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General Rutgers Questions

What is Rutgers–New Brunswick’s operating status?

Many student services offices like undergraduate admissions, financial aid, and student accounting are physically closed, but operating remotely. A full listing of office hours and contact methods can be found here.

The Rutgers Visitor Center and Office of Undergraduate Admissions remain closed to the public. However, those needing assistance can contact an admissions counselor by emailing or can chat with a student ambassador using the live chat feature on our website.


How is Rutgers keeping students safe during the outbreak?

Rutgers Student Health offices remain open at Rutgers–New Brunswick and continue to provide health services to staff and students in need. In addition, students, faculty, and staff have transitioned to remote learning and work to safely maintain continuity of the student experience. Rutgers has issued guidance for employees and students physically on campus who test positive for COVD-19. More information can be found here.

Rutgers is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and guests. The university is cleaning and disinfecting areas in accordance with CDC recommended guidelines. This includes increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in buildings, especially frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, and other surfaces.  

Rutgers is using a disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on hard, non-porous surfaces and is qualified under EPA's emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Campus Events 

What virtual events are available?

We are excited to connect with and host you online! Join a virtual information session or campus tour or select school and academic program information sesssions. Visit for more information.


When can I visit campus?

All campus tours and other in-person events have been cancelled. However, join us online for a virtual information session or campus tour or select school and academic program information sesssions. Visit for more information.

While we won't see you on campus in the coming months, your safety and health is of the utmost importance to us. For continued updates regarding Rutgers–New Brunswick’s status, please visit our Operating Status website.



Will standardized test scores be required for admissions consideration for the Spring or Fall 2021 semesters?

Due to the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests, Rutgers will make submission of SAT and ACT test scores optional for students applying for spring or fall 2021 admission. If you are unable to submit a test score, or choose not to, you will still receive full admission consideration. Students who want to submit a standardized test score with their application for 2021 admission may still do so. 

Please note these exceptions. The following student populations will be required to submit at least one standardized test score to complete their application for admission:


Test Optional FAQs

Am I disadvantaged in the admissions process by not submitting test scores? 

We understand the many Covid-19 related challenges students are facing when preparing for, and scheduling standardized tests. If you are not able to, or c­hoose not to submit SAT or ACT scores, you will not be disadvantaged in our application review process. We urge students not to compromise their health and safety to take a standardized test. Your application will be considered on the basis of the other important credentials you have presented that demonstrate to Rutgers your promise and potential. 

If I submit test scores after receiving an admissions decision, will those scores impact my decision?  

For students admitted to Rutgers, the submission of SAT or ACT scores after admission will not impact the decision. Scores submitted after admission may be considered in the honors or merit-based scholarship selection processes, but only if the scores serve to aid the student to earn an honors invitation or scholarship. Rutgers will only consider new test scores for honors or merit-based scholarship consideration for tests taken prior to January 1, 2021. A student’s admission, merit-based scholarship award, or honors invitation will never be impacted negatively by submitting SAT or ACT scores after offers have been issued. 

For students who received a decision that they were not admitted to Rutgers, and who then wish to submit SAT or ACT scores for reconsideration for admission, please email to request reconsideration. Be sure to include your name and RUID in the email. 

If I indicate on my application that I want to be considered without submitting test scores, but later change my mind and send my test scores, how do I let you know?

Please email no later than January 15th to let us know that you want to update your application to have your scores considered as part of your application review. Please include your name, RUID, and test date.  Please note that you can change your decision only once during the application process.


If I indicate on my application that I wanted to have my test scores considered, but decide after applying that I do not want them considered, how do I let you know?

Please email up until January 15th requesting that your test scores not be considered as part of your application review.  Please include your name, RUID and test date. We recommend notifying the admissions office early of your decision to not submit tests scores. Please note that you can change your decision only once during the application process.


If you have questions about our temporary test optional policy, please contact us at


What are the application due dates for 2021?

Currently, our due dates are as follows:


Application Due Date+

Credentials Due Date*

Online Decision**

Candidate's Reply Date

First-Year, Early Action ^

November 1, 2020

November 30, 2020

February 15, 2021

May 1, 2021

First-Year, Regular Decision#

December 1, 2020

December 30, 2020

March 31, 2021

May 1, 2021

All Transfer++

February 1, 2021

February 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

May 1, 2021

These are not deadlines. You may apply after due dates have passed. However, if you apply after the due dates or if your file remains incomplete after due dates for credentials submission have passed, you will be withdrawn from admissions consideration if your school(s) of application meet enrollment goals before Undergraduate Admissions reviews your application.

^Applying to Rutgers by our fall early action date does not restrict students from applying to other colleges or universities, and Rutgers early action decisions are not binding. Early action applicants will receive one or more of the following decisions by no later than February 15: admitted, not admitted, wait list, or deferred to regular decision.

*Required credentials are due by the end of the month (November 30 for early action and December 30 for regular decision). For more information, please see the credentials required of first-year applicants or the credentials required of transfer applicants. Your Rutgers status screen displays updates after required credentials are received.

#You must apply by no later than December 1 to be considered for merit-based scholarships.

