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GRE, which stands for Graduate Record Examination is one of the most sought-after competitive exams by students opting for graduation abroad. The test is developed and administered by the Educational Testing Service.
The score of this examination is valued by many universities worldwide especially for courses like MS and MBA. It is for those students who have graduated in a particular discipline to pursue their Masters in the same field in a university located abroad.
List of Universities for GRE Score 290 (Updated 2019) are :-
1. Northwest Missouri State University
2. Illinois State University, Normal
3. Texas A & M University, Commerce
4. Boise State University, Idaho
5. South Dakota School of Mines & technology
6. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
7. North Dakota State University
8. Bradley University
9. University of Bridgeport –CT
10. Texas A & M University, Kingsville
11. Eastern Michigan University
12. Suffolk University, MA
13. New Mexico Institute of Mining &Tech.
14. Southeastern University, DC
15. University of Texas, Tyler
16. Southern Oregon University, Ashland
17. State University of West Georgia
18. University of Texas El Paso
19. Arkansas State University
20. North Dakota State University
21. California State University, Chico
22. St Cloud State University
23. Temple University, PA
24. Northeastern Illinois University
25. University of Arkansas Little Rock
26. Alabama A & M University
27. Alcorn State University
28. University of Findlay-Ohio
29. Ball State University
30. Jacksonville State University
31. Chapman University
32. Ferris State University
33. Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey
34. College of William & Mary
35. Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos
36. Mc Neese State University
37. Sam Houston State University
38. William Patterson University
39. University of Central Oklahoma
40. University of St Thomas, MN
41. Bowling Green State University, Ohio
42. State University of New York, New Paltz
43. University of Southern Mississippi
44. Saint Mary’s University San Antonio
45. East Tennessee State University
46. Jackson State University
47. Frostburg State University
48. Alfred University
49. Southern New Hampshire University
50. Drake University
51. Duquesne University
52. Georgia Southern University
53. Long Island University
54. Northern Kentucky University
55. Clark Atlanta University
56. Catholic University of America, Washington
57. Ferris State University, Michigan
58. Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii
59. Johnson and Wales University, RI
60. Troy State University, Alabama
61. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
62. Howard University
63. Lamar University
64. University of Louisville
65. Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs
66. Montana State University, Bozeman
67. North Carolina Agricultural & Tech State University
68. Florida International University
69. Western Kentucky University
70. Cleveland State University
71. University of Dayton –Ohio
72. University of West Florida, Pensacola
73. Minnesota State University, Mankato
74. University of North Carolina, Greensboro
75. University of Central Arkansas
76. University of Hawaii
77. Eastern Washington University
78. University of Texas at San Antonio
79. Ball State University
80. Columbus State University
81. University of Denver
82. New York Institute of Technology
83. Dakota State University
84. Marquette University
85. City College of the City of New York
86. University of Detroit Mercy
87. California State University, Fresno
88. Widener University, Pennsylvania
89. Gannon University
90. San Diego State University, California
91. Northwestern Polytechnic University
92. Saint Joseph University
93. Kent State University
94. University of New Haven, CT
95. State University of New York, Albany
96. East Tennessee State University
97. DePaul University
98. Oakland University
99. San Jose State University
100. Western Carolina University
101. Widener University
102. Western Illinois University
103. Delaware State University
104. Central Michigan University
105. Indiana University South Bend
106. Shippensburg University, PA
107. University of Texas, Pan America
108. Oklahoma City University
109. La Salle University, PA
110. Monmouth University-New Jersey
111. Roosevelt University Chicago
112. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
113. Georgia College & State University
114. Kennesaw State University
115. Loyola University Chicago
116. Lawrence Tech University
117. California State University, Northridge
118. Ohio Dominican College (University), Ohio
119. Fitchburg State University, MA
120. Northwood University, Michigan
121. Governors State University, Parkway IL
122. Stevens Institute of Technology
123. Golden Gate University
124. Dominican University
The score is accepted even by the top-ranked universities like Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, etc. Apart from the basic test, GRE tests are available for specific subjects as well, which means that the exam can also be taken for a particular subject of specialization in order to showcase the subject knows that the student has in the particular subject. But not all subjects have this advantage. Candidates can take up GRE tests in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Psychology and English Literature.
Eligibility: The basic eligibility required to attempt the GRE test is that the candidate must hold an undergraduate degree. There is no specific age and qualification criteria for this exam.
Another important point to note is that the exam can be attempted as per the candidate’s convenient schedule as there is no one particular date on which the exam is held. Hence, when the student feels that he is well prepared to give a good go, he may schedule the exam anytime in a year. Having said this, a small hurdle in the path of Indian students opting for this exam could be the examination fee which comes to around Rs. 15000 for the general test and around Rs.10000 for the subject test.
GRE Score 290 Universities with courses
As discussed above, we know that the GRE score alone cannot determine a candidate’s success in admission. Other factors, along with other test scores like the tests of English language like TOEFL and IELTS also play a vital role, depending upon the program and university that one opts for.
The fact that most of the top universities, that is the top 50 to 70 do mention their minimum GRE score for intake as at least 300-310, the test alone cannot become a determinant. There are numerous universities worldwide which accept candidates with a good profile and GRE score of 290.
So, having recognized this it becomes quite tedious to judge if the candidate can really secure a seat in the college he is aiming at or not. It is also quite difficult to generate with accuracy, a list of universities accepting candidates with scores around 290. But, it is not to be disheartened by the candidates with this score. It is just the fact that one might not be able to head right into Harvard or MIT, but there are numerous other good universities with adequate infrastructure and faculty to support such candidates.
The US boasts high with the importance given to faculty and research, especially in the field of science. There is wide scope for students to pursue Master’s program in domains like Engineering, Statistics, Science and Social Science.
