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GRE Scores for Top Universities

Update: This post was updated in May 2018 to reflect US News & World Report‘s 2018 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 150 for Verbal and 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, take a GRE diagnostic test, then 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
 

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Harvard GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences4156-160159-163
Chemistry2156-160163-167
Computer Science16149-153160-164
Earth Sciences8157-161160-164
Economics1157-161162-166
English8160-164151-155
History4159-163150-154
Mathematics2156-160168-170
Physics3159-163167-170
Political Science1159-163154-158
Psychology3155-159151-155
Public Administration4154-158151-155
Sociology1155-159151-155

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Stanford GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1156-160159-163
Chemistry2158-162163-167
Computer Science1149-153161-165
Earth Sciences2157-161160-164
Economics1157-161162-166
English3160-164151-155
Fine Arts15156-160153-157
History1159-163150-154
Mathematics2156-160168-170
Physics1159-163167-171
Political Science1159-163154-158
Psychology1155-159151-155
Sociology5155-159151-155

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MIT GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1156-160159-1163
Chemistry2156-160163-167
Computer Science1149-153161-165
Earth Sciences2157-161160-164
Economics1157-161162-166
Mathematics2156-160168-170
Physics1159-163167-170
Political Science9159-163154-158
Psychology8155-159151-155

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UC Berkeley GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1156-160159-163
Chemistry2156-160163-167
Computer Science1149-153161-165
Earth Sciences2157-161160-164
Economics1157-161162-166
English1160-164151-155
Fine Arts27156-160153-157
History4159-163150-154
Mathematics2156-160168-170
Physics3159-163167-170
Political Science4159-163154-158
Psychology1155-159151-155
Public Administration6154-158151-155
Social Work3151-155146-150
Sociology1155-159151-155

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Princeton GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences6156-160159-163
Chemistry9156-160163-167
Computer Science8157-153161-165
Earth Sciences10157-161160-164
Economics1157-161162-166
English8160-164151-155
History1159-163150-154
Mathematics1156-160168-170
Physics3159-163167-170
Political Science3156-163154-158
Psychology8155-159151-155
Public Administration9154-158151-155
Sociology1155-159151-155

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Columbia GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences18156-160158-162
Chemistry9156-160163-167
Computer Science13149-153160-164
Earth Sciences5157-161160-164
Economics9157-161162-166
English3160-164151-155
Fine Arts6156-160153-157
History6159-163150-154
Mathematics7156-160168-170
Physics10159-163167-170
Political Science7159-163154-158
Psychology17155-159151-155
Public Administration18154-158151-155
Social Work5151-155146-150
Sociology11155-159151-155

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Yale GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1156-160157-161
Chemistry9156-160163-167
Computer Science20149-153160-164
Earth Sciences13157-161159-163
Economics1157-161162-166
English8160-164151-155
Fine Arts1156-160153-157
History1159-163150-154
Mathematics9156-160168-170
Physics12159-163166-170
Political Science4159-163154-158
Psychology3155-159151-155
Sociology22155-159151-155

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NYU GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences62156-160158-162
Chemistry52156-160162-166
Computer Science30149-153160-164
Economics11157-161162-166
English20160-164151-155
Fine Arts48156-160153-157
History23159-163150-154
Mathematics9156-160168-170
Physics37159-163166-170
Political Science12159-163154-158
Psychology36155-159151-155
Public Administration9154-158151-155
Social Work17151-155146-150
Sociology11155-159151-155

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USC GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences54154-158154-158
Chemistry48156-160162-166
Computer Science20149-153160-164
Earth Sciences31157-161159-163
Economics37157-161162-166
English33160-164151-155
Fine Arts69154-158151-155
History38159-163150-154
Mathematics44156-160167-170
Physics61157-161162-166
Political Science51157-161151-155
Psychology26155-159151-155
Public Administration2154-158151-155
Social Work17151-155156-150
Sociology40154-158151-155

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UCLA GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences18156-160158-162
Chemistry15156-160162-166
Computer Science13149-153160-164
Earth Sciences13157-161159-163
Economics12157-161162-166
English6160-164151-155
Fine Arts2156-160153-157
Library Sciences14159-163151-155
History9159-163150-154
Mathematics7156-160168-170
Physics17159-163166-170
Political Science12159-163154-158
Psychology3155-159151-155
Public Administration14154-158151-155
Social Work15151-155146-150
Sociology8155-159151-155

Check out more about UCLA GRE scores.

 

Cornell GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences10156-160159-163
Chemistry9156-160163-167
Computer Science6149-153161-165
Earth Sciences19157-161159-163
Economics16157-161162-166
English8160-164151-155
Fine Arts27156-160149-153
History11156-160150-154
Mathematics13156-160167-170
Physics7156-160167-170
Political Science19159-163154-158
Psychology24155-159151-155
Public Administration34154-158151-155
Sociology17155-159151-155

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UPenn GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences23156-160158-162
Chemistry19156-160162-166
Computer Science19149-153160-164
Earth Sciences68155-159155-159
Economics10157-161162-166
English3160-164151-155
Fine Arts33156-160153-157
History11159-163150-154
Mathematics16156-160167-170
Physics14159-163166-170
Political Science19159-163154-158
Psychology8155-159151-155
Public Administration52152-156148-152
Social Work11151-155146-150
Sociology11155-159151-155

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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.
 

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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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