The Ivy Scholars guide to Rutgers University’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Mascot: Scarlet Knight
Type: Public Research Institution
Population: 50,000 (36,000 undergrad)
Situated midway between NYC and Philadelphia, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, is the 8th oldest institution for higher education in the nation. Split into four “campuses”, Rutgers offers urban and rural atmospheres, which allows for both the exciting experiences offered by big schools and the intimacy of smaller colleges.
Year Founded: 1766
4 Year Graduation Rate: 61%
Gender Distribution: 50% male, 50% female
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Residency: 81% in state, 7% out of state, 12% international
Location Type: Urban
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Average Class Size: 25
Demographics: 40% Caucasian, 26% Asian, 13% Hispanic, 7% Black
US News Rankings:
Average Applicant Pool: 38,400
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 22,200
Average Number Enrolled: 6,300
Application Systems: Coalition App or Rutgers App
Average GPA: 3.9 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th% – 1190, 75th% – 1410
ACT Scores: 25th% – 25, 75th% – 31
*Test mandatory. Writing sections are not required.
Rutgers does not consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:
Rutgers does not require or accept letters of recommendation.
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School Motto: Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also
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Residential Housing System:
Across its five interconnected campuses, Rutgers University operates one of the largest collegiate housing programs in the country, with more than 50 housing options.
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Rutgers offers some need-based aid in the form of grants. All students are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for any financial aid awards. Most financial aid awards also come with work-study options, which allows students to earn money to pay towards personal expenses.
Additional Financial Aid & Student Loan Information
Scholarships are offered for both need and merit. Scholarships are divided by type, those available to Rutgers students generally provided by the university, and those from outside sources. Finally, merit scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement.