If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at Rutgers is 58%. For every 100 applicants, 58 are admitted.
This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools. If you exceed their requirements, you have an excellent chance of getting in. But if you don't, you might be one of the unlucky minority that gets a rejection letter.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at Rutgers is 3.66.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)
With a GPA of 3.66, Rutgers requires you to be above average in your high school class. You'll need at least a mix of A's and B's, with more A's than B's. You can compensate for a lower GPA with harder classes, like AP or IB classes. This will show that you're able to handle more difficult academics than the average high school student.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.66, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to Rutgers. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
Rutgers SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1300 (Old: 1828)
The average SAT score composite at Rutgers is a 1300 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1828.
This score makes Rutgers Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.
Rutgers SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1190, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1410. In other words, a 1190 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1410 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
Rutgers SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1650, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 2000. In other words, a 1650 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 2000 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
Rutgers has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Section."
This is also known as "superscoring." This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates you submit.
Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.
For example, say you submit the following 3 test scores:
Even though the highest total you scored on any one test date was 1000, Rutgers will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 1000 to 1400 in this example.
This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Rutgers forms your Superscore, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.
Therefore, if your SAT superscore is currently below a 1300, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.
Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the SAT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.
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Rutgers ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, Rutgers likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 30
The average ACT score at Rutgers is 30. This score makes Rutgers Strongly Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 27, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 32.
Even though Rutgers likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 27 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 30 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Rutgers, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 30.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
Rutgers hasn't reported their stance on SAT/ACT Writing, but most likely they consider it to be optional. Thus you don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that Rutgers requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
On the same day that the final Class of 2015 admissions decisions were released, the Common Application publicized its new essay questions for the Class of 2016. For a detailed dissection of the new essay topics, check out Story2 admissions coach, Josh Stephens’s, blog in Huffington Post.
Here I want to give juniors some specific guideposts for the part of the college journey that revolves around college essays. Although the essays come last (most students don’t start writing them until fall of their senior year), there are a few key steps you can take now to avoid a lot of hassle later.
3 things you need to know and do to conquer your Common App essays:
1. Focus the essay on your character, not your achievements
There are other places in your college applications to showcase accomplishments: in the Activities + Honors section, in a supplement question that asks about an important activity or accomplishment, or in the Arts or Athletics supplement. But in your 250-650 word personal statement, accomplishments are the wrong currency. Instead, look for stories that reveal who you are as a person. Use the Story2 online toolkit to begin exploring topics and moments that reveal your character and help admissions officers believe in your future.
2. Pay attention to the supplements
If you are applying to selective colleges, prepare to write a lot of essays. Make a list of all the essays you’ll need to write for each college—or use the Story2 College Research and Essay Organizer—and allow plenty of time to plan out your supplements for each college to which you’re applying. If a college asks, “Why do you want to attend this college?” do the research to answer in a specific and nuanced way. If they ask about community, figure out what community really means to you. Generic responses like “I fell in love the first time I wanted onto the campus” or “Community has always been really important to me” will not help you. And, BTW, “optional” essays are not optional. Each essay is a chance to reveal another part of your story, by showing moments when you have changed or grown or made a difference. Start planning now to avoid a time crunch later.
3. Write the essay yourself
You will be tempted to let other people write your essay. This happens, often innocently at first, with a teacher, advisor or parent “editing” your essay. If they are putting his pen on your paper or her fingers on your keyboard, then they are writing it for you. Before you know it, the student’s voice is lost. On the other side of the table—when I was reading admissions essays at Rutgers—essays that had been written in an adult voice were never successful. The essays felt insincere, and they did not help the student’s application.
2 Things you should never do in your Common App essay:
1. Writing about general ideas that lots of people can say
At Story2 we call these scripts. You will be tempted—early and often, and by many well-meaning adults—to tie up your essays with a pretty “and see how perfect I really am” kind of ribbon. This is almost always a mistake. One of the prompts is about failure because colleges want you to reflect on what choices and circumstances have molded you into the person you are today. Joe Latimer, Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Rochester said at the end of this year’s admissions cycle, “There are so few essays that are moving. Everyone plays it safe. Most of the essays are quite boring.” College essays are not a time to play it safe!
Darryl Jones, Associate Dean of Admission at Gettysburg College, says “if you can’t finish it in 2 drafts, it will never be a great essay.” I’ve seen many students’ unique and authentic spirit killed by editing round and round until the spark of creativity is lost and their essay sounds just like everyone else’s. You want your Common Application essay to be your best work, but you don’t want the essay to be so safe and sanitized that it sounds unreal. Your essay should sound like your unique spoken voice. When in doubt read them out loud, and cut out everything that sounds flowery, literary, or like you plucked it from a thesaurus.
Ready to get started? Check out the Story2 EssayBuilder, Written Feedback and Essay Coaching. Want more tips for Common App essay prompts? Check out our Guide to the Common App.