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GRE Scores for Top Universities

Update: This post was updated in March 2017 to reflect US News & World Report‘s 2017 rankings! 🙂

Setting your sights on an Ivy League-level graduate education? Well, if you’re aiming for top universities, GRE scores are going to play a part in your acceptance. So where do you stand when it comes to the best universities?

GRE scores for top universities will vary across programs, but the average GRE scores by school for these top grad program could potentially range between 145-170 on both Verbal and Quantitative, with averages in the 160s for the very top grad programs. Remember that the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE have a score range between 130-170, and the average GRE score for is around 151 for Verbal and 152-153 for Quant.

Below I’ve aggregated all of the score charts from all of the individual school posts so that you can see the estimated ranges for average GRE scores by school, and identify where you stand in your application. Scroll down to see them all, or click a school logo to jump directly to the GRE scores for grad schools that you want to see.

Bonus:

  • If you’re trying to identify your target GRE score, check out our GRE Scores Infographic – it lists the average, good, and great GRE scores for admitted students in each academic discipline. 🙂
  • If you’re also studying for the TOEFL, we have a TOEFL Scores Infographic too.
  • And if you’re looking to improve your chances of getting into one of these top programs, give our GRE Prep App a try. It’s available on Android and iPhone so you can study on the go.

Click a school logo to jump to their estimated GRE average scores!

Average GRE Score by School - HarvardAverage GRE Scores - StanfordAverage GRE Score by Grad School programs - MITGRE Score ranges for Grad Schools - BerkeleyAverage GRE Score by program - PrincetonGRE Score by program - Columbia

GRE Score by Program - YaleEstimated GRE Score Ranges - NYUAverage GRE Scores by Grad School Programs - USCGRE Scores - UCLAGRE Scores by academic program - CornellAverage GRE Score by Program - UPenn


 
 

Harvard GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1158-162160-164
Chemistry4158-162166-170
Computer Science18150-154157-161
Earth Sciences8159-163161-165
Economics1159-163166-170
English8162-166155-159
History4161-165154-158
Mathematics3158-162168-170
Physics2161-165158-170
Political Science1161-165158-162
Psychology3157-161155-159
Public Administration3157-161155-159
Sociology1157-161155-159

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Stanford GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1158-162160-164
Chemistry4158-162164-168
Computer Science1152-156162-166
Earth Sciences3159-163161-165
Economics1159-163166-170
English3162-166155-159
Fine Arts15156-160152-156
History1161-165154-158
Mathematics5158-162168-170
Physics2161-165168-170
Political Science1161-165158-162
Psychology1157-161155-159
Public Administration34155-159154-158
Sociology5157-161155-159

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MIT GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1158-162160-164
Chemistry1158-162164-168
Computer Science1152-156162-166
Earth Sciences2159-163161-165
Economics1159-163166-170
Mathematics1158-162168-170
Physics1161-165168-170
Political Science9161-165158-162
Psychology8157-161159-163

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UC Berkeley GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences4158-162160-165
Chemistry1158-162163-167
Computer Science1152-156162-166
Earth Sciences3159-163161-165
Economics1159-163166-170
English1162-166155-159
Fine Arts27156-160159-163
History4161-165154-158
Mathematics3158-162168-170
Physics2161-165168-170
Political Science4161-165158-162
Psychology2157-161161-165
Public Administration8157-161155-159
Social Work3154-158151-155
Sociology1157-161155-159

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Princeton GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences9158-162162-166
Chemistry15156-162159-163
Computer Science8152-156162-166
Earth Sciences11157-161156-160
Economics1159-163166-170
English8162-166155-159
History1161-165164-168
Mathematics1158-162168-170
Physics2161-165168-170
Political Science3157-161155-159
Psychology8157-161166-169
Sociology1157-161145-149

Check out more about Princeton GRE scores.

 

Columbia GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences14156-160155-159
Chemistry10158-162164-168
Computer Science15150-154157-161
Earth Sciences5159-163161-165
Economics9159-163166-170
English3162-166155-159
Fine Arts6158-162157-161
History6161-165154-158
Mathematics9158-162168-170
Physics11159-163163-167
Political Science7161-165158-162
Psychology17155-159150-154
Public Administration19155-159150-154
Social Work6154-159151-155
Sociology11155-159150-154

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Yale GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences7158-162160-164
Chemistry12156-160159-163
Computer Science20150-154157-161
Earth Sciences13157-161160-165
Economics1159-163166-170
English8162-166155-159
Fine Arts1151-155157-161
History1161-165154-158
Mathematics9158-162168-170
Physics11159-163163-167
Political Science4161-165158-162
Psychology3157-161154-158
Sociology22155-159150-154

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NYU GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences68154-158149-153
Chemistry60154-158153-157
Computer Science29150-154157-161
Economics11157-161161-165
English20160-164150-154
Fine Arts48156-160152-156
History23159-163149-153
Mathematics9158-162168-170
Physics36159-163163-167
Political Science12159-163153-157
Psychology36155-159150-154
Public Administration11155-159150-154
Social Work17152-156156-160
Sociology11155-159150-154

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USC GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences55154-158149-153
Chemistry49156-160159-163
Computer Science20150-154157-161
Earth Sciences25157-161156-160
Economics37157-161161-165
English33160-164150-154
Fine Arts69154-158146-150
History38159-163149-153
Mathematics46145-160164-168
Physics60157-161157-161
Political Science51157-161147-151
Psychology26155-159150-154
Public Administration4157-161155-159
Social Work12152-156146-150
Sociology40155-159150-154

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UCLA GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences19156-160155-159
Chemistry15156-160159-163
Computer Science13150-154157-161
Earth Sciences13157-161156-160
Economics12157-161161-165
English6162-166155-159
Fine Arts2158-162157-161
Library Sciences14160-164150-154
History9161-165154-158
Mathematics7158-162168-170
Physics18159-163163-167
Political Science12159-163153-157
Psychology3157-161155-159
Public Administration19157-161150-154
Social Work12151-155146-150
Sociology8157-161145-149

Check out more about UCLA GRE scores.

 

Cornell GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences11156-160155-159
Chemistry10158-162164-168
Computer Science6152-156162-166
Earth Sciences16157-161156-160
Economics18157-161161-165
English8162-166155-159
Fine Arts27156-160152-156
History11159-163150-154
Mathematics13156-160164-168
Physics7161-165168-170
Political Science19159-163153-157
Psychology24155-159150-154
Public Administration41155-159150-154
Social Work17152-156146-150
Sociology17155-159150-154

Check out more about Cornell GRE Scores.

 

UPenn GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences19156-160155-159
Chemistry19156-160159-163
Computer Science19150-154157-161
Earth Sciences77155-159150-154
Economics10157-161161-165
English3162-166155-159
Fine Arts33156-160152-156
History11159-163149-153
Mathematics17156-160164-168
Physics16159-163163-167
Political Science19159-163153-157
Psychology8157-161155-159
Public Administration45155-159150-154
Social Work12152-156146-150
Sociology11155-159150-154

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Methodology

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 1 #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 striving for. We suggest contacting the admissions office of the graduate programs you are interested in to know exactly what scores they are looking for 🙂

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Notes about comments

Due to the overwhelming amount of comments I was getting on this post, I’ve decided to turn them off. 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! 🙂

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