National Statistics about Philosophy Majors

Chart showing mean GMAT scores by major.  Philosophy ranks fourth of the 30-plus majors shown with a score just under 590.

Mean GMAT scores by major.

The GMAT is the standardized test used to assess applicants to graduate school in management and business (typically for MBAs).

Table showing the extra earnings that graduates in humanities majors can expect over their lifetimes. Philosophy: 41,700 early career salary, 78,300 mid-career salary, 658,900 lifetime earnings gain.  All rank higher than other majors art, drama, English, French, history.

How much will a degree in philosophy add to your lifetime earnings, compared to other humanities? (from Forbes.com)

The power of philosophy: GRE scores by intended graduate major 2011-12. Philosophy verbal 160 (1st of 12), quantitative 153 (5th of 12) analytical writing 4.4/6 (1st of 12)

GRE Scores by Intended Major 2011-12.

The GRE is the standardized test used to assess applicants to graduate school in most disciplines.

Chart showing verbal reasoning score by graduate.  philosophy ranks 1st of the 30-plus majors shown with a score of 160.

Mean GRE Verbal scores by major.

The GRE is the standardized test used to assess applicants to graduate school in most disciplines.

Chart showing analytical writing score by graduate.  philosophy ranks 1st of the 30-plus majors shown with a score of 4.4.

Mean GRE Analytical Writing scores by major.

The GRE is the standardized test used to assess applicants to graduate school in most disciplines.

Chart showing quantitative reasoning score by graduate.  philosophy ranks 14th of the 30-plus majors shown with a score of approx. 153.

Mean GRE Quantitative Reasoning scores by major.

The GRE is the standardized test used to assess applicants to graduate school in most disciplines.

Chart showing composite GRE score by major.  Philosophy ranks 1st of the 30-plus majors show with a score of just under 86.

Mean GRE Composite (combined verbal reasoning + quantitative reasoning + analytical writing scores, by percentile) scores by major

The GRE is the standardized test used to assess applicants to graduate school in most disciplines.

Chart showing average LSAT score by major.  Philosophy ranks 1st  of the nine majors shown with a score of 159.

Mean LSAT scores by major.

The LSAT is the entrance exam for law school

Chart showing mid-career salaries of non-STEM majors.  Philosophy ranks 1st of the 18 majors shown with an average of just under 85,000.

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