The day of your GRE is here. You are well prepared. You know you will do very well. You come across a few tough questions but you are confident you will score a 310+. You hit the FINISH button and wait for your result. The time between hitting the FINISH button and the appearance of your result on the screen seems to stretch over a century. Finally you see the score you have been so anxious about and you feel your brain freeze. It is a 295. How could I even get such a score? You wonder. You are disheartened and decide on giving GRE another shot.

You give some mock exams on ETS and realize you are scoring around 290-300 and see no point of giving the exam again. You give up on it. But there is no need for you to give up on your dream to study in the US. There are several universities which accept students with scores between 290-300. As we know, all universities in the US boast well educated faculty and excellent research facilities. They may not be a Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Harvard School, but they will support excellent infrastructure, faculty and a variety of programs. Here is a list of some Universities which accept students with a GRE score ranging from 290-300 :

Northwest Missouri State University Lamar University
Illinois State University, Normal University of Louisville
Texas A & M University, Commerce Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs
Boise State university, Idaho Montana State University, Bozeman
South Dakota School of Mines & technology North Carolina Agricultural & Tech State University
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Florida International university
North Dakota State University Western Kentucky University
Bradley University Cleveland State University
University of Bridgeport –CT University of Dayton –Ohio
Texas A & M university, Kingsville University of West Florida, Pensacola
Eastern Michigan University Minnesota State University, Mankato
Suffolk University, MA University of North Carolina, Greensboro
New Mexico Institute of Mining &Tech. University of Central Arkansas
Southeastern University, DC University of Hawaii
University of Texas, Tyler Eastern Washington University
Southern Oregon University, Ashland University of Texas at San Antonio
State University of West Georgia Ball State University
University of Texas El Paso Columbus State University
Arkansas State University University of Denver
North Dakota State University New York Institute of Technology
California State University, Chico Dakota State University
St Cloud State University Marquette University
Temple University, PA City College of the City of New York
Northeastern Illinois University University of Detroit Mercy
University of Arkansas Little Rock California State University, Fresno
Alabama A & M University Widener University, Pennsylvania
Alcorn State University Gannon University
University of Findlay-Ohio San Diego State University, California
Ball State University Northwestern Polytechnic University
Jacksonville State University Saint Joseph University
Chapman University Kent State University
Ferris State University University of New Haven, CT
Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey State University of New York, Albany
College of William & Mary East Tennessee State University
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos DePaul University
Mc Neese State University Oakland University
Sam Houston State University San Jose state University
William Patterson University Western Carolina University
University of Central Oklahoma Widener University
University of St Thomas, MN Western Illinois university
Bowling Green State University, Ohio Delaware State University
State University of New York, New Paltz Central Michigan University
University of Southern Mississippi Indiana University South Bend
Saint Mary’s University San Antonio Shippensburg University, PA
East Tennessee State University University of Texas, Pan America
Jackson State University Oklahoma City University
Frostburg State University La Salle University, PA
Alfred University Monmouth University-New Jersey
Southern New Hampshire University Roosevelt University Chicago
Drake university Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Duquesne University Georgia College & State University
Georgia Southern University Kennesaw State University
Long Island University Loyola University Chicago
Northern Kentucky University Lawrence Tech University
Clark Atlanta University California State University, Northridge
Catholic University of America, Washington Ohio Dominican College (University), Ohio
Ferris State University, Michigan Fitchburg State University, MA
Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Northwood University, Michigan
Johnson and Wales University, RI Governors State University, Parkway IL
Troy State University, Alabama Stevens Institute of Technology
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Golden Gate University
Howard University Dominican University

These universities offer Master’s programs like:

  • Computer science/ Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (with specializations in Telecommunication, networks, embedded systems etc.)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Management in Information Systems
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology/ biotechnology

And so on..

You must ensure an above average aggregate/CGPA and a good ToEFL score to support your credentials. Getting involved in good projects, writing and publishing technical papers in your Undergraduate program or work place can also earn you brownie points. A good set of Recommendation Letters and an excellent Statement of Purpose will help boost your profile. Even though universities mention a GRE score range for acceptance, do not shy away from applying to a couple of your dream universities too.

Karishma Tijoriwala
Counselor at ISSC

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