Frequently Asked Questions

Overview of Rutgers Academics

1. What is Rutgers' faculty-to-student ratio?

The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:14. At Rutgers, students interact with faculty in the classroom and laboratory and during office hours and off-hours.  Our full-time faculty members are undergraduate academic advisers, mentors and research partners.

2. What is the average class size at Rutgers?

Most (64 percent) Rutgers undergraduate classes have 30 or fewer students, and fewer than 7 percent enroll more than 100 students.

3. Does Rutgers offer special services for veterans?

Yes. For more information, visit Rutgers Veterans Services.

Questions about the Rutgers Application Process

1. When does the Rutgers online application become available?

Each year our Application for Undergraduate Admission is available by early September.

2. How long does it take for the Your Rutgers Status screen to show that my credentials have been received?

It can take three days to two weeks from the date you send credentials to us for confirmation of their receipt to appear on Your Rutgers Status screen. Time frames differ depending on the origin of the documents (e.g. from abroad) and whether the documents are submitted online or by post and electronically or on paper. 

3. Does the major I select on the application affect Rutgers admissions decisions?

No; Rutgers does not "admit to major" but to schools, such as schools of arts and sciences. You may indicate an area of interest when completing the application for undergraduate admission or you may choose "undecided." If you are admitted to Rutgers University, academic advisers will be available to assist you with declaring a major at the right time.

4. Do children of Rutgers alumni receive special admissions consideration?

No; children of alumni do not receive special admissions consideration. Rutgers is a state university that provides each applicant with an equal opportunity to be admitted.

5. Do you have a downloadable version of the application?

No, but you may print the preview version of our application for review. Once you begin your Rutgers application, your information will be saved automatically between logins. Submitting your online application is fast and secure, and you will receive confirmation that we have received your application immediately upon submission.

6. Does Rutgers require letters of recommendation?

No, and letters of recommendation are not used for admissions consideration for Rutgers schools. Our application provides multiple opportunities for applicants to describe their accomplishments, activities, community service, and personal experiences.  Honors programs at Rutgers colleges or schools may request letters of recommendation.

7. I cannot fit my essay in the space provided on the Rutgers application. Can I send it separately?

No. Essays submitted separately from the online application will not be considered.

8. Can you return my application so that I can make some changes?

No. Once the online application has been submitted, you cannot retrieve it to make changes. But rest assured: our system would not have allowed you to submit an application if it was missing any of the required information.

9. Does Rutgers accept the common application?

No. All students applying for admission to Rutgers must submit our Application for Undergraduate Admission. All of our forms are online for your immediate use.

10. If I'm not happy with the essay I submitted with my online application, can I submit another?

No. Once you submit your application, it cannot be altered to add or make changes to the essay.

11. Does Rutgers require an essay?

The essay is required for all first-year applicants and recommended for transfer applicants.

12. When will I receive my letter saying whether or not I have been admitted?

We communicate all decisions through Your Rutgers Status within our designated time frames. Admitted students may accept or decline their offers of admission from the Your Rutgers Status site.

13. How do I request reconsideration of my application?

Requests for reconsideration must be based upon new academic information (that was not available at the time of the original decision) and which shows a significant improvement as compared to that previously submitted-- for example, a later term grade report with a higher cumulative grade-point-average, or new SAT or ACT scores. Your request should include your full name and Rutgers ID (RUID) and be sent with the required new academic information to:

Reconsideration Committee
Office of University Undergraduate Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
65 Davidson Road, Room 202
Piscataway NJ 08854-8097
Fax: 732-445-0237

Please note that requests for reconsideration rarely result in a different decision, and requests that do not include new academic information will not be considered.

14. My application has been withdrawn from consideration because I didn't send my credentials on time.  Can I reinstate it?

Yes. Your application will automatically be reinstated for all schools to which you applied and that are still accepting applications on the date we receive all the items required to complete your application. However, if your application is complete past the date we are reviewing applications for the school(s) to which you apply, your application cannot be considered for those schools.

