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NYU GRE Scores

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This post was updated in March 2017 to reflect the latest information.

The great urban university of New York City, NYU. (Okay, I might catch some flack from Columbia folk for that.) Some years it seems that there as many people hoping to get into graduate school at NYU as there are actors desperate to make it on Broadway. And unfortunately for you, dear grad school aspirant, it often seems just about as difficult.

So how do you set yourself apart? Well one thing that the admissions committee looks at is your GRE test scores. Yeah, that’s right, one silly little test can change the course of the committee’s decision and consequently the course of your academic (and personal!) life. So what do you need to get in?

Average GRE scores for NYU – Engineering and Education

Here’s the US News & World Report data on the engineering and education program at NYU:

ProgramAverage verbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's150164
Engineering - PhD153164
Education - Master's153152
Education - PhD/EdD158152

Estimating NYU GRE scores in other disciplines

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

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences68154-158149-153
Computer Science29150-154157-161
Fine Arts48156-160152-156
Political Science12159-163153-157
Public Administration11155-159150-154
Social Work17152-156156-160

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 7 points 162-166

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.

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21 Responses to NYU GRE Scores

  1. Preet November 22, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    I meet all the GRE requirements for NYU Economics except for the Analytical Writing one. Their minimum is 5.0 and I got 4.0. Should I apply?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Hey Preet! Remember the numbers you see are just averages, not requirements. For good measure, I even had a look around on the NYU website and I saw nothing mentioning any GRE minimum requirements. In fact they even say, “Because of the diverse nature of such information, we do not adhere to strictly defined cut-off points on grade-point averages or GRE scores.” Remember the scores are just guidelines, use your own discretion when applying. If you think you have a strong case for acceptance, then go for it!

      Chris S

  2. JM November 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi, I recently took the GRE and scored a 163 on Verbal and 158 on the Quant section. I DESPERATELY want to get into NYU’s MBA program. I earned a 3.96 GPA for my Bachelor’s degree (BA Philosophy)…but that was at UNLV, which is a respectable school for sure, but certainly not in the top 50 of undergad institutions. I have two questions. First what are my chances of getting in now with my current score. And will the Magoosh premium prep help me that much, i was extremely diligent in prepping with Princeton Review, Barrons, and the ETS books – but i was caught very off guard when i took the test, as these resources turned out to be vastly different from the actual test, especially PR, which was very disconcerting. Thank you for your time

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Hey JM! With MBA programs, the GRE/GMAT score is only the tip of the iceberg. These schools are insanely competitive and even people with the top scores get rejected. It’s all about work experience and your essays. You really have to show what you’ve got there. 🙂

      Chris S

  3. Preet November 14, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    Hi, Chris,
    I really just want to thank you for all your posts.
    All the information has been very useful and everytime I had a doubt I knew I had to come to Magoosh.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Glad to be helpful! Good luck!

      Chris S

  4. Sathwik November 8, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    What is the RANK of this university at present in the world….

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Hey Sathwik! At the master’s level, typically schools aren’t ranked together, but programs are measured on an individual basis. I’d consult the US News report I mentioned, or have a look around on the internet for a better idea. 🙂

      Chris S

  5. Bonav November 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Q 154 V 147, any hope for chemistry in NYU?
    Im international student and im expecting a TOEFL above 100.
    Work experience, 6 months, big analytics company.
    Research experience, 1 year
    One research publication coming. In the best scenario, two.

    Thank you.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      Hey Bonav! It’s definitely possible, though unfortunately in the tough world of grad school admissions, nothing is guaranteed. Just make sure your research interests are aligned and there’s faculty doing what you want to do. 🙂

      Chris S

  6. Rohit Konusu October 27, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I am taking my GRE this Jan. I have a cg of 8.03 and have done 3 projects. What score(verbal and quant) do you think is sufficient for entrance into 10-50 ranking colleges for MS in mechanical engineering and do you think a good TOEFL score can be a substitute for a bad AWA score.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer November 3, 2013 at 1:36 am #

      Hey Rohit! Check out this post on GRE Scores for Engineering Programs. As for the AWA vs TOEFL, I’d check with the programs you’re interested in. 🙂

      Chris S

  7. leenuchanda October 3, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    what is the Average Gre score to get in admission in NYU for MBA

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      Hey! Check out this post, GRE Scores for Business Schools and see where NYU lands on the US News Rankings and that should be a good indication. 🙂

      Chris S

  8. casie October 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Chris !

    I am looking to apply to the MS Data Science Program at NYU . I scored 167 in quant and 150 in Verbal ( GRE ) . I have done a relevant research internship at Purdue .

    What are my chances ?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      Hey Casie! It’s hard to say for certain since there are so many aspects of an application that are considered. I imagine that’s got to be right on the money for a data science program, though. 🙂

      Chris S

  9. bhishma September 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I am interested applying in financial mathematics at nyu. I have gre score 320, 170 in quant but only 150 in verbal. If i want to have any chance of getting an admit, should I retake gre for improving verbal score ? the list above requires very high gre score in mathematics department, however i am not applying in core mathematics, but in financial mathematics.What should I do? I will be glad if you share your opinion.

    Thank you.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Hey Bhishma! I’d say that the scores are probably almost as high in financial mathematics! I’m not sure about the verbal. Since you hit about average it could be inconsequential, or the adcoms might look down upon lower verbal scores as it can be a reflection of a logic skills. I’d check around The Grad Cafe and Urch to see what info you can get. 🙂

      Chris S

      • bhishma September 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

        Thanks a lot ! I will be grateful ! 🙂

  10. Sean August 25, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    NYU is my top choice for a Political Science PhD. Unfortunately, my first GRE did not go so well; my verbal was only a 157 (73rd percentile), and my math was an abysmal 148 (33rd percentile). However, my AWA was a 5.0 (93rd percentile). I debated whether or not to retake the test, ultimately deciding that at the very least I should boost my verbal by 3 points and at least bring my math up to 152/153.

    Working through the one month Magoosh prep now focusing primarily on math. So far so good.

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer August 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      That’s great to hear, Sean! Just make sure you stay focused! Your target should put you on the lower end of the scale, which means getting in is still no walk in the park, but it’s definitely feasible! Good luck!

      Chris S

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