Minimum and Average Scores for Admission to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

The University of Pennsylvania’s business, education, and nursing schools all rank among the best in the country. It has an admission rate of just 7.7%, making it challenging for many prospective graduate students to gain admission. Given the high competition, applicants should know what GRE scores are needed to be competitive applicants.

What is the University of Pennsylvania?

A member of the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania is ranked #8 among national universities. It is located in the University City of West Philadelphia. UPenn has been around since 1740 and claims to have been the first university to have both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

What are the postgraduate programs offered in Upenn?

The list of postgraduate programs offered in Upenn can be found below:

  • Academic Foundations, Certificate
  • Accounting, MBA
  • Accounting, PhD
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Adult Oncology Specialist, Certificate
  • Adult Oncology Specialist, Minor
  • Africana Studies, PhD
  • Ancient History, PhD
  • Animal Welfare and Behavior, Certificate
  • Animal Welfare and Behavior, MSAWB
  • Anthropology: Archaeology, PhD
  • Anthropology: Cultural, PhD
  • Anthropology: Linguistic, PhD
  • Anthropology: Medical, PhD
  • Anthropology: Physical, PhD
  • Applied Economics, PhD
  • Applied Geosciences, MSAG
  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, MA
  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, PhD
  • Applied Positive Psychology, MAPP
  • Architecture, MArch
  • Architecture, MEBD
  • Architecture, MS
  • Architecture, PhD
  • Architecture: Advanced Architectural Design, MSD
  • Architecture: Environmental Building Design, MSD
  • Architecture: Historic Preservation, MSD
  • Architecture: Robotics and Autonomous Systems, MSD
  • Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, MA
  • Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, PhD
  • Behavioral and Decision Sciences, MBDS
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, PhD
  • Bioengineering, MSE
  • Bioengineering, PhD
  • Bioethics, MBE
  • Biology, PhD
  • Biomedical Informatics, Certificate
  • Biomedical Informatics, MBMI
  • Biotechnology, MBIOT
  • Business Analytics, MBA
  • Business Economics & Public Policy, MBA
  • Business, Energy, Environment and Sustainability, MBA
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Cancer Biology, PhD
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism, PhD
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology, PhD
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Gene Therapy and Vaccines, PhD
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Genetics and Epigenetics, PhD
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology, PhD
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, MSE
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, PhD
  • Chemical Sciences, MCS
  • Chemistry, PhD
  • City & Regional Planning: Housing, Community and Economic Development, MCP
  • City & Regional Planning: Land Use & Environmental Planning, MCP
  • City & Regional Planning: Public & Private Development, MCP
  • City & Regional Planning: Smart Cities, MCP
  • City & Regional Planning: Sustainable Transportation & Infrastructure, MCP
  • City & Regional Planning: Urban Design, MCP
  • City Planning, PhD
  • Classical Studies, PhD
  • Clinical Epidemiology, MSCE
  • Clinical Ethics Mediation, Certificate
  • Communication, PhD
  • Comparative Literature, PhD
  • Computer & Information Science, MSE
  • Computer & Information Technology, MCIT
  • Computer and Information Science, PhD
  • Computer Graphics & Game Technology, MSE
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services, MSEd
  • Criminology, MS
  • Criminology, PhD
  • Data Science, MSE
  • Demography, PhD
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Doctor of Medicine, MD
  • Doctor of Science in Dentistry, DScD
  • Earth and Environmental Science, PhD
  • East Asian Languages and Civilizations, MA
  • East Asian Languages and Civilizations, PhD
  • Ecological Architecture, Certificate
  • Ecological Planning, Certificate
  • Economics, PhD
  • Education Entrepreneurship, MSEd
  • Education Policy, MSEd
  • Education Policy, PhD
  • Education, Culture, and Society, MSEd
  • Education, Culture, and Society, PhD
  • Educational and Organizational Leadership, EdD
  • Educational Leadership, EdD
  • Educational Linguistics, EdD
  • Educational Linguistics, PhD
  • Electrical and Systems Engineering, PhD
  • Electrical Engineering, MSE
  • Emerging Design and Research, Certificate
  • Endodontics, Certificate
  • Energy Management & Policy, Certificate
  • English, MA
  • English, PhD
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MBA
  • Environmental Building Design, Certificate
  • Environmental Health Sciences, Certificate
  • Environmental Studies, MES
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Biostatistics, MS
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Biostatistics, PhD
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Epidemiology, PhD
  • ESL Specialist, Certificate
  • Ethics and Legal Studies, PhD
  • Executive Leadership, DNP
  • Executive MBA
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Finance, MBA
  • Finance, PhD
  • Fine Arts, MFA
  • Genetic Counseling, MSGC
  • Genomics and Computational Biology, PhD
  • Geographical Information Systems & Spatial Analysis, Certificate
  • German Languages and Literatures, PhD
  • Global Health, Minor
  • Government Administration (Exec), MPA
  • Government Administration (FT), MPA
  • Graduate Training in Medical Science, Certificate
  • Health Care Innovation, Certificate
  • Health Care Innovation, MHCI
  • Health Care Management & Economics, PhD
  • Health Care Management, MBA
  • Health Informatics, Minor
  • Health Leadership, MSN
  • Health Policy Research, MSHP
  • Healthcare Quality and Safety, Certificate
  • Healthcare Quality and Safety, MHQS
  • Higher Education Management, EdD
  • Higher Education, EdD
  • Higher Education, MSEd
  • Higher Education, PhD
  • Historic Preservation, Certificate
  • Historic Preservation, MSHP
  • History and Sociology of Science, PhD
  • History of Art, MA
