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 Sciences4162-166160-164
Chemistry2162-166164-168
Computer Science16155-159161-165
Earth Sciences8163-167160-164
Economics1163-167166-170
English3166-170155-159
History9165-169155-159
Mathematics2162-166169-170
Physics3164-168168-170
Political Science2166-170159-163
Psychology3161-165155-159
Public Administration3162-166156-160
Sociology2162-166156-160

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Stanford - magoosh

Stanford GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166160-164
Chemistry2162-166164-168
Computer Science1158-162165-169
Earth Sciences2163-167160-164
Economics1163-167166-170
English3166-170155-159
Fine Arts32159-163153-159
History5165-169155-159
Mathematics2162-166169-170
Physics1164-168168-170
Political Science1166-170159-163
Psychology1161-165155-159
Sociology5162-166156-160

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MIT - magoosh

MIT GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166160-164
Chemistry2162-166164-168
Computer Science1158-162165-169
Earth Sciences2163-167160-164
Economics1163-167166-170
Mathematics2162-166169-170
Physics1164-168168-170
Political Science7166-170159-163
Psychology8161-165155-159

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UC Berkeley - magoosh

UC Berkeley GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166160-164
Chemistry2162-166164-168
Computer Science1158-162165-169
Earth Sciences2163-167160-164
Economics7163-167166-170
English1166-170155-159
Fine Arts15159-163153-157
History1165-169155-159
Mathematics2162-166169-170
Physics3164-168168-170
Political Science4166-170159-163
Psychology1161-165155-159
Public Administration4162-166156-160
Social Work3158-162151-155
Sociology1162-166156-160

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Princeton - magoosh

Princeton GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences6162-166160-164
Chemistry9162-166164-168
Computer Science8158-162165-169
Earth Sciences10163-167160-164
Economics1163-167166-170
English3166-170155-159
History2165-169155-159
Mathematics1162-166169-170
Physics3164-168168-170
Political Science2166-170159-163
Psychology8161-165155-159
Public Administration9162-166156-160
Sociology2162-166156-160

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Columbia - magoosh

Columbia GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences18159-163156-160
Chemistry9162-166164-168
Computer Science13155-159161-165
Earth Sciences5163-167160-164
Economics9163-167166-170
English8166-170155-159
Fine Arts10162-166157-161
History5165-169155-159
Mathematics7162-166169-170
Physics10164-168168-170
Political Science8166-170159-163
Psychology17158-162151-155
Public Administration13159-163152-156
Social Work3158-162151-155
Sociology11159-163152-156

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Yale - magoosh

Yale GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences6162-166160-164
Chemistry9162-166164-168
Computer Science20155-159161-165
Earth Sciences13160-164156-160
Economics1163-167166-170
English1166-170155-159
Fine Arts2162-166157-161
History2165-169155-159
Mathematics9162-166169-170
Physics12161-165164-168
Political Science6166-170159-163
Psychology3161-165155-159
Sociology18159-163152-156

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NYU - magoosh

NYU GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences62156-160153-157
Chemistry52156-160157-161
Computer Science30155-159161-165
Economics11160-164162-166
English20163-167151-155
Fine Arts42159-163153-157
History16162-166151-155
Mathematics9162-166169-170
Physics37161-165164-168
Political Science15163-167155-159
Psychology36158-162151-155
Public Administration9162-166156-160
Social Work13155-159147-151
Sociology13159-163152-156

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USC - magoosh

USC GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences54156-160153-157
Chemistry48159-163160-164
Computer Science20155-159161-165
Earth Sciences31160-164156-160
Economics36160-164162-166
English32163-167151-155
Fine Arts53156-160150-154
History38162-166151-155
Mathematics44159-163165-169
Physics61158-162161-165
Psychology26158-162151-155
Public Administration4162-166156-160
Social Work25155-159147-151
Sociology34159-163152-156

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UCLA - magoosh

UCLA GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences18159-163156-160
Chemistry15159-163160-164
Computer Science13155-159161-165
Earth Sciences13160-164156-160
Economics12160-164162-166
English11163-167151-155
Fine Arts1162-166157-161
History5165-169155-159
Mathematics7162-166169-170
Physics17161-165164-168
Political Science12163-167155-159
Psychology3161-165155-159
Public Administration13159-163152-156
Social Work13155-159147-151
Sociology6162-166156-160
Library Sciences14163-167151-155

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

Cornell GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences27159-163156-160
Chemistry9162-166164-168
Computer Science6158-162165-169
Earth Sciences19160-164156-160
Economics15160-164162-166
English8166-170155-159
Fine Arts53156-160150-154
History11162-166151-155
Mathematics13159-163165-169
Physics7164-168168-170
Political Science15163-167155-159
Psychology24158-162151-155
Public Administration34159-163152-156
Sociology16159-163152-156

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Average GRE Score by Program - UPenn

UPenn GRE Scores

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences23159-163156-160
Chemistry19159-163160-164
Computer Science19155-159161-165
Earth Sciences68157-161153-157
Economics9163-167166-170
English3166-170155-159
Fine Arts64156-160150-154
History11162-166151-155
Mathematics16159-163165-169
Physics14161-165164-168
Political Science19163-167155-159
Psychology8161-165155-159
Public Administration58156-160149-153
Social Work10158-162151-155
Sociology13159-163152-156

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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 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 University161-165158-162
Cornell University160-164157-161
Harvard University163-167160-164
MIT 162-166 163-167
New York University159-163 156-160
Princeton 163-167 161-165
Stanford University163-167 160-164
UC Berkeley 162-166 159-163
UCLA161-165 157-161
University of Pennsylvania160-164 156-160
University of Southern California159-163 155-159
Yale University 162-166160-164

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.