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Rutgers Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Rutgers, the application fee is $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Rutgers by February 28.

Rutgers Admissions Stats at a Glance

Rutgers 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 90%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Rutgers?

Rutgers University - New Brunswick does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Rutgers will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Rutgers is a moderately difficult school to get into. Rutgers evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Rutgers accepted 67% of students, around 27,618 of the 41,263 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Rutgers, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

Rutgers has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Rutgers Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Rutgers

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Rutgers Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Rutgers must submit the following items. Double check with Rutgers's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Rutgers?

Out of all students that were admitted, 19% submitted a class rank. At Rutgers 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 66% were in the top 25% and 91% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Rutgers University - New Brunswick, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 19%

Rutgers does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Rutgers is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 90% of Rutgers's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Rutgers?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Rutgers students scored 730 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Rutgers students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Rutgers?

To be most competitive at Rutgers, you should strive to earn between 25 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Rutgers's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Rutgers students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Rutgers University - New Brunswick

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Rutgers. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Rutgers during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Rutgers Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Rutgers?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Rutgers.

Does Rutgers accept transfer credits?

Rutgers accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Rutgers accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Rutgers accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Rutgers?

No, Rutgers is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Rutgers's acceptance rate?

Rutgers's acceptance rate is 67%.

Want To Learn More About Rutgers?

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Rutgers Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

67%

How hard is it to get into Rutgers? Rutgers is a somewhat selective institution. The Rutgers acceptance rate is 67%. This means that the institution accepts 66 out of every 100 applicants.

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Rutgers Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Rutgers is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Rutgers ACT Scores

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ACT Range

25 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

25 to 32

Avg

25 and Less

Low

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Rutgers SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

600 - 730

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Reading SAT Range

580 - 680

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Rutgers GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

50,411

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

67%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$15,804

Out-of-State

$33,005

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Application Deadline

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