Go back

Best engineering schools for GRE 320 to 340 

Katie Schenk - November 19, 2019

Best MS engineering schools for GRE 320 to 340

Engineering universities don’t usually insist on a minimum GRE score; they don’t want to turn away from top talent for something a negligible as a test score. 

Okay, we know your GRE score is no small thing when you’re busy applying to international universities, but the folks in admissions know that students are much more than a single test result. Stellar applicants still have a solid chance of admission with a low GRE score - as long as the rest of the application demands it.

That’s why you won’t find MIT demanding a minimum GRE score of 330. Indeed, you won’t find many, if any, schools doing it. But, if you’re lucky, your top choice schools will provide you with an expected range.

If you've scored over 330 on the GRE, you can comfortably apply to just about any school, as the average GRE scores from the top 50 schools (according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report ranking) suggest.

Best engineering schools with GRE 320-340 scores

If your GRE is well above 320, you may think there aren’t many reasons to apply to a school that’s lower on the ranking list. 

But, there’s a lot more to choosing a university than its position in the rankings or the GRE scores they accept. 

You may want a bigger programme or a smaller one, a larger city or a tiny one. There’s also climate to consider and that’s before considering the rankings of specific engineering departments and whether you can afford it.

Most cost-effective engineering schools with GRE 320+ scores

So, let’s consider the universities accepting GRE 320+ scores in terms of cost. 

The figures provided alongside the average GRE scores below have been taken from information provided by each school. It’s the Cost of Attendance (including tuition and living expenses) for an academic year. The most recent figures have been pulled. In most cases, that means costs for 2019-2020.

With these costs reflecting a single year of study, we’d bet that there are plenty of students willing to look at a few universities in a new light.

And then, it’s worth considering the selectivity of some of these programmes. That certainly makes it easier to consider your safety choices (because a perfect GRE score isn’t everything – even to admissions committees).

While the numbers certainly fluctuate year on year, some schools are definitely more selective than others. 

What are your chances of acceptance into schools with GRE 330+ or 320+ scores?

Top US engineering schools: average GRE scores

California Institute of Technology - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Verbal: 161

Quant: 170

GRE score: 331

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $89,062
  • Acceptance rate: 10.6%

Stanford University - Stanford School of Engineering

Verbal: 161

Quant: 167

GRE score: 328

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $101,108
  • Acceptance rate: 15.3%


Columbia University - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Verbal: 157

Quant: 169

GRE score: 326

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $87,335
  • Acceptance rate: 25.2%

Princeton University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Verbal: 160

Quant: 166

GRE score: 326

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $85,120
  • Acceptance rate: 5%

Harvard University - John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Verbal: 161

Quant: 165

GRE score: 326

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 21
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $97,642
  • Acceptance rate: 7.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering

Verbal: 160

Quant: 164

GRE score: 324

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,580
  • Acceptance rate: 21.2%

Yale University - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Verbal: 156

Quant: 168

GRE score: 324

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 38
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $63,725
  • Acceptance rate: 13.6%

University of California ​San Diego - Jacobs School of Engineering

Verbal: 157

Quant: 166

GRE score: 323

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,162
  • Acceptance rate: 33.3%

University of California Los Angeles - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Verbal: 157

Quant: 166

GRE score: 323

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Acceptance rate: 25.9%

University of California Berkeley - School of Engineering

Verbal: 156

Quant: 166

GRE score: 322

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $60,932
  • Acceptance rate: 28.4%

Carnegie Mellon University - College of Engineering

Verbal: 156

Quant: 166

GRE score: 322

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $73,861
  • Acceptance rate: 23.1%

University of Pennsylvania - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Verbal: 156

Quant: 166

GRE score: 322

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,206
  • Acceptance rate: 25%

Rice University - George R. Brown School of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 167

GRE score: 322

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,714
  • Acceptance rate: 29.3%

University of Michigan Ann Arbor - College of Engineering

Verbal: 154

Quant: 167

GRE score: 321

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $72,724
  • Acceptance rate: 35%

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Verbal: 156

Quant: 165

GRE score: 321

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Acceptance rate: 22.9%

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 166

GRE score: 321

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Acceptance rate: 27.2%

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 166

GRE score: 321

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Acceptance rate: 32.3%

Johns Hopkins University - Whiting School of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 166

GRE score: 321

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 17
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,642
  • Acceptance rate: 41.1%

Duke University - Pratt School of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 166

GRE score: 321

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $79,830
  • Acceptance rate: 42%

Brown University - School of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 166

GRE score: 321

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $96,328
  • Acceptance rate: 38%

Purdue University - College of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 165

GRE score: 320

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Acceptance rate: 30.6%

University of Texas ​Austin - Cockrell School of Engineering

Verbal: 156

Quant: 164

GRE score: 320

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,476
  • Acceptance rate: 18.2%

