Founded in 1766 as the all-male Queen’s College in New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University is the eighth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Since then, it has evolved into one of the nation’s best public schools, with an enrollment of 55,000 at its three locations in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark, as well as online. U.S. News & World Report listed Rutgers as the 25th top public school nationally, as well as 68th of all universities in the country, in the 2012 edition of its Best Colleges Rankings.
The university has more than 4,000 courses and 100 areas of study, according to its website. These include bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates. The areas of study include business, environmental and biological sciences, music, communication and information, and engineering. Rutgers University also offers hundreds of complete degree programs through its RutgersOnline service.
Rutgers University’s main campus has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Colleges since 1921. It also holds eight specialized accreditations, including from the American Council for Pharmacy Education (1939), the American Dietetic Assocation (1977), and the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music (1947). The Newark campus has been accredited by the American Bar Association (1941), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (2001), and has been pre-accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council since 2009. Finally, the Camden campus is also accredited by the American Bar Association (1950), as well as three other institutions. For a full list of accrediting agencies, click here.
Rutgers University admits incoming freshmen after comprehensively reviewing the student’s application. The university considers high school performance, cumulative rank, GPA, standardized test scores, and more. Each school has different requirements for courses taken during secondary school. For example, the Ernesto Mario School of Pharmacy requires three years of mathematics, while the School of Engineering requires four years, including Algebra II and Pre-calculus.
The university reports that the middle 50% of students accepted into each program have at least a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.5 scale, as well as a minimum 23 on their ACT and 1570 on their SAT. These numbers change depending on the school. The College of Nursing at the Newark Campus appears to be the most demanding, as the middle 50% had between a 3.8 and a 4.1 GPA and a minimum SAT score of 1870. You can see a full breakdown of the middle 50% of accepted students by each school here. To apply, freshman and transfer students need to complete the online application and send in all official transcripts and standardized test scores. A personal essay is recommended, but not required. Transfer students don’t need to send in test scores if they’ve completed more than 12 college credits.
The admissions requirements are also different depending on the graduate program. In general, they require a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area from an accredited institution and at least a B average in previous academic work. Depending on the program, the applicant may be required to submit a resume, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.
Office of University Undergraduate Admissions
65 Davidson Road, Room 202
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854