15. Can you return the paperwork I submitted?

No, we are not able to return the credentials submitted to us.

16. I was admitted to a school to which I didn't apply. How is that possible?

If we are unable to offer you admission to the school(s) you have selected, we will offer you the option to be considered for other Rutgers school choices. Our goal is to provide maximum consideration for every applicant.

17. I have a bachelor's degree from another school and am looking to take some courses as a non-degree student. How do I apply?

Students interested in non-degree study may apply using our Undergraduate Admissions Application. Please pay the application fee and send an official college transcript showing that you have earned a bachelor's degree. Please note that we cannot guarantee course availability for non-degree students. 

18. I have a bachelor's degree from Rutgers and am looking to take some courses as a non-degree student. How do I apply?

Please use the Re-Enrollment Application if you were previously enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at any campus of these Rutgers schools and wish to return to take undergraduate courses for either degree or non-degree study.

19. Does Rutgers comply with the New Jersey College Student and Parent Consumer Information Act?

Yes; please see the information posted here.

Questions from First-year Applicants

1. If I'm a current high school student and submit my high school transcript instead of a Self-Reported Academic Record, will you still consider my application?

No. We do not accept interim high school transcripts in lieu of the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), and Rutgers will not review any transcripts current high school students submit instead of a SRAR. Please obtain a transcript from your guidance counselor so that you can complete the SRAR with accurate information. The SRAR only should be used by current high school students.

2. Do you consider the writing portion of the SAT?

Yes. We consider the writing portion of the SAT in our decision-making process.

3. Is there a minimum SAT or ACT score requirement at Rutgers?

No. Standardized tests were designed to be used in conjunction with a student's high school record, so Rutgers does not predetermine a minimum SAT or ACT score for admission to any of our colleges or schools. Rutgers reviews each applicant in an holistic fashion, placing greatest emphasis on high school academic performance as reflected on the Self-Reported Academic Record.

4. I plan to retake the SAT, and my updated scores may not be available until after December 1. Should I submit my most recent scores by the due date and send my updated scores when available?

You should submit at least one set of scores by the Regular Action due date, to ensure consideration for all schools to which you applied. Updated SAT scores will be considered for admission if we receive them before a decision has been made on your application. Students who have a planned future SAT date should indicate this on their applications.

5. Does Rutgers accept the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma?

Yes. Rutgers University recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions recommends advanced placement credit for Higher Level passes of five, six, and seven. Final decisions, however, rest with the college/school deans and/or department chairs who may require a syllabus before making such decisions. One exception: Mason Gross School of the Arts will consider credit for liberal arts courses, but not for art or music courses until the dean reviews a portfolio and/or tape.

6. Do I need to submit my Advanced Placement (AP) scores with my application?

No. Only enrolling students should arrange to have their AP scores sent to Rutgers.

7. Do you offer scholarships to students who apply after the regular action due date?

Students whose applications are not complete by the regular action due date are generally not considered for scholarships. If scholarship dollars are available, however, we may offer them to later applicants.

8. Should I submit my mid-year grades?

No, unless requested by the admissions committee, submitting mid-year grade reports is not necessary. We recommend that placed on the wait list submit mid-year grades as soon as they are available.

9. I need help with course selection for my upcoming senior year. Is there someone that can help me with this?

We suggest you discuss your senior course schedule with your high school counselor so that you can choose the schedule that is most appropriate for you. The strength of an applicant's senior year program is one of the many factors we consider during our review process. Please note that your online Self-Reported Academic Record must show that you will graduate with at least 16 academic units. Click here for more information about entrance requirements.

Questions from Transfer Students

1. I am interested in taking courses as a visiting student. How do I apply?

Students who are/have been matriculated at another college or university and wish to take courses at Rutgers to transfer back to their home institution should apply for non-degree study using our application for undergraduate admission. The application fee as well as official high school and college transcripts will be required. You must be in good standing at your current or most recent school.

2. I plan on transferring to Rutgers but need assistance with course selection at my current school. Is there someone that can help me with this?

