GRE Math Scores for Top Engineering Programs

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GRE Scores for Top Engineering Schools (Picture: Tech Tower at Georgia Tech

Engineering is a math-heavy discipline. Unsurprisingly, high GRE Quant scores abound among Engineering grad students. Take a look at the scores for Engineering programs ranked in the top 25 in the latest U.S. News Best Grad Schools.

GRE Quant Scores at the Top 25 Engineering Schools

US News ranks schools by general area of study as well by specialty. (Read 5 Fast Facts about the US News Grad School Rankings.) Here, the area of study is Engineering and the specialties include fields like Civil, Chemical, and Mechanical Engineering.

US News gives the average GRE Quant score for Master's and Ph.D students at each Engineering school. Among the top 25, the individual school averages range from 163 to 168, with an overall mean of 165. For comparison, the average Quant score among test takers intending to study Engineering is 159, according to ETS.

GRE Quantitative Scores for Top 25 Engineering Schools
Average Range
165 163—168
Source: 2017 Best Engineering Schools, U.S. News & World Report, Top 25. Subscription required to view GRE scores.

The average for the top 25 schools in each specialty is typically 165. However, some programs report a mean Quant score that is below average for aspiring Engineering grads, based on the mean of 159 that ETS reports for that group.

GRE Quantitative Scores for Top 25 Engineering Schools by Specialty
Specialty Average Range
Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical 165 162—169
Biological / Agricultural 163 158—166
Biomedical / Bioengineering 165 163—168
Chemical 165 162—169
Civil 165 163—169
Computer 165 163—168
Electrical / Electronic / Communications 165 163—168
Environmental / Environmental Health 165 160—169
Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems 164 162—167
Materials 165 163—169
Mechanical 165 163—169
Nuclear 164 157—167
Petroleum 163 157—167
Source: 2017 Best Engineering Schools, U.S. News & World Report. Subscription required to view full rankings and GRE scores.
† Scores reported for only 24 of 25 schools.
‡ Rankings published for fewer than 25 schools—19 for Nuclear and 14 for Petroleum.

ETS publishes the average scores for intended majors in several of the most popular Engineering specialties. Here's a side-by-side comparison of the averages from ETS and the ones from US News.

Average GRE Math Scores for Graduate Engineering Specialties:
Students at Top 25 Schools vs. Test Takers Intending to Major
Specialty Students at Top 25 Test Takers
Chemical 165 161
Civil 165 158
Electrical / Electronic / Communications 165 159
Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems 164 160
Materials 165 162
Mechanical 165 159
Source of "Test Takers" data: General Test Percentage Distribution of Scores Within Intended Broad Graduate Major Field.

Overall, students who get into a top-ranked Engineering program tend to score in the mid-160s. For highly popular programs like Civil and Mechanical Engineering, outscoring the average Engineering applicant by 10 points (to earn a near-perfect 169) isn't unusual among those admitted to the best schools. So if you're aiming high, make sure you study hard!

Photo: "Tech Tower" by Brooke Novak.