Rutgers University-Newark Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Rutgers University-Newark

Rutgers University-Newark is a public research institution that is located in Newark, NJ. The institution offers over 56 undergraduate majors and has a 16-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the universities’ many clubs and organizations. In athletics, most of the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders play in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 13,451 (9,142 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45 percent male/55 percent female
  • 85 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,826 (in-state); $31,608 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,350
  • Room and Board: $13,929
  • Other Expenses: $3,625
  • Total Cost: $33,730 (in-state); $50,512 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 74 percent
    • Loans: 48 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,065
    • Loans: $7,261

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Psychology, General; Accounting; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Finance, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Rutgers University-Newark Admissions

Rutgers University-Newark, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has a moderately selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Rutgers University-Newark had an acceptance rate of 63%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 63 students gained admission, making Rutgers-Newark’s admissions process moderately competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 95% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Rutgers-Newark’s students score within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Rutgers-Newark scored between 510 and 590 on the evidence-based reading and writing part, while 25% scored under 510 and 25% scored over 590. 50% of students scored between 510 and 600 on the math part, while 25% scored under 510, and 25% scored over 600. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1190 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Rutgers University-Newark.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 10% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Rutgers-Newark’s students score within the bottom 46% nationally on the ACT. The median 50% of students admitted to Rutgers-Newark received a cumulative ACT score between 19 and 24, while 25% scored over 24 and 25% scored under 19.


In 2019, the median 50% of Rutgers University-Newark’s class had high school GPAs between 3.2 and 3.9. 25% had a GPA over 3.9, and 25% had a GPA under 3.2. Successful applicants to Rutgers-Newark have A and B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Rutgers University-Newark, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Rutgers University-Newark is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Rutgers University-Newark, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Old Dominion University, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Rutgers University-Newark. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Rutgers University-Newark

Application Deadline: Rolling

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