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Rutgers Admission Requirements

New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Your chances of getting into Rutgers University New Brunswick

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

66.3%
Admission Difficulty for Rutgers University New Brunswick
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Rutgers is 66.3%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in New Jersey.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Rutgers and can you get accepted?

Rutgers is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 27,612 out of the 41,654 who applied were admitted.

Rutgers University New Brunswick typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.3. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Rutgers?

66% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Rutgers University New Brunswick you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.3 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1380 on the SAT
  • Score 30 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Rutgers GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.3*

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Rutgers University New Brunswick?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Rutgers are to have around a 3.3 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Rutgers accepts 66% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Rutgers is 3.3 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #16 in New Jersey for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Rutgers is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.3 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Rutgers SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Rutgers University New Brunswick. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 50% of students submitted SAT scores and 6% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1270-1480

Applicants Submitting SAT 

50%
SAT Scores for Rutgers University New Brunswick
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 630
Math 25th Percentile 640
Composite 25th Percentile 1270
SAT Scores for Rutgers University New Brunswick
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 720
Math 75th Percentile 760
Composite 75th Percentile 1480
Average SAT Score 1380

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Rutgers University New Brunswick?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Rutgers is 1380 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1270-1480. Students who get into Rutgers University New Brunswick score in the top 15 percent of all SAT test takers..  Rutgers ranks #3 in the state of New Jersey and #114 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1380 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Rutgers regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1270 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1270, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1160, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Rutgers University New Brunswick is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1375, you have around a 66% chance of being admitted. A 1480 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 79% chance of getting in.

Rutgers University New Brunswick admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1480 and Above Good >79%
1375 to 1480 Avg + 66%-79%
1270 to 1375 Avg - 51%-66%
1165 to 1270 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 1165 Low <35%
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Rutgers ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

28-33 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

6%
ACT Scores for Rutgers University New Brunswick
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 27
Math 25th Percentile 26
Composite 25th Percentile 28
ACT Scores for Rutgers University New Brunswick
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 32
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Rutgers?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Rutgers is 30, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 28 and 33.  The school ranks #4 in New Jersey and #132 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 30. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 28 and score in the score in the top 12 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 26.

6 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rutgers University New Brunswick.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Rutgers University New Brunswick is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Rutgers for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 30 score has around 66% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 81% with a 33 ACT score.

Rutgers University New Brunswick admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >81%
30 to 33 Avg + 66%-81%
28 to 30 Avg - 54%-66%
26 to 28 Reach 41%-54%
Less than 26 Low <41%
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High School Class Rank

66% of Rutgers University New Brunswick freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 31% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Rutgers University New Brunswick students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 31%
Top 25% of class 66%
Top 50% of class 91%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Rutgers University New Brunswick admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,206 19,448 41,654
Accepted 15,019 12,593 27,612
Acceptance Rate 68% 65% 66%
Enrolled 3,950 3,830 7,780
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 30% 28%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Rutgers University New Brunswick is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rutgers University New Brunswick and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Rutgers University New Brunswick Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Rutgers University New Brunswick
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Rutgers is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.3 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1380 on the SAT and 30 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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