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Rutgers University-Newark Admission Requirements

Newark, New Jersey

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Chances of getting into Rutgers University Newark

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Rutgers University Newark
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into Rutgers University-Newark and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #14 in New Jersey for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,873 out of 13,732 applicants were admitted making Rutgers University-Newark a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. Rutgers University Newark typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Rutgers University Newark is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rutgers University-Newark SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Rutgers University Newark
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for Rutgers University Newark
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1200
Average SAT Score 1110

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Rutgers University Newark?

Rutgers University Newark typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. The school ranks #13 in New Jersey for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 95 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rutgers University Newark admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1200 and Above Good >81%
1110 to 1200 Avg + 72%-81%
1020 to 1110 Avg - 60%-72%
930 to 1020 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 930 Low <47%
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Rutgers University-Newark ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Rutgers University Newark
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Rutgers University Newark
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Rutgers University-Newark?

Admission data indicates that Rutgers University-Newark regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #14 in New Jersey for highest average ACT composite score. 10 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rutgers University Newark.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rutgers University Newark admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >81%
22 to 25 Avg + 72%-81%
19 to 22 Avg - 60%-72%
16 to 19 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 16 Low <47%
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Rutgers University-Newark GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Rutgers University Newark?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Rutgers University-Newark. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rutgers University Newark was 3.23 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 in New Jersey for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Rutgers University-Newark accepts 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.23 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

80% of Rutgers University Newark freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Rutgers University Newark students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 43%
Top 50% of class 80%
Bottom 50% of class 20%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Rutgers University Newark admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,635 6,097 13,732
Accepted 5,589 4,284 9,873
Acceptance Rate 73% 70% 72%
Enrolled 780 622 1,402
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 15% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 15, 2021
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 15, 2021.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

Rutgers University Newark Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=186399 IPEDS survey data for Rutgers University Newark.


Does Rutgers University Newark prefer SAT or ACT?

95% of students submit their SAT scores to Rutgers University-Newark. 10% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Rutgers University Newark?

72% of those who apply are granted admission to Rutgers University-Newark. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Rutgers University Newark?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1200. 95% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Rutgers University Newark?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 25. 10% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.