GRE Scores for Electrical Engineering

Posted by on April 23, 2017 in GRE Scores | 10 comments

GRE Scores for Electrical Engineering

GRE Scores for Electrical Engineering


The ideal GRE score needed to make it to a top engineering program in US often confounds students applying for graduate programs in Electrical engineering. There is no ideal GRE score that guarantees admissions in graduate electrical/electronics engineering. There is still a range of acceptable GRE score that every program expects from its applicants.


All universities in the US shares average GRE scores of its admitted applicants from the most recent year – some share it publicly on their websites whereas others share the details when contacted.


All top EE programs require a very high 165+ GRE quant scores and the score varies very little for rest of the universities.


Good news


The verbal score has little impact on your admissions to graduate electrical engineering programs and the average verbal score for top 25 programs hovers at around 155 and for the rest it is around 150. Anything above 150 on the verbal section is an acceptable score for most electrical engineering programs.


In short, you have no choice but to score excessively on the quant section of the test.


Many top schools reject students despite a balanced score. For example, 160 quant and a 162 Verbal.


On the other hand, many schools accept students with a skewed quant score. For example, 167 quant and a 149 on verbal.


Hence quant score are vital.


Ideal GRE score for Electrical Engineering?


We would say 166+ and 154+ for all top ranked graduate programs in Electrical engineering. If you have that, just focus on other aspects of the application.


Here is the data for the top 120 Electrical Engineering programs in US.

