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Cornell GRE Scores

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Cornell’s campus in Ithaca combines an Ivy-level education with the tranquility of rural upstate New York. If you’re dreaming of scenic tree lines and weekend getaways to New York City, you’re definitely not the only one! Thousands of talented, well-rounded students apply to Cornell each year. A fantastic, well-rounded application is your best bet at getting accepted! This includes having a mix of a competitive GPA, strong letters of recommendation, and (possibly) work experience. Your GRE score is just another piece of the puzzle that can make or break your application. That being said, what GRE scores should you be aiming for to get into Cornell? Chances are an average GRE score will not be enough.

Below, we identify the GRE score ranges to strive for based on Cornell’s graduate school programs.

Average GRE Score for Cornell Engineering

Before we get to Cornell’s GRE score ranges, let’s start by discussing the scores that we do know! Thanks to US News & World Report rankings, we have the average GRE scores for Cornell’s engineering program. As you can see, whether a PhD candidate or not, Cornell’s engineering program attracts very talented individuals.

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's154166
Engineering - PhD158165

Now, that we’ve covered engineering, we can get to the other fun stuff! Here we have listed 14 different Cornell programs with national rankings and estimated GRE score ranges. Check out the methodology section below to see how we got these numbers.

Estimated GRE Scores for Cornell Academic Programs

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences11157-161154-158
Computer Science6158-162162-166
Earth Sciences16158-162155-159
Fine Arts27157-161151-155
Political Science19160-164152-156
Public Administration41155-159149-153

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

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Using the limited score data in the US News & World Report’s release on graduate schools (for engineering and education), we 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 we 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 1 #1-10 157 11 points 166-170

Of course, you could argue that this isn’t perfect, and we’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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4 Responses to Cornell GRE Scores

  1. Carlos November 24, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    what if i have 141quanti and 146 verbal

    Do I have any chance at Cornell? For a phd, I mean i have good recommendations but my previous master doesn’t have GPA is just PASS/Fail system

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi Carlos,

      To be honest, with your current scores, Cornell will likely be a reach. I would highly recommend retaking the exam for a higher score. Given the competitiveness of the program, you want to at least be average. Note that your application is as strong as your weakest piece.

  2. Sushant Banjara August 22, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    I have already taken a GRE test and my score exceeds the average score of Cornell, although my score is not exceptional. I need some advice on the application procedure and which part I should focus on.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      Hi Sushant,

      Congrats on taking the GRE and scoring well! Our experience is in test prep and not the admissions process for individual schools, so it’s difficult to give you a good answer. I recommend that you look through the admissions section of Cornell’s website and try to schedule a time to talk to an admissions officer. That should give you some more information on exactly what Cornell is looking for in an applicant 🙂

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