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Yale GRE Scores

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

Many universities boast a number of notable alumni, but few universities hold a candle to Yale University’s impressive and wide-ranging list of former students. If you were to somehow manage to get them in a room for a party, you’d be rubbing elbows with presidents, senators, authors, economists, and certainly a famous actor or two. But what does that mean for you, not-quite-yet-notable grad school applicant? Well, it means that you’ve got your work cut out for you if you want to join the elite alums of Yale. And one of the key factors in deciding your fate is naturally going to be the GRE. So what scores will you need?


Average GRE scores for Yale – Engineering

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

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's155170
Engineering - PhD157167

The Verbal Scores are in the 68th and 75th percentiles and the Quantitative are in the 93rd and 97th.

Estimating Yale GRE scores in other disciplines

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

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences7158-162160-164
Computer Science20150-154157-161
Earth Sciences13157-161160-165
Fine Arts1151-155157-161
Political Science4161-165158-162

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. 🙂

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