recently I appeared for GRE and scored 166 in Quant and 151 in Verbal. Just a brief info about my background is as follows:

    M.Tech ……CGPA is 9.05/10….IIT Kharagpur, India
    Work experience of around 5 Years in an MNC…….But I do not have any research paper presentation or patents…..

    Could you please give some idea about the probability of getting into these universities??

    Any probability of getting into Stanford or University of California, Berkely???

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer April 8, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Shruti! Those are pretty good scores if you’re pursuing electrical engineering! I can’t speak for schools’ admissions individually, so I recommend getting in contact with the admissions of the schools you’re interested in to see what info they’re willing to divulge. Also, find a professor who’s doing work you’re interested in and reach out to him/her. Don’t push for a rec or anything, just let them know that you are passionate about their research and see if there’s anything you could do in the meantime to make your application more competitive. Good luck!


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