Stanford GRE Scores

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Estimated Stanford GRE scores for graduate programs across the university range between 157-170 for GRE Verbal, and between 155-170 for GRE Quantitative, but scores vary by program and emphasis. If you’re going for a Masters in Engineering, the average Verbal score is 160 (10 points higher than the average) and the average Quant score is 167 (14 points higher than average).

So if you’ve been California dreamin’, I’m guessing you know now that you’ve got your work cut out for you. Getting into Stanford, no matter what the program is you’re looking at is no walk in the park. You’re going to need the right experience, the right essays, the right recs, and of course, a pretty strong GRE score. But what GRE score do you need to get into Stanford?

What is a good GRE score for Stanford?

If you’re aiming for an elite university like Stanford or Harvard, you can bet an average GRE score isn’t going to cut it. That means a 153 in Math and a 150 in Verbal isn’t going to do very much to help your application. For example, according US News & World Report, here’s a chart of the average admit scores we know for certain:

ProgramAverage VerbalAverage Quantitative
Engineering - Masters160167
Engineering - PhD163167
Education - Masters161156
Education - PhD/Ed.D160155

Estimating Stanford GRE Scores for Other Disciplines

Unfortunately, like most of the top universities, Stanford never explicitly states the GRE scores they’re looking for with their applicants. Luckily for you, I’ve come up with up with a handy way to estimate the average Stanford GRE scores for the school’s top ranked programs, beyond engineering and education.

ProgramUS News RankEstimated Verbal RangeEstimated Quantitative Range
Biological Sciences1162-166160-164
Computer Science1158-162165-169
Earth Sciences2163-167160-164
Fine Arts32159-163153-159
Political Science1166-170159-163

Dealing with the Requisite High Scores at Stanford

So, you’re here because either you’re freaking out that your scores aren’t good enough or you’re freaking out that you’ll need some astronomical score (okay, maybe you’re just curious). Hopefully, the above chart helps offer you some guidance on what you should be aiming for!

Just keep in mind, folks, that even a 170 in math isn’t a free ticket to the School of Engineering. It’s all just a piece of the great and confounding admissions puzzle. Get into the mind of the admissions council. They want to see that you really have the brainpower to get deal with the tough level of coursework and research at Stanford. Will an average score cut it? Definitely not. But will a 159 in Verbal keep you out of the Graduate School of Education in spite of being below average? Probably not.

Resources to Get the Scores You’ll Need for Stanford

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

Notes about “What are my chances?” comments

While we’d love to give everyone some kind of hard and fast number for your chances (it’s a nerve-wracking, opaque experience), we unfortunately can’t. This is because there are numerous factors involved in the admissions decisions and most of those factors aren’t the GRE. The best we can do is tell you below/at/above the score range, but that information you can see for yourself above.

Our universal recommendation is that you check where your Stanford GRE scores stand compared to the tables above. Then have a look at the forums to see student experiences. You can also call the Stanford graduate program of your choice to get more information; they can often let you know what score ranges they are seeing from applicants. Of course if you have questions about methodology or how to achieve certain scores, or pretty much anything outside of “what are my chances?” or “where should I apply?”, then we’d be happy to answer them in the comments :).

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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.