Definition of a First-Year Applicant
Preview the First-Year Application
Creating and Using Your Rutgers Account
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 during high school should apply as first-year applicants, regardless of the number of college credits earned while in high school.

Creating and Using Your Rutgers Account

You will provide your email address and create an 8-character password when you create a Rutgers application account. You can create just one student account and submit only one application for the year you intend to enroll. If you need to make changes to the information you submitted within your application, you can do so online from your personal dashboard and Rutgers Status. Once you create your Rutgers application account you can do the following:

  • Lookup your password
  • Change your account email
  • Change your password
  • Complete and submit your undergraduate application
  • Pay application and enrollment fees
  • Update your mailing address
  • Update your phone number
  • View a list of credentials that are still required
  • View a list of received credentials
  • Update parent email
  • First-year EOF candidates can access the EOF application
  • Access your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) for high school seniors
  • New Jersey residents can update their NJ Smart ID
  • View schools of application
  • View official admissions decisions
  • Admitted students can accept their offer of admission and change their enrollment

Changes in legal name, permanent address, and social security numbers must be submitted in writing. These changes can be sent to our admissions offices. Always include your full name and RUID 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.

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 Status, 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 Rutgers University ID (RUID) if you have one.
  • Official Fee Waivers
    • Students who participate in the National School Lunch Program receive a waiver of the application fee.
    • 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 receive a waiver of the application fee. 
    • We also accept official College Board, NACAC, ACT, and EOF 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 and fax or mail the waiver to us.
    • If you have already graduated from high school, please ask your college transfer adviser or a member of a social service agency familiar with your financial situation to provide you with a letter requesting a waiver based on your circumstances.
    • Be certain your full name and Rutgers Identification Number (RUID) are clearly printed on the form or letter.
    • You should fax or mail your waiver request to Rutgers within one week of submitting your admissions application.

Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)

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

  • We will accept either the Rutgers or the Coalition Self-Reported Academic Record. The information students provide must include all courses and grades from grade 9 through 11 and your senior year courses in progress.
    • The Rutgers SRAR is separate from the Rutgers application and should be submitted immediately after submitting the online application. A SRAR account can be created at any time during high school.
    • The Coalition SRAR is completed as part of the coalition profile and can be accepted as long as it includes all courses and grades from grade 9 through 11 and your senior year courses in progress.
  • The SRAR is required for all current high school seniors.
  • 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 allows students to self-report their courses, grades, grade-point averages, and other academic information.
  • The SRAR must include all courses and final grades earned from grades 9 through 11, as well as grade 12 courses in progress. (Please report grade 12 courses as "In Progress.")
  • All enrolling (have accepted Rutgers' offer of admission) first-year students must request that their high schools mail an official transcript after graduation with all courses, final grades, and certification and date of graduation noted on the transcript.
  • Discrepancies between a student's SRAR and official transcript may 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.
  • High school graduates and transfer students do not complete the 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

Students are required to submit SAT or ACT scores if they are currently enrolled in high school, or if they graduated from high school less than two years ago and will not have at least 12 subsequent college credits completed with grades by the application due date. Rutgers has no preference about which examination a student submits.

  • 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.

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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