Rutgers University-Newark: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Rutgers University - Newark campus

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Rutgers University-Newark is public research university with an acceptance rate of 63%. Founded in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School, the University of Newark became part of the Rutgers system in 1946. The 38-acre campus is in an urban setting south of New York City. The university offers over 56 undergraduate majors and has a 16-to-1 student / faculty ratio. High achieving students should look into the Honors College for special academic and professional opportunities. In athletics, most of the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders compete in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Rutgers University-Newark? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Rutgers University-Newark had an acceptance rate of 63%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 63 students were admitted, making Rutgers-Newark's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 13,259
Percent Admitted 63%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 16%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Rutgers-Newark requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 95% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 590
Math 510 600
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Rutgers-Newark's 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-Newark scored between 510 and 590, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 590. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 600, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 600. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1190 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Rutgers University-Newark.

Requirements

Rutgers-Newark does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Rutgers-Newark 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-Newark requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 10% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 24
Math 18 25
Composite 19 24

This admissions data tells us that most of Rutgers-Newark's admitted students fall within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Rutgers-Newark received a composite ACT score between 19 and 24, while 25% scored above 24 and 25% scored below 19.

Requirements

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

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of Rutgers University-Newark's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.2 and 3.9. 25% had a GPA above 3.9, and 25% had a GPA below 3.2. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Rutgers-Newark have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Rutgers University-Newark Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Rutgers University-Newark 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-Newark. 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-Newark, which accepts fewer than two-thirds 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-Newark's 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-Newark's average range. Note that Rutgers-Newark does not consider letters of recommendation in the admissions process.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, an ACT composite of 20 or higher, and a high school average of a B or higher. Note that many admitted students had scores and grades well above these lower ranges.

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