How To Apply - Freshman

The information below is intended for Freshman applicants. Freshman applicants are students who have graduated (or are graduating) from high school and meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • They have NOT yet attended another accredited college or university after completing high school.
  • They have attended another accredited college or university but have earned fewer than 12 credits.

Use the following links to review the requirements for Freshman Applicants:

    

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Freshman applicants MUST complete the following steps to be considered for admission to Rutgers University - Newark:

  1. Apply

    Click HERE to start the online application now.

  2. Pay Application Fee

    Pay the $65 application fee online or by mail.
    -OR-
    Submit a College Board fee waiver form signed by your guidance counselor.

  3. Submit High School Record

    Current high school students in U.S.A. education systems are required to self-report their courses, grades, grade point averages and rank-in-class with Rutgers' new free-standing online form: the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). Please note the following:

    GED Holders MUST submit official results and a transcript of any high school work attempted.

    • DO NOT send an interim transcript to Rutgers prior to graduation.
    • To complete your SRAR, use a reference copy of your transcript.
    • The SRAR MUST include all courses and final grades earned from grades 9 through 11.
    • Discrepancies between a student's SRAR and official transcript may result in a student's admission to Rutgers being rescinded.
  4. Submit SAT/ACT Scores

    You DO NOT have to submit SAT or ACT scores if you meet ONE of the following conditions:

    All other applicants MUST submit official SAT or ACT scores. Scores MUST be sent directly from the testing agency to Rutgers. Please note the following:

    • You graduated from high school before 2011 and are applying for Spring 2013 or Fall 2013 admission.
    • You have finished secondary school and have subsequently completed 12 or more college credits with final course grades available by the Early Action Date.
    • Unofficial test scores CANNOT be accepted.
    • When requesting your scores, use our SAT code of 2765 or our ACT code of 2592.
    • The ACT score MUST include the writing component.
  5. Personal Essay

    The personal essay is required for all students. Personal essays MUST be included in the space provided on the online application. They cannot be sent separately.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

 

All applicants MUST meet a minimum level of English Language Proficiency. An official English proficiency examination score is ONLYrequired 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 status.

Students who have achieved 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 proficiency examination requirement. English courses that are designated ESL, non-native, or which require a special support component, as well as courses taken outside the U.S., are not acceptable. Please also note that Rutgers University does not accept correspondence or online courses.

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

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    • An official TOEFL score is acceptable 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 status.
    • Your official TOEFL score report MUST be from a test taken within the past two years.
    • Your test score MUST be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    • Acceptable scores for College of Nursing applicants are 600+ on the paper and pencil test, 250+ on the computer-based test, or 100+ on the Internet-based test.
    • Acceptable scores for applicants to ALL other schools are 550+ on the paper and pencil test, 213+ on the computer-based test, or 79+ on the Internet-based test.
    • The Rutgers TOEFL code is 2765.
    • Request your TOEFL score
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    • An official IELTS academic score is acceptable 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 status.
    • Your official IELTS score report MUST be from a test taken within the past two years.
    • Your test score MUST be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    • A score of 6.5 or higher on either the academic paper and pencil test or the academic computer-based test is acceptable for our New Brunswick and Newark campuses. A score of 6 or higher is acceptable for our Camden campus.
    • Request your IELTS score
  3. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

    • An official MELAB score is acceptable 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 status.
    • Your official MELAB score report MUST be from a test taken within the past two years.
    • Your test score MUST be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    • The minimum acceptable score is 82 for our New Brunswick and Camden campuses and 76 for our Newark campus.
    • Request your MELAB score






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DOCUMENT SUBMISSION

 

All credentials MUST be sent by U.S. mail or fax by the priority filing date to:

Rutgers University 
Office of University Undergraduate Admissions 
Room 202 
65 Davidson Road 
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8097 
fax: (732) 445-8088

Applications or credentials received after the priority filing date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

 

The Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College-Newark, the Rutgers Business School-Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration require ALL applicants complete the following coursework at the high school level to be considered for admission:

  • English: 4 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of one language
  • Mathematics: 3 years, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
  • Science: 2 years
  • Other Courses: 5 other academic courses
  • Total: 16 academic courses

The College of Nursing requires ALL applicants complete the following coursework at the high school level to be considered for admission:

  • English: 4 years
  • Foreign Language: None required
  • Mathematics: 3 years, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
  • Science: 1 year each of Biology and Chemistry
  • Other Courses: 7 other academic courses
  • Total: 16 academic courses

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ADMISSION DECISIONS

 

Admission decisions are primarliy based on academic potential as demonstrated by the following:

  • Grades
  • Grade-point average
  • Rank in class
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Strength of your academic program as evidenced by the number of academic, honors, and advanced placement courses you have completed
  • Extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership such as volunteer work, school clubs and organizations, community service and paid employment

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INTERNATIONAL FRESHMAN

 

You are considered an International Freshman applicant at Rutgers, if you meet the freshman criteria listed above AND ONE of the following conditions:

  • You are currently studying in the United States on a student visa (F-1 or J-1) in high school, college, or an English language program
  • You intend to enter the United States on a student visa (F-1 or J-1)

The application process for international freshman applicants is detailed on the How To Apply - International Freshman page.

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