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UPenn GRE Scores

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Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740 and noted for being one of America’s nine colonial colleges, the University of Pennsylvania has a rich history of tradition and excellence. Students lucky enough to be admitted to UPenn have the city of Philadelphia right on their doorstep! Each year thousands of students apply to UPenn’s prestigious graduate programs with the hopes of adding their own mark to the school’s legacy. Of course a great application will consist of more than just an average GRE score, but what GRE score will it take?

Below we break down the GRE score ranges you will most likely need for the University of Pennsylvania.

Average GRE Scores for the University of Pennsylvania – Engineering and Education

US News & World Report provides accurate rankings for graduate programs across the country. Here we provide average GRE scores for the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering and education programs.

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's155166
Engineering - PhD157165
Education - Master's156156
Education - PhD161159

Estimated Score Ranges for UPenn’s Other Graduate Programs

As for the other graduate programs UPenn offers, the GRE averages are not as easy to find as the engineering and education programs. We’ve tried our best to provide estimated score ranges based on the specific programs that UPenn offers. You can see how we did this by taking a look at the methodology section below.

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

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

Check out the following links for more help preparing for the GRE:

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 4 #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 aiming for. 🙂

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2 Responses to UPenn GRE Scores

  1. Abishek December 10, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Hi, Chris, your Blog is great and very informative. What GRE should we take to do a PHDin Big Data ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 10, 2016 at 9:17 am #

      Hi Abishek,

      So happy to hear that our blog is helpful for you! The GRE score you’ll need for computer science/big data will really depend on the school and program you are interested in. First, take a look at this blog post which provides average scores for computer science graduate programs: https://magoosh.com/gre/2013/gre-scores-for-science-programs/

      For a PhD program or a top program, you may need higher scores and they may require a GRE Subject Test. I recommend that you do some research into the programs you are interested in and see what their requirements are. That way, you can set a goal and start studying 🙂


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