This post has been updated to reflect the latest information from 2016.
Though a school known nationwide for its elite football program, the University of Southern California is a lot more than just high profile sports programs in sunny Southern California; it also boasts a few top ranking graduate programs that deserve elite status themselves. For this reason, it’s imperative that you have the right GRE scores to make the cut.
So what are they exactly?
Average GRE scores for USC – Engineering and Education
Here’s the US News & World Report data on the engineering and education programs at USC:
|Program||Estimated Verbal||Estimated Quantitative|
|Engineering - Master's||151||163|
|Engineering - PhD||154||165|
|Education - Master's||151||150|
|Education - PhD||161||157|
Estimating USC GRE scores in other disciplines
Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from USC’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. 🙂 Admissions is not an exact science.
Notes about 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. Good luck! 🙂