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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.

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Important Stuff

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.


  1. The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 320 to 340
  2. The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 310 to 320
  3. The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 300 to 310
  4. The Ultimate List of US Universities for GRE Scores 290 to 300 [Coming soon] (click here to get notified when this category comes out.)


If you think these lists are awesome, share them with your friends and help them out a little! Also, we would love to hear your thoughts on this list.

120 Comments to “The Ultimate List of US Universities Based on GRE Scores (2020 Update)”

  1. Naveen Kumar Maddineni says:

    Suggest some universities based on my profile
    Gre 313(165q,148v,3 awa)
    Toefl 89(R 25,L 22,S 22, W 20)
    Is toefl score is sufficient….?? ece 82%(3-2) toppers 89%
    Majors telecommunications

    • Hey Naveen!

      Very good profile overall. But your TOEFL isn’t as impressive. Try and retake if you can. Nevertheless, you can apply to: University of Maryland College Park, University of Illinois – Chicago, UC Riverside, , UT Arlington, RIT, Syracuse, George Mason, etc. Good luck! 🙂

      • samir says:

        hello sachin. i really appreciate the work uve been doing answering various queries. well i would want some clarifications from your side.
        my profile
        ug 56%(14 backlogs) in computer science.
        can my low be aggregate affect admission to a reasonably good university?
        and im not very good in coding so can i switch to any other related fields for my masters..

        please suggest me some universities for my profile

        • Thanks, Samir! 🙂

          Your BE aggregate might be of some hindrance to your admission into good universities, unless you can explain why. If you have a solid reason behind it, try explaining it to the committee through your SOP. And for your profile, you can apply to: SUNY Binghamton, UMass – Lowell, West Virginia, Washington State, Kansas State, and New Mexico State. Good luck! 🙂

      • divya says:

        actually every one posting their profiles are very high ….. as my profile is very low… 🙁
        good sops nd lors….
        3 months one intrnship…
        no hopes on retaking ielts coz many r rytng 4-5 tyms even though dey r getting same 5.5 so i dnt hve ny hopes,……. can u pls suggest me sum colgs …
        thank you

        • Hey Divya!

          Don’t worry. You’re only competing against yourself. 🙂 And try applying to these universities: West Virginia University, Clarkson University, Utah State University, University of Central Florida, University of Mississippi. Good luck! 🙂

          • vaibhav says:

            Hey Sachin , well I must you doing a great job. Albeit i did my engg in Automotive engineering ,I’m actually planning to apply for Ms industrial engg . I’ll be shortly writing my exam. I have 3yrs of work exp in the R&D of an indenious Automotive OEM . my cgpa is 2.65. Suggest me universities best for this program and what score should I target to get in .

          • Thanks a ton, Vaibhav. I can only give you a list of universities once you have a GRE score. It is extremely difficult otherwise, since GRE is an important factor when it comes to admissions. Let me know when you are done with the GRE, and I’ll be more than happy to help! Good luck. 🙂

  2. shaoni paul says:

    It’s really very helpful , but i need to know that if anybody with a decent profile gets a 310+ but below 320, then he/she needs to retake gre ? 😮 or they may get into any of the universities who accept score like 320 to 325?

    • Dibyadeep says:

      Personally i feel that with each progressing year the influence of GRE on admission decisions is reducing. Every year many many students are going for studies abroad and considering GRE is a non -technical exam it does not provide a complete picture of an applicant’s profile, so other than GRE, the individual’s research profile, publications, GPA throughout, recommendation letters and Statement of purpose will weigh heavily over standardized test scores, so whlle targeting a top university one has to be careful about the rest of their profile , a good GRE score is a bonus, it mostly acts as a filter , a good score will not fetch u an instant admit, will filter u in and rest of it will depend on other aspects of your profile, a score of 310+ is a decent enough score, depends on your selection of your universities whether u need to retake GRE or not, but other aspects of your profile will surely dictate terms in terms of most decent to good univs.

      • shaoni paul says:

        Okies got it 🙂 thank you so much

        • Hey Paul!

          Glad to see you here again! 🙂 And regarding your question, Dibyadeep answered it for the most part. So yeah, the GRE accounts for 30-40% of your total application. The rest is all about your GPA, work experience, SOP, LOR, extracurriculars, community service, etc. So, it’s really difficult to tell if you can get a guaranteed admission. But it always helps if you score as high as you can.

          See you around, Paul! 🙂

          • shaoni paul says:

            I need to know another thing which if off this context . I have heard that getting a funded ms in us private or public universities is really tough now-a days . is it really so ? I’m just talking about the assistantships ..

  3. mahi says:

    It’s really informative.waiting for the list of more universities in the score range of 300-310.

    • Glad you found it helpful, Mahi! We’ll be posting the rest sooner than you think. 🙂

      • mahi says:

        Hello Sachin
        Need ur help
        evaluate my profile
        applying for fall 2015 MS in ComputerScience
        My profile
        GRE- 301 V-146 Q-155
        B.Tech – 8.9/10 GPA
        12th – 95.2
        10th – 93.1
        please suggest me the best univ..
        Thanks in Advance

        • Hey Mahi!

          Here you go.

          Ambitious: Iowa State, UIC, University of Rochester
          Moderate: NYU, UC Riverside, Syracuse, UTD
          Safe: RIT, UT Arlington, IIT Chicago, MTU.

