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Princeton GRE Scores for All Programs

Princeton campus GRE Scores

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

In this post, we’re going to focus on Princeton: the ideal Princeton GRE scores, and the range of scores you need to score Princeton acceptance.

Why Princeton? Well….

….Not many schools’ names have become so synonymous with prestige that mere the utterance of their name elicits great awe and wonder from outsiders. Princeton, the fourth oldest college in the United States, is doubtlessly one of those awe-inspirers. They consistently place at the top of graduate program rankings across the board. But joining the elite group of Princeton alumni is by no means a walk in the park, especially for graduate level programs. If you want to get into Princeton, you’re going to need to be the cream of the crop. And naturally one of the factors of your application is going to be the GRE.

Below I’ve outlined the GRE scores that will put on solid footing if you are applying to this very prestigious school. 

The Right Princeton Score, According to U.S. News & World Report 2017 and ETS

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges List is one of the most of the most trusted rankings of American universities. And they have a page just for Princeton. They also have detailed data on the Princeton score range for the GRE… although they charge money for that more in-depth information. ETS is the official maker of the GRE tests, and has the best data on average GRE scores by major. To estimated the scores you need to get in to Princeton’s various grad schools, we’ll use both of these sources.

So we’re going to use these two sources to estimate our score ranges for popular Princeton grad programs. To give one example, here are the estimated numbers for Pearson’s grad program in Engineering:

ProgramU.S News RankingAverage Verbal GREAverage Quantitative GRE
Engineering17162166

To get the score Princeton likely views as average for Engineering majors, you’ll want a verbal score in the 90th percentile and a Quantitative score in the 91st.

Estimating Princeton GRE scores in other disciplines

Below is a list of estimated average score ranges you could expect from Princeton’s ranked programs. For more on the methodology behind the numbers, see Methodology.

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

To see where those scores fall, check out the GRE percentile rankings.

What these Princeton score numbers mean

The GRE score ranges in the chart above represent your ideal target score for getting into Princeton, assuming your GRE score ends up being the deciding factor for your acceptance. That being said, GRE scores are not always the deciding factor in an application to Princeton, or to any other school. If your GRE score is below the average score ranges in this post but other aspects of your application are very strong, you may still be able to get into Princeton.

Resources to get the GRE score Princeton wants to see

Check out the following links for more help in prepping for the GRE and reaching your target Princeton score:

Methodology for Determining Princeton GRE Scores

Methodology

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 7 points 162-166

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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8 Responses to Princeton GRE Scores for All Programs

  1. Rian December 29, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Just got my score last week.
    My verbal score is 154, while for quantitative I got 166. I got 4.5 for writing.

    From routine training and taking exercises, I got around 150-158 for verbal, and around 166-170 for quantitative.

    My GPA is 3.87/4.00, and I am from Indonesia.

    The question is: should I retake the test if I want to pursue higher education in top universities? Considering my university is on 200-300th position T.T

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig January 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      Hi Rian!

      Great question, and congrats on your scores!

      Whether or not to retake the GRE really depends on what type of program you’d like to get into. For example, your quant score is exceptional for nearly all areas of study, but could be improved if you want to specialize in mathematics, because these programs are looking for near-perfect quant scores. Your verbal score is also very, very good, but could be improved if you want to study English or Fine Arts. Does that make sense?

      What type of program are you planning to apply to?

  2. S October 17, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I am looking to apply to programmes in Public Policy. I have a GRE score of 328 (Q 161, V 167). I have an okay GPA (international), strong work experience and essays.

    The Princeton MPA, and the Harvard MPP would be my top choices.

    Would you suggest a retake to nail a few more Quant points?

    Thanks,
    S

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer October 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Hey S, probably at that level and since the programs aren’t quant heavy, it won’t matter so much Maybe focus on the rest of your applications instead?

      Best,
      Chris S

  3. Abiya September 18, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Do you have the average admit scores for the Education PhD?

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer September 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Hey Abiya! For Princeton? I don’t see their PhD program in Education. I checked their website and found this: “Graduate work is not offered in business, education, law, medicine, theology, or other professions not specified below.” Maybe you mean for Education programs in general? Check out this post for that: GRE Scores for Education Programs

      Best,
      Chris S

  4. Stephanie June 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Hello!

    Thank you for this series on average GRE scores for different universities! Could you, by chance, do the next one on John’s Hopkins University? I am mostly interested in the scores for the Biomedical Eng. admissions.

    Thank you!

    • Chris Swimmer
      Chris Swimmer July 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Hey Stephanie! I can’t promise one on JHU any time soon, but I looked up the engineering school in US News and it looks like the averages are 155 verbal and 161 quantitative. Since biomedical engineering is so highly ranked, I’d probably tack a couple of points on top of that. 🙂

      Best,
      Chris S


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