So, you’re thinking about applying to Rutgers University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 58.5%, admission to Rutgers is extremely competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1600, or an ACT score of around 35.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Rutgers' admission statistics.
Rutgers Admissions Statistics
Rutgers’ acceptance rate in 2017 was 58.5%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 35,340 applicants, Rutgers admitted about 20,657. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.66, the average ACT score was 30, and the average SAT score was 1300.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 27, and the 75th percentile score was 32.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1190. The 75th percentile score was 1410.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Rutgers is very competitive. Even if Rutgers is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Rutgers' admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Rutgers Application Requirements
To apply to Rutgers, you’ll need to fill out their Online Application, pay the $70 nonrefundable application fee, submit your high school transcript, and submit either your ACT or SAT score. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and December 1st for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the Online Application and pay an application fee of $70
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Submit your high school transcript
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and December 1st for Regular Decision. December 1st is the financial aid application deadline. Early Action notifications are released at the end of January, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates at the end of February. May 1 is the reply date for admitted students.
Have you been admitted to Rutgers? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Rutgers Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Rutgers, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 50% are male and 50% are female
- 8% of students are international
- 78% graduated in the top quarter of their class and 41% graduated in the top ten percent of their class
Rutgers has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 8%
- Underrepresented minority: 1.8%
- Two or more races: 3.4%
- White: 43.7%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Rutgers offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Rutgers Tuition Figures
At $46,646, Rutgers' cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $11,399.
Here’s a fuller look at Rutgers tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $46,646
- Average financial aid package: $11,399
- The average student debt of a Cal Tech graduate is $25,975
Now, what is life like at Rutgers? Let’s take a look.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick (the main campus) is located in New Brunswick and Piscataway, New Jersey.
The New Brunswick campus is the oldest one in the Rutgers system and the primary one that most people refer to overall. Because of its size, the entire campus stretches across two townships due to the varied locations of various schools on the main campus itself.
Remember, you’re going to Rutgers for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Rutgers has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- African Studies
- Business Administration and Management
- Geology/Earth Science
- Human Resources Management
- Information Science
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Marine Biology
- Nursing Science
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Rutgers.
Student Life at Rutgers
Rutgers has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Rutgers' student activities:
- Actuarial Club
- Association of Marketing and Strategy
- Be Jersey Strong
- American Sign Language Club
- Biomedical Engineering Society
- Douglass Q/munnity
- Bridges to Prosperity Rutgers Chapter
- Green Print
- Alpha Omega
- Pokemon Club
- Health Professionals United
- A 4 Effort
- Cabaret Theatre
- Creation of Games Society
- Bellydance Troupe
- Cognitive Science
Are you an athlete? Rutgers has plenty of options for you.
Rutgers offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Rutgers' sports include:
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Rutgers degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Rutgers has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Economist Milton Friedman
- Actor and Civil Rights Activist Paul Robeson
- Actor James Gandolfini
- Author Junot Diaz
- US Senator Elizabeth Warren
- Home Depot founder Bernard Marcus
- Chef Mario Batali
- ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen
- Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor
- Powerlifter Kristy Hawkins
- NBA commissioner David Stern
- Gene splicing pioneer Stanley N. Cohen
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Rutgers is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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