          Good luck! 🙂

  4. Aman Agarwal says:

    If you could help me get a headstart in University Shortlisting. I have my GRE in August. And would be aiming for 330+. Currently, I score around 320.
    I’m not looking for a research oriented University as my primary concern would be getting a job.
    My CGPA-7.97, Electrical Engineering, Thapar University.
    Class X- 94.6 % (CBSE)
    Class XII- 95.4 % (CBSE) , 97 in C++
    I wish to switch my branch to Computer Science (specialization- Cloud Computing/Data Sciences/ Machine Learning).
    I had C, IT and Data Networks as my electives. (Grade-A/B).
    Also, I have acquired knowledge of Python, HTML/CSS, C++, SQL, Matlab. And will be learning a few more languages and courses until next year.
    I will be joining a consultancy, ZS Associates this October and working as a Business Technical Analyst until I leave next year.
    Thank you!

    • Hey Aman!

      I must say you have a fantastic profile! Great job!

      Ambitious: GaTech, Penn State University, North Carolina State University, UPenn (All of them have amazing job opportunities.)
      Moderate: Rutgers, Duke, USC (Again, no doubt about placements.)
      Safe: ASU, Iowa State, University of Florida, UNC Charlotte (You’ll get good scholarships.)

      You will need some good extra-curriculars to make your profile irresistible. ZS is an amazing company. Try and learn as much as you can, but also try to improve your profile even further. Check this: // Skip to the second half, and try and implement those steps in the next one year. Let me know what you think

      And good luck on your 330 goal. Hope you surpass it. 🙂

      Happy Studying, Aman! 🙂

      • Aman Agarwal says:

        Thank you so much Sachin for such a prompt response! 🙂
        Please tell me if I could mail you my Resume, for it might help you to get a better insight regarding my extra curricular etc.

        Also, could you tell me about University of Massachusetts- Amherst? If ambitious for me?
        Plus, since I will be switching my branch from Electrical to Computer Science, how big a drawback would it be for me?

        I am working on my GRE score. Thank you. And would definitely report to you to get a further direction!

        • Hey Aman!

          UMass is definitely Top 20 when it comes to Computer Science, so yeah, it will be ambitious for you, even if you score 330. But all this talk of ambitious, moderate, and safe is nothing but probability. Ambitious is around 10% chance that you will get in. Who knows? Maybe you will get in. If you’re really interested in UMass, I’d say go ahead and apply, instead of regretting it later.

          And about the other question, you will need to write a powerful SOP (check // and explain to the committee why you have changed paths. But it won’t be as difficult as it sounds. If you can display knowledge, passion, and relevant work experience, there’s nothing stopping you from studying Computers.

          Sure! Send an email to [email protected]. We’ll be with you, whenever you need. Good luck! 🙂

  5. saravanan B says:

    Please suggest good universities for my profile. I would like to do masters in networking and telecommunication field.
    GRE 305 q-163 v- 142
    Toefl 100
    UG Cgpa 8.91
    10th grade 90.5 %
    12th grade 96.5%
    Secured 99.9 percentile in state board engineering ranking.
    Working in one of the top MNC R&D centre for the last one year. Planning for fall 2015. Will I get addmision in colorado boulder? Thanks

    • Hey Saravanan!

      Very solid profile, BUT for the GRE. Don’t worry about Colorado-Boulder, it is a safe university for your profile. But you can, and should aim higher. And since you are applying for fall next year, I’d suggest you to retake the GRE, get around 310-315, and attend a university you actually deserve, 🙂

      But since you asked, these are some of the universities you can apply to, based on your current profile. Iowa State University, UC Davis, University of Arizona, UC Irvine.

      If you can score higher, you can apply to UNC Chapel Hill, SUNY Stony Brook, UMass Amherst, etc. Good luck! 🙂

      • saravanan B says:

        Thanks for ur valuable comments. 305 was not my actual score. That’s what I expected. Today only I took the test. 308 (v 149 Q 159) . Do u still suggest to retake ??

  6. Ankit says:

    what are your views regarding North carolina state university and Iowa state university.Please give some information about them too.

    • Hey Ankit!

      Both North Carolina State University and Iowa State University are top of the line colleges. You can never go wrong if you are applying to them both. More details coming up soon. 🙂

      • Varsha says:

        I have a score of 314 – 161in quants and 153 in verbal AWA-3
        CGPA 8.55 VIT University
        Is NCSU a viable option to apply to? Please do give the colleges for this range soon..
        Very helpful site! 🙂

  7. Romina Nayak says:

    Hi..Please provide me a good list of univs for the GRE score bracket 310-320

  8. Sandhya Krishna says:

    Hey Guys! I got a score of 304, where as my GPA is 2.7. What universities will I get?

    • Hey Sandhya!

      Good score! But I’ll need a bit more information than that. Which season are you planning for? Which branch? Your profile, work experience, and stuff. If you can let me know these things, I will surely help you out. 🙂

  9. Sam says:

    Hi! I want to know what “decent” profile generally consists of. My undergrad GPA is around 7.5 and is likely to go up, but I do not have any research papers or anything. Would a GRE score of 320+ fetch me any of the universities you have mentioned?
    Also, I’ll have my final year engineering project soon. Is it advisable to do one in an industrial company o some research institute?
    PS-I should’ve mentioned this earlier, but this is a great site!