Universities in USA
The United States is a major dreamland of many of the foreign candidates looking for education abroad. One of the primary reasons is the plethora of well established, reputed universities with good infrastructure, excellent faculty team and a vast array of opportunities.
Moreover, the GRE is a widely accepted test score criteria in almost all universities in the US. The main destination that a GRE candidate would be looking for is a good university in the US. The country is also well equipped with a vast number of research and academic institutions giving international students an ocean of opportunities.
Some top universities and programs in the US are listed below (as per popularity and score):
Murray State University, Murray, USA – Master of Science in Chemistry
Universities in Europe
GRE is less popular in the UK than in the US. Unlike in the USA, it is not compulsory in the universities of UK. But, with the increasing competition in all fields, it is better for a candidate to possess the GRE or GMAT scores. It is depending upon the university and program again that the kind of test is decided.
Some top universities and programs in Europe that accept candidates with a GRE score near 290are listed below (as per popularity and score):
Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands – MSc in Healthcare Policy, Innovation, and Management
Universities in Asia
Considering the universities in Asia, the most preferred destinations that international students wish to land up a course in are Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and China. There are a good number of universities in these places as well, though GRE scores might not be the sole criteria.
What does a good GRE score mean?
The exam is popularly in online mode and basically tests the candidate’s aptitude skills, that is, the analytical writing skills, verbal ability, logical reasoning, and quantitative ability.
The test score is on a scale of 260 to 340, out of which the verbal reasoning part is on a scale of 130 to 170 with one-point increment, the Quantitative reasoning score is on a scale of another 130-170 with one-point increment, and Analytical writing score is on a scale of 0-6 with half-point increment. If no questions are attempted by a student in any of the sections, it would show up as No-Score (NS) for that section.
The score is arrived at basically by a conversion formula which initially takes up a raw-score based on the number of questions answered correctly and then the score is converted to the scaled score through a process known as equating. This process of equating takes into consideration the variation in difficulty levels of the different editions of the test.
Understanding the score
The next important task to be carried out by the candidate is to understand his or her score. The candidate’s test score gives a percentile score which indicates the percentage of candidates who attempted the test and scored lesser than this candidate. The average score for Verbal and Quantitative sections for a candidate worldwide is around 150-152 each, and that for Analytical writing is around 3.5 on a scale of 0 to 6.
Though this gives an idea of the overall performance, what is important to understand is that the goodness of a candidate’s score varies depending upon the university and the program that he or she opts for. For example, some of the good universities in the US do not specify a “minimum cut-off” score for securing admission, but rather looks at the overall profile and other abilities of the candidate. The different sections of the exam are even independently viewed, which differs even between different departments of the same university.
One can read more and understand the score interpretation in detail from the official website for GRE – https://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_interpreting_scores.pdf
What does the GRE Score of 290 mean?
As mentioned earlier, it is not only the overall score that determines the success of a candidate in securing admission through GRE, but the score that he or she receives in each respective section separately matters too. If a candidate is targeting one of the top universities in the world, he or she must obtain a minimum score of160 plus, each in the Verbal and Quantitative section, and a score of 5.0 plus in the Analytical Writing section. This is applicable for those top 10% takers of the test. On the other hand, the top 25% of the test takers score between a 158-162 bracket in Verbal and in the bracket of 160-164 in the Quantitative. This ensures that the overall score is around 317-327, provided the candidate scores a decent 4.5 in the third section.
The candidate possesses a modest score if her score is in the range of 305 to 316 with around 152 to 157 in verbal, 153 to 158 in quants and 4.0+ in analytical writing. Having this prediction in hand, it would be inappropriate to come to the conclusion that the candidates with all these scores get admission to the respective level. In addition to the GRE score, a strong Statement of Purpose (SOP) and good Letters of Recommendation (LOR), excellent academic records, etc. can sail a candidate through any hurdle without the criteria of a minimum cut-off GRE score.
From the above, it can be understood that if the candidate has a GRE score of 290, there are huge chances that the candidate can make it to good universities like the University of Texas, Dallas or the Michigan Technological University if he or she is supported by strong SOP and LORs, has sufficient experience, recognised research and project works and so on. This depicts the value and importance rendered to a candidate’s overall profile!
As it is said, ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. When it comes to gaining knowledge, there is no limit to what man can learn. Any exposure to the gateway of such knowledge and experience will only make the person a better human being. The preparations of a candidate wishing to study in his or her dream universities abroad start not with the attempt of a test, but right from the stage of building his or her profile.
A score in a test can only be a mere threshold to cross a particular level, where there are possible chances of the score being pushed to the back-stage when other things matter. It is also an accepted fact that the performance in a test is a candidate’s one day act and deciding everything by the day’s outcome could turn out to be meaningless. So, it is important for one to focus on all important aspects of the admission process and not let oneself down because of a little-lesser score (if it bothers the candidate).
With the analyzed information, it becomes clear that there is no dearth of foreign institutions for a student with a score of 290 in the GRE. As is evident and mentioned beforehand, a proper list of institutions provided by any source for a particular GRE score cannot be totally reliable as well. Thus, a student with the score must work upon getting a strong Statement of Purpose and Letters of Recommendations, which are also, in fact, a ‘Big Ticket’ to admission.
Also, it is advisable for a candidate seeking admission in a particular university to develop few contacts with students currently pursuing their courses there, who probably would have been in the same part of life as him or her. This does not seem to be a tedious task, with us, the current generation being lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of fast-paced development in networking. There are mobile and desktop applications which help international-students connectivity throughout the globalized world, and gaining information and reviews is ‘a piece of cake’! Hence, the candidate must think, review, analyze, decide and then follow rigorously the path to his dream!