For first-year undergraduate students and undergraduate transfer students, the first step is completing and submitting your application and required credentials.
Admissions and Tuition
Rutgers welcomes a student body that reflects the diversity of the world around us. People of all backgrounds with varying interests and goals meet here to explore a rigorous academic curriculum and expand their horizons. Some students come to Rutgers planning to change the world, and others seek to find their place in it. No matter what path you’re on, a Rutgers degree opens doors and lays the foundation for success.
The Value of a Rutgers Degree
Rutgers graduates report starting salaries that match or exceed the national average for college graduates. The earning potential of a Rutgers degree is as great as one from much higher cost options, without the burden of significant debt after graduation. Additionally, a degree from Rutgers is paired with a lifelong connection to one of the largest worldwide alumni networks. Our alumni include entrepreneurs and leaders at top companies and national nonprofits.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick and RBHS graduates
Rutgers–New Brunswick and RBHS, Class of 2021
Rutgers welcomes transfers students who have already graduated high school and completed 12 or more college credits at an accredited postsecondary institution.
International students bring rich perspectives to Rutgers that help globalize our classrooms, labs, and clinics, contributing significantly to advancements in education, research, and service.
Key Due Dates
So, you've decided to apply. Be sure to meet these due dates for undergraduate applications:
November 1: Early Action (Fall Semester)
December 1: Regular Decision (Fall Semester)
March 15*: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
February 1: Transfer (Fall Semester)
October 1: First-Year and Transfer (Spring Semester)
*The FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year will be available in December, and the Rutgers priority filing deadline is March 15, 2024. The FAFSA process is being updated as a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Rutgers makes a world-class education accessible and affordable. As The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers strives to keep quality education within reach. To help eligible students afford a Rutgers education, the university offers scholarships, grants, student employment, information about loans, and tuition payment plans.
- 75% of students received financial aid, 2022-2023
- $99M+ financial aid awarded to first-year students, 2022-2023
- $90M+ in federal Pell Grants to more than 17,700 students, 2020–2021
- 9,000 students received nearly $30 million in financial aid and emergency assistance through Scarlet Promise Grants
Continuing and admitted students who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for a wide range of scholarships awarded by the Rutgers Office of Financial Aid. First-year student awards are awarded independently by the New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden locations of Rutgers University. Awards may differ by school and university.
Rutgers schools and colleges provide continuing education programs, online degrees, and more to serve prospective and current students seeking educational options that match their lifestyle.