Average GRE Scores By Intended Major for 2014

When you start applying to graduate schools, you're going to have a lot on your mind. GPA, undergraduate involvement, interviews, recommendations and more tend to crowd the mind when admission to your first choice for grad school is at stake. Make sure you make a little room for finding out the average Revised GRE scores by intended major, as well! Why? It helps to know your competition. If the average student intending to major in Chemistry, for instance, is scoring a 153 in the Quantitative Reasoning section, and your score is a 141, then you have some major work to do to improve that score!

The good news is that there are certainly Revised GRE prep options available to help you out (both free and with a price tag). The bad news is that you may need to use some of them if your score is significantly lower than your peers' scores.

Here are the mean Revised GRE scores by intended major, according to ETS' latest report. The data was taken from seniors and nonenrolled college graduates who tested between August 1, 2011 and April 30, 2014 

Please note that these scores are reflective of the Revised GRE format where 130 is the lowest you can score and 170 is the highest. If you'd like to compare these scores to those in the prior format (before August 2011), in case you have old scores rattling around in your brain, then you can see how Revised GRE scores compare to prior GRE scores here.

2014 GRE Scores By Gender, Ethnicity and Age

Arts and Humanities


Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Art History
  • Art Theory
  • Art Criticism
  • Studio Art
  • Performance Art
  • English Language and Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • History 
  • Philosophy
  • Other Majors in this field

Highs and Lows: It's interesting to note that students intending to major in Philosophy scored the highest in all three subject areas. Those intending to major in Performance Arts scored lowest in Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing, but History majors-to-be scored lowest in Quantitative Reasoning. Click the link for the actual scores.


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Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Admin and Management
  • Other Majors in this field

Highs and Lows: Students with their sights set on Banking and Finance scored highest on both Verbal and Quantitative, while those going for Business Administration and Management outshined everyone on AW. Lowest? Accounting and Other tied for lowest Verbal scores, but Accounting was lowest all on its own for Quantitative. 


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Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Administration
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Higher
  • Secondary
  • Special
  • Student Counseling and Personnel Services
  • Other Majors in this field

Highs and Lows: Students headed toward Secondary Education outperformed everyone in all three sections on the GRE, although Higher Education tied with those students for the AW score. Coming in last? Early Childhood for Verbal, AW and Quantitative, although Student Counseling and Personnel Services scored the same on Quantitative, too. 


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Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Industrial
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Other Majors in this field

Highs and Lows: If you're headed into Materials Engineering, then you can join the ranks of students scoring highest on Quantitative. Those who went into "Other" Engineering fields scored the best on both Verbal and Analytical Writing. Electrical and Electronics future students received the lowest GRE scores on all three sections.  

Life Sciences

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Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources
  • Conservation
  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Health Science
  • Medical Science
  • Other Majors in this field

Highs and Lows: Biological Science and Biomedical Science hopefuls outranked everyone on the GRE this past year. Highest scores all around! Health and Medical Sciences scored lowest on both Verbal and Quantitative, while Agriculture, Natural Resources and Conservation ranked lowest on the AW section. 

Physical Sciences

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Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Chemistry
  • Information and Computer Sciences
  • Earth, Atmospheric and Marine Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Natural Sciences
  • Other Majors in this field

Highs and Lows: Physics and Astronomy majors-to-be performed the best on the Verbal section, whereas (not surprisingly) the Mathematical Sciences up and comings rocked the Quantitative section. AW was too close to call. Many majors in this field scored a 3.8 average, which is way above the norm!

Social Sciences

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Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Other Majors in this field

Highs and Lows: Highest Verbal scores go to Anthropology, Archaeology and Poli Sci intended majors, but those Political Science students scored highest on AW all on their own. Highest Quantitative scores go to Economics Majors. The "Other" majors scored lowest on all three GRE sections. 

Other Fields

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Majors With Averages Reported:

  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Library and Archival Sciences
  • Public Administration
  • Religion and Theology
  • Social Work
  • Other Fields

Highs and Lows: Religion and Theology students received the highest GRE scores for Verbal and AW, while the Architecture and Environmental Design students-to-be performed the best in Quant. Those with intended majors of Social Work scored the lowest on everything.