Academic Documentation

Please follow the instructions included in the More for First-Year Applicants or More for Transfer Applicants section, in addition to the instructions provided below.

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

Do not send the following:

  • Sport certificates
  • Craft certificates
  • Letters of recommendation

Current Secondary/High School Students

Students attending international education systems are required to self-report their courses, grades, grade-point averages, and class rank with Rutgers' free standing online form: the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). Official documents are required for admitted students to enroll.

    Transfer Applicants

    Transfer students with less than 24 college credits must submit an official secondary/high school transcript with all courses and final grades or an official copy of their finishing certificate (e.g. O-Level, CXC, IGCSE, etc.). A high school transcript is recommended for transfer students with 24+ credits completed. A transcript from each college/university attended is also required.

      English Proficiency Examination Requirements

      Regardless of U.S. 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. Score reports must be from tests taken within the past two years and submitted directly to us from the testing service.

      Please note: Students who have earned a grade of B or better in a college-level English Composition course at an accredited U.S. college (not a foreign affiliate) are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement. English courses that are designated ESL, non-native, or which require a special support component, or any courses taken outside the US, are not acceptable. Please also note that Rutgers does not accept correspondence or online courses for the language proficiency requirement.

      Rutgers accepts the following standardized tests to determine the English proficiency of its international applicants.

      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
        • Acceptable TOEFL scores for Rutgers schools (except for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing) are 550+ on the paper and pencil test or 79+ on the internet-based test. For applicants to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the School of Nursing, the minimum acceptable scores are 600 on the paper and pencil test or 100 on the internet-based test.
        • The Rutgers TOEFL code is 2765.
        • Request your TOEFL score.
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
        • Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
        • An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher on either the academic paper and pencil test or the academic computer-based test is acceptable for Rutgers–New Brunswick schools. A score of 6.0 or higher is acceptable for Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden schools.
        • Request your IELTS score.
      • Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB)
        • Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
        • The minimum acceptable score is 82 for Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers–Camden, and 76 for Rutgers–Newark schools.
        • Request your MELAB score.
      • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic


      Financial Documentation and the I-20 Process

      If you plan to study in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa or are currently in the U.S. on a student visa, you will require the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status. Rutgers will issue your I-20 once you accept our offer of admission. After your I-20 is issued, you will bring it to the American embassy or consulate when applying for a student visa. Please review the information below about required documentation for I-20 issuance.

      Financial Documentation Necessary for the I-20

      Federal government regulations require students who will hold an F-1 student visa to prove to the university that they will be financially supported while they are enrolled. For this purpose, you must submit the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS).

      • The ISFS and all supporting documents must be signed and dated no more than nine months prior to your projected enrollment at Rutgers.
      • Part B of the ISFS must be completed in its entirety. You must document financial support for each year you plan to attend Rutgers. You may preview a completed sample form for assistance.
      • Your sponsor must submit a bank letter/statement from his or her financial institution stating the amount of funds available in the account(s) that will be used to sponsor you. This amount must be greater than or equal to the amount outlined on the ISFS form.
      • Documentation of financial resources must be on bank letterhead, with amounts denominated in U.S. dollars.
      • You may submit copies of your bank letter/statement to Rutgers via email or fax for the purpose of issuing your I-20. However, you must retain the original bank letter/statement for your visa interview. International students applying to Rutgers-New Brunswick can email their financial documents to


      International Student Adviser's Report
      (F1 students currently studying in the U.S. only)

      If you have accepted our offer of admission to Rutgers and you are currently studying in the U.S. on an F1 student visa:

      • You are required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to notify your foreign student adviser of your departure.
      • You and your current foreign student adviser must complete and return the electronic International Student Adviser's Report (ISAR). This form will provide Rutgers your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) release date so that we may issue you a new I-20.
      • Submit copies of all previous I-20s.


      When Will Rutgers Issue My I-20?

      If you applied for admission by the due date, you will receive your I-20 in time to schedule an interview at the embassy or consulate and in advance of your travel. To obtain your I-20 from Rutgers you must:

      1. Accept our offer of admission at your Rutgers Status with the appropriate area checked indicating you need an I-20.
      2. Submit a completed Rutgers International Student Financial Statement (ISFS).
      3. Submit financial documentation to accompany the International Student Financial Statement (detailed above)
      4. Submit a copy of your passport picture page.
      5. F-1 students currently studying in the U.S. only - Submit the International Student Adviser’s Report (ISAR) completed by your international student adviser and copies of all previous I-20s.

      Once you have obtained your I-20 from Rutgers, you will:

      1. Visit U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement for important next steps.
      2. Pay your I-901 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee, mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
      3. Apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
      4. Prepare for your arrival in the U.S. and plan to attend Rutgers' International Student Orientation.

      International students applying to Rutgers-New Brunswick with questions about the I-20 process can email

      Conditional Admission

      International students who meet the academic standards of Rutgers but do not meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency and require further English language preparation may be granted conditional admission. If granted conditional admission, you will be required to enroll in an English language program for the upcoming semester and, after meeting certain conditions, may gain admission into a degree program for a future semester.

      1. Apply to Rutgers and submit all necessary credentials including results from an acceptable English proficiency examination (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or PTE).
      2. The Office of University Undergraduate Admissions may determine that you are academically prepared but in need of further English language study before beginning your Rutgers degree studies.
      3. If you are offered Standard Conditional Admission, you will be required to enroll in a Rutgers or Rutgers-affiliated English language program for your first semester, and you may spend up to two semesters in the program before beginning your degree studies. Once you meet the English language proficiency requirements for admission to a degree program, you will be admitted the next available semester.

      The English language program in which you enroll depends on the school to which you have been conditionally admitted.

      Rutgers–Newark conditionally admitted students must provide an official certificate from the Program in America Language Studies or other English language program demonstrating your successful completion of the program in order to gain full admission.

      Rutgers–New Brunswick does not offer conditional admission. However, high achieving students who do not meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency may apply for the Rutgers–New Brunswick Pathway Program (RU-PATH). RU-PATH is a one-year program designed to meet the needs of academically outstanding students from around the world who lack the necessary English language preparation to be admitted to Rutgers University–New Brunswick as undergraduate students. RU-PATH students have an opportunity to study academic courses and gain college credit as they improve their English and adjust to the U.S. university environment. Students admitted into RU-PATH will be required to complete a Summer English preparation program and 2 semesters of “Pathway” classes in their first year. After successfully completing the program students will become fully matriculated undergraduate students at Rutgers–New Brunswick.


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      International students applying to Rutgers-New Brunswick that have questions can email

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