  • History of Art, PhD
  • History, MA
  • History, PhD
  • Immunology, PhD
  • Independent School Teaching Residency, MSEd
  • Individualized Major, MBA
  • Individualized, MPhil
  • Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Certificate
  • Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Minor
  • Integrated Product Design, Certificate
  • Integrated Product Design, MIPD
  • Integrated Product Design, MSE
  • Intercultural Communication, MSEd
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, MSEd
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, PhD
  • International Educational Development, MSEd
  • International, MPA
  • Land Preservation, Certificate
  • Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, MLA
  • Landscape Studies, Certificate
  • Law, JD
  • Law, LLCM
  • Law, LLM
  • Law, ML
  • Law, SJD
  • Learning Sciences & Technologies, MSEd
  • Learning Sciences & Technologies, PhD
  • Liberal Arts Individualized, MLA
  • Linguistics, MA
  • Linguistics, PhD
  • Management, MBA
  • Management, PhD
  • Marketing & Operations Management, MBA
  • Marketing, MBA
  • Marketing, PhD
  • Materials Science and Engineering, MSE
  • Materials Science and Engineering, PhD
  • Mathematics, MA
  • Mathematics, MPhil
  • Mathematics, PhD
  • Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics, MSE
  • Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, PhD
  • Medical Education, MSEd
  • Medical Ethics, MSME
  • Medical Physics, Certificate
  • Medical Physics, MSMP
  • Multinational Management, MBA
  • Music: Composition, PhD
  • Music: Music Studies, PhD
  • Nanotechnology, MSE
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Biblical Studies, MA
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Biblical Studies, PhD
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Classical and Medieval Hebrew Literature, MA
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Classical and Medieval Hebrew Literature, PhD
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Egyptology and Archaeology, MA
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Egyptology, PhD
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Mesopotamian Civilization, MA
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Mesopotamian Civilization, PhD
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Middle Eastern Literatures & Societies, MA
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations: Middle Eastern Literatures & Societies, PhD
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Neuroscience, PhD
  • Nonprofit Administration, Certificate
  • Nonprofit/NGO Leadership, MSNPL
  • Nurse Anesthesia Program, DNP
  • Nurse-Midwifery, MSN
  • Nursing & Health Care Administration, MSN
  • Nursing Administration, Minor
  • Nursing, DNP
  • Nursing, PhD
  • Nutrition, Certificate
  • Nutrition, Minor
  • Operations, Information and Decisions, PhD
  • Operations, Information, & Decisions, MBA
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Certificate
  • Oral Medicine, Certificate
  • Organizational Dynamics, MPhil
  • Organizational Dynamics, MSOD
  • Organizational Effectiveness, MBA
  • Orthodontics and Periodontics, Certificate
  • Orthodontics, Certificate
  • Palliative Care, Certificate
  • Palliative Care, Minor
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Acute/Chronic, MSN
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Critical Care, MSN
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Oncology, MSN
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Pedodontics, Certificate
  • Penn Chief Learning Officer, EdD
  • Periodontics, Certificate
  • Perioprosthesis, Certificate
  • Pharmacology, PhD
  • Philosophy, PhD
  • Physics and Astronomy, PhD
  • Political Science, PhD
  • Politics, Certificate
  • Professional Counseling, MPhilEd
  • Program for Advanced Standing Students, DMD
  • Prosthodontics, Certificate & Oral Biology, MSOB
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN
  • Psychology, PhD
  • Public Finance, Certificate
  • Public Health, Certificate
  • Public Health, MPH
  • Quality Improvement & Safety Processes Healthcare, Certificate
  • Quality Improvement & Safety Processes Healthcare, Minor
  • Quantitative Finance, MBA
  • Quantitative Methods, MPhilEd
  • Quantitative Methods, PhD
  • Reading/Writing/Literacy, Certificate
  • Reading/Writing/Literacy, EdD
  • Reading/Writing/Literacy, MSEd
  • Reading/Writing/Literacy, PhD
  • Real Estate Design & Development, Certificate
  • Real Estate, MBA
  • Regulatory Affairs, MRA
  • Regulatory Science, MSRS
  • Religious Studies, PhD
  • Robotics, MSE
  • Romance Languages: French and Francophone Studies, PhD
  • Romance Languages: Hispanic Studies, PhD
  • Romance Languages: Italian Studies, PhD
  • School and Mental Health Counseling, MSEd
  • School Leadership, Certificate
  • School Leadership, MSEd
  • Scientific Computing, MSE
  • Social Policy, MSSP
  • Social Policy/Data Analytics, MSSP & Certificate
  • Social Welfare, PhD
  • Social Work, DSW
  • Social Work, MSW
  • Social, Cognitive, & Affective Neuroscience, Certificate
  • Sociology, PhD
  • South Asia Regional Studies, MA
  • South Asia Regional Studies, PhD
  • Statistics, MBA
  • Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology, MSEd
  • Statistics, PhD
  • Strategic Management, MBA
  • Systems Engineering, MSE
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MSEd
  • Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, MSEd
  • Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, EdD
  • Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, PhD
  • Time-Based and Interactive Media, Certificate
  • Transformative Nursing Education Program, Certificate
  • Transformative Nursing Education Program, Minor
  • Translational Research, MSTR
  • Translational Research: Entrepreneurial Science, Certificate
  • Translational Research: Regulatory Science, Certificate
  • Translational Research: Translational Science, Certificate
  • Urban Design, Certificate
  • Urban Redevelopment, Certificate
  • Urban Resilience, Certificate
  • Urban Spatial Analytics, MUSA
  • Urban Teaching Apprenticeship, MSEd
  • Urban Teaching Residency, MSEd
  • Veterinary Medicine, VMD
  • Women’s Health Studies, Minor
  • Women’s Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner, MSN

