Rutgers University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Rutgers University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 60%. Rutgers ranks among the top public universities and top New Jersey colleges and universities. Considering applying to Rutgers? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

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: 13:1
  • 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.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Rutgers had an acceptance rate of 60%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 60 were admitted, making Rutger's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 41,348
Percent Admitted 60%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 28%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Rutgers requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 600 730
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Rutgers' admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Rutgers scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 600 and 730, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 730. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Rutgers University.

Requirements

Rutgers does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Rutgers participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Rutgers requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 25% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 25 31

This admissions data tells us that most of Rutgers' admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Rutgers received a composite ACT score between 25 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Note that Rutgers does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Rutgers does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Rutgers University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.5 and 4.2. 25% had a GPA above 4.2, and 25% had a GPA below 3.5. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Rutgers have primarily A and high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Rutgers University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Rutgers University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.  Data courtesy of Cappex

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Rutgers University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Rutgers University, which accepts more than half of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Rutgers' admissions process involves other factors beyond grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a rigorous course schedule can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Rutgers' average range. Note that Rutgers does not consider letters of recommendation in the admissions process.

The data in the graph 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 include lack of extracurricular involvement, inadequate coursework in core subjects, failure to take challenging classes such as AP and Honors, or a weak application essay.