GRE Scores and Scholarships

By Raghuram Sukumar GRE, Personal Finance, Study in USA 26 Comments

Students applying at graduate schools in the US generally belong to two categories — those who understand the impact of GRE scores on scholarships and those who don’t.

This article is purely intended to help students who don’t have a good understanding of the entire admission process.

Here are some selected comments from such students.

I scored 980 in the GRE, can I get admission at US schools for masters in mechanical engineering with full scholarship?

I’m applying for the Fall 2011 semester, can I get admission in top ranked US universities for a GRE Score of 1,050? If so, send me the list of 5 universities ASAP.

My GRE score is 1,150, I want to know if I’m eligible to get scholarship at US schools.

GRE Scores and Scholarships

The above comments (which are only among the many) clearly show that these students don’t know how graduate school admission process in the U.S. works.

They visit this blog by searching in Google and read 1 or 2 articles and comments and then immediately assume that posting another comment will get them the answer they need.

Responding to each of such comments is time consuming, especially when repeating the same answers.

If these visitors hang around the blog longer to read a few more posts, they will get a working idea of how the U.S. admission process works as well as about the true impact of GRE scores on scholarships.

In general, if you have a GRE score way above the minimum required GRE scores for admission, you have a high chance of getting some form of financial aid (scholarship, RA, TA, fellowship, etc.) together with admission.

However, students simply don’t understand the above answers but they prefer to see tables like this:

GRE Scores Scholarships Universities
less than 1000 No Scholarship List of schools
1000 to 1100 Yes/No 5 Universities
1200 and above yes list of universities

Wouldn’t it be nice to have such a list for all the possible GRE exam scores to every department at all colleges and universities in the U.S.?

I would love to have such a table or software that can do that work. If there is such a table, soon all the U.S. education consulting companies will be out of business.

If you belong to the student group who believes that for any given GRE score, there are universities that will give admission with scholarship, you are wrong.

You need to have exceptional skills and have above the minimum requirements for admission to get admission with scholarships.

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