First-Year Applicants

We notify applicants as soon as our decision(s) for any of their schools of application is final. For qualified early action applicants, we guarantee notification by January 31; and for qualified regular decision applicants, notification of our admissions decision will be by February 28.

The decision about which students to admit is based upon our comprehensive review of each application. Primary emphasis is placed on the student’s academic promise as demonstrated by:


We also consider such qualitative factors as:

  • Personal essay
  • Participation in programs designed for college preparation
  • Extracurricular activities, including community, volunteer, and/or U.S. military service
  • Honors, awards and other achievements
  • Special talents
  • Employment history
  • Family obligations
  • Socioeconomic background

The number of applicants Rutgers admits to each of our schools/colleges is determined by the quality of the applicant pool (which changes from year to year and may vary for each college/school of application) and the space in the entering class. Please refer to our admissions profile of previously admitted students.

We review applications when they are complete with all required credentials and we review first the applications submitted by these due dates.

Early action applicants will receive one or more of the following admission notifications by no later than February 15: admitted, not admitted, wait list, or deferred to regular decision. Students deferred to regular decision remain in the applicant pool for final admission notification by no later than the end of March. Rutgers encourages students deferred to regular decision to update their Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) with senior year grades by the first week in March.

The Rutgers University Maximum Admission Consideration program allows applicants to be automatically considered for another Rutgers choice if they are not admissible to the schools selected on their submitted application. This provides students the ability to attend Rutgers University in a different location and, in many cases, complete a program in their major of choice and graduate with a prestigious Rutgers University degree.

Transfer Applicants

Rutgers admissions decisions are based upon a comprehensive review of each completed application. The number of students we can admit is determined by the available space in each class and the quality of the overall applicant pool. These change from year to year and vary for each of our schools of application.

We place primary emphasis on an applicant's academic promise as demonstrated by:

  • Strength of academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA)
  • Number of credits completed
  • English Proficiency Examination results, when required

We also consider such qualitative factors as:

  • Community, volunteer, or U.S. military service
  • Employment history
  • Special talents
  • Essay

Transfer students must be in good standing at their current/previous schools to be consider for admission. Transfer students are expected to have completed specific required entrance subjects; if necessary, completed college courses may be used to satisfy high school course requirements.

The New Jersey State-Wide Transfer Agreement provides additional information about transferring from a New Jersey community college.


Additional Factors

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Significant emphasis is placed upon a formal talent assessment.

Professional Schools: For our professional schools like the Rutgers Business School–New Brunswick and the School of Engineering, the direct relevance of previous college courses to the intended professional program is strongly considered.

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy: Admission to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is extremely competitive.

  • Successful transfer candidates are expected to place into the third year of the Pharm.D. curriculum. That means successful candidates have completed a minimum 60 college credits and all prerequisite mathematics, science, social science and English composition courses within a liberal arts and sciences context.
  • From among that group (who have completed all of the prerequisite courses for placement into year three), we interview the most competitive (as determined by overall grades and demonstrated ability to perform well in the context of a full-time semester of 16 to 18 credits). Successful candidates present competitive scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), which will be optional for fall 2022 applicants.
  • The entering class is chosen based on the candidates’ interview results, academic record and overall experience. For a complete listing of the pharmacy curriculum including prerequisites for third-year entry, visit the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. You will find that these prerequisites are available at most accredited colleges and universities in the United States.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • If your college does not offer a specific "Systems Physiology" course, we will consider two semesters of "Anatomy & Physiology" or one semester of either human or mammalian physiology. Comparative or Cell Physiology is not appropriate.
  • The physics course offered by Rutgers is a specially designed, one-semester course. To satisfy this requirement at other universities, we recommend two semesters of General Physics.
  • English composition courses must be completed at a college or university in the United States. English proficiency exams and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses do not satisfy the English writing requirement.
  • Technical pharmacy programs in the U.S. and pharmacy programs in other countries generally do not include the required liberal arts and science prerequisites for the Rutgers Pharm.D. program. Graduates of these programs are encouraged to complete the pre-professional prerequisites before applying.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) examination results may be used for a maximum of two courses.
  • CLEP and other examinations are not eligible for credit.


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