Programs listed include PhDs, master’s degrees, certificates, and other professional degrees.

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What are the minimum scores needed for UPenn Admission?

The minimum scores vary depending on the program applied at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s therefore important for students to look up the average GRE scores for the particular school or program where they wish to apply.

Average GRE Scores for the University of Pennsylvania – Engineering and Education

The average GRE scores for the University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering and Education programs are the following:

Average GRE Scores for the University of Pennsylvania – Engineering and Education

Program

Average GRE Verbal Score

Average GRE Quant Score

Engineering – Master’s

155

166

Engineering – PhD

157

165

Education – Master’s

156

156

Education – PhD

161

159

The scores shown in the chart are the average GRE scores of the admitted Engineering and Education students at UPenn.

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Estimated Average Score Ranges for UPenn’s Other Graduate Programs

The list of estimated average score ranges for UPenn’s other graduate programs can be found below:

Estimated Average Score Ranges for UPenn’s Other Graduate Programs

Program

Estimated Verbal Range

Estimated Quant Range

Biological Sciences

159-163

156-160

Chemistry

159-163

160-164

Computer Science

155-159

161-165

Earth Sciences

157-161

153-157

Economics

163-167

166-170

English

166-170

155-159

Fine Arts

156-160

150-154

History

162-166

151-155

Mathematics

159-163

165-169

Physics

161-165

164-168

Political Science

163-167

155-159

Psychology

161-165

155-159

Public Administration

156-160

149-153

Social Work

158-162

151-155

Sociology

159-163

152-156

The GRE averages of other programs are less readily available than those of education and engineering. Scores shown in the chart are only estimated scores for the specific programs that Penn offers.

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What is the average quantitative GRE score for UPenn’s MCIT (Master of Computer and Information Technology) program?

166 is the average quantitative GRE score for UPenn’s Master of Computer and Information Technology program. Keep in mind that this is applicable for students admitted for Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2017, and Fall 2015.

What score should I get for Upenn Admission?

Students should aim for GRE scores that are 2 to 3 points higher than the average scores for their chosen programs to be competitive for application.

Is a GRE score still required for the 2022 to 2023 UPenn application?

Yes, The GRE is optional but recommended for all graduate engineering programs at Upenn during the 2022 to 2023 application cycle. GRE scores may be required depending on the program.

References:

  1. https://catalog.upenn.edu/graduate/programs/
  2. https://magoosh.com/gre/upenn-gre-scores/