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GRE scores accepted by top colleges in the US

Updated: Mar 31, 2023

GRE and GMAT are two exams that have gained popularity these days. To pursue MS or MBA in the US at the nation’s top universities, students must score well in these exams.

As GMAT deals with MBA and thus directed related to B-Schools, GRE is considered vital if a candidate wishes to pursue MS in any field. And with the high competition and limited seats at the top colleges of the US, one needs to understand the score range they would need to get into a particular University.

GRE is scored on a scale of 130-170 sectionally, which brings the total score to 340. Every University expects a specific score range as their criterion for admission. This factor is considered along with the candidate’s GPA, SOP, and LOR, among other things.

The scores mentioned here pertain to two sections: Verbal and Quant.

This would mean that students must get a minimum required score in both sections.

For example, If a candidate scores above 160, they should do so for both sections. The top Universities accept a higher range of GRE scores.

Top universities in the USA accepting a higher range of GRE scores


GRE Score Range

Harvard University

Above 95 percentile or 165

Stanford University

Above 155

Princeton University

Above 160

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Above 160

Yale University

Above 160

UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)

Above 155

University of California, Berkeley

Above 160

The University of Chicago

Above 160

Although the required scores may vary course-wise, these are estimated parameters that students should consider while preparing for the GRE.

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