Definition of a Transfer Student
Preview the Transfer Application
Creating and Using Your Rutgers Account
Required Credentials
Online Application
Application Fee
Official High School Transcript(s)
GED Results
Official College Transcript(s)
SAT/ACT Scores
English Proficiency Examination Requirements
Talent Assessment for Mason Gross School of the Arts
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) Requirements
Letters of Recommendation
Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Candidates
How to Apply
How We Make Decisions
NJ State-Wide Transfer Agreement

Definition of a Transfer Student

You are a transfer student if:

  • You are a high school graduate/GED holder, and
  • You will have completed at least 12 college credits after leaving high school and a college transcript showing these courses and final grades earned will be submitted within the required due dates.

Note: Current high school students who are taking college courses while attending high school should apply as first-year students 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 Screen. 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
  • Pharmacy applicants can update their PCAT ID number
  • Registered Nurse (RN) applicants can provide their nursing license number
  • View and update 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. Be sure you review it 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.

Essay (Recommended)

  • The admissions essay is recommended for transfer applicants as an opportunity to add additional information about yourself.
  • 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 in your word processor before pasting your essay into the online application. If you do not clear formatting, the punctuation in your essay may change.

Application Fee

A $70 non-refundable application fee is required and should be submitted at the time of application. 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
    • 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. 
    • If paying the application fee would pose a financial hardship 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 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.

Official High School Transcript

  • Transfer students who, after high school graduation, have completed less than 24 college credits are required to submit a high school transcript. For transfer students who have completed 24+ credits, submission of a high school transcript is recommended. The admissions committee may request a high school transcript from an applicant who has more than 24 college credits if they do not provide the necessary information on the application regarding entrance subjects completed in high school.
  • Your high school transcript must include all courses and final grades earned from grade 9 through graduation or leaving. Your transcript should certify any diplomas you have earned.
  • If you were educated outside the U.S., make sure you submit all the required documents.

GED Results

If you have earned a GED diploma/certificate, your official results are required in addition to a transcript of any high school work you attempted.

Official College Transcript(s)

  • An official college transcript from each college you attended must include all courses attempted and grades earned each term, through the end of August (spring applicants) or through the end of December (fall applicants). Please arrange for your transcript(s) to be mailed to:

    Undergraduate Admissions Operations Center
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    65 Davidson Road, Room 202
    Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8097

    If your college registrar requires an email address to send official college transcripts, use
  • If you are currently enrolled in college, you must list your courses in progress on the application.
  • If you were educated outside the U.S., make sure you submit all required documents.

SAT/ACT Scores

You are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores if:

  • You graduated from high school two or more years prior to the date you intend to begin classes at Rutgers, or
  • You finished high school and subsequently completed 12 college credits with final course grades and available by the application due date.

You are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores if:

  • You graduated from high school fewer than two years before beginning classes at Rutgers and
  • You are currently in your first semester of college, or
  • After leaving high school, you will complete fewer than 12 college credits by October 1 for spring term entry or February 1 for fall term entry. Do not include courses taken during high school in this number.

All SAT and ACT scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Rutgers.

  • Unofficial test scores cannot be accepted.
  • When requesting your scores, use our SAT code of 2765 or our ACT code of 2592.
  • We accept both redesigned and old SAT results and recommend students send all their SAT/ACT results to Rutgers as soon as each test score is available.
  • The SAT essay and the ACT writing component are strongly recommended, though not required.

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 your artistic talent is required only for applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts. The department will contact you with specific instructions shortly after you have submitted your application for admission. For more information on audition and portfolio requirements, please visit Auditions and Portfolio Information.

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) Requirements

For transfer applicants to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required.

Letters of Recommendation

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

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.

How We Make Decisions

Specific requirements for transfer students can vary by university and school. Be sure to review this information for the specific university you are interested in applying to.

Rutgers University–Newark
Rutgers University–Camden
Rutgers University–New Brunswick


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