Rutgers University Admissions Statistics

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

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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 Rutgers University?

  • Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Campus Features: Rutgers' 2,685-acre campus sits along the Northeast Corridor with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia. The school is home to 19 libraries, 6 student centers, and 35 acres of solar panels.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
  • Athletics: The Rutgers Scarlet Knights compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference.
  • Highlights: One of the top New Jersey colleges, Rutgers offers over 100 undergraduate majors, 250 graduate programs, and 500 student organizations. Students come from all 50 states and 115 countries.

Rutgers University Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For students who entered Rutgers in the 2017-18 academic year, the acceptance rate was 58 percent. The SAT is much more popular than the ACT for Rutgers applicants. Scores for admitted students are presented below organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 600 720
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is a little over 500, so you can see that the great majority of Rutgers students score well above average. If you compare scores for other top public universities, you'll find that Rutgers' scores are in the middle of the mix.

Note that no table of ACT scores appears here because Rutgers does not report ACT scores to the U.S. Department of Education. The great majority of Rutgers applicants submit SAT scores, but the admissions office is equally happy to consider ACT scores.

Rutgers GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Rutgers University GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission
Rutgers University GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admission.

 Graph courtesy of Cappex

The Rutgers University GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data in the graph was self-reported by applicants to the university. GPAs are unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting into Rutgers with a free account 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 some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph (see graph below). 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.

Rutgers Rejection and Waitlist Data

Rejection and waitlist data for Rutgers University in New Brunswick
Rejection and waitlist data for Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Graph courtesy of Cappex

The first graph in this article would suggest that nearly all students with a "B" or better average and a combined SAT score above 1050 will be admitted. The reality is quite different. When we strip away the blue and green accepted student data points, we can see that plenty of students with "A" averages and strong standardized test scores were rejected. The pattern of the rejection data suggests that Rutgers values SAT and ACT scores more than grades. Nearly all students with an SAT score above 1400 were admitted, while the same can't be said for students with averages in the "A" range.

The reasons a seemingly qualified student might be waitlisted or rejected are many: lack of extracurricular involvement, inadequate coursework in core subjects, failure to take challenging classes such as AP and Honors, or a sloppy or weak application essay. There could also be program-specific reasons for a rejection such as a weak art portfolio.

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: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, Wrestling
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

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