Standardized Tests Now Optional for 2021 & 2022 Applicants

Due to the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests, Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers University–Camden have made submission of SAT and ACT test scores optional for both spring and fall 2022 admission. For Rutgers University–Newark, SAT and ACT test scores are not required

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Definition of a Transfer Student
Preview the Transfer Application
Creating Your Rutgers CommunityID
Using Your Rutgers Application Portal
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 Your Rutgers Account

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 Account

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
  • 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 registered email 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.

Essay 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, as this can hide and add extra characters to the essay. Once you have done that, please try copying and pasting into the application again. Before saving and submitting, use the "clear formatting" button that looks like an eraser on the toolbar. This combination of multiple attempts to strip formatting should help resolve the issue.

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 CommunityID account 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 are automatically waived.
    • If paying the application fee would pose a financial hardship and you do not have one of the above fee waivers, ask your college transfer adviser, a member of a social service agency, or other third party familiar with your specific financial situation to provide you with a letter requesting a waiver based on your circumstances
    • If you received an EOF grant from any New Jersey college, please ask your previous EOF Counselor/Director to provide an EOF Transfer Form and fax or mail the form to us.

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
    Proctor Hall
    65 Davidson Road, Suite 301
    Piscataway, NJ 08854

    Please note: This address is for receiving mailed documents only. We are unable to meet with students and families in person at this location.

  • 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

Standardized Testing FAQ


Due to the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests, Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers University–Camden have made submission of SAT and ACT test scores optional for both spring and 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. For Rutgers University–Newark, SAT and ACT test scores are not required. 

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 2021 or 2022 admission may still do so.

SAT or ACT scores are not used as part of the admissions process 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.

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.

Standardized Testing FAQ

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

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 applying to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, for the fall 2021 admisisons cycle the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) will be optional. However, we encourage you to take the PCAT if you can do so safely.

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.

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. All transfer applicants seeking participation in the Rutgers EOF program, with or without prior EOF status, will be considered on a space and funding available basis using specific criteria established by the school at Rutgers where you plan to enroll. Transfer EOF candidates should contact the school’s EOF Director to inform them of the intent to transfer. Students who received an EOF grant from any New Jersey college should select the prior EOF option on the Rutgers application. Students selecting the prior EOF option and submitting an undergraduate admissions application should then provide an EOF Transfer Form from the sending institution.

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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