Low GRE Scores – Nothing to Worry!!

Did you read the right thing?

Did we say low GRE Scores – Nothing to worry?

Do you need to reread it?

Oh no! Relax. Stay Cool. We know there’s a considerable hype about GRE scores playing a crucial role in securing admission into top universities in the USA and a few other countries, but……….

There’s a BUT that you need to focus on instead of having sleepless nights.

The moment you start gathering information about the process for getting enrolled into a Graduate School or a business school in the USA you come across the abbreviation GRE, which is ‘The Graduate Record Examination’ a standardized test required for pursuing masters in USA.

Adding to the stress factor is the priority for high scores in GRE being the pre-requisite in most of the top universities. Without wasting any time, you must’ve taken the plunge, gone out of your way, took the coaching in one of the premier institutes, burnt the midnight oil and when you saw the results?????????????

The world must’ve come crashing down. You must’ve had countless unanswered questions bothering you. Where did you lack? Why did you score less? What more you could’ve done?

But the most disturbing question would’ve been,

“Won’t I get admission into a university in the US where I can pursue my desired course?”

And the answer is,” You will, you surely will.”

The next query from your side will be, “How?”

Without wasting much time let’s analyse as to how can you be assured that you can get admission with the low scores that you’ve got.

Do some research

To make sure that you can go ahead with your applications for a master’s degree with the low scores that you’ve got you need to do some research.

Research on what aspects?

You need to check with

  • Universities which accept low GRE scores


  • Schools which consider admission without GRE in case your scores are pretty low

Deciding Factors

  • Is this applicable to the programs that you’re looking for?
  • In case you don’t want to retake the test, do you need to reconsider the major that you choose?
  • If you don’t want to compromise on the specialization, then how to zero down on the universities where you’ll get admission with the score that you’ve got?

You must be aware that Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning, are each scored on a scale from 130-170 in one-point increments wherein the lowest possible score on each of those parts is 130. Analytical Writing(AW) is scored from 0-6 in half-point increments. So on an average, the 50th percentile, or “average GRE score” has to be nearly 303, or we can say 151 for verbal and 152.5 for math. And the AWA average should be 3.5.

In case you were not able to meet these requirements, you don’t have to lose hope. The good news is that you’ll get universities where you can get admission even if you have scored less than 300.You also have choices where you can get enrolled without GRE in case you have scored far less than 300.

Universities at a Glance

Let’s have a look at the colleges which accept low GRE scores for M.S., M.B.A., and other master’s programs. You have this possibility in Private and public universities. You’ll be pleased to know that there are individual universities where you can enrol without GRE as well.

Private Universities – GRE Score Less than 300 acceptable 

Sr. No. Universities
01. SUNY Polytechnic Institute, University in Utica, New York
02. Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
03. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
04. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
05. Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
06. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
07. Midwestern State University, Wichita Fall, Texas
08. Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi.
09. SUNY New Paltz
10. California State University, East Bay
11. Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kansas
12. Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri
13. Murray State University, Kentucky.
14. University of Bridgeport, Connecticut
15. University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut

Public Universities

Sr. No. Universities
01. San Jose State University, San Jose, California
02. California State University, East Bay
03. California State University, Fresno, California
04. Kent State University Kent, Ohio
05. Troy University, Alabama

GRE not Required

Private & Public Universities

Sr. No. Universities
01. Adelphi University, Garden city, New York
02. Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania
03. Concordia University Chicago
04. National University, San Diego, California
05. University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota
06. University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut
07. Long Island University, Post, NY (for most of the programs)
08. National University, California
09. Metropolitan College, New York
10. University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Texas
11. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
12. Monroe College, New York

Wrap Up

Every university may have its specific requirement as per the program you’re applying for. You can get the required information from the university websites. The list of universities given above is just to have an idea. There are many more to add on.

If you have any difficulty or you’d like to be more sure of the information and have a hassle free processing, you can Consult Krishna Consultants.

Approach Krishna Consultants, nail down on the right university and accomplish your most aspired goals.