University of Wisconsin ​Madison - College of Engineering

Verbal: 156

Quant: 164

GRE score: 320

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 22
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $45,951
  • Acceptance rate: 25.1%

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Verbal: 153

Quant: 167

GRE score: 320

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Acceptance rate: 32.3%

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Verbal: 153

Quant: 166

GRE score: 319

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Acceptance rate: 22.5%

Vanderbilt University - School of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 164

GRE score: 319

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,757
  • Acceptance rate: 30.3%

University of Virginia - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Verbal: 154

Quant: 165

GRE score: 319

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,532
  • Acceptance rate: 25.2%

University of Minnesota Twin Cities - College of Science and Engineering

Verbal: 154

Quant: 164

GRE score: 318

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,164
  • Acceptance rate: 31.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering

Verbal: 155

Quant: 163

GRE score: 318

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $74,306
  • Acceptance rate: 30.2%

University of Rochester - Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Verbal: 153

Quant: 165

GRE score: 318

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $80,180
  • Acceptance rate: 52.3%

University of Southern California - Viterbi School of Engineering

Verbal: 152

Quant: 165

GRE score: 317

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $84,307
  • Acceptance rate: 24.3%

University of Maryland ​College Park - A. James Clark School of Engineering

Verbal: 153

Quant: 164

GRE score: 317

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 22
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,132
  • Acceptance rate: 27.9%

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Verbal: 153

Quant: 164

GRE score: 317

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,152
  • Acceptance rate: 37%

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Verbal: 154

Quant: 163

GRE score: 317

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $46,050
  • Acceptance rate: 37.3%

University of California ​Irvine - Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Verbal: 152

Quant: 165

GRE score: 317

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 36
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,064
  • Acceptance rate: 23.5%

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

Verbal: 152

Quant: 164

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Acceptance rate: 29.7%

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Verbal: 153

Quant: 163

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,473
  • Acceptance rate: 19.8%

University of California ​Santa Barbara - College of Engineering

Verbal: 154

Quant: 162

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,759
  • Acceptance rate: 14.8%

University of Washington - College of Engineering

Verbal: 154

Quant: 162

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 27
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,219
  • Acceptance rate: 53.2%

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Verbal: 153

Quant: 163

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Acceptance rate: 30.7%

University of Colorado ​Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Verbal: 154

Quant: 162

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $57,346
  • Acceptance rate: 47.1%

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

Verbal: 153

Quant: 163

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Acceptance rate: 28.7%

New York University - Tandon School of Engineering

Verbal: 152

Quant: 164

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 40
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,490
  • Acceptance rate: 44.4%

Case Western Reserve University - Case School of Engineering

Verbal: 151

Quant: 165

GRE score: 316

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 52
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $67,737
  • Acceptance rate: 49.3%

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Verbal: 152

Quant: 162

GRE score: 314

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Acceptance rate: 50.4%

University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering

Verbal: 152

Quant: 162

GRE score: 314

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $65,136
  • Acceptance rate: 36.3%

Arizona State University - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Verbal: 151

Quant: 162

GRE score: 313

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 44
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,555
  • Acceptance rate: 60.1%

University of Notre Dame - College of Engineering

Verbal: 150

Quant: 163

GRE score: 313

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $76,280
  • Acceptance rate: 5.1%

Northeastern University - College of Engineering

Verbal: 149

Quant: 163

GRE score: 312

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 34
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,784
  • Acceptance rate: 44.6%

University of Delaware - College of Engineering

Verbal: 151

Quant: 161

GRE score: 312

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 47
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,792
  • Acceptance rate: 43.6%

Narrowing your shortlist of MS engineering schools

Not everyone can achieve a GRE 320+ score. You may have an amazing undergrad record and awesome recommendations, but so does a lot of the competition.

One of the biggest factors will be the departments and degrees available. (And, we know that there are some people that just won’t manage in the frosty snow of New York City.)

Plus, there’s the ability to secure funding to attend

Take a closer look at the programmes that sparked your interest - and the loan terms Prodigy Finance can offer once you're accepted. And then, it's probably time you went back to studying for the GRE.

Got the GRE score you need? Now it's time to get a loan

Prodigy Finance provides loans to international engineering students pursuing their masters degrees at top universities across the globe. It only takes 30 minutes to apply for our collateral-free, no-cosigner loans. So, what are you waiting for?

Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 

Post updated for accuracy and freshness on November 19, 2019. Originally published on August 27, 2018.


Related Articles

Civil engineering

Engineering: Civil Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - December 11, 2019

By 2025, the civil engineering market size is likely to reach $11.72 trillion. In 2015, global... Continue reading

How to fund your degree without your parents

How to get a loan for MS in the US without your parents

Prodigy Finance - December 07, 2019

Wondering how to get a loan for your master’s in the US without your parents having to act as... Continue reading

Follow us


Google play Apple Web