    • Hey Sam!

      Many thanks for the compliments. This is a great site, thanks to people like you. 🙂

      And yeah, about your question: The word ‘decent’ is deceptive, I know. But generally, if you are planning to apply to a university in the 320+ range, you will need at least 330. Because your GPA, while not bad by Indian standards, is considered average by these top universities, thanks to the heavy competition. I can go on and on about how you can improve your profile, but we’ve already done a detailed post on that. Check this: //

      Though it may not apply to you directly, there are strategies to boost your profile. Let me know your thoughts on that. 🙂

      • Shreya Rajahamsa says:

        150v 161q
        Acads:76.25% until 3-2 GPA:8.3/10 until 3-2
        One Internship,First prize in paper presentation
        Two projects,Much social service,Attended workshops in IIT-H
        Decent extracirriculars.List of universities I am thinking of applying to
        1.Arizona State University
        3.University of California,Irvine
        4.NYU Poly
        6.SUNY Buffalo
        7.Rochester Institute of Technology
        8.North Eastern University,Boston
        Could you please categorise the universities into Safe/Mod/Ambi?

        • Hey Shreya!

          Decent list, if you ask me. 🙂

          Ambitious: UC Irvine, Rutgers
          Moderate: USC, ASU, Northestern
          Safe: Syracuse, NYU Poly, SUNY Buffalo, RIT.

          Good luck!

      • Deepesh says:

        Hi Sachin
        Can you look at the below profile and suggest if I can get a good university (Interested Research Field: AI/Machine Learning)
        GRE:311(Q:160, V:151, AWA:3)
        TOEFL: Yet to Take
        CGPA: 8.51(BTech- CSE)
        12th grade: 85%
        10th grade: 90%
        Project: Related to Machine Learning and NLP under a research professor from MPI(Max Planck Institute), Germany

        Also, I wanted to know, that; Is a LOR strong only within the circles of the recommender? If the professor has done a good amount of work in related fields, then his recommendation should be strong, regardless of the fact that people might not know him in universities been applied. Am I right?

        • Hey Deepesh!

          Really good profile there. That Max Plank Institute project definitely boosts your profile by a lot. Don’t worry if the professor isn’t well known. Max Plank Institute is quite famous in the US too, and they can understand how good your project is. That’s shouldn’t be a problem.
          Ambitious: GaTech, Penn State, NCSU
          Moderate: UPenn, UNC Chapel Hill, UC Irvine, Stony Brook, Rutgers
          Safe: UC Davis, Colorado Boulder, UC Santa Cruz, USC.
          Good luck!

  10. Rahul Durgad says:

    GRE score : 317, Q165, V152
    Toefl : yet to attend
    CGPA : 7.2/10
    Branch : IT
    Please suggest some universities.

  11. Amruth says:

    Hi, Please suggest good universities for my profile. I would like to do masters in computer engineering(not computer science) . GRE 310 q-160 v- 150 Toefl 100 UG Cgpa 8.3 10th grade 90.5 % 12th grade 92.5% . Apart from these i have a gov funded project,1 IEee conference publication,and other good projects in university(VIT),,,i am an electronics and instrumentation student

    • Hi Amruth!

      Check these.

      Ambitious: Stony Brook, Ohio State, UC Irvine
      Moderate: UC Davis, University of Utah, Michigan State, ASU
      Safe: University of Virginia, University of Rochester, Indiana, UNC Charlotte

      Good luck! 🙂

      • masood says:

        Hey Sachin,
        my profile: Gre:302(Quants:160,Verbal:142,AWA:2)
        1.5Yrz wrk exp in TCS
        decent extra xurrixulars.
        Lookin for MIS fall 2015
        scholarship n part times being main concerns

        • Hey Masood!

          Check these universities:
          UIC, Iowa State, Northwestern, University of Arizona, George Mason, Oklahoma State, RIT, Syracuse, UTArlington.

          Good luck!

          • rajesh says:

            Jitta! You are doing such an amazing work! Thank you for these wonderful posts and the mails.

            I have a doubt regarding my AWA score which is shit ‘2’ and my GRE score is 310. My query is whether my AWA score has any effect on my admits. Also, I took the GRE a 2nd time and completely screwed it by scoring less than 300. Can I get an admit or will my application be rejected? Please help.

          • It is a well known fact that a low AWA score can negatively impact your chances of admission. But how deeply it affects your chances will largely depend on your overall profile. For example, if your GRE score was very disproportionate and you scored much higher in the math section than in the verbal — and you also happen to have a low AWA score — the admissions committee may become concerned that you will not be able to get through their master’s program. I personally have helped many students with low AWA scores but these students had stellar profiles. So, the admissions committees accepted them regardless of their low AWA scores.

            I hate to say it, but in many cases, to maximize your chances of admission, you should try to improve your AWA score. I recommend you to retake the exam. Do what it takes to get that score as high as you can. Even if it’s a 3.0, it’s better than what you have. I really wish I could tell you something else.

