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How GRE is evaluated in Universities in USA

How GRE is evaluated in Universities in USA

How GRE is evaluated in Universities in USA

Hello readers, 

How is life treating you all, I really hope it is at least near by what you expected. 

I have got a lot of questions all over the years of my being instructor of GRE. One of the major and the most frequent questions that I have faced over the years happens to be something like this: “How does a university of USA evaluate GRE” or “What kind of score do I have to achieve to grab the attention of a top or mid-ranked University in USA”. Today I am going to discuss some of these universally common questions in a way that everyone gets.

As per the GRE acceptance criteria, there are three categories of Universities are there in USA. They are: Universities that accept GRE as a priority, Universities that does not really think GRE is necessary and Universities that provides importance to the entire profile along with GRE.

Universities that accept GRE as a priority

This is quite easy to discuss. Almost all universities in USA  gives priority to GRE at a certain degree. However how much score is acceptable by which university is a total different scenario. When we are applying for higher studies in a first-world country like USA, it is important that you possess leadership qualities which would come in handy in your professional life in the future. That is why GRE is important for almost every universities in USA. Here are some score-wise lists of some of the universities that accept GRE:

Universities that accept GRE score ranging: 320 – 340:

It is very much obvious that in this list, only the top-ranked Universities will be placed. However, I am still providing a collected list of Universities (as I neither have the time nor the capacity to conduct filed visit and arrange primary data  to make this list all by myself). so, here are the list: (Source:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • Stanford University (Palo Alto, California)
  • California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)
  • University of California – Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania)
  • Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)
  • University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)
  • Harvard University (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Texas A & M University – College Station (College Station, Texas)
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (Urbana, Illinois)

Universities for GRE Scores 325 – 330:

  • Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)
  • University of California – Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
  • University of Maryland – College Park (College Park, Maryland)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, New York)
  • Columbia University (New York City, New York)
  • Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire)
  • Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
  • John Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • University of California – San Diego (La Jolla, California)
  • Rice University (Houston, Texas)
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)

Universities for GRE Scores 320 – 325:

  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)
  • Rutgers University (Newark, New Jersey)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst (Amherst, Massachusetts)
  • University of Washington – Seattle (Seattle, Washington)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • University of Arizona – Tucson (Tucson, Arizona)
  • University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York)
  • University of California – Irvine (Irvine, California)
  • University of California – Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, California)

Here one thing we must remember is that, Universities that accept high GRE scores are not only the above. All universities want candidates with great scores. So, it is a candidate’s job to get a high score first and then see which University is best suited for me.

Universities that accept GRE score ranging: 310 – 320:

  • Pennsylvania State University (University Park, Pennsylvania)
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
  • State University of New York – Stony Brook (Stony Brook, New York)
  • Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • New York University New York City, New York)
  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia)
  • University of California – Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)
  • University of California – Davis (Davis, California)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • University of Missouri – Columbia (Columbia, Missouri)
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
  • Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)

Universities for GRE Scores 310 – 315:

  • Arizona State University (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • University of Rochester (Rochester, New York)
  • University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina)
  • Indiana University – Bloomington (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • University of Colorado – Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Syracuse University  (Syracuse, New York)
  • State University of New York – Buffalo (Buffalo, New York)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
  • University of Texas – Dallas (Richardson, Texas)
  • George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)
  • University of Illinois – Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • University of California – Riverside (Riverside, California)
  • Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina)
  • University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
  • Georgia State University (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Washington State University  (Pullman, Washington)
  • Mississippi State University (Starkville, Mississippi)
  • George Washington University (Washington DC, District of Columbia)
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

Universities that accept GRE score ranging: 300 – 310:

