List of Universities and Required Analytical Score was submitted by a HSB Reader. Hope you guys find it useful.

The Verbal & Quant score is not single parameters require for admission. Analytical Writing in GRE is another most important factor.

As you can see below, if your target is a good Engineering program, for getting into Universities ranked below 50, 4 to 5 is a decent AW score.

Computer Engineering Rankings and Analytical Writing Score

Following list of schools have Rank and School Name.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5.0

2. Stanford University (CA) 4.9

University of California–Berkeley 4.9

4. Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 4.8

University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 4.8

6. California Institute of Technology 4.4

Georgia Institute of Technology 4.4

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.4

9. Cornell University (NY) 4.2

Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN) 4.2

University of Texas–Austin 4.2

12. University of California–Los Angeles (Samueli) 4.1

University of Washington 4.1

14. Princeton University (NJ) 4.0

15. University of Southern California (Andrew and Erna Viterbi) 3.9

16. University of California–San Diego (Jacobs) 3.8

17. University of Maryland–College Park (Clark) 3.7

18. Columbia University (Fu Foundation) (NY) 3.6

Rice University (Brown) (TX) 3.6

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 3.6

21. Ohio State University 3.5

Pennsylvania State University–University Park 3.5

23. Duke University (NC) 3.4

Harvard University (MA) 3.4

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 3.4

Texas A&M University–College Station (Look) 3.4

University of California–Santa Barbara 3.4

28. Brown University (RI) 3.3

Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) (MD) 3.3

Northwestern University (IL) 3.3

University of Massachusetts–Amherst 3.3

University of Pennsylvania 3.3

University of Virginia 3.3

Washington University in St. Louis (Sever) 3.3

35. North Carolina State University 3.2

University of California–Davis 3.2

University of Colorado–Boulder 3.2

Virginia Tech 3.2

39. Arizona State University (Fulton) 3.1

Rutgers State University–New Brunswick (NJ) 3.1

University of Arizona 3.1

University of Florida 3.1

43. Iowa State University 3.0

Michigan State University 3.0

University of California–Irvine (Samueli) 3.0

University of Notre Dame (IN) 3.0

47. SUNY–Stony Brook 2.9

Vanderbilt University (TN) 2.9

49. Case Western Reserve University (OH) 2.8

University of Iowa 2.8

University of Utah 2.8

52. Boston University 2.7

Dartmouth College (Thayer) (NH) 2.7

Lehigh University (Rossin) (PA) 2.7

Northeastern University (MA) 2.7

Syracuse University (NY) 2.7

University at Buffalo–SUNY 2.7

University of California–Santa Cruz (Baskin) 2.7

University of Rochester (NY) 2.7

Washington State University 2.7

61. Oregon State University 2.6

Polytechnic University (NY) 2.6

University of Missouri–Rolla 2.6

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) 2.6

65. Clemson University (SC) 2.5

University of Connecticut 2.5

University of Illinois–Chicago 2.5

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee



  1. Rohan on March 10, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    But does AWA score matter most for M.S? As far as i heard (i may be wrong) AWA is the last deciding factor in evaluating your profile.

  2. ADJI OLIVIER on March 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    my name’s adji olivier I study in cote d’ivoire university.
    I have a bachelor degree in sociology and preparing master degree in social science(politik)
    I would study in usa university(D’YOUVILLE COLLEGE NEW YORK)
    Iwant know how doing for my different exam to be admission at the university?
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  3. Krishna on March 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Hello Guys,

    Its really good to know about this website, really helpful in gaining confidence, knowing truth , helps in improving the application weight-age by some of the technique mention by HSB.

    I am Krishna from Bangalore planning to apply for masters in computer science in USA for Spring 2013.

    I am working in a MNC in software industry. I have an experience of 3.5 years. ( would 4.2 exp. by then)
    GRE – 308 – ( Quant – 161 , verb -147 , AWA – 3.0 )
    Yet to take Toefl. ( expecting somewhere between 95 -100)
    BE – 77.67%
    10th – 79.68%
    12th – 73.34%

    I am planning to apply for

    Rugters, the state university of newyork
    University of Pennsylvania
    State university of New York , Sunny Stony Brook
    University of Florida
    North corolina state university
    Arizona state university
    University of Texas , Arlington
    New jersey institute technology

    Please let me know about my profile,
    Is it good enough to get into any one in the above mentioned college with partial financial assistance or RA ?


  4. vishal on March 9, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Hey HSB, why didnt you put other branches AW score??

    • HSB on March 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      One post per branch.

  5. mouli on March 9, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    I am a doc, doing my MD in Pharmacology, can anyone share the list of top PhD colleges for Pharmacology?

  6. sonyG on March 9, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    please provide same for civil engineering.


  7. Rahul on March 8, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    This Post help a lot. As I am always Confused that what score is accepted for writing section in Gre.

  8. venkat sai on March 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    I hope the information provide is flaw because Missouri rolla will accept the students who have AWA in the range of 4.0 -3.5, will not accept if it is lower than 3.5

  9. Kranti on March 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Thanks for sharing, very useful and important information..!!!

  10. M77 on March 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Thanks for sharing!!! I got worthy info. …Just one doubt…. actually i need to get reviewed my SOP.. can you please suggest any useful links.. which will help me in reviewing and rectifying my Statement Of Purpose and also should be confidential.

  11. siva7891 on March 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Thanks for the share. I have request to readers. If you have collected any details about minimum GPA score needed for admissions in various universities, It would be useful.


    • siva7891 on March 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Share those information, it would be useful

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