GRE Scores Required for Admission at Columbia
Tens of thousands of aspiring students apply to Columbia’s New York campus each year. Columbia is one of the prestigious Ivy League schools and ranks consistently amongst the top 15 global universities. It is well known for its programs in Finance, Public policy and Business. Like any other top US school, Columbia’s admissions panel rigorously scrutinize each applicant for utmost competence and disqualifies any applications that do not meet their strenuous criteria of selection.
Again, it uses GRE as an important yard stick that reflects the aptitude of an individual required to perform well at the graduate level. Therefore it makes GRE scores a very important part of the application. For engineering and education programs, Columbia has admitted applicants who have scored in the top percentile of the GRE exam. Specifically for education, the average GRE scores were 153 and 158 whereas for engineering they were 163 and 154 on the quant and verbal respectively.
Here are the average GRE scores of Columbia applicants for other major disciplines. I have used the ETS data on GRE scores along with the US news rankings of Columbia’s programs in order to come up with these numbers. They are not perfect, I agree but they are a good indicator of what to expect while applying to Columbia.
|Program||Rank||Average GRE Quant Scores for Columbia University||Average GRE Verbal Scores for Columbia University||Average GRE AWA Scores for Columbia University|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Biological & Biomedical Sciences||15||157||157||4|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Chemistry||10||164||161||4|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Computer and Information Sciences||17||162||153||4|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Earth, Atmospheric and Marine Sciences||5||161||161||4|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Mathematical Sciences||10||168||162||5|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Physics and Astronomy||11||164||160||5|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Economics||10||166||162||5|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Political Science||7||158||163||5|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Psychology||14||153||156||4|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia Sociology||12||152||156||5|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia ARTS AND HUMANITIES||10||157||164||5|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia English Language and Literature||4||156||164||5|
|Average GRE Score for Columbia History||7||155||163||5|
To check the percentile ranks of these scores please go here. A lot of universities and programs don’t require students, especially from engineering backgrounds to do well on the AWA section of the GRE. However I would advice applicants to first check with the program if they weigh AWA scores or not. Good Luck!