Rutgers University-New Brunswick: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Rutgers University was founded in 1766 and designated as a land-grant institution in 1864, making it one of the oldest schools in the country. In 1989, it became a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization comprised of 60 other schools recognized for their research programs. The university's main campus in New Brunswick and spans 2,681 acres and includes 658 buildings, 21 libraries, and 6 student centers. Additional campuses are located in Camden and Newark, New Jersey.


Rutgers University - New Brunswick houses 14 schools and colleges. Its largest is the School of Arts and Sciences, which offers degree programs through over 40 departments. Students can pursue majors and minors in fields that include economics, political science, and sociology.

This location is also home to more than 175 research centers and institutes focusing on such areas as agriculture, biomedicine, food science, and wireless technology. A doctoral degree program is also available at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the only pharmacy school in New Jersey. In addition, online certificate and degree programs, continuing education programs, and noncredit courses are available.


Undergraduate applicants are required to submit a $65 application fee, high school transcripts or GED results, and either SAT or ACT scores. All first-year students are also required to submit an essay.

In the Fall of 2011, 61% of applicants were accepted to Rutgers University - New Brunswick; 35% eventually enrolled. The student body is almost equally divided between men and women, and 15% of students are from outside New Jersey, representing 106 countries and almost every state in the U.S.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary by degree level and residency status. In-state tuition for undergraduates was $10,356 for the 2012-2013 academic year, while out-of-state tuition was $23,676. Additional expenses could include $2,717 in fees and $11,412 per year for room and board.

Financial aid options range from federal grants to work-study programs. First-year students who're state residents can also apply to receive financial assistance from the Educational Opportunity Fund Program. Other scholarships are available to students regardless of residency status and include the Presidential and Scarlet Scholarships. Rutgers University also offers students and their families 8 payment plan options.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 31,268 undergraduate and 8,682 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing 88% of freshman and 49% of undergraduates live in student housing***
Schools and Programs 14 schools and colleges; more than 260 undergraduate and graduate degree programs***
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Social Sciences (960)
Master's: Public Administration and Social Services (480)
Doctorates: Health Professions and Related Programs (223)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 53% in 4 years
77% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 61% in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 90% for full-time students and 50% for part-time students*
Middle 50% SAT Scores of Admitted Students 520-630 in critical reading, 560-680 in math, 560-640 in writing for Fall 2011*
Undergraduate Application Due Date October 1 for Spring 2013
December 1st for Fall 2013 (for first-year students)**
Decision Notification Date for Fall 2013 December 7 for Spring 2013
February 28th for Fall 2013**
Tuition (2012 - 2013) In-state: $10,356
Out-of-state: $23,676*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (29%), Pell grants (29%), other federal grants (26%), state and local government grants or scholarships (26%), institutional grants or scholarships (45%), federal student loans (59%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 78%*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Rutgers University, ***Rutgers University - New Brunswick.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of University Undergraduate Admissions Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 65 Davidson Road, Room 202, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8097
  • Phone: (732) 445-4636
  • Website:

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