Fall 2017 Deadlines and GRE Scores for MS in USA | Top Universities in US for Engineering

Every year several Indian students aspire to apply for MS programs in the USA. For few folks it’s a dream to Study Engineering in USA. To get started, you need to know about the application deadlines and GRE scores for MS in USA at Top Universities for Engineering. Getting admit at a top US school is competitive. As per the Fall 2014 acceptance rate data by US News, Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Columbia accepted only 5.1%, 6%, 6.3% and 7% respectively from the total number of applicants. You will need a very good strategy in order to get accepted at the top universities in the US. So, lets have a look at deadlines and GRE scores for MS in USA at top universities for the Fall 2017 intake.

Fall 2017 Application Deadlines and GRE Scores for MS in USA at Top Universities

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UniversityRegular DeadlineGRE Score Range (Average)Extra Notes
Arizona State UniversityJanuary 03, 2016302 - 317Few programs can accept applications till Jan 15, 2017
Brown UniversityMarch 15, 2017305 - 319
CaltechDecember 15, 2016327 - 333
Carnegie Mellon UniversityDecember 15, 2016318 - 330Early Action Deadline - December 3, 2016
Clemson UniversityDecember 31, 2016315 - 322Few programs can accept applications till Apr 15, 2017
Colorado State UniversityFebruary 15, 2017303 - 310
Columbia UniversityDecember 15, 2016315 - 325Early Action Deadline - November 15 (2016) | Few programs have deadlines on Jan 15 & Feb 15 (2017)
Cornell UniversityDecember 15, 2016317 - 330Few programs can accept applications till Jan 15 (2017)
Duke UniversityJanuary 1, 2017307 - 323
Georgia Institute of TechnologyFebruary 1, 2017318 - 329Few programs have got deadlines as early as Dec 1, 2016
Harvard UniversityJanuary 1, 2017319 - 333Early Action Deadline - Nov 1, 2016
Iowa State UniversityJanuary 15, 2017301 - 314
Johns Hopkins UniversityMarch 1, 2017311 - 327
Michigan State UniversityJanuary 15, 2017305 - 324Early Action Deadline - Dec 31, 2016
MITDecember 15, 2016325 - 333
Northwestern UniversityApril 20, 2017299 - 326
Ohio State UniversityJanuary 31, 2017311 - 327Early Action Deadline - Nov 30, 2016
Pennsylvania State UniversityJanuary 5, 2017308 - 324Few programs have got deadlines as early as Dec 15, 2016
Princeton UniversityDecember 15, 2016323 - 330
Purdue UniversityDecember 20, 2016315 - 325
Rice UniversityJanuary 30, 2017305 - 319
Stanford UniversityDecember 6, 2016325 - 333
Texas A&M UniversityMarch 1, 2017309 - 321Early Action Deadline - Jan 1, 2017
UC BerkeleyDecember 15, 2016320 - 333Few programs can accept applications till Jan 6, 2017
UC DavisJanuary 15, 2017313 - 319
UC IrvineDecember 15, 2016306 - 317
UC Los AngelesDecember 1, 2016319 - 327
UC San DiegoDecember 15, 2016305 - 320
University of Colorado BoulderDecember 15, 2016303 - 318
University of FloridaFebruary 1, 2017305 - 317Early Action Deadline - Jan 1, 2017
University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignDecember 15, 2016319 - 326
University of Maryland, College ParkDecember 15, 2016305 - 321
University of Michigan Ann ArborJanuary 15, 2017305 - 321Early Action Deadline - Dec 15, 2016
University of MinnesotaApril 5, 2017296 - 323
University of North Carolina CharlotteApril 1, 2017297 - 310Early Action Deadline - Mar 1, 2017
University of PennsylvaniaMarch 15, 2017306 - 320Early Action Deadline - Nov 15, 2016
University of RochesterFebruary 15, 2017310 - 325
University of Southern CaliforniaJanuary 15, 2017319 - 327Early Action Deadline - Dec 15, 2016
University of Texas - DallasMay 1, 2017296 - 312
University of Texas at AustinDecember 7, 2016322 - 329
University of Wisconsin-MadisonDecember 15, 2016314 - 326
Vanderbilt UniversityJanuary 15, 2017305 - 322
Yale UniversityJanuary 2, 2017323 - 333
North Carolina State UniversityDecember 15, 2016301 - 323
University of Illinois ChicagoFebruary 15, 2017292 - 320
Florida State UniversityApril 1, 2017297 - 307Priority Deadline for Assistantship - Jan 15 & Feb 15 (2017)
Colorado School of MinesMarch 1, 2017315 - 326Early Action Deadline - Dec 15, 2016
UC Santa BarbaraDecember 15, 2016314 - 326
University of WashingtonDecember 15, 2016313 - 320
Boston UniversityMay 1, 2017311 - 319
Lehigh UniversityJanuary 15, 2017310 - 322Few programs can accept applications till Apr 1, 2017
University of Notre DameJanuary 15, 2017306 - 330
Illinois Institute of TechnologyJuly 1, 2017292 - 321Early Action Deadline - Jan 31, 2017
Case Western Reserve UniversityFebruary 1, 2017312 - 324
San Jose State UniversityFebruary 1, 2017305 - 315Few programs can accept applications till Apr 1, 2017
Oregon State UniversityJanuary 15, 2017306 - 316
Michigan Technological UniversityMay 1, 2017304 - 315Early Action Deadline - Feb 1, 2017
New York UniversityFebruary 15, 2017304 - 314
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteJanuary 1, 2017311 - 323
University of PittsburghJanuary 15, 2017314 - 326
Northeastern UniversityJune 15, 2017300 - 315
Rutgers University, New BrunswickFebruary 1, 2017299 - 311
University of VirginiaApril 1, 2017305 - 314Deadline for Deadline for Financial Aid Consideration - Dec 15, 2016
University of DelawareJuly 1, 2017300 - 320Deadline for Financial Aid Consideration - Feb 1, 2017
University of CincinnatiJanuary 15, 2017303 - 324
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Sources: University Websites, msinus.com, magoosh.com, usnews.com, graduateshotline.com, newgre.org

