Mike’s GRE is finally over. After several weeks of hard work, he has finally done it and received his official scores too. He got a good score, and he celebrated the moment with his friends and family. But then, he suddenly realized that the hard part is yet to come. Choosing the universities of his choice based on his GRE score; it wasn’t as easy as it seemed before. On the one hand, his friends and family coax him into applying to some famous colleges, and on the other hand, he tries seeking help online. But at the end of the day, he is as clueless as he was before. What should he do now? How does he know which schools would take him in and which ones are a waste of application fee?
Are you like Mike?
If you can relate to Mike’s situation, then this article is for you. We see several hundreds of students struggling to find a list of US Universities based on GRE scores, so that they would get the maximum admissions. And we have decided to help people like you out. So, here we go again, with another comprehensive list. We have compiled the list of universities with their GRE scores that you can apply for. The list has been made after careful observation and thorough research, keeping in mind hundreds of dollars that each student is going to spend on applications. So, you don’t have to think twice before applying to a university, if you try and stay in the respective score brackets.
NOTE: We’ve only listed universities that fall in the 320+ GRE score brackets. We will be posting the remaining universities very soon!
Before you go ahead with the list, here are some important points that you should keep in mind:
1. How many is too many?
Most students apply to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 universities in a year. Depending on how confident you are and how much money you are willing to spend, you can apply to 4-8 universities at a time. Applying to more than eight universities is not only a waste of time and money, but also extremely difficult. And applying to less than four universities is very risky. You don’t want to end up with all rejects, do you?
2. What’s the strategy like?
We generally advise students to apply to six universities: 2 safe, 3 moderate, 1 reach. For example, if you scored 328 on the GRE, you can apply to 2 universities from the 320-325 bracket, 3 universities in the 325-330 bracket, and 1 university in the 330 – 340 bracket. Though this is the ideal breakup of universities that you should be looking at, feel free to make changes according to your will. But remember that the higher the score bracket, the slimmer are your chances of getting in. On the other hand, if you apply to a university in a lesser score bracket, you will not only be successfully admitted, but you might also end up with a generous scholarship or an assistantship.
3. Doesn’t GRE alone suffice?
University admissions are about more than just the GRE score. The universities mentioned below are only for indicative purposes. Students should keep in mind that along with the GRE score, the universities also give a lot of importance to GPA, IELTS/TOEFL scores if applicable, work experience, undergrad university profile, extracurricular activities, Statements of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, and the overall profile of the applicant. So if you don’t have a stellar GPA, if you don’t come from a top undergrad university, or if your profile isn’t brilliant, then you’ll need to apply to the universities in a lower GRE score bracket. If you have any questions about your profile, let us know in the comments section! We’ll be happy to guide you.
4. How to decide which?
Since we have listed about 10 – 15 universities per score bracket, you have lots of options to choose from. In order to arrive at the right choices, though, you will have to do some basic research about the schools, finding out information regarding things like tuition fee, academic structure, flexibility of courses, variety of degrees, scholarship opportunities, professional and recreational clubs, student activities, international student associations (if you are an international student), the location of the university, college life, jobs and placement facilities, weather, living expenses, ease of transportation to your city/country, etc.
5. How to get more clarity?
Arrive at a probable list after all the above considerations have been made, and then talk to your friends/seniors/family before finalizing the list. If you have specific questions about a particular university, feel free to contact the admissions department via email or phone. More often than not, universities will be glad to clarify your doubts.
6. Does this list have all the universities I can apply to?
While we have tried our best in finding out information about the most important and the most famous universities in the US, there are a few universities that are still not on the list. The list isn’t final, and we’ll be updating it frequently. So, don’t worry if your favorite institution isn’t there on the list. It will be here, soon.
7. Is this all?
While we’ve tried to give you a bird’s eye view of each college that we’ve mentioned below, if you want to know more about a particular college, visit their website (Click on a college name to go to its website.) or Google them.
We’ve divided universities into three categories, based on the average GRE scores they accept. Click the links below to see the universities in each category.
- The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 320 to 340
- The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 310 to 320
- The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 300 to 310
- The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 290 to 300 [Coming soon] (click here to get notified when this category comes out.)
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