Columbia GRE Scores

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Each year, Columbia’s urban campus beckons thousands of applicants to apply to their prestigious graduate school programs. There’s more than just the allure of Manhattan’s Upper West Side; this university is one of the most well-respected in the world.

Like almost every other university in the U.S., the admissions committee uses the GRE as a means to whittle down the field to the most qualified candidates.

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Of course there’s a lot more that they look at than just your GRE score, but the test has become an important indicator for admissions committees at schools like Columbia. So what do you need to get in?


Average GRE scores for Columbia – Engineering and Education

The US News & World Report provides data for only a pair of programs: notably, Engineering and Education. With that in mind, here are the average GRE scores for Engineering and Education programs at Columbia:

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Master's156167
Engineering - PhD159167
Education - Master's155156
Education - PhD/EdD158156

The Verbal Scores range from the 76th-82nd percentiles and the Quantitative in the 92nd percentile for Engineering. For a education programs, Verbal is also between the 76th-82nd percentiles and Quant is in the 59th percentile.

Estimating Columbia GRE Scores in Other Disciplines

So if you’re applying to a Columbia program other than Engineering or Education, are you just out of luck? Not at all! Based on those programs’ rankings and estimated scores, Magoosh was able to estimate Columbia GRE scores for a variety of other grad programs.

Below is an estimated range of scores you could expect from Columbia’s ranked programs.

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences11156-160157-161
Computer Science11153-157164-168
Earth Sciences5160-164160-164
Fine Arts8159-163158-162
Political Science8163-167159-163
Public Administration23157-161154-158
Social Work5155-159151-155

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

Resources to get the GRE scores you’ll need

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What We Can Take Away from Columbia’s GRE Scores

The most important thing to take away from any university’s GRE scores is how much they vary by program, and Columbia is no different. With that said, here are a few key facts:

  • Columbia’s Engineering and Education program applicants had similar GRE Verbal scores. However, the Engineering students had far higher Quant scores: 167, compared to 156.
  • Columbia’s highest Quant scores were found (no surprise here) in Mathematics, where average scores are estimated at around 169-170. Wow!
  • Columbia’s highest Verbal scores came from English and Political Science, where students achieved scores estimated at 166-170.

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    Chris Swimmer is an analyst at Magoosh who divides his time between marketing and research projects and helping folks out with their math hang ups while studying for the GRE and the GMAT. Follow him on Google+! And you can follow him @chrisrswimmer on Twitter.