Resources › For Students and Parents Average GRE Scores for the Top Private Universities Share Flipboard Email Print Killian Court and the Great Dome at MIT. andymw91 / Flickr For Students and Parents Test Prep GRE Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills SAT Test Prep ACT Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Kelly Roell Education Expert B.A., English, University of Michigan Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. our editorial process Kelly Roell Updated July 10, 2019 Most graduate schools have done away with publishing the average GRE scores for their incoming graduate students online and in promotional literature. They don't want hopeful attendees to get the wrong idea that if their scores aren't the same as what other students have achieved, then they should not even bother to apply. However, some graduate schools are willing to post average ranges of scores for incoming grad students, although most of those scores are arranged by intended major rather than by the school's statistics as a whole. Keep reading to see the average GRE scores as listed for top private universities for a couple of very popular majors (engineering and education) as published by the U.S. News and World Report. GRE Scores Information If you are perplexed as you run through these scores because you expected to see numbers in the 700s, then you are probably still using the old GRE score system which ended in 2011. As of August 2011, average GRE scores can run anywhere between 130 - 170 in 1-point increments. The old system more people are familiar with, assessed students on a scale from 200 - 800 in 10-point increments. If you took the GRE using the old system and are curious about what your approximate GRE score would be with the new scale, then check out the two concordance tables listed below. Please note, however, that GRE scores are only valid for five years, so July 2016 was the last time students with GRE scores in the prior format were able to use them for admissions into graduate school. GRE Verbal Concordance TableGRE Quantitative Concordance Table Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering: Quantitative: 167 Stanford University Engineering: Quantitative: 167 Education Quantitative: 162Verbal: 164 Harvard University Engineering: Quantitative: 167 Education Quantitative: 161Verbal: 165 California Institute of Technology (CalTech) Engineering: Quantitative: 168 Duke University Engineering: Quantitative: 164 University of Chicago Engineering: Quantitative: NA Northwestern University Engineering: Quantitative: NA Education Quantitative: 158Verbal: 163 University of Pennsylvania Engineering: Quantitative: NA Education Quantitative: 159Verbal: 161 Johns Hopkins University Engineering: Quantitative: 164 Education Quantitative: 161Verbal: 163 Rice University Engineering: Quantitative: 166 New York University Engineering: Quantitative: NA Education Quantitative: 154Verbal: 159 University of Notre Dame Engineering: Quantitative: 160 Vanderbilt University Engineering: Quantitative: 167 Education Quantitative: 159Verbal: 164 Are My GRE Scores Going To Get Me In? There are quite a few factors that go into your acceptance into one of these top private universities, so don't stress out just yet. Although your GRE scores are important, they are not the only things considered by admissions counselors, as I'm sure you've heard before. Make sure your application essay is top-notch and that you have secured great recommendations from those professors who knew you best in undergrad. And if you haven't worked on bumping up your GPA already, then now is the time to ensure you're getting the best grades you possibly can in case your GRE score isn't exactly what you wanted it to be.