Average GRE Scores for top MS Universities in USA

Good GRE score for Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley

 

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Some common questions we get from international applicants:

  • What are the average GRE score for an MS in USA for Engineering, Computer Science, Maths, Education etc?
  • What’s a good GRE score for top U.S. universities like Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, UCLA?
  • What’s a good GRE score range?

Read on to find answers to these questions.

If you’re planning to get into a top graduate program in the US, you would be aware of the importance of a good GRE score in the application process. Often applicants are curious to know what a good score would be to get into a particular graduate school of their choice. The GRE scores would differ depending upon the school you choose. Again, within a particular university / school, it would vary depending upon the field you select.

The mean GRE scores for some disciplines as per ETS data are given below:
 

Average GRE Scores for Masters degree in USA

  Masters Degree Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Business 150 153
2. Social sciences 153 151
3. Physical sciences 151 158
4. Life sciences 151 151
5. Arts and humanities 157 150

 
Though the above table represents the mean scores across various schools, the average GRE score for the top ranked schools tend to be much higher. Let’s see how much the average GRE score varies depending upon the school or the program you wish to apply to.
 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Engineering

  University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 162 167
2. Harvard 160 167
3. Stanford 159 167
4. University of California-Berkeley 157 165
5. University of Pennsylvania 155 166
6. Princeton 162 166
7. Yale 155 170
8. Carnegie Mellon University 154 161
9. University of South California 151 163
10. UCLA 154 165
11. Cornell 154 166
12. Columbia University 155 166

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Computer Science

  University name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 160 164
2. Harvard 155 161
3. Stanford 160 164
4. University of California-Berkeley 160 164
5. University of Pennsylvania 155 161
6. Princeton 164 167
7. Yale 155 161
8. University of South California 155 161
9. UCLA 155 161
10. Cornell 160 164
11. Columbia University 155 161

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Psychology

  University name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 163 154
2. Harvard 163 154
3. Stanford 163 154
4. University of California-Berkeley 163 154
5. University of Pennsylvania 158 151
6. Princeton 165 168
7. Yale 163 154
8. University of South California 158 151
9. UCLA 163 154
10. Cornell 158 151
11. Columbia University 158 151

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Physics

  University name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 167 167
2. Harvard 167 167
3. Stanford 167 167
4. University of California-Berkeley 167 167
5. University of Pennsylvania 162 164
6. Princeton 168 170
7. Yale 162 164
8. University of South California 159 162
9. UCLA 162 164
10. Cornell 167 167
11. Columbia University 162 164

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Chemistry

  University name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 164 163
2. Harvard 164 163
3. Stanford 164 163
4. University of California-Berkeley 164 163
5. University of Pennsylvania 159 160
6. Princeton 164 168
7. Yale 159 160
8. University of South California 156 158
9. UCLA 159 160
10. Cornell 164 163
11. Columbia University 164 163

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Mathematics

  University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 165 167
2. Harvard 165 167
3. Stanford 165 167
4. University of California-Berkeley 165 167
5. University of Pennsylvania 160 164
6. Princeton 168 168
7. Yale 165 167
8. University of South California 157 162
9. UCLA 165 167
10. Cornell 160 164
11. Columbia University 165 167

 

Average GRE Scores for MS in Education

  University Name Average Verbal Average Quantitative
1. Harvard 163 158
2. Stanford 161 156
3. University of California-Berkeley 159 152
4. University of Pennsylvania 162 156
5. University of South California 161 154
6. UCLA 158 152
7. Columbia University 158 153
8. Northwestern University 161 153

 
Data Source: U.S. News, Magoosh
 
The GRE verbal and quantitative sections are scored on a scale of 130-170 in one-point increment in each of the two sections. You can score anywhere from 130 to 170 which means that the number of possible scores that can be obtained are limited to just 41. This range means that even a small jump in your GRE score can give a boost to your percentile ranking.

To read more on how GRE score percentile changes as per your scaled score, check out this GRE score percentile table.

Some programs like engineering put greater emphasis on the quantitative score whereas there’s lesser focus on the verbal score. So, applicants aiming for a top engineering college need to come up with a competitive quantitative score while you may work on getting a good verbal score as well.

The reverse is true for fields like psychology, arts and humanities where you’d need to have a good verbal score.
 

What’s a good GRE score range?

The GRE score forms an important component of the application process. However, you also need to remember, it’s not just the GRE score that matters; there are other components of the application that would be taken in to account. An impressive undergrad score, work experience or extracurriculars would help, and then there are your letters of recommendation as well as your SOP (Statement of Purpose) that can contribute to building a strong application.

As discussed before, there’s no perfect answer to what your GRE score should be to get into a particular program as each school you apply to would have their own averages. So, you’d need to check with the university where you wish to apply to see what the average GRE scores have been for the previous years.

The ETS provides test statistics (test percentage distribution of scores) for different fields for the entire range of scores candidates obtain over a three year period in each of the GRE sections. We’ve arranged this GRE score range (applies to both the verbal and quantitative sections) and provided ratings based on the general perception of what a good or not-so-good GRE score would be.
 

  GRE score range Ratings
1. 165-170 Excellent
2. 155-164 Very good
3. 150-154 Good
4. 140-149 Needs improvement
5. 130-139 Poor

 

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