            You should start your AWA study session with the our GRE AWA guide. Let me know if you need anything else 🙂

  12. Ganesh Sai Chand Mutyala says:

    My GRE-308 (162Q-146V-3awa)
    UG %- 77.1% ( no backlogs)
    Please tell me the list of universities I can apply!!
    Thanks (in advance)

  13. S. Sivakumar says:

    Hi, please provide me a list of good universities that suits my profile.
    I scored 332 in GRE general test and 108 in TOEFL (IBT), my CGPA is 7.15 out of 10. I did bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from a college which is not so famous, affiliated to an descent (grade) university. I like to do masters in Power and Energy Systems from a highly reputed university of the world, that’s why I choose US. In India I didn’t qualify the entrance test conducted to do Masters courses, which is the another reason. My 10th and 12th percentage of marks are 78.4 and 77.25 respectively.

    • Hi Siva Kumar!

      Congrats on a high GRE score! 🙂

      Ambitious: Rutgers, USC, UM Twin Cities
      Moderate: Iowa State, University of Virginia, NYU, SUNY Buffalo
      Safe: UC Riverside, Rutgers State, Syracuse, UTD

      Good luck! 🙂

  14. veera reddy says:

    I have my gre in AUG and ielts too in august.can you please suggest me some universities in and around NEBRASKA for masters in cse ? Send me the universities with fee,gre,ielts requirements.

  15. Manoj says:

    Hey awesome list! Really hard to find a compilation of colleges like this Anywer Elz.. Cud u help me out further by suggesting which colls I cud target. My profile is as follows
    Gre – 322
    Toefl – 110
    Gpa – 7.8
    Several projects done n currently going on.
    Good LORs
    Which colls or range cud I b looking into?
    Thanks in advance

    • Thank you, Manoj!
      Try these universities: Boston University, USC, University of Utah, Michigan State, Iowa State, University of Virginia, University of Pittsburg, Rutgers State, Washington University in St. Louis. Good luck!

  16. Shiva says:


    I started liking this site. This is so good with providing the right information and required parameters for each university!! I am waiting for the other universities as well.

    My GRE score is 309 (Quant-165, verbal-144 and AWA -3.5). I am taking TOEFL the coming month.
    My CGPA is 8.75/10 in Computer Science Engineering and have 1 paper published in an International Journal.

    I have a work experience of more than 2.5 years as an Application Developer and Technical Consultant in one of the world’s prominent Product Development Company.

    I am planning for MS in Spring 2015 with CS and Cloud Computing/ DataMining/ Algorithms for specialization.

    Can you please suggest me good universities for my profile for these specializations.

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Awesome, Shiva! We’ll be posting the others soon enough. 🙂

      You have a solid profile. Consider these universities in your list:
      Ambitious: Purdue, TAMU, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, NCSU
      Moderate: Penn State, Stony Brook, John Hopkins, Duke
      Safe: UC Davis, USC, Iowa State.

      All the best!

  17. chaitanya says:

    please suggest some good universities for my profile. At present i am doing btech in mechanical engineering but i want to do my masters in aerospace.
    GRE 311 q167 v144
    CGPA 7.35 upto 6th sem
    12th 88.2%
    10th 87.1%
    projects 2
    internships 2
    no paper publications and work experience
    TOEFL going to write in next month
    Thanks in advance

    • Hey Chaitanya!

      Have a look at these universities:
      Ambitious: UC San Diego, UFL, NCSU, USC
      Moderate: Iowa State, UC Irvine, UC Davis, University of Cincinnati
      Safe: George Washington, University of Arizona, IIT Chicago

      Good luck!

  18. Sid says:

    I am a final year student and yet to give the GRE. Just needed to know about a few thing before sorting out the universities.
    I have a average cgpa of 7.65 courtesy of being in the college football team and many other reasons! :/
    I have a intern in IITD (which resulted in a journal publication) and also this summer i interned at UIUC where i worked on 2 projects which might lead to more publications but not in time for them to put in the applications i suppose.
    And yeah, 10th % = 93.6 and 12% = 91.8% though i highly doubt they’ll look into it.
    Could you please suggest me a score in the GRE which might boost up my chances for good univ.s and also some universites which i should i apply too?

    Would be greatful.
    Thanks in advance.


    • Hey Sid!

      Don’t worry much about your GPA. It is good enough to get you into a good university. It’s a mountainous task to give out a list unless you have a GRE score in hand. So, finish that off, and get back to us, so we can help you out with shortlisting universities. Until then, check some of the other posts in the blog: //, // and others. Good luck on your GRE! 🙂

  19. dheeraj says:

    I am planning for spring 2015. I am from mechanical engineering

    • Hey Dheeraj!

      Check these out:
      Ambitious: ASU, Michigan State
      Moderate: UNC Charlotte, Iowa State, SUNY Buffalo, University of Cincinnati
      Safe: Lehigh, Clemson, Syracuse, George Mason, Auburn

      Good luck!

  20. Sandeep says:

    Hi. I would to know about Boise State University. I would like to do my Masters in Electrical Engineering there. Am applying for Spring 2015. My profile is as below.
    GRE – 309 (Q-161, V-148, AWA-3.0)
    IELTS – 7.0
    UG – 73.5%

    Also, suggest me some good universities suited to my profile.

    • Hey Sandeep!

      Boise State would be safe for your profile. Also, check these out:
      Ambitious: Northeastern, UTD, SUNY Buffalo
      Moderate: UNC Charlotte, Clemson, University of Virginia, University of Iowa
      Safe: UIC, UT Arlington, RIT, NYU Poly
      Good luck!