If you plan to transfer to Rutgers from one of the New Jersey county colleges, consult the New Jersey Transfer web site for Recommended Transfer Programs (RTP). If you plan to transfer from other schools, you may consult the Rutgers University course catalog for  information regarding all of the academic programs at Rutgers University. You will want to take academic courses similar to those taken by Rutgers students.

3. Can I visit the admissions office and have my college transcript evaluated for transfer credit?

No. While you may see a counselor at your request, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not conduct credit evaluations. The advanced standing granted to a transfer student is determined by an official evaluation of courses by the dean of the college/school at which the student will enroll and after the student has accepted an offer of admission. In general, credit is granted for academic courses equivalent to those offered by Rutgers, provided a grade of at least a "C" has been earned.


4. Do transfer students need to submit a high school transcript?

Yes.Transfer students must also demonstrate completion of our specific high school entrance requirements.

5. Can transfer students apply directly to the Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick?

Yes. Transfer students now can apply directly to the Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick.

6. May transfer students defer admission?

No. Transfer students are not eligible for deferrals of admission, unless they are called to serve as members of the U.S. armed forces.

7. Will you wait to receive my current semester's grades before making a decision on my application?

No. We will review your application with your grades for all courses completed by the application date. Because the grades for your courses in progress may not be available until we have concluded the review of applications, we cannot guarantee our ability to wait for them.

8. I owe money to my previous school, so I will not be able to have an official transcript sent to Rutgers. Can I still apply?

Academic records are required for our application review process, so students should resolve any financial holds on their academic records at other institutions before applying to Rutgers.

Questions from International Students and U.S. Residents Studying Abroad

1. I am currently attending a U.S. high school, but some of my high school education was completed in another country. Am I still required to submit an English proficiency examination score?

Although not required, we will consider an English proficiency examination score from a student who has been studying in a U.S. high school for less than two years. For other students, these test results would not influence our final decision.

2. My status screen shows that you still need my foreign college transcripts but I already submitted my transcript evaluations from an evaluation service. What else do I need to submit?

A transcript evaluation completed by an evaluation service does not serve as an official school record. A student's application for admission is not complete until we have received all official secondary school records, all official university or college records showing yearly subjects and marks, and appropriate test scores. 

3. I am required to submit an English proficiency examination score with my application, but I do not have my score yet. Is it possible to be admitted to Rutgers under the condition that I submit an acceptable English proficiency examination score before I enroll?

No. International students must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency to be admitted as degree candidates to Rutgers University.  However, Rutgers may offer conditional admission via the English language proficiency program to students who have done well in their studies but who still need to  improve their English language skills.


4. Is financial aid available to international students?

Rutgers may offer a limited number of merit scholarships to admitted international students, but United States law makes need-based aid available only to eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

5. Does Rutgers award college credit for A-levels?

Yes, see below for policies specific to each Rutgers campus.

In New Brunswick, the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Environmental and Biological Sciences and Engineering, as well as Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers Business School will award advanced placement credit for A-2's only, as follows:

  • A-Levels (A2’s only) will be considered for credit/course equivalents with scores of A, B or C.
  • No credit is awarded for AS-Levels.

In Newark, the following apply:

  • A-Levels (A2’s only) will be considered for credit/course equivalents with scores of A, B or C.
  • No credit is awarded for for AS-Levels.

In Camden, the following apply:

  • A-Levels (A2’s only) will be considered for credit/course equivalents with scores of A, B or C.
  • In some cases, credit may also be awarded for a score of D, and the Office of New Student Programs may request a WES evaluation if they require further information.
  • No credit is awarded for AS-Levels awarded.

6. Will you accept a faxed copy of my bank letter?

Yes; documents whose facsimile originates from the account holder's bank may be acceptable. For the I-20 to be issued to student visa holders, we must have original copies of financial documents.

7. It will take quite some time to have my official foreign transcripts sent from my country. Can I bring my foreign transcripts to your office to have them certified by an admissions representative?

