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. The admissions committee may request a high school transcript from an applicant who has more than 24 college credits completed.

    If you are applying to Rutgers from a community college and have not completed high school, please email

      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.



      New Brunswick Newark Camden

      TOEFL (internet-based test)*#

      79 79 79
      TOEFL (paper-based test)*#
      550 550 550
      International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
      6.5 6.0 6.0
      Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
      82 76 82
      SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
      550 550 550
      ACT English section
      21 21 21
      Pearson PTE
      53 53 53

      *Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Rutgers School of Nursing require scores of 100 on the internet-based test and 600 on the paper-based test.

      #The Rutgers TOEFL Code is 2765.

      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

      Additional Programs for International Students

      Rutgers–Newark: Students who may need additional support with English proficiency may consider working with the Program in American Language Studies.

      Rutgers–New Brunswick: Rutgers–New Brunswick Pathway Program (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 for admission 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.

      Upon successfully completion of RU-PATH, students may matriculate into one of the following schools:

      RU-PATH Admissions Requirements

      • Unofficial copy of high school/secondary school transcript
      • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (TOEFL iBT 65-78; IELTS 6.0-6.5)
      • One letter of recommendation from a teacher or college counselor
      • Personal Essay

      Students currently studying in the United States are not eligible for the RU-PATH program. If a student is currently studying in a U.S. high school, he/she should apply for regular admission to a Rutgers degree program.

      Visit the RU-PATH website for more information. 

      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.



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

      Any other question can be directed using our online contact us form.


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