  21. Abhinav Srivastava says:

    Hi sachin could you evaluate my profile and suggest universities
    GRE-310(155 Q,155 V)
    UG-6.55/10(60 %)
    1 project in line follower robot
    Planning MS in electrical engineering fall 2015(interested in vlsi design mainly)
    I have sent scores to san jose state university ,arizona state university ,penn state university ,university of texas at san antonio.
    Also will be sending score to university of texas at dallas.

    • Hey Abhinav!

      Penn State would be ambitious, UTD would be moderate, and the rest are safe. Also, try these universities: UMass Lowell, NJIT, Cleveland State University, SUNY Binghamton. Good luck!

  22. nagarjuna says:

    gre – 302(161q+141v)
    toefl – 86 68.9% mechanical engineering
    three years in jindal steel & Power ltd as junior manager

    university of houston – indistrial engineering
    ohio (russ) – industrial engineering
    njit – indistrial engineering

    which is better?

  23. Ankit says:

    Hi please help me with my profile for Industrial engineering courses in specific…

    10th ICSE–90%
    12th ICSE–95.6%
    Won 2 maths Olympiads at school at national level
    B.Tech Mechanical Engineering — 8.5 CGPA–VIT UNIVERSITY VELLORE
    GRE- 310
    TOEFL- 93

    Research papers- 2 One in Computer aided process planning for sheet metal bending operations and Second research papers in thermal properties of silica gel used in automotive cooling equipment.

    3 internships at RDSO, TATA MOTORS AND Motor general and sales ltd

    4 months full time work ex in engine cooling equipment manufacturing company

    1.5 year work ex in automotive design company designing jigs and plant layout simulations.

    Guys please tell me good universities with reputed Industrial engineering programme or IMSE Programme for industrial/manufacturing courses for spring 2015. Cost is a concern.Please suggest universities with reputed courses and good job opportunities FOR SPRING 2015.

    • Ankit says:

      Please also let me know do i stand a chance in Georgia tech..? I have applied in NCSU and IOWA State only.Please tell where else i can apply.

      • Hey Ankit!

        Nice profile. Your experience really helps. GaTech is a bit ambitious for your profile. But since you have work ex, you can try and apply. Hopefully you will have a decent chance.

        NCSU is moderate and Iowa State is safe for your profile. Both these universities are very affordable. They won’t cost you much. 🙂

        If you need any other suggestions, here are some affordable universities: TAMU and ASU will be moderate, and SUNY Buffalo and Oklahoma State University will be safe for your profile. Good luck! 🙂

  24. Tapas says:

    Hey, Could you please suggest good universities for my profile. I am looking for admission in MS in Computer Science fall 2015.
    GRE 318 q-165 v- 153
    Toefl 100
    UG Cgpa 3.305/4 2014 pass out
    10th grade 90%
    12th grade 83%
    1 month NGO work
    2 internships
    4 projects during college
    Will have 1 year work experience by august 2015

    Thanks!!! 😀

    • Hey Tapas!

      Good profile overall. Here’s my two cents:

      Ambitious: Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, UC Davis
      Moderate: USC, UC Santa Cruz, Arizona State University, Iowa State University
      Safe: UNC Charlotte, University of Rochester, University of Florida

      Good luck! 🙂

  25. Siva Rama Krishna says:

    Respected Sachin…
    I want to apply for FALL 15.
    my profile:
    X-94, XII-98, B.TECH-92%
    International journals-3
    Projects -5
    Summer trainings in IIT, HAL, other company
    Participated in many leadership roles…
    GRE-320, TOEFL-110
    Working in a TOP MOST MNC in INDIA.
    Can I get CALTECH, UCB or UT AUSTIN? Which one is better for my profile.
    Help me to choose other than these??
    Thanks in advance………..

    • Hey Siva!

      You forgot to mention which branch you are applying for. Also, let me know if your current work experience is in line with your target branch of study. 🙂

      • Siva Rama Krishna says:

        My branch is EC & CS.
        It’s a dual degree program. I want to apply for CS in MS. Now i am working as a Systems engineer in Software firm.

        • Hi Siva!

          Amazing profile!

          Caltech, UT Austin and UC Berkeley are fantastic, top 10 colleges in the world, and admissions at these colleges are subject to various parameters, which is why it is really difficult to gauge someone’s chances of admission.

          Having said that, for your profile, these are slightly ambitious. But you should go ahead and apply. You may get into one of these. Just make sure your LORs and SOP are nothing short out outstanding. Anything less than outstanding will be rejected by these high profile institutes.

          You can also try and apply to these universities:

          Moderate: Princeton, Cornell, Yale, UMCP, University of Washington
          Safe: CMU, Purdue, UCLA, TAMU.

