Standardized Tests Optional for 2022 Applicants

Due to the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests, Rutgers will make submission of SAT and ACT test scores optional for students applying for spring or fall 2022 admission.

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Definition of a First-Year Applicant
Preview the First-Year Application
Creating Your Rutgers CommunityID
Using Your Rutgers Application Portal
Required Credentials
Online Application
Application Fee
Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
GED Results
SAT/ACT Scores
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Candidates
English Proficiency Examination Requirements
Talent Assessment for Mason Gross School of the Arts
Letters of Recommendation
How to Apply


Definition of a First-Year Applicant

You are a first-year (or freshman) applicant if:

  • You are currently enrolled in high school, even if you've completed college credits while in high school, or
  • You've graduated from high school and have never attended college, or
  • You've been enrolled in college but will have completed fewer than 12 academic post-high school graduation college credits by the time you enroll at Rutgers.

Note: Current high school students who are also taking college courses should apply as first-year applicants, regardless of the number of college credits earned while in high school. 

Rutgers will consider college coursework completed during high school for advanced standing credit. In general, credit is equivalent to Rutgers courses provided a grade of C or better. Enrolling students must provide an official college transcript to be considered for transfer credit. Each school at Rutgers has a limit to the amount of credit they will accept for college courses taken during high school. For more information about the transfer credit policies at each of our schools, visit the school's website:

Creating Your Rutgers CommunityID 

If this is your first time applying to Rutgers, you'll need to create a CommunityID via the Rutgers Application Portal in order to begin your application. To create a CommunityID, provide your email address and create an 8-character password. You should create only one student account and submit just one application for the year you intend to enroll. If you created an account already, log in using the email address and 8-character password submitted previously.

Using Your Rutgers Application Portal

If you need to make changes to the information submitted within your application, you can do so online from the Rutgers Application Portal using your CommunityID and password. Features include:

Getting Started:

  • Complete and submit your undergraduate application
  • Pay application and enrollment fees
  • First-year EOF candidates can access the EOF application
  • Access your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) -  current high school seniors only
  • View schools of application
  • View a list of credentials that are still required
  • View a list of received credentials
  • View official admissions decisions
  • Admitted students can accept their offer of admission and change their enrollment



  • Change your account email
  • Change or reset your password
  • Update your mailing address
  • Update your phone number
  • Provide your social security number for the first time
  • Add a school to your application
  • Update parent email
  • New Jersey residents can update their NJ Smart ID

Changes in legal name and permanent address, as well as corrections to social security numbers, must be submitted in writing. Send these changes to our admissions offices. To correct a social security number, fax your social security card along with your full name, email used to create your application account, and date of birth to 732-445-0237 (Attention: Admissions Operations). If your social security card does not copy clearly, include a cover letter that states your correct social security number when submitting the copy of the card. Always include your full name and email when sending communications about your application. 

Required Credentials

Online Application

Complete the online application carefully as it cannot be changed after it has been submitted. You can apply to as many as three Rutgers schools on the one application and independent decisions will be made for each school to which you apply. You should submit only one application. Please note, older versions of Internet Explorer are not supported. We recommend using the latest versions of EDGE, Google Chrome, or Firefox for your browser when accessing our applications.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Information about activities, employment, community service, and other personal experiences, though not required, can enhance your application.
  • To be considered, information about extracurricular activities must be included in the space provided on the application.
  • A list of extracurricular activities may not be submitted separately.


The admissions essay is required of first-year applicants. Essays must be included in the space provided on the application and submitted on the application form. Essays may not be submitted separately. Be sure to clear any formatting before pasting your essay into the online application. If you do not clear formatting, the punctuation in your essay may change.

Rutgers requires that you provide a short essay of your original work. Please address one of the following topics or submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on the topic of your choice.

The essay is limited to 3800 characters including spaces.

Error Message

If you are getting an error message due to the character limit on the essay section of the application, make sure that you strip all HTML formatting. You can use the "clear formatting" button found on the toolbar. Then, copy and paste your essay into the text box again.

Application Fee

A $70 non-refundable application fee is required. (Fee information for the School of Health Professions is here.) Rutgers must receive the fee or a fee waiver before your application will be considered complete and ready for review.

Please choose one of these fee payment options:

  • Online Payment
    • When you submit the online application, you may use the secure payment gateway to pay the application fee with a valid credit card.
    • You also may pay the fee online with a credit card via the link on your Rutgers Application Portal, but only after 24-72 hours have passed since you submitted the application. 
  • Payment By Mail
    • You may mail a check made payable to Rutgers University. Please include your full name and the email used to create your application account/community ID.
  • Official Fee Waivers
    • Students who participate in the National School Lunch Program are automatically waived.
    • Applicants who are currently serving in the U.S. Military, are Military Veterans, or Military Dependents who plan to apply for educational benefits under the GI Bill are automatically waived.
    • Applicants who are EOF eligible are automatically waived.
    • We also accept official College Board, NACAC, and ACT fee waivers.
    • If paying the application fee would pose a financial hardship and you are currently in high school, see your high school counselor for an official waiver.
    • If you have already graduated from high school, please ask a member of a social service agency or other third party familiar with your financial situation to provide you with a letter requesting a waiver based on your specific circumstances.

Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)

Part 2 of the application process for first-year students currently enrolled in high school requires submission of the SRAR. Please take note of the following:

The Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) allows students to self-report their courses, grades, grade-point averages, and other academic information.

  • The SRAR is required for all current high school seniors. High school graduates and transfer students do not complete the SRAR.
  • Students should obtain a copy of their high school transcript from their school counselor and use the transcript as a reference when completing the SRAR.
  • The SRAR must include all courses and final grades earned from grades 9 through 11, as well as grade 12 courses in progress.
  • Enter scheduled or in-process 12th grade courses as ‘In Progress.’
  • If you have already completed a 12th grade course and received a final grade, please indicate the grade you received.
  • Discrepancies between a student's SRAR and official transcript can result in a student's admission to Rutgers being rescinded.
  • International students may use the SRAR. Upon enrollment, please submit official academic records directly from an educational authority such as the SSC, HSSC, WAEC, GSEC (Tawjihiyah), GXE, GCE, or Bagrut in addition to other results and certificates.

If you applied using the Rutgers Undergraduate Application:

  • After you submit your Rutgers Undergraduate Application, you must submit and link your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR).
  • To link the SRAR to your Rutgers application, log in to your Rutgers Application Portal using your CommunityID and password. You’ll be able to access the Application Checklist widget located on your portal. Required items already received and missing items still required for application review will be displayed there on your portal’s home page.
    • If you already have a SRAR account, created for use with another participating college/university, log in with your SRAR email address and password to complete the linking process for Rutgers.
    • If you do not have a SRAR account, select create SRAR Account and follow the on-screen instructions. We recommend you use the same email address you used to apply to Rutgers.
  • Your Rutgers status screen will reflect receipt of the SRAR within 24-72 hours of linking and submitting your SRAR.


If you applied using the Coalition Application:

  • If you already started/submitted the SRAR for either Rutgers or another participating college or university, log in to your Rutgers Application Portal using your CommunityID and password to link your SRAR to your Rutgers application. Required items already received and missing items still required for application review will be displayed there on your portal’s home page.
    • Log in with your SRAR email address and password to complete the linking process for Rutgers.
    • If you've yet to submit your SRAR, finish entering your course information for 9th-11th grades and 12th grade courses in progress, review the information you’ve provided, and then submit your SRAR.
  • If you have not yet started the SRAR, the coursework from your Coalition Profile will be imported into the SRAR.
  • Your Rutgers status screen will reflect receipt of the SRAR within 24-72 hours of linking and submitting your SRAR.


GED Results

Students with a GED diploma/certificate are required to submit their official results. A transcript of any and all high school work attempted is required in addition to the GED results.

SAT/ACT Scores

Test Optional FAQS

Due to the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests, Rutgers will make submission of SAT and ACT test scores optional for students applying for spring or fall 2022 admission. If you are unable to submit a test score, or choose not to, you will still receive full admission consideration. Students who want to submit a standardized test score with their application for 2022 admission may still do so. 

Please note these exceptions. The following student populations will be required to submit at least one standardized test score to complete their application for admission:

Student athletes may choose test optional admission, but will be subject to NCAA eligibility standards for enrollment.

Students who are currently enrolled in high school or graduated from high school less than two years ago and do not have 12 or more subsequent college credits completed with grades by the application due date, and who wish to submit a standardized test score with their application for 2022 admission may still do so.

If sending test scores, Rutgers has no preference about which examination a student submits.

  • To be considered all SAT and ACT scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Rutgers. Unofficial test scores cannot be accepted.
  • When requesting scores, use our SAT code 2765 or our ACT code 2592.
  • We recommend students send all their SAT/ACT results to Rutgers.
  • The SAT essay and ACT writing component are not required.
  • We recommend including Rutgers as a receiving institution when registering for the SAT and/or ACT.

Test Optional FAQS

If you have questions about our test optional policy, please contact us.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Candidates

The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program is open to eligible New Jersey residents. Interested students should review the eligibility requirements and select the EOF option on the Rutgers application. Students selecting the EOF option and submitting an undergraduate admissions application will then continue to the separate online Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Application.

English Proficiency Examination Requirements

An English proficiency test score is required for applicants whose secondary schooling has been outside the U.S. in a country where English is not the principal language, regardless of U.S. residency or citizenship.

Talent Assessment for Mason Gross School of the Arts

A portfolio, audition, or interview demonstrating artistic talent is required of all Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants. Mason Gross applicants will be emailed a supplemental application five business days after submitting the application for admission. To learn more about the talent assessment requirements and deadlines, visit the school’s Audition and Portfolio Information.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not used for admissions consideration. The Rutgers application provides multiple opportunities for applicants to describe their accomplishments, activities, community service, and personal experiences. Students should be certain to complete all sections of the Rutgers application to describe themselves.

How to Apply

Get more information on How to Apply including application and decision dates, admissions profile, entrance requirements, preview the application, and how we make decisions.


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