Top GRE Colleges and their Cut-offs

"We all make choices, but in the end, our choices make us." ~Andrew Ryan.
So, it is extremely important to choose the right institute and course, as it decides your future ahead. If you want to get into a reputed GRE college/university, you need to clear its required cut-off scores. In this article, you will learn about the GRE cut-off scores of the best business schools and law institutes.
GRE scores are accepted by 1300+ B-schools and 80+ law schools across the world. These colleges/universities are mostly in US, Canada, Australia, China, India, UK, and several other European and Asian countries. GRE General Test serves as a pathway to a wide range of MBA programmes, specialized business degree, JD (law), and doctoratecourses.
So, read on to know about the GRE cut-off scores of your desired institute/university.
GRE Cut-off 2023
GRE cut-off requirements vary from college to college, as there is no pre-determined standard set by the conducting body. Overall, the cut-off scores for any college or course are dependent on parameters like its reputation, number of test-takers, number of admission seats, difficulty level of the exam, etc. Besides, there are no total cut-off scores in the case of GRE.
So, generally, the GRE-accepting colleges/universitiesspecify sectional cut-off scores for admission. Majority of the B-schools/law schools shortlist candidates with an average score of 155-165 in Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning each. In the analytical writing (AWA) section, you are expected to achieve a score of 4-5. However, only some colleges consider the scores of AWA part.
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Top International Institutes & Universities
Many top-ranked institutes provide admission to their MBA/MS/JD programmes on the basis of GRE scores. Here is a complete list of top 20 GRE colleges and universities located outside India:
Institute
GRE (Verbal)
Cut-off
GRE (Quant)
Cut-off
GRE (AWA) Cut-off
Stanford University
159
165
4.8
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
158
162
5.3
Wharton Business School
162
162
-
University of California, Berkeley
158
158
3.5
Oxford University
160
160
-
Harvard University
161
162
-
University of Columbia
159
166
4.3
University of Chicago
161
165
-
Yale University
166
165
-
London School of Economics
160
161
-
Queen’s University
315 (combined)
-
INSEAD
158
158
-
University of Cambridge
320 (combined)
-
University of Alberta
300 (combined)
-
University of Texas
155
157
-
University of Virginia
163
166
4.5
Washington University
156
160
4.5
University of Toronto
150
160
3.5
New York University
160
166
5
University Of Michigan
157
167
4
NOTE: Most universities have different cut-off scores for their law and business programs. While there is not much difference in these specified scores, we have mentioned the higher cut-off here.
Did you know: Initially, GRE consisted of only quantitative and verbal ability sections. Later on, a section on logical & analytical section was introduced. This was finally replaced by the Analytical Writing Assessment.
Top Indian Colleges
In India, more than 30 colleges/universities utilise GRE scores for admission to their regular/executive/one-year MBA/fellowship programme or equivalent. Here is the list of the top 15 GRE-accepting Indian colleges/B-schools:
Institute
GRE Cut-off
*Indian School of Business (ISB)
310+
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
315+
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore
320+
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur
300+
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode
315+
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow (Noida Campus)
320+
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Raipur
155+ (sectional)
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Udaipur
315+
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Visakhapatnam
320+
BITS School of Management
310+
Institute of Management Technology
310+
S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research
300+
*Varanasi College of Management Science
300+
Woxsen School of Business
310+
*XLRI – Xavier School of Management
310+
*Most of the Indian B-schools conduct purely profile-based shortlisting, which is why there is no specific GRE cut-off released by them. The above-mentioned cut-off scores are indicative of the average GRE scores of the candidates.
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Admission Process of GRE-accepting Colleges
For most international grad schools, GRE scores are a necessity. But for 2021 admissions, some institutes exempted the same due to the pandemic scenario. However, since GRE can now also be taken from home, its scores will be considered by these institutes/universities from 2023. But, it is important to note that apart from GRE scores, your past academic performance, work experience, statement of purpose (SOP), application essay, and recommendation letters will also be taken into account.
Some universities also require the candidate’s score in IELTS/TOEFL or any other language proficiency test. Further, the international colleges prefer candidates with professional work experience of 2-6 years.
Considering all the above-stated factors, the final admission is granted to the candidates.
About GRE
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). GRE scores are trusted by thousands of grad schools in US, Canada, UK, and other countries. It is the primary shortlisting criterion for admission to MS/MBA and other master degree programmes. GRE is held in paper-based and computer-based modes. Every year, lakhs of candidates take GRE with the dream to get into a reputed international university/institute.

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