Rutgers University Admissions Statistics

Learn About Rutgers and the GPA and SAT/ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

Rutgers University Football
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Rutgers University has an acceptance rate of 58 percent, but don't let that number fool you. The great majority of admitted students had grades and standardized test scores that were well above average. In order to apply, you'll need to complete the Rutgers application which includes a short essay (3800 character limit) as well as information about your extracurricular involvement, awards, community service, and work experience.

Why You Might Choose Rutgers University

Rutgers University, also known as The State University of New Jersey, is made up of three campuses in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark. New Brunswick is home to the largest of the campuses. Rutgers frequently places high on national rankings of public universities. Several of the graduate programs are particularly strong. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the campus a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and its strong research programs earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. Students can get to both New York City and Philadelphia easily on either Amtrak or New Jersey Transit. In athletics, the NCAA Division I Rutgers Scarlet Knights compete in the Big Ten Conference. It should come as little surprise that Rutgers University earned a place among the top New Jersey colleges and universities.

Rutgers GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Rutgers University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Rutgers University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. For the real-time graph and to calculate your chances of getting in, use this free tool at Cappex.

Discussion of Rutgers' Admissions Standards

More than a third of applicants to the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University don't get in. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who won admission. The majority of successful applicants had SAT scores of 1050 or higher (ERW+M), an ACT composite of 21 or higher, and a high school average of a B+ or higher. The higher those test scores and grades, the better your chances of admission. You'll notice that nearly all applicants in the upper right corner of the graph were accepted.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Rutgers did not get accepted. Note also that several students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Rutgers makes decisions based on more than numbers. All prospective students must write an application essay, and they can also strengthen their applications by demonstrating depth in their extracurricular activities. Also, Rutgers takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Note that Rutgers does not require letters of recommendation.

Admissions Data (2017)

Note that Rutgers does accept the ACT, but because the great majority of applicants take the SAT, ACT numbers are not reported.

  • Rutgers University Acceptance Rate: 58 percent

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 590 / 680
  • SAT Math: 600 / 720
  • ACT scores not reported


More Rutgers University Information

The data below can help you figure out of the Rutgers campus at New Brunswick is a good choice for you.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 49,577 (35,641 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50 percent male / 50 percent female
  • 94 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,638 (in-state); $30,579 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,350 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,452
  • Other Expenses: $3,137
  • Total Cost: $31,577 (in-state); $47,518 (out-of-state)

Rutgers University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 69 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 51 percent
    • Loans: 51 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,896
    • Loans: $7,693

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Finance, History, Journalism, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 10 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 60 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 80 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Wrestling, Track, and Field
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Softball, Soccer

If You Like Rutgers New Brunswick, You May Also Like These Schools

While the university draws from across the United States and the world, the majority of Rutgers applicants are from New Jersey and tend to apply to other colleges and universities in New Jersey. Popular choices include Rowan University, Rider University, Ramapo College, Monmouth University, and The College of New Jersey.

For out-of-state options that are popular with applicants to Rutgers, check out Temple University, Penn State, Syracuse University, and Boston University.

Some of the private universities listed here have a much higher price tag than Rutgers, but keep in mind that the price tag rarely represents what you'll actually pay. If you qualify for financial aid or earn merit aid, you may find that a private institution costs less than a public one.

Data Source: Graphs courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Institute for Education Statistics