Note: The GRE score range is given for all engineering branches for that particular university. The universities have been listed in alphabetical order after referring to the rankings on QS (Top Universities), ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) and US News Rankings.

You might also like Spring 2017 Application Deadlines and Average GRE Scores for MS in USA.

Early Action Deadlines vs Regular Deadlines

Application Deadlines for MS in US

As you can see from the above table, quite a few schools have got two rounds of deadline – normal (or regular) and early action. Generally, the early action deadlines have smaller pool of applicants, and the competition could be a little bit low. However, that does not mean that you should rush through to submit a sub-optimal application. Indian engineering students are quite good in putting up a good show during the semester exams by studying at the last moment (sometimes only on the previous night). But, a similar strategy is very unlikely to work when applying to top universities in the USA. Rushing through the last days before deadline and presenting a sub-optimal application just to meet the early action deadlines will not give you any advantage. In fact, last minute applications are often below par applications with poorly written SOP (personal statement), and they get rejected upfront. Here is one of my previous post on How To Write a Perfect SOP for Graduate School.

GRE Preparation

Start working on your targeted schools (universities) according to your interests, profile and budget (you need to keep in mind about the deadlines for financial aid consideration as well). Keep a target score (range) as per as your targeted schools and application deadlines.

Deadlines and GRE Cut-Off for MS at Top Universities in US

Start preparing for GRE early. Go through the GRE prep materials. Create a preparation schedule, and take mock tests regularly. Mock tests are very useful as they will help you to understand your strengths, weaknesses and test-readiness. Mock tests will help you to assess how close or far you are from your target score; and the areas you need to work on in order to achieve your target score. Besides, practice makes you perfect (or at least close to perfect).

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