How We Make Decisions
Transfer Applicant Admission to Rutgers University

Rutgers admissions decisions are based upon a comprehensive review of each completed application. The number of students we can admit is determined by the available space in each class and the quality of the overall applicant pool. These change from year to year and vary for each of our schools of application.


General Procedures

We place primary emphasis on an applicant's academic promise as demonstrated by:

  • strength of her or his academic program
  • grade trends
  • cumulative grade-point average (GPA)
  • number of credits completed
  • English Proficiency Examination results, where required
We also consider such qualitative factors as:
  • community, volunteer, or U.S. military service
  • employment history
  • special talents
  • essay

Transfer students are expected to have completed specific required entrance subjects; if necessary, completed college courses may be used to satisfy high school course requirements.


School-specific Procedures
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • For the Mason Gross School of the Arts, significant emphasis is placed upon a formal talent assessment.

  • Professional Schools
  • For our professional schools, the direct relevance of previous college courses to the intended professional program is also strongly considered.

      Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

      Admission to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is extremely competitive. We welcome your application but would like you to know it’s really tough to 'get in.' Each year the school receives approximately 700 transfer applications for fewer than 30 seats: only 3 to 5 percent of applicants are offered admission from among a typically excellent applicant pool. Here’s how it works.
      1. Successful transfer candidates are expected to place into the third year of the Pharm.D. curriculum. That means successful candidates have completed a minimum 60 college credits and all prerequisite mathematics, science, social science and English composition courses within a liberal arts and sciences context.
      2. From among that group (who have completed all of the prerequisite courses for placement into year three), we interview the most competitive (as determined by overall grades and demonstrated ability to perform well in the context of a full time semester of 16 to 18 credits). In recent years, many successful candidates have presented competitive scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), which is strongly recommended.
      3. The entering class is chosen based on the candidates’ interview results, academic record and overall experience. For a complete listing of the pharmacy curriculum including prerequisites for third-year entry, visit the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy website. You will find that these prerequisites are available at most accredited colleges and universities in the United States.

      Please keep in mind the following:

      • If your college does not offer a specific "Systems Physiology" course, we will consider two semesters of "Anatomy & Physiology"  or one semester of either human or mammalian physiology. Comparative or Cell Physiology is not appropriate.
      • The physics course offered by Rutgers is a specially-designed, one-semester course. To satisfy this requirement at other universities, we recommend two semesters of General Physics.
      • English composition courses must be completed at a college or university in the United States.   English proficiency exams and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses do not satisfy the English writing requirement.
      • Technical pharmacy programs in the U.S. and pharmacy programs in other countries generally do not include the required liberal arts and science prerequisites for the Rutgers Pharm.D. program.  Graduates of these programs are encouraged to complete the pre-professional prerequisites before applying.
      • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) examination results may be used for a maximum of two courses. 
      • CLEP and other examinations are not eligible for credit.