          Good luck! 🙂

  26. Navaneeth says:

    Hello, I am applying for fall 2015 Aerospace.
    following is the complete profile.
    GRE 320, quant 161
    Aggregate of 76 %
    Work experience at an Airbus tier 1 supplier (6 months and counting)
    2 week summer training at godrej aerospace
    A descent final yr project, in the specialisation that I intend to apply to. I got very good results with it. Right now I am making a research paper out of it. (Abstract got accepted at IEEE).
    A couple of good LOR’s from former ISRO scientists for the project (I worked under thier guidance)

    I sent my scores to Purdue, UCLA, USC and Gatech.
    I was hoping for a more comprehensive list of safe and ambitious univs. I spoke to a pass out from USC, who told me getting a job in aerospace is really difficult for international students in the current scenario. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hey Navaneeth,

      Pretty solid profile, I must say. But Purdue, UCLA, and GaTech are a bit ambitious for your profile. (GPA is slightly lower than they would require) USC is moderate. But nevertheless, you still stand a decent chance at all these places, because you have relevant work experience.

      You can also apply to TAMU, Virgina Polytech, University of Maryland College Park, and UM Twin Cities, (Moderate) and UIUC, NCSU, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and UNC Chapel Hill (safe). They are all really good for Aerospace. Regarding employment, yes, it is difficult, but if you have good quality, relevant experience, you will find a job some way or the other. If you are really worried about jobs, start networking with people from your company, and see if anyone has already walked the same path.

      It’s great that you got the LORs covered. Just make sure that paper gets published, and write a powerful SOP. Your journey will be much easier. Good luck! 🙂

      • Navaneeth says:

        Thanks a ton for the quick reply Sachin!
        To be honest, when I wrote my gre and they asked me the list of universities to send my scores to, I was clueless except for USC and UCLA. Now, these 2 universities, I have done my research, UCLA has a hypersonic aerodynamics group with active research (my project), USC has some descent research going on too. Plus it helps that its LA, where I already have a couple of friends/family (that is a trivial reason, i know). So the other 2 univs was a random throw of the dice (seems stupid now), because I was so happy then that I got the gre score that I aimed for.
        Anyways, I will certainly look at the universities u mentioned. Now i think I have a descent list of univs to work with. And yes, I know UCLA is ambitious, but like I said, the research going on there aligns so much with my work, so that would be my dream univ if it materialises. Any further takes on USC ? From what I know, its bloody costly and there is no funding, so do u think it would be worth it if i get an admit there ?
        ps: small issue with the job experience. its in aerospace yes. But I am working on aircraft structures, while my field of interest/project/masters/subject would be aerodynamics. So I dont know if that becomes ‘relevant’ now.

        • My pleasure, Navaneeth!

          Haha, don’t worry. Software development isn’t relevant to aerodynamics, but aircraft structures is. 🙂

          Yes, USC is expensive, and living in LA will not be cheap either, but since you have relatives there, maybe you can work it out. Any way, apply to UCLA. Let’s hope you will stand a chance. Plus, Los Angeles has pretty good aviation research facilities. So, jobs can be easier to find. 🙂

  27. Nishant Sharma says:

    Hello sachin ,i am going to complete my B-tech in Computer Science(major),with a cgpa of 6/10,its on a lower side as i was involve in alot of extra circular activities,which include starting my own newspaper company and game development club in college I was also involved in a internal app development project,which would be used by my college for their operations I have 2 summer web development internships at 2 individual start-ups. I also have a paid 6 month intern at a prominent bank in analytic My IELTS Score is 7.5 My GRE is after a month,what according to you should be an ideal score for me wrt to my low gpa, and in what ranking (rough range) of universities will i be safe to get in PS: i wish to study MIS(Management of information systems)

    • Hey Nishant!

      Looks like you have a great story to tell. 🙂 Combine this story and a good GRE score (315+), and your low GPA will be offset. It wouldn’t be a big problem. I can’t give you a list right now, however. Concentrate on your GRE prep, and get a good score. Then, we can see where you can apply. All the best! 🙂

  28. dheeraj says:

    hello, i am applying for spring 2015. my profile is
    10th – 87
    inter – 86
    B.Tech (mechanical) – 71%
    gre- 302
    toefl – 90
    8 projects
    2 internships 6months each
    organized 2 fests
    got several prizes in national level fests

    can u suggest me some universities

  29. prathyusha says:

    Dear Sachin,

    Great Post! 😀 Hoping you can help me with my profile – GRE: 303| Toefl: 107| Acads: 8.24| 2 years exp related to the field am interested in. Am planning for Spring’15 in MS-EE-VLSI Specialization. Already applied for SJSU, UTD,SUNY Buffalo and ASU. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hey Prathyusha!

      Thanks a ton! 🙂

      You’ve done a pretty good job! Great list you got there. You could also add a couple of safe universities to the list. Try UNC Charlotte, UIC, and Indiana. Good luck! 🙂

  30. kuku says:

    My gre score is 309
    Quant 165 and verbal 144
    cgpa 7.91
    i am planning to apply in fall 2015 for MIS(Management information system). I have a two years of work ex. I m graduated from NIT ald. Please suggest me some good universities in which i should apply according to my profile.
    Thanks in advance

  31. Bharath says:

    Hi! I am planning to apply for Fall 2015 Mechanical Engineering. This is my profile:

    GRE: 307(quant 162, verbal 145, awa 3)
    IELTS: 7.5
    B.Tech-Mech(JNTU) : 84.97%
    12th: 90%
    10th: 88%

    By the time I apply for Fall, I would have an experience of 10 months in Hyundai R&D Centre.

    Worked as a Coordinator for iCARNEGIE program(Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University) for 2 Years and 4 Months in my college.

