Rowan University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About Rowan University

Located about 25 miles south and a little east of Philadelphia, Rowan University was founded as a public university in 1923 with about 200 students. The school's 800-acre campus in Glassboro includes a planetarium and an observatory, as well as a greenhouse for biology courses. A second Rowan campus is located in Camden. The school also offers classes through various community colleges.


Rowan University is home to approximately 10,500 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students. There are 10 schools within the university, including a medical school, and students can choose from 57 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate-level certificates and degrees. In the academic year of 2010-2011, Rowan University awarded 2,327 degrees to students; 2,000 were undergraduate degrees, while 327 were graduate degrees.

The student to faculty ratio at Rowan University is 16 to 1, and the average class size is 20.37 students. Rowan's teaching policy states that all classes are taught by professors, so students will not take classes that are taught strictly by teaching assistants. Students who wish to study abroad can choose from 200 programs in 40 countries around the world.


Rowan University practices rolling admissions, so students entering their senior year of high school can begin submitting applications as early as October 15, and all applications must be submitted by March 1. The university will notify applicants about their admission no later than April 15 for fall admission.

Rowan University accepts about 56% of its applicants; most accepted students scored above a 500 on each section of their SAT tests. Applicants are encouraged to take challenging classes throughout their high school career including, for example, two years of a foreign language.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost to attend Rowan University for out-of-state students was $30,250 for the full 2011-2012 academic year, while the in-state tuition cost was $22,670. The costs included tuition, room, board and fees. Students must complete and submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) in order to be considered for any financial aid. This application is available through the student's high school guidance department or online. There are a number of opportunities available to students to help them afford their undergraduate years at Rowan, including loans and grants as well as merit scholarships and work study positions. Rowan offers students the ability to pay by credit card, as well as the ability to pay in deferments.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral**
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large suburb***
Student Body Roughly 10,400 undergraduates, 1,400 graduates*
Schools and Bachelor's Programs 10 schools; 57 bachelor's programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: education (350), business/management/marketing (322), communication/journalism (197)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 68% in 6 years***
Admission Rate 56% in 2011***
Entering Class Size 1,584**
First-Year Retention Rates 86%**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Mid-range: 1530-1760**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; Oct. 15 to March 1**
Decision Notification Date April 15*
Tuition In-state, $22,670; out-of-state, $30,250 (including tuition, room, board and fees in 2011-2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grants (49%), state grant or scholarship (26%), institutional grant or scholarship (34%), student loans (66%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81% in 2010-2011***

Sources: *Rowan University, **College Board, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Savitz Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
  • Phone: 1-877-RU-ROWAN
  • Website:

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