Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Rutgers University - New Brunswick


Established 250 years ago, in 1766, Rutgers University–New Brunswick is the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. We are New Jersey’s most comprehensive intellectual resource, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research center with a global impact. Smart, well-prepared, and economically and ethnically diverse, our students come from across the nation and around the globe. Down-to-earth and driven, they achieve both a level of academic scholarship and a mastery of practical skills, which earn them prestigious fellowships and the attention of top-company recruiters.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach The Rutgers Early College Humanities Program (REaCH)

The Rutgers Early College Humanities Program (REaCH) offers high school students in historically underserved communities the opportunity to take a college course in the humanities for college credit taught on site at their schools or community organizations. Students study with experienced college professors, read college texts, complete college-level written assignments and participate in thought-provoking discussions, gaining important feedback in these endeavors from their professors and each other. REaCH is an important part of Rutgers’ community outreach program; participants are enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick as part-time, in-state students. Tuition, books and all other course materials are free to students. Students can be 'dual enrolled' and earn high school credit as well. The REaCH 'early college' experience helps its participants to become more college ready than they could from their regular high school studies, increasing the likelihood that students will have successful college careers resulting in baccalaureate degrees. Learn more about The Rutgers Early College Humanities Program (REaCH)

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Rutgers Future Scholars

Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) supports admitted students from select schools in New Jersey beginning in the summer preceding their 8th grade year. Students who successfully complete RFS pre-college and gain admission to Rutgers receive full tuition funding through scholarships and federal grants. Learn more about Rutgers Future Scholars

Pre-College Prep & Outreach K-12 Precollege Programs

Pre-college programs enhance college awareness, provide extracurricular enrichment and increase the academic preparedness of students currently attending elementary, middle, and high school. See what pre-college programs and camps are available at Rutgers and request additional information. Search programs by keyword, grade level, academic major/interest, campus location, and more. Learn more about K-12 Precollege Programs

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Rutgers Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math-Science (UB & UB-MS)

Rutgers Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math-Science (UB & UB-MS) prepares students for college admission by providing a comprehensive set of programming and academic preparation. Students are enrolled in a year around and summer academy and earn college credit in advance of college admission.

Scholars & Leadership Paul Robeson Leadership Institute:

The Paul Robeson Leadership Institute, named after Rutgers most notable alumnus, will provide students with direct academic support to help them become a Rutgers graduate. As a Robeson Scholar, students are exposed to a range of scholarly experiences such as attending a summer institute, specialized training and leadership workshops, career and post-graduation planning, as well as many opportunities to engage with distinguished faculty, staff, and alumni abroad and experiential learning with funding options. Learn more about Paul Robeson Leadership Institute:

Academic Advising & Support Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS):

An academic support unit within the Division of Life Sciences. The goal of ODASIS is to increase the recruitment and academic success of underrepresented students, as well as educationally and economically disadvantaged students, who are interested in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions. Learn more about Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS):

Academic Advising & Support School of Environmental and Biological Sciences: PASS course:

Portals to Academic Study Success (PASS) course is a 1-credit required seminar offered in spring to all first-year students for select groups of students, including first-generation college students, who select. The course provides an overview of RU academic and personal support services and other skills (academic, etc.) deemed useful for success at Rutgers University.

Academic Advising & Support Educational Opportunity Fund Program:

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund assists low-income New Jersey residents who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. If you are admitted to one of Rutgers’s undergraduate schools as a first-year EOF Scholar, you must attend and successfully complete a free five- to six-week Summer Institute that is designed to smooth your transition from high school to college and sharpen your English, math, and/or science skills. Learn more about Educational Opportunity Fund Program:

Academic Advising & Support School of Engineering: Engineers of the Future

Engineer's Of the Future (EOF) is here to help students succeed personally, academically, and professionally. We foster the development of students while simultaneously working to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the SoE. Our programs are designed to recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse population and build awareness of the field of engineering for students, parents, and educators

Academic Advising & Support Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP)

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP) –A range of resources including a summer institute, access to undergraduate research, travel, and academic preparation for historically underrepresented students pursing STEM majors.

Academic Advising & Support Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares students from low-income, and or/ first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds for doctoral studies. Students participate in national and international travel, receiving funding for research and train for life after college in a high-impact experience until graduation. Learn more about Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Academic Advising & Support Student Access and Educational Equity:

Student Access and Educational Equity (SAEE) is an educational pipeline utilizing a series of integrated experiences including advising, tutoring, mentoring, programming, supplemental instruction, undergraduate research opportunities and partnerships to improve student persistence and graduation from high school to college, and beyond. SAEE enhances the academic experience of student scholars by providing necessary preparatory skills for students’ career and post-graduate educational pursuits. Learn more about Student Access and Educational Equity:

Academic Advising & Support RU-1st

RU-1st provides academic support and programming to students from low-income backgrounds or, historically underrepresented groups or first in their family to attend college to assist students and foster inclusive communities. Students may receive a host of school based academic and financial resources. Learn more about RU-1st at or contact RU-1st at or 848.932.9988. Learn more about RU-1st

Academic Courses & Service Learning RU-1st Byrne Seminars

RU-1st Byrne Seminars provides intimate 1-credit courses for freshman taught by our world-renowned faculty to explore and experience original research and how to develop new ideas and fields of knowledge for first-generation, and/or underrepresented students.

Student Diversity

  • 35,484
  • 50/50
  • 32%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 26%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 13%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 42%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 7%

Student Success

  • 92%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 80%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • n/a
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • n/a
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 2,731
    Full-time faculty
  • 371
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business/Marketing Engineering Social Sciences Biological/Life Sciences Communication/Journalism

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Minority Engineering Education Task (MEET), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), BLACK VOICE/CARTA LATINA, Black Student Union, West Indian Student Organization, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (M.A.P.S.)


Cost of Attendance

  • $11,217
  • $11,217
    In-state Tuition
  • $2,914
    Required Fees
  • $12,054
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $70,933,910
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $13,292
    Average aid package
  • $25,749
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 53%
    Students with financial need
  • 53%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 53%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 35,340
    # of applicants
  • 59%
  • 3.76
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 530—640
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 580—700
    SAT Math
  • 540—660
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 12/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $70
    Application Fee
  • $70
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date