What is a good GRE score for admission in Columbia University In the City of New York for Computer Science and Engineering?


I am a non-US citizen, and I have just finished my undergraduate studies from a reputable college. I am willing to get a Masters degree in computer science and engineering from a well known college of USA. I have an option to go for Columbia University for the ms in computer science. I want to know other best computer science colleges as well before making my final decision. Further, it would be very nice if someone could tell me the GRE score requirement for admission in Columbia University and what are other prerequisites to get in the University?

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Congratulations for completing your undergraduate and welcome to the world of graduates. I have found following admission requirements after looking at the website of Columbia University In the City of New York :

Every applicant is required to submit the application online. No physical applications will be entertained by the management.

You must submit below mentioned documents along with your application:

  • An academic purpose statement
  • Recent Resume’ or CV
  • GRE or TOEFL scores.
  • A sample of scholarly writing (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation from your previous mentors
  • Application Fee

Instructions for GRE and TOEFL: There is no minimum GRE score requirement for admission to MS in computer science and engineering. However, the applicants with high GRE scores are always preferred. Moreover, a non-US applicant is required to meet the English Proficiency Requirement by submitting the results of TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum scores are 600, 100 and 7.5 for TOEFL paper-based, TOEFL internet-based and IELTS respectively.

English Proficiency Requirement is not applicable on the students who have studied for atleast 2 years in US or have earned undergraduate degree from any institute in US. Since, you have done your undergraduate in US, you are free from this requirement.

Furthermore, follow these links for other colleges and their admission requirements:

Stanford University: http://www.collegehippo.com/blog/questions/q/what-is-the-gre-score-required-for-admission-to-stanford-university-in-computer-science-and-engineering%3F

Yale University: http://www.collegehippo.com/blog/questions/q/what-are-the-masters-degree-admission-requirements-for-yale-university-in-computer-science-and-engineering%3F#sabai-entity-content-136

Harvard University: http://www.collegehippo.com/blog/questions/q/what-is-the-gre-score-required-for-admission-to-harvard-university-in-computer-science-and-engineering%3F#sabai-entity-content-134

Reference: https://gsas.columbia.edu/degree-programs/admissions/introduction-gsas-admissions

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Duke, Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities are all great choices. These are some of the top schools that offer a masters program in computer science and engineering. All of these universities ask for the same general requirements including:

  • transcripts
  • application form and fee
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (in some universities this is together with the application form)
  • and letters of recommendation.

Since you are a non-US student, you will most likely have to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam and submit your scores. You’re required to get at least 600 PBT or 100 iBT for TOEFL. For IELTS, you’re required to score at least a 7.5.

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Depending on what country you’re from, you may be required to turn in your TOEFL or IELTS scores together with the admission application requirements for Columbia University. However, if you were able to complete you undergraduate degree somewhere in the US, you would probably be exempted from taking the English proficiency exams.

In general, most US universities require your transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores, application form and fee, statement of purpose, resume or CV, and at least 2-3 letters of recommendation.

With Columbia University’s grad program for computer science and engineering, you will have to submit the requirements electronically as they don’t accept any physical documents until you are accepted. Only then will they ask for an official copy of your transcripts.

On the other hand, there isn’t a minimum GRE score requirement in most, if not all, universities in the US. But, take note that it’s important to reach a high percentile in your GRE scores. Although most colleges don’t just look at the GRE scores, you should still aim high.

Other universities you can check out are:
– Harvard University
– Yale University
– Duke University

Columbia University is also on the list, but you’re already looking into that so I didn’t add it.

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