**Admissions decisions will be posted online via your Rutgers status screen no later than this date, except for Mason Gross School of the Arts. Because of portfolio review and auditions, early action and regular decision notification dates do not apply for applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts. Mason Gross School of the Arts first-year applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1.

++Transfer applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts should closely review the audition dates listed here. Certain audition locations are only offered before the February 1 transfer application deadline.


Can I have my application fee waived?

  • Students who participate in the National School Lunch Program receive an application fee waiver automatically when they indicate such on the admissions application.
  • Applicants who are currently serving in the U.S. military, are military veterans, or military dependents who plan to apply for educational benefits under the GI Bill receive an application fee waiver automatically when they indicate such on the admissions application.
  • We also accept official College Board, NACAC, ACT, and EOF fee waivers.
  • If paying the application fee would pose a financial hardship and you are currently in high school, contact your high school counselor for an official waiver.
  • If you are currently in college, please ask your college transfer adviser to provide you with a letter requesting a waiver based on your circumstances.
  • If you have already graduated from high school or are no longer in college, please ask a member of a social service agency familiar with your financial situation to provide you with a letter requesting a waiver based on your circumstances, or email us at
  • Be certain your full name and Rutgers Identification Number (RUID) are clearly printed on the form, email, or letter.
  • You should submit your waiver request to Rutgers within one week of submitting your admissions application.


How can I upload required documents?

FIRST-YEAR APPLICANTS: If you are currently enrolled in high school, you must self-report your grades using our Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). This mitigates the need for you or your high school to send a physical copy of your high school transcript in order to receive an admissions decision from Rutgers. Should we require any additional information in order to review your application, you can upload required documents from your Rutgers status screen after applying. Test scores if being included in your application must be sent directly from the testing agency.

TRANSFER APPLICANTS: You can upload documents from the link provided on your Rutgers Status Screen or you may have transcripts emailed to We can accept unofficial transcripts for the purpose of reviewing your application and making an admissions decision, but if admitted and enrolling final official transcripts will be required to confirm enrollment.


Will Rutgers accept pass/fail grades on transcripts?

Due to COVID-19, we will be flexible with students who had pass/fail grades during 9th, 10th, or 11th grade as we understand the circumstances were out of your control.

Pass/fail grades will also be accepted for transfer students, and credits will be awarded for all courses with a Pass indicated.


How will Rutgers handle extended school cancellations, the transition to online learning, and any other disruptions to a student’s education in the wake of COVID-19?

Education is currently disrupted for students around the world, and we want you to know the impact of these changes is understood by Rutgers. Please continue to engage with whatever method of learning your school is able to offer, and continue your education to the best of your ability. If your school’s grading system or methods change, we will accept their choice with no change in admission offers. This applies to both admitted students and students who will be admitted in future cycles.


Will Rutgers still accept AP or IB exams for credit?

Yes. Rutgers will still award credit to students for their AP or IB exams, though the number of credits or type of credits accepted may change. Our faculty are currently reviewing the changes to the content of these exams and more information on equivalencies will be available soon.

As an international student I need an ELP test score.  What options are there given the lack of testing sites?

We know critical exams for international students, such as English language proficiency tests like the TOEFL, may be inaccessible or available only in modified formats.  To alleviate access concerns related to these tests, we will be flexible on accepting other English proficiency tests to take the place of traditional requirements.

International students can submit any of the following ELP test scores:

  • Newly designed TOEFL at home;
  • Newly designed TOEFL ITP Plus (available in China only);
  • Newly designed IELTS Indicator (at home/online);
  • Duolingo English Test (DET);
  • Cambridge English Test


Financial Aid


There has been a change in my family’s financial circumstances as a result of COVID-19. How can i share that with Rutgers so it can be considered for my financial aid? 

Please submit your FAFSA by December 1. The FAFSA will use your 2019 tax return information. Once you’ve submitted that information to Rutgers, please also complete a Change in Family Circumstances Form.


How do I apply for merit-based scholarships?

  • First-Year applicants who apply for fall 2021 admission by December 1, 2020 and submit all required credentials by December 30 will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships and admission to the Honors College and school-based honors programs.
  • Transfer applicants who apply for spring 2021 admission by October 1, 2020 or apply for fall 2021 admission by February 1, 2021 and submit all required credentials within two weeks of the application due date will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships. Our transfer merit-based scholarships require that students transfer from a county college with an associate’s degree and a minimum of a 3.8 GPA, but the actual GPA of those selected is often higher due to the competition.




As a leading research institution, what is Rutgers doing to help fight COVID-19?

Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D. announced on March 24 the establishment of the Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CCRP2) to address SARS CoV-2, the causative pathogen of COVID-19, and other emerging pathogen threats. The goal for this center is to serve as an institutional hub for COVID-19 research activities and information dissemination.

A Rutgers research team has also completed the first evaluation of a new rapid COVID-19 test given emergency approval by the FDA. Currently, tests are sent to a lab and results can take one to five days. The impact of this new rapid test delivers results in just 45 minutes.

To learn more about the cutting-edge research happening at Rutgers related to COVID-19, visit Rutgers Today