Yes.  Students may bring official copies of their foreign transcripts (along with photocopies) to our office to be certified as true copies of the originals. Please note that we are unable to make photocopies. Students must bring copies of the documents for which they are seeking certification.

8. My documents are not in English. Do I need to provide translations?

Yes.  Documents not in English must be accompanied by a translation verified by a language professor or professional translator and presented on the professional letterhead of the translator.

9. Can my bank letter show a lesser amount than what is indicated on the International Student Financial Statement?

No. U.S. government regulations require students who will hold a student F-1 visa to prove to the university that they will be financially supported for the entire time they intend to be enrolled. Therefore, the projected funds indicated on the International Student Financial Statement must equal or exceed the annual minimum required.

10. I am a U.S. citizen attending a foreign high school. Am I required to submit an English proficiency examination score?

Yes. Regardless of US residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary schooling has been outside the U.S. in a country where English is not the principal language.

11. I currently reside in the U.S., but all of my education was completed in a foreign country. Should I apply as an international student?

No. Our application does not ask students to identify themselves as "international." Instead, all applicants are asked to indicate whether they are a US citizen, permanent resident or non-US citizen, non-resident. If the student selects the latter, they must indicate the visa they plan to hold while attending Rutgers. Please note that government regulations require students who will hold a student (F-1) visa to prove to the university that they will be financially supported for the entire time they intend to be enrolled. More information about required financial documentation for student visa holders is here.

12. Can Rutgers return my transcripts?

No. We cannot return any credentials.

Questions about Scholarships

1. What factors are considered during the awarding of first-year merit scholarships?
We consider SAT or ACT scores, cumulative grade-point average, final course grades and the strength of an applicant's academic program. Criteria is determined by the competitiveness of the applicant pool each year; so there is no set of credentials that guarantees any award. All first-year admitted students who apply by December 1 are considered for merit awards and offered the highest monetary award for which they qualify. Except for the International Award, scholarships are offered only to US citizens and permanent residents. 

2. Will I still be considered for first-year scholarships if I apply after December 1?
No. First-year students must apply by December 1 and submit all required credentials within two weeks of that date. 

3. Are international students eligible for scholarships?
Yes; international students are eligible for the International Award in amounts that range from $2,000 to $8,000 per year.

4.  When will I hear if I received a scholarship?
Beginning in January, students who qualify for a scholarship will be notified. Applicants admitted after January and who may qualify for an award are notified usually within three weeks of their admission.

5. Will you accept updated SAT or ACT score for a first-year merit scholarship consideration?
Yes, but only scores from exams that were taken before January 1 of your senior year will be considered.

6. Why did I receive a scholarship for one school and not the other?
Each Rutgers school or college selects scholarship recipients to shape their entering class. Therefore it is possible for a student admitted to several academic units within Rutgers to receive scholarship awards in amounts that vary by school or college.

7. I know someone who received a scholarship and their test scores are lower than mine; shouldn't I qualify for that scholarship too?
No, because scholarships are based on a combination of factors including cumulative grade-point average, final course grades, strength of an academic program and SAT or ACT scores.  There is no set of “numbers” that will guarantee a scholarship or its amount.

8. If I don’t get a scholarship now, can I get one in my second or third year at Rutgers?
The merit award program pertains to students entering Rutgers as new students, either first-year or transfer. There may be other scholarships awarded to continuing students by their school's deans office, based on merit or other factors.  

9. What do I need to have to keep my scholarship?
Scholarships are renewable for a total of four years, based on specified academic performance and provided the student is enrolled full-time. Presidential Scholarship renewal requires the student to maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average. All other first-year merit scholarships require the student to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average. 

10. If I change schools at Rutgers, will my scholarship change?
Scholarships may not be transferable if you switch schools at Rutgers.

11. If I self-identify as a descendant of a Rutgers alumnus will I be guaranteed an endowed scholarship?
No; academic criteria are considered whenever we award scholarships. 

12. If I choose to defer my admission to Rutgers, will I keep my scholarship?

Yes, provided they properly defer admission, scholarship awardees who defer may be awarded the same scholarship the following year.