    2 sound academic projects

    1 Month Internship in Bus Manufacturing Industry

    • Hey Bharath!

      Very decent profile! Here are some universities you can apply to:

      Ambitious: UMass Amherst, University of Wisconsin, North Carolina State University
      Moderate: UC Irvine, Colorado Boulder, Rice University, ASU
      Safe: UC Davis, Washington University at St Louis, Iowa State, University of Utah

      Good luck! 🙂

  32. Rahul Agrawal says:

    Hi Sachin! Really great job with the post!
    I wrote GRE a few days back and scored 317( 152 v+ 165q, 4.00 awa). I am from NIT Karnataka, Surathkal (Computer Sc. and Engg.) with a CGPA of 8.7, graduated in 2013- I’ve been working in a non-technical field since then. I’ve got some pretty good projects( 6-7 semester projects and one full year project). I’ve done two internships, one of them in IIT Delhi, and another in industry. 12 CBSE- 94.4% and 10th CBSE- 92.6%. I do not have any publications, but I can manage to get good LORs and write a good SOP. It would be great if you cold help me out with some of the questions :
    1. Which Colleges can I apply to with this profile. Also, any idea about Stony Brook?
    2. I was hoping to apply to GaTech- is this score enough or should I retake the GRE?
    3. The method to convert CGPA to GPA out of 4- Is there a special way? or multiplication by 0.4 is ok?

    PS- I submitted a similar question some time back and it didn’t show up in the comments section. So, I’ve written it again. Hope you don’t mind.

    • Hey Rahul!

      Thanks a lot. 🙂

      Good profile, overall. I’ll try and answer to the best of my knowledge.

      1. GaTech is ambitious and Stony Brook is moderate for your profile. Try these universities:

      Ambitious: NCSU, UNC Chapel Hill, UPenn, Rutgers
      Moderate: UM Twin Cities, Duke, UC Santa Cruz, USC
      Safe: ASU, Michigan State, Iowa State, UIC, Indiana

      2. If you are looking at GaTech, you will not only need a very high score (close to 330) but you will need some prior research experience as well.

      3. You really don’t have to convert your GPA unless the university asks you to, in which case, they will give you a formula. But otherwise, there is no need, as universities know the Indian grading system thoroughly well, and they can understand your CGPA and what it means.

      Good luck, Rahul! 🙂

  33. Gaurav says:

    Hey sachin here’s y profile

    322 q162 , ms in cs .. 2 years work ex relevant and 2 internships … Notable extra curriculars as well….. Planning to apply to UCSD gatech massamherst stonybrook Rutgers tamu ncsu uta/UCLA and two more not yet decided any suggestions

  34. Shlesh Tiwari says:

    Hi! I would like to know if my profile is good enough for me to get into the above mentioned universities. Or some that you haven’t posted yet. My profile is:

    X-93.4% (CBSE)
    XII-94% (CBSE)
    Undergrad – 9.19 CGPA
    GRE- 324(154 Verbal, 170 Quants, 4.5 AWA)
    TOEFL – 110
    Working on one paper presently.
    Extra curriculars – Grade 5 Piano from Trinity College

    Kindly suggest some ambitious, moderate and safe universities. I would be really grateful. Thank you

    Also, what would be my chances of getting into the following?

    1. University of Wisconsin – Madison
    2. Virginia Tech
    3. Georgia Tech
    4. Rutgers State University – New Jersey
    5. Ohio State University
    6. University of California – Irvine
    7. University of California – Davis
    8. University of Colorado – Boulder
    9. North Carolina State University
    10. University of Southern California
    11. Arizona State University
    12. Pennsylvania State university
    13. Columbia University
    14. University of Washington – Seattle

    Thank you

    • Which branch of study, Shlesh?

      • Shlesh Tiwari says:

        I’m sorry I forgot to mention that. I am presently pursuing Electronics and Communication Engineering in VIT University. I would like to pursue MS in any of the following fields:

        1. Electronics and Communication – Communication / Telecommunication
        2. Electronics and Communication – Embedded Systems Design
        3. Electronics and Communication (General)

        I believe that the above falls under Electrical and Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering, yes?

        Thanks and regards.

  35. Romina says:

    Oh I am also taking free tuitions for unpriviledged kids + conduct hobby classes for kids in summer vacation from the past few years (incase dis counts) 😛

    • Hey Romina!

      Fantastic profile, there! You have everything in place. Here are some universites you can apply to (around $25,000):

      Moderate: UMass Amherst, TAMU College Station, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Rutgers, University of Wisconsin Madison.
      Safe: Purdue, UC Irvine, SUNY Stony Brook, UM Twin Cities, UC Davis.

      Most of these universities are really affordable, and scholarships are difficult since they are in the Top 30-40. But you can expect some sort of assistantship, thanks to your profile.

      I’ll also give you some ambitious universities, just in case, but they are much more expensive.

      Ambitious: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of Maryland College Park, Carnegie Mellon University.

      The choice is yours now. 🙂

      Make sure you write a brilliant SOP. Check this for full details: //
      Also, check this post if you’d like to improve your profile further (skip to the second half): //

      And what do you mean ‘if it counts’? It absolutely counts! You are doing an amazing job! 🙂

      Good luck, Romina!

      • Romina Nayak says:

        Hey Sachin.

