Can I visit campus?
We are offering several different opportunities to visit campus in-person or virtually. Visit admissions.newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/visit for more information.
Will standardized test scores be required for admissions consideration for the Spring or Fall 2022 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 2022 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 or 2022 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:
- students who have attended a school with non-traditional evaluation methods where traditional alpha or numerical grades are not assigned (i.e. mastery or narrative assessments)
- students applying to the Rutgers-Newark BA/MD program and/or the Rutgers-Camden BS/DO program
More information can be found in the test optional FAQs at https://admissions.rutgers.edu/test-optional-faqs.
What are the application due dates for 2022?
Fall/September 2022 Dates
|Application Due Date+||Online Decision**||Candidate's Reply Date|
|First-Year, Early Action^||November 1, 2021||January 31, 2022||May 1, 2022|
|First-Year, Regular Decision#||December 1, 2021||February 28, 2022||May 1, 2022|
|All Transfer++||February 1, 2022||April 15, 2022||May 1, 2022|
+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 However, if you apply after the due dates or if your file remains incomplete after due dates have passed, you will be withdrawn from admissions consideration if your school(s) of application meet enrollment goals before Undergraduate Admissions reviews your application.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 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 strongly encourages students deferred to regular decision to update their Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) with senior year grades by the first week in March.
#You must apply by no later than December 1 to be considered for honors and merit-based scholarships.
**Admissions notifications will be posted online via your Rutgers status screen no later than this date. Early action applicants will receive one or more of the following 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. Note for applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts: Because of portfolio review and auditions, early action and regular admission 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.
- 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 applicant portal 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 applicant portal or you may have transcripts emailed to email@example.com. 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.
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
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 2020 tax return information for students applying for fall 2022. 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 2022 admission and submit all required credentials by December 1, 2021 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 2022 admission and submit all required credentials by October 1, 2021 or apply for fall 2022 admission and submit all required credentials by February 1, 2021 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.