  • University of Alabama – Huntsville (Huntsville, Alabama)
  • University of Louisiana – Lafayette (Lafayette, Louisiana)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)
  • University of Pittsburg – Pittsburg (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania)
  • University of Texas – Arlington (Arlington, Texas)
  • University of Central Florida – Central Florida (Orlando, Florida)
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas)
  • Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri)
  • Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • SUNY Institute of Technology (Utica, New York)
  • Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, Tennessee)
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma)
  • Kansas State University (Manhattan, Kansas)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia)
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregan)
  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • University of Connecticut (Mansfield, Connecticut)
  • SUNY Binghamton (Binghamton, New York)
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)
  • Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey)
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, New Jersey)
  • University of Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
  • University of Houston (Houston, Texas)
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York)
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
  • Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama)
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo, North Dakota)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
  • University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)
  • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Villanova University (Villanova, Pennsylvania)
  • Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio)

There is one thing here to remember that getting a score below 300 is never recommendable, though there are many universities that approve scores below 300. Let us watch a list of some of such universities:

Northwest Missouri State UniversityLamar University
Illinois State University, NormalUniversity of Louisville
Texas A & M University, CommerceColorado Technical University, Colorado Springs
Boise State university, IdahoMontana State University, Bozeman
South Dakota School of Mines & technologyNorth Carolina Agricultural & Tech State University
Southern Illinois University, CarbondaleFlorida International university
North Dakota State UniversityWestern Kentucky University
Bradley UniversityCleveland State University
University of Bridgeport –CTUniversity of Dayton –Ohio
Texas A & M university, KingsvilleUniversity of West Florida, Pensacola
Eastern Michigan UniversityMinnesota State University, Mankato
Suffolk University, MAUniversity of North Carolina, Greensboro
New Mexico Institute of Mining &Tech.University of Central Arkansas
Southeastern University, DCUniversity of Hawaii
University of Texas, TylerEastern Washington University
Southern Oregon University, AshlandUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
State University of West GeorgiaBall State University
University of Texas El PasoColumbus State University
Arkansas State UniversityUniversity of Denver
North Dakota State UniversityNew York Institute of Technology
California State University, ChicoDakota State University
St Cloud State UniversityMarquette University
Temple University, PACity College of the City of New York
Northeastern Illinois UniversityUniversity of Detroit Mercy
University of Arkansas Little RockCalifornia State University, Fresno
Alabama A & M UniversityWidener University, Pennsylvania
Alcorn State UniversityGannon University
University of Findlay-OhioSan Diego State University, California
Ball State UniversityNorthwestern Polytechnic University
Jacksonville State UniversitySaint Joseph University
Chapman UniversityKent State University
Ferris State UniversityUniversity of New Haven, CT
Farleigh Dickinson University, New JerseyState University of New York, Albany
College of William & MaryEast Tennessee State University
Southwest Texas State University, San MarcosDePaul University
Mc Neese State UniversityOakland University
Sam Houston State UniversitySan Jose state University
William Patterson UniversityWestern Carolina University
University of Central OklahomaWidener University
University of St Thomas, MNWestern Illinois university
Bowling Green State University, OhioDelaware State University
State University of New York, New PaltzCentral Michigan University
University of Southern MississippiIndiana University South Bend
Saint Mary’s University San AntonioShippensburg University, PA
East Tennessee State UniversityUniversity of Texas, Pan America
Jackson State UniversityOklahoma City University
Frostburg State UniversityLa Salle University, PA
Alfred UniversityMonmouth University-New Jersey
Southern New Hampshire UniversityRoosevelt University Chicago
Drake universityShippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Duquesne UniversityGeorgia College & State University
Georgia Southern UniversityKennesaw State University
Long Island UniversityLoyola University Chicago
Northern Kentucky UniversityLawrence Tech University
Clark Atlanta UniversityCalifornia State University, Northridge
Catholic University of America, WashingtonOhio Dominican College (University), Ohio
Ferris State University, MichiganFitchburg State University, MA
Hawaii Pacific University, HawaiiNorthwood University, Michigan
Johnson and Wales University, RIGovernors State University, Parkway IL
Troy State University, Alabama Dominican University
Florida Atlantic University, Boca RatonGolden Gate University


That’s it for today, in our next session, we will discuss more about universities where GRE  score is not mandatory as well as all those institutes where GRE is not everything.

Till then, happy reading.

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