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GRE Scores for Top Universities

Update: This post is now updated to reflect US News & World Report‘s 2016 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 149-170 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 these is around 151 for both Verbal and 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 Sciences1162-166157-161
Chemistry4162-166161-165
Computer Science18153-157159-163
Earth Sciences8163-167158-162
Economics1163-167163-167
English2166-170152-156
History4165-169152-156
Mathematics3163-167165-169
Physics2165-169165-169
Political Science1165-169155-159
Psychology4161-165152-156
Public Administration3160-164152-156
Sociology6161-165152-156

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Stanford GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166157-161
Chemistry4162-166161-165
Computer Science1158-162162-166
Earth Sciences3163-167158-162
Economics5163-167163-167
English2166-170152-156
Fine Arts15157-161151-155
History4165-169152-156
Mathematics5163-167165-169
Physics2165-169165-169
Political Science2165-169155-159
Psychology1161-165152-156
Sociology4161-165152-156

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MIT GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166157-161
Chemistry1162-166161-165
Computer Science1158-162162-166
Earth Sciences2163-167158-162
Economics1163-167163-167
History27160-164149-153
Mathematics1163-167165-169
Physics1165-169165-169
Political Science8165-169155-159
Psychology9161-165152-156

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UC Berkeley GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences4162-166157-161
Chemistry1162-166161-165
Computer Science1158-162162-166
Earth Sciences3163-167158-162
Economics5163-167163-167
English1166-170152-156
Fine Arts27157-161151-155
History1165-169152-156
Mathematics3163-167165-169
Physics2165-169165-169
Political Science6165-169155-159
Psychology2161-165152-156
Sociology1161-165152-156

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Princeton GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences9162-166157-161
Chemistry15157-161158-162
Computer Science8158-162162-166
Earth Sciences11163-167158-162
Economics1163-167163-167
English4166-170152-156
Fine Arts6162-166154-158
History1165-169152-156
Mathematics1163-167165-169
Physics2165-169165-169
Political Science2165-169155-159
Psychology7161-165152-156
Sociology1161-165152-156

Check out more about Princeton GRE scores.

 

Columbia GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences14157-161154-158
Chemistry10162-166161-165
Computer Science15153-157159-163
Earth Sciences5163-167158-162
Economics10163-167163-167
English4166-170152-156
Fine Arts6162-166154-158
History7165-169152-156
Mathematics9163-167165-169
Physics11160-164162-166
Political Science7165-169155-159
Psychology14156-160149-153
Public Administration19155-159149-153
Social Work6158-162149-153
Sociology12156-160149-153

Check out more about Columbia GRE scores.

 

Yale GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences7162-166157-161
Chemistry12157-161158-162
Computer Science20153-157159-163
Earth Sciences13158-162155-159
Economics7163-167163-167
English4166-170152-156
Fine Arts1162-166154-158
History1165-169152-156
Mathematics9163-167165-169
Physics11160-164162-166
Political Science4165-169155-159
Psychology4161-165152-156
Sociology20156-160149-153

Check out more about Yale GRE scores.

 

NYU GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences68154-158152-156
Chemistry60154-158156-160
Computer Science29153-157159-163
Economics11158-162160-164
English20161-165149-153
Fine Arts48157-161151-155
History18160-164149-153
Mathematics9163-167165-169
Physics36160-164162-166
Political Science15160-164152-156
Psychology30156-160149-153
Social Work17153-157146-150
Sociology16156-160149-153

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USC GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences55157-161154-158
Chemistry49154-158156-160
Computer Science20153-157159-163
Earth Sciences25158-162155-159
Economics48158-162160-164
English36161-165149-153
Fine Arts69157-161151-155
History46160-164149-153
Mathematics46155-159160-164
Physics60157-161160-164
Political Science54157-161160-164
Psychology40156-160149-153
Public Administration4160-164152-156
Social Work12153-157146-150
Sociology39156-160149-153

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UCLA GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences19157-161154-158
Chemistry15157-161158-162
Computer Science13153-157159-163
Earth Sciences13158-162155-159
Economics15158-162160-164
English10166-170152-156
Fine Arts2162-166154-158
Library Sciences14161-165149-153
History9165-169152-156
Mathematics7163-167165-169
Physics18160-164162-166
Political Science10165-169155-159
Psychology2161-165152-156
Public Administration19155-159149-153
Social Work12153-157146-150
Sociology9161-165152-156

Check out more about UCLA GRE scores.

 

Cornell GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences11157-161154-158
Chemistry10162-166161-165
Computer Science6158-162162-166
Earth Sciences16158-162155-159
Economics18158-162160-164
English8166-170152-156
Fine Arts27157-161151-155
History11160-164149-153
Mathematics13158-162162-166
Physics7165-169165-169
Political Science19160-164152-156
Psychology14156-160149-153
Public Administration41155-159149-153
Sociology17156-160149-153

Check out more about Cornell GRE Scores.

 

UPenn GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences19157-161154-158
Chemistry19157-161158-162
Computer Science19153-157159-163
Earth Sciences77155-159153-157
Economics9163-167163-167
English4166-170152-156
Fine Arts33157-161151-155
History9165-169152-156
Mathematics18158-162162-166
Physics16160-164162-166
Political Science28160-164152-156
Psychology12156-160149-153
Public Administration45155-159149-153
Social Work12153-157146-150
Sociology10161-165152-156

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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 11 points 166-170

 

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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