GRE Scores for Top Universities

GRE scores for top universities - magoosh

If you’re aiming for an Ivy League-level graduate education, your test scores are going to play a part in your acceptance. So where do you stand when it comes to GRE scores for the top universities?

What are good GRE scores for grad schools?

The GRE score range you’ll need for top universities will vary across programs, but average GRE scores could potentially range between 147-170 on Verbal and Quantitative, with averages in the 160s for the very top grad programs. 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 jump directly to the GRE score ranges for grad schools you’re interested in.


Harvard - magoosh

Harvard GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1159-163160-164
Chemistry5159-163163-167
Computer Science16153-157164-168
Earth Sciences12157-161157-161
Economics1160-164167-170
English3163-167155-159
History9162-166155-159
Mathematics3159-163170
Physics2162-166167-170
Political Science2163-167159-163
Psychology3158-162155-159
Public Administration3160-164157-161
Sociology2159-163156-160

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Stanford - magoosh

Stanford GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1159-163160-164
Chemistry2159-163163-167
Computer Science2156-160167-170
Earth Sciences2160-164160-164
Economics1160-164167-170
English3163-167155-159
Fine Arts32156-160155-159
History51652-166155-159
Mathematics3159-163170
Physics1162-166167-170
Political Science1163-167159-163
Psychology1158-162155-159
Sociology5159-163156-160

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MIT - magoosh

MIT GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences3159-163160-164
Chemistry1159-163163-167
Computer Science1156-160167-170
Earth Sciences2160-164160-164
Economics1160-164167-170
Mathematics1159-163170
Physics2162-166167-170
Political Science7163-167159-163
Psychology8158-162155-159

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UC Berkeley - magoosh

UC Berkeley GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences3159-163160-164
Chemistry2159-163163-167
Computer Science2156-160167-170
Earth Sciences2160-164160-164
Economics4160-164167-170
English1163-167155-159
Fine Arts15156-160155-159
History1162-166155-159
Mathematics3159-163170
Physics2162-166167-170
Political Science4163-167159-163
Psychology1158-162155-159
Public Administration3160-164157-161
Social Work5155-159151-155
Sociology1159-163156-160

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Princeton - magoosh

Princeton GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences6159-163160-164
Chemistry7159-163163-167
Computer Science9156-160167-170
Earth Sciences12157-161157-161
Economics4160-164167-170
English3163-167155-159
History2162-166155-159
Mathematics1159-163170
Physics2162-166167-170
Political Science2163-167159-163
Psychology6158-162155-159
Public Administration12157-161154-158
Sociology2159-163156-160

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Columbia - magoosh

Columbia GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences11156-160157-161
Chemistry12156-160160-164
Computer Science11153-157164-168
Earth Sciences5160-164160-164
Economics9160-164167-170
English8163-167155-159
Fine Arts8159-163158-162
History5162-166155-159
Mathematics7159-163170
Physics9162-166167-170
Political Science8163-167159-163
Psychology12155-159152-156
Public Administration23157-161154-158
Social Work5155-159151-155
Sociology11156-160153-157

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Yale - magoosh

Yale GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences6159-163160-164
Chemistry12156-160160-164
Computer Science20153-157164-168
Earth Sciences19157-161157-161
Economics4160-164167-170
English1163-167155-159
Fine Arts2159-163158-162
History2162-166155-159
Mathematics12156-160167-170
Physics11159-163164-168
Political Science6163-167159-163
Psychology6158-162155-159
Sociology18156-160153-157

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NYU - magoosh

NYU GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences46156-160157-161
Chemistry55153-157156-160
Computer Science38153-157164-168
Economics11157-161164-168
English20160-164152-156
Fine Arts42156-160155-159
History16159-163152-156
Mathematics7159-163170
Physics32159-163164-168
Political Science15160-164156-160
Psychology30155-159152-156
Public Administration12157-161154-158
Social Work16152-156148-152
Sociology13156-160153-157

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USC - magoosh

USC GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences46153-157153-157
Chemistry41156-160160-164
Computer Science23153-157164-168
Earth Sciences28157-161157-161
Economics38157-161164-168
English32160-164152-156
Fine Arts53153-157151-155
History38159-163152-156
Mathematics39156-160167-171
Physics58156-160160-164
Psychology35155-159152-156
Public Administration3160-164157-161
Social Work72149-153144-148
Sociology34156-160153-157

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UCLA - magoosh

UCLA GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences17156-160157-161
Chemistry14156-160160-164
Computer Science11153-157164-168
Earth Sciences12157-161157-161
Economics12157-161164-168
English11160-164152-156
Fine Arts1159-163158-162
History5162-166155-159
Mathematics7159-163170
Physics18159-163164-168
Political Science12160-164156-160
Psychology3158-162155-159
Public Administration12157-161154-158
Social Work9155-159151-155
Sociology6159-163156-160
Library Sciences14160-164152-156

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gre-scores-for-grad-schools-Cornell - magoosh

Cornell GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences17156-160157-161
Chemistry25156-160160-164
Computer Science6156-160167-171
Earth Sciences24157-161157-161
Economics14157-161164-168
English8163-167155-159
Fine Arts53153-157151-155
History11159-163152-156
Mathematics12156-160167-170
Physics8162-166167-170
Political Science15160-164156-160
Psychology9158-162155-159
Public Administration39157-161154-158
Sociology16156-160153-157

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Average GRE Score by Program - UPenn

UPenn GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences15156-160157-161
Chemistry17156-160160-164
Computer Science17153-157164-168
Earth Sciences62154-158153-157
Economics9160-164167-170
English3163-167155-159
Fine Arts64153-157151-155
History11159-163152-156
Mathematics17156-160167-170
Physics11159-163164-168
Political Science19160-164156-160
Psychology12155-159152-156
Public Administration58154-158150-154
Social Work11152-156148-152
Sociology13156-160153-157

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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 average GRE scores for top universities, and 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. 🙂 From there, you can compare against an online GRE score calculator to find your target score.

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Scores by School: GRE Ranges for Top Universities

As you can see, the GRE scores vary enormously depending on which school and which program you’re applying to. However, if you’re applying to a different program (other than one of those listed above) and you just want to know the general GRE ranges for these schools, we’ve averaged out the GRE scores by school in the table below.

Keep in mind that these are only rough ranges. For precise GRE scores, look on the admissions websites of the particular programs you’re applying to.

UniversityAverage Verbal RangeAverage Quantitative Range
Columbia University155-165153-169
Cornell University160-164156-165
Harvard University155-165157-169
MIT 158-165157-170
New York University154-162150-170
Princeton 158-165156-170
Stanford University157-170158-165
UC Berkeley 153-170157-165
UCLA153-166 155-164
University of Pennsylvania154-165150-169
University of Southern California149-164 146-169
Yale University 155-165157-169

Takeaways: GRE Scores for Top Universities

What should you keep in mind as you look at top-tier graduate programs?

  1. Each school’s GRE scores vary significantly by department.
  2. A good GRE score is at or above the 50th percentile scores of admitted students.
  3. Rankings reflect average GRE scores by giving a sense of how competitive a program is.
  4. A great GRE score can help you access scholarship money, as well as more competitive schools.
  5. GRE scores aren’t the only factor admissions committees look at! They also consider transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays/personal statements, and work experience.
  6. Getting your GRE score within the 50th percentile range for your dream schools helps strengthen your application—Magoosh can help!

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  • Chris Swimmer

    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.