RankNameAverage GRE (Quant Score)
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA166 
2Stanford University Stanford, CA167 
3University of California—?Berkeley Berkeley, CA165 
4California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA169 
5University of Illinois—?Urbana-?Champaign Urbana, IL166 
6Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA164 
7University of Michigan—?Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI166 
8University of Texas—?Austin (Cockrell) Austin, TX165 
9Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA166 
10Purdue University—?West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN164 
11Cornell University Ithaca, NY165 
12Princeton University Princeton, NJ167 
13Columbia University (Fu Foundation) New York, NY167 
14University of California—?Los Angeles (Samueli) Los Angeles, CA166 
15University of Southern California (Viterbi) Los Angeles, CA166 
16University of California—?San Diego (Jacobs) La Jolla, CA166 
17University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA165 
18Ohio State University Columbus, OH164 
19University of Maryland—?College Park (Clark) College Park, MD164 
20University of Wisconsin—?Madison Madison, WI164 
21Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA162 
22Rice University (Brown) Houston, TX166 
23Texas A&M University—?College Station College Station, TX164 
24University of California—?Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA165 
25University of Minnesota—?Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN164 
26Duke University (Pratt) Durham, NC164 
27Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) Baltimore, MD166 
28Northwestern University (McCormick) Evanston, IL166 
29Pennsylvania State University—?University Park University Park, PA163 
30University of Washington Seattle, WA163 
31Harvard University Cambridge, MA166 
32North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC164 
33Arizona State University (Fulton) Tempe, AZ162 
34University of Florida Gainesville, FL163 
35University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA164 
36Boston University Boston, MA164 
37Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY164 
38Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—?New Brunswick Piscataway, NJ163 
39University of Colorado—?Boulder Boulder, CO162 
40Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN163 
41Yale University New Haven, CT168 
42Iowa State University Ames, IA167 
43Northeastern University Boston, MA162 
44University of Arizona Tucson, AZ162 
45University of California—?Davis Davis, CA163 
46University of California—?Irvine (Samueli) Irvine, CA164 
47University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN163 
48Dartmouth College (Thayer) Hanover, NH164 
49Michigan State University East Lansing, MI162 
50University of Massachusetts—?Amherst Amherst, MA163 
51Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO165 
52Brown University Providence, RI165 
53Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH164 
54New York University (Tandon) Brooklyn, NY164 
55Auburn University (Ginn) Auburn, AL163 
56Lehigh University (Rossin) Bethlehem, PA165 
57Oregon State University Corvallis, OR160 
58Tufts University Medford, MA162 
59University of Central Florida Orlando, FL160 
60University of Connecticut Storrs, CT163 
61University of Pittsburgh (Swanson) Pittsburgh, PA162 
62University of Rochester Rochester, NY165 
63University of Tennessee—?Knoxville (Tickle) Knoxville, TN160 
64University of Texas—?Dallas (Jonsson) Richardson, TX162 
65Clemson University Clemson, SC158 
66Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO167 
67Drexel University Philadelphia, PA160 
69University of Delaware Newark, DE169 
70University of Houston (Cullen) Houston, TX161 
71University of Illinois—?Chicago Chicago, IL160 
72University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT161 
73Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA164 
74Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) Chicago, IL160 
75Stevens Institute of Technology (Schaefer) Hoboken, NJ161 
76Stony Brook University—?SUNY Stony Brook, NY165 
77University at Buffalo—?SUNY Buffalo, NY162 
78University of California—?Riverside (Bourns) Riverside, CA162 
79University of Iowa Iowa City, IA161 
80University of Kansas Lawrence, KS161 
81University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM145 
82Washington State University Pullman, WA161 
83Brigham Young University (Fulton) Provo, UT162 
84Kansas State University Manhattan, KS162 
85Missouri University of Science & Technology Rolla, MO156 
86New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ159 
87Syracuse University Syracuse, NY162 
88University of Arkansas—?Fayetteville Fayetteville, AR159 
89University of California—?Santa Cruz (Baskin) Santa Cruz, CA164 
90University of South Florida Tampa, FL158 
91University of Texas—?Arlington Arlington, TX158 
92Binghamton University—?SUNY (Watson) Binghamton, NY160 
93Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO160 
94Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK160 
95Southern Methodist University (Lyle) Dallas, TX159 
96Texas Tech University (Whitacre) Lubbock, TX159 
97University of Kentucky Lexington, KY160 
98University of Miami Coral Gables, FL159 
99University of Nebraska—?Lincoln Lincoln, NE161 
100University of North Carolina—?Charlotte (Lee) Charlotte, NC152 
101University of Oklahoma Norman, OK161 
102Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA159 
104George Washington University Washington, DC163 
105Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI162 
106Temple University Philadelphia, PA159 
107University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH161 
109University of Maryland—?Baltimore County Baltimore, MD157 
110University of Massachusetts—?Dartmouth North Dartmouth, MA155 
111Wayne State University Detroit, MI156 
112Florida A&M University -? Florida State University Tallahassee, FL157 
113George Mason University (Volgenau) Fairfax, VA159 
114Louisiana State University—?Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA159 
115Mississippi State University (Bagley) Mississippi State, MS158 
116New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM157 
117San Diego State University San Diego, CA157 
118University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL160 
119University of Alabama—?Huntsville Huntsville, AL157 
120University of Colorado—?Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO154 
121University of Missouri Columbia, MO161 
123University of Wisconsin—?Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI158 


  1. hehe.. what’s the criteria for computer science program?

  2. hello .I have taken the GRE test my scores are: quantitative 158, verbal 138, AWE 2
    I want to apply to the master of computer engineering at iowa state university and university of iowa.
    I want to increase my apportunities to get addmission.Do you think it is better to retake the GRE? or apply with these scores?
    please advice me

    • Hello – Yes definitely you should retake the GRE – your score is too low to gain admission!

  3. Hey
    im international student who wish to apply for Electrical Engineering Master degree in USA.

    i took GRE yesterday:
    Quant: 170

    is it good enough for EE Master ?
    what universities i can be admitted for?


    • Yup – you can apply to top 20-25 ranked places with that quant score. Verbal doesnot matter that much for these programs. Try to get 110+ on toefl or 8+ on IELTS

  4. For a physics major, would a 161Q and 157V be solid enough to get into a mid tier Phd program?

    • Quant is really low – at least 165 on quant is what is needed

  5. My quant score is 168 and verbal is 158. Is it enough to apply to top 10 universities for electrical or electronics engineering.

    • Yes the score is more than enough for a top 10 university!

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