Rutgers University–Newark

Rutgers University–Newark


Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) is a world-class urban research and teaching institution, with more than 12,000 students and more than 500 faculty members. Since 1997, RU-N has been rated as the most diverse national campus by U.S. News & World Report. RU-N aims to be a national leader in 21st century higher education through a commitment to the values of educating a diverse citizenry, producing high impact scholarship, engaging in our community as an anchor institution, and drawing the connection between local and global, for the improvement of the economic and social well-being of society. Our campus has traditionally served as the place of educational opportunity for first-generation college students, for students whose home languages were not English, for students commuting to campus to save money, for students who work to stay in college and or support their families, and to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Rutgers University–Newark, Where Opportunity Meets Excellence

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF)

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund provides access to higher education and support for highly motivated students who exhibit the potential for success, but come from families/communities disadvantaged by low income and the lack of access to the quality educational preparation necessary to attend college. EOF supports innovative educational initiatives, supplemental instruction, support services, financial assistance and leadership development activities to improve the student's chance of academic success (New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 9A: Higher Education, Chapter 11). Learn more about Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF)

Scholarship & Financial Aid RU-N to the TOP

Rutgers University-Newark Talent and Opportunity Pathways program (RU-N to the TOP) is a financial aid program that provides a “last dollar” scholarship that covers the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory school fees after all federal, state and internal/external scholarships/ grants have been applied. This scholarship became effective for newly enrolling students entering in the fall 2016 semester or later, who meet all the eligibility requirements, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid. Learn more about RU-N to the TOP

Scholarship & Financial Aid Cooperman College Scholars Program (CCS)

One of RU-N’s academic partners is Cooperman College Scholars (CCS), a scholarship organization based in Newark, NJ. CCS supports academically talented, highly motivated students with financial need from Essex County, New Jersey, in their efforts to attain a four-year college degree. Cooperman Scholars who to attend RU-N will benefit from a scholarship, as well as mentoring and other resources that provide support throughout their time at RU-N. Learn more about Cooperman College Scholars Program (CCS)

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Experience & Transition-Office of Student Life

In addition to formal leadership opportunities as officers of RU-N’s more than 90 student organizations, we focus intentionally on developing the leadership of our first year students through programs that are centered on ensuring that students that are new to RU-N, and particularly to the college experience, are well acclimated to the University, are connected to their peers, have knowledge of RU-N’s resources, and have a strong awareness of the university support system. Learn more about First Year Experience & Transition-Office of Student Life

Scholars & Leadership Braven

RU-N has an academic partnership with Braven, a nonprofit that provides students from underrepresented backgrounds -- first generation students, students of color, and students from low-income communities -- the skills, experiences, and networks necessary to secure and thrive in strong jobs and graduate school opportunities post-graduation. Through Braven, Fellows build their career portfolio, develop skills in professional competency areas, and grow confidently as leaders while building their social and professional networks. Learn more about Braven

Scholars & Leadership The Honors Living-Learning Community

The Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) is a transformative college access and success program that fosters the academic, social, and personal development of talented students from all walks of life, including first-generation, with a desire to make a difference in their communities and beyond. With an innovative curriculum centered on themes of “Local Citizenship in a Global World,” HLLC students will live and learn at Rutgers University–Newark with students from all over the world. Learn more about The Honors Living-Learning Community

Academic Advising & Support Mission Graduation

Mission Graduation addresses two of the most common roadblocks to timely graduation: 1) financial difficulties, and 2) academic challenges. Students, close to graduation, but financially at-risk, will get resolution-oriented outreach by Financial Aid and Student Accounts. Other students, who have either come to RUN in need of remediation or missed a curricular milestone, will be identified via RUN 4 Success, and offered opportunities to receive academic development or make up missed coursework.

Academic Advising & Support The Academic Foundations Center (AFC)

AFC provides academic opportunities, resources, and support programs primarily for underrepresented students, especially first-generation, low-income students to succeed through education. AFC provides strong instruction and tutorial services with the academic, personal, financial, and career advisement necessary for academic and social advancement for students ranging from the sixth grade through college education. Learn more about The Academic Foundations Center (AFC)

Student Diversity

  • 7,713
  • 52/48
  • 29%
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 21%
  • 18%
    Black or African American
  • 26%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 24%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 87%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 68%
    Six-year graduation
  • 65%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 33%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 16%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 523
    Full-time faculty
  • 56
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 11:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    • Accounting • Finance • Criminal Justice • Biology • Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    • Black Organization of Students (BOS) • Latino United Networking in America (LUNA) • Indian Student Association (ISA) • Haitian Association of students at Rutgers (HASAR) • Muslim Student Association (MSA) • Organization of African Students (OAS) • Sikh Student Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $13,597
  • $11,217
    In-state Tuition
  • $2,380
    Required Fees
  • $12,841
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $9,270,457
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $13,144
    Average aid package
  • $25,697
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 52%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 83%
    Students with financial need
  • 83%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 72%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 1%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 11,646
    # of applicants
  • 65%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 450—550
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 480—580
    SAT Math
  • 460—550
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


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