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UPenn GRE Scores

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Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740 and noted for being one of America’s nine colonial colleges, the University of Pennsylvania has a rich history of tradition and excellence. Students lucky enough to be admitted to UPenn have the city of Philadelphia right on their doorstep! Each year thousands of students apply to UPenn’s prestigious graduate programs with the hopes of adding their own mark to the school’s legacy. Of course a great application will consist of more than just an average GRE score, but what GRE score will it take?

Below we break down the GRE score ranges you will most likely need for the University of Pennsylvania.

Average GRE Scores for the University of Pennsylvania – Engineering and Education

US News & World Report provides accurate rankings for graduate programs across the country. Here we provide average GRE scores for the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering and education programs.

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's155166
Engineering - PhD157165
Education - Master's156156
Education - PhD161159

Estimated Score Ranges for UPenn’s Other Graduate Programs

As for the other graduate programs UPenn offers, the GRE averages are not as easy to find as the engineering and education programs. We’ve tried our best to provide estimated score ranges based on the specific programs that UPenn offers. You can see how we did this by taking a look at the methodology section below.

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences19157-161154-158
Computer Science19153-157159-163
Earth Sciences77155-159153-157
Fine Arts33157-161151-155
Political Science28160-164152-156
Public Administration45155-159149-153
Social Work12153-157146-150

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

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. 🙂

By the way, students who use Magoosh GRE improve their scores by an average of 8 points on the new scale (150 points on the old scale.) Click here to learn more.

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