        Thank you for such a comprehensive reply. It’s a relief to know all this as I am hell anxious.
        Hey btw do u really think I have ‘any’ chances in CMU..Won’t it be highly ambitious for me?
        And thank you for the links..I have also taken up an online Cryptography course from Stanford after reading your blog on improving profile!

        • My pleasure, Romina! 🙂

          Yes, CMU will be ambitious, but you never know with these things. Ambitious usually means around 10% chance. So, if you really love CMU, apply, and hope luck will be in your favor. Even if you don’t get it, you’ll still attend another fantastic school. 🙂

          And regarding that course from Stanford, wow, you’re really fast! Good job! Mentioning Stanford’s name on your SOP and resume, will only do more good. Let’s hope CMU recognises it. Good luck!

  36. Hassan says:

    My score IS 328 so I found the perfect article 🙂
    CGPA : 3.49
    No research publications.

    Do I have chances of getting into a good programs in robotics/mechatronics?

    • Hey Hassan,

      Yes you do! If you can make the other parts of your application perfect, the admissions committee wouldn’t bother much about your publications, or rather the lack of it. Good luck! 🙂

  37. Ananya Sharma says:

    Hey Sachin,
    Amazing site cleared most of the doubts,so the thing is I have a tricky scenario:
    I have a cgpa of 7.1/10(ECE)
    My GRE score is 326
    10th (CBSE): 90.2%
    12th (CBSE): 88.6% (PCM : 92 and C++ :95)
    Extra Curricular: Volunteer work (1 year),National Level Quizzing(Mahindra Auto Quotient),2 internships(Schenider electric and Siemens)
    Technical: I am still working on it.
    I plan to do my masters in computer science in machine learning or networking
    I am planning to apply in Fall 2015 .
    What colleges would you recommend for me ? and what all should I do to strengthen my profile .I really need your help 🙂
    thanks 🙂

    • Hey Ananya!

      Thanks a lot! 🙂

      Awesome profile you have there! I’d say your GPA is a tad lower than normal, but you can camouflage that with your profile.
      Check this article for universities in your score range: //
      And check this for tips to improve your profile (Skip to the second half): //

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Will be happy to help! 🙂

  38. Supritha says:

    My profile:
    GRE: 321 (Q 168, V 153)
    Toefl: yet to take
    CGPA: 8.1
    I’m doing B.E. in CSE.
    I have done one internship at IMSc and one implant training.
    -Part of college Tennis team.
    -Play violin

    No research publications yet.
    Planning to apply for Fall 2015.
    I request you to suggest me safe and ambitious universities.
    Would also suggest ways to improve my profile?

  39. Sandesh Gandhi says:

    Thanks a lot for this excellent blog!
    looking for admission in fall 2015..
    my profile-

    B.Tech Mech 8.76 (VIT, pune, Pune university) 2013
    10th- 91.84
    12th- 92.17
    GRE- 320 (Q 165, V 155, Awa 3.0)
    Toefl – 105 ( R 28 L25 S 26 W 26)
    1 be project (a special purpose machine)
    2 mini projects (both related to TOM and mechanisms)
    Summer internship at Volkswagen (related to assembly planning..3 projects there)
    Summer internship at a small mech company producing cnc.. a 5 axis robot project there
    classroom training by Tata Technologies in solid modeling and CAE (on design of automobiles and presses)
    Participation in Robocon 2011,2012 & 2013 (rank 2 in 2013)
    Administrative and trainers work at the college robotics forum
    Administrative work for SAEs collegiate club
    Volunteered for an NGO for 4 months
    German proficiency- A2
    Tools known : ANSA, Hypermesh, Ansys, CATIA, AutoCAD
    work experience- Internships + 18 months with Tata Technologies in CAE (Vehicle Crash Analysis )

    Looking for universities cheaper in cost, excellent in Jobs. No plans of research as of now.
    I request you to suggest me some ambitious, moderate and safe universities for Mechanical and Industrial both. Thanks a lot!

    • Hey Sandesh!

      You are surely one of those ideal applicants. 🙂 You have almost everything that the admissions committee wants.

      Ambitious: UIUC, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Purdue, GaTech (All very expensive, though)
      Moderate: TAMU, UC San Diego, UM Twin Cities, NCSU, UMCP (Fantastic colleges, but very affordable)
      Safe: UC Irvine, ASU, Stony Brook, UC Davis (Great colleges, very affordable, and chances of scholarship)

      Good luck! 🙂

      • Sandesh Gandhi says:

        Hey Sachin!
        Thanks a lot for the list! That was a huge help! Can you suggest how should I make a choice between Mech and Indus?
        Actually, my overall profile till now projects me into Mech/ Auto. I was also looking forward to a course which itself or by means of the work related to the course could encourage entrepreneurial skills . That’s what I wish to be in the future. Indus does it? I am very much confused about what course to choose. 😐

  40. Viswanatha Mehta says:

    Hey Jitta, this is such an awesome post.

    I have a GPA of 6.5 and 322 (162V, 160Q) on the GRE and 113 on the TOEFL.

    I applied for spring 2015 and was rejected by all univs, now crossing my fingers for fall. Only if I had stumbled across this post a few days back.

    Anyways all help in short listing universities is much appreciated.

  41. Divvia says:

    May i know the advantage and disadvantage in doing a course in fall and spring??

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