The Fulbright Scholarship is one of the prestigious scholarships of the world. Basically, it provides you an opportunity to study in the USA for the masters and Ph.D. programs. The Fulbright Scholarship program covers your tuition expenses, textbooks requirements, travel fare, living expenses, and health insurance. One of the important requirements of the Fulbright Scholarship is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. GRE is required for all applicants. Similarly, in some countries, you need to have your GRE Scores for Fulbright Scholarship report submitted with your Fulbright  application. In Pakistan, the GRE is required for the Fulbright Application. The USEFP can easily evaluate the applicants who come from diverse academic backgrounds, cultures, disciplines and geographic regions. Therefore, you need to have a minimum score of 138 in the verbal and 136 in the quantitative section to be eligible for the program. 

GRE test scores or GPA have a good weightage in the overall selection of the candidates and it’s also an important factor in the admissions in the USA Universities afterward.  

Many students are unaware of GRE importance. Hence, to make things convenient for the students, we have collected data from the one cohort of selected Fulbright candidates and compiled it for you all.

Successful Fulbright Candidates GRE Scores

To give you a better overview, we have taken a pool of over 100 Fulbright scholars in one cohort and their average statistics.

For that cohort, the lowest GRE Fulbright score is 291 whereas there are only 11% of the candidates who fall in the range of less than 291 to 300 GRE. Interestingly, the lowest cumulative GPA is 3.7 of those candidates with a GRE score less than 300.

For the Master’s degree, the lowest GRE is 295 whilst the GPA is 3.86. Moreover, the next lowest GRE for the Master’s program is 305. 

In addition, it should be noted that the first 18 % lowest GRE score i.e. between 291 and 305 are all Ph.D. candidates, except only one is a master candidate. 

The highest GRE score is 334, whilst the top 4 scorers with 330 and above score are all related to the engineering fields. 

The top scorers belonged to various fields of study. Out of the 32 top GRE scores, 22 candidates were related to the Engineering fields, 4 candidates related to the Finance & Accounting, 2 Business Science and Data Analytics, while 4 related to other fields.

GRE Average Quantitative and Verbal Score

Here are the average GRE verbal and quant scores that resulted in the selection of the candidates.

Avg Quant


GRE Quant

290 to 300 301 to 310 311 to 320 321 to 334
149 155 159 165

Avg Verbal

146 149 158 160

So, the average GRE for the Master’s program is 319, while the average Ph.D. GRE score is 307. So, you can succeed in scoring a better GRE by taking various GRE verbal practice tests or quant practice tests. 

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GRE Score Distribution 

Around 11% of successful candidates have a GRE score between 290 and 300. Meanwhile, 25% of successful candidates have a GRE score between 300 and 310, 33% of successful candidates have a GRE score between 310-320, and 31% of successful candidates have a GRE score between 320 and 334.

Furthermore, the median GRE of all selected candidates remained to be 315, whereas the middle 80% range of selected candidates have a GRE score from 299 to 326. 

GRE Scores Vs Study Programs

The Fulbright Scholarship program had a decent success rate every year. Less than 2,000 applicants apply from Pakistan every year and approximately 150 are selected. However, in the last year, 1700 applicants applied and there were 125 candidates who were eventually selected. Out of those 125 participants, 100 were selected for the Master’s program and 25 were selected for the PhD programs. 

Moreover, we have also done the breakdown of the GRE scores with respect to the field of specialization. Here is a list of the average GRE score of the successful candidates concerning the related study programs:

Program   Avg GRE
Health Care 299
Pharmacy 299
Agriculture 301
Biological Sciences 302
International Relations 302
Environmental Science 303
Material Engineering 304
Education 305
Business Administration 306
Environmental Engineering 306
Physics 306
Public Policy 308
Bioinformatics 313
Energy 314
Teaching 314
Economics 315
Electrical Engineering 315
Petroleum Engineering 315
Computer Sciences 317
Political Science 317
Public Administration 317
Accounting 318
Business Analytics 318
Biomedical Engineering 319
Civil Engineering 319
Law 319
Finance 320
Sociology 320
Mechanical Engineering 322
Data Sciences 324
Robotics 330


These are the scores that will give you a clearer view of how good you need to perform on your GRE to get better GRE scores. Depending on your intended area of study, set a target score and start preparing using the correct tools and materials!



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