Whether it’s grabbing lunch on the go from the Grease Trucks on the New Brunswick campus before your classes at the college’s prestigious English department, or studying genetic science at the home of the world’s largest DNA repository, there’s always something to do at Rutgers! With several campuses to choose from and top programs in literature and medical science, the Scarlet Knights are charging towards a bright future!

Rutgers: The Basics



Liberal Arts

Research University

Affiliation: Secular (nonreligious)

The Location (New Jersey):

Location? Try locations, plural! Rutgers has three campuses to choose from, in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, with the New Brunswick campus being the oldest and most prestigious. In addition, the state has biomedical and health sciences campuses, and an oceanographic research center at the Jersey Shore. For Rutgers students, the whole State of New Jersey is theirs to explore!

The Numbers

Admission Rate


Average High School GPA


Preferred Standardized Test 


Average SAT Score 

600-730 Math, 580-680 ERW

Average ACT Score 


Accepts ACT Superscore?


Application Deadline

 December 1

Accepts Common App?


Tuition (Annual)

 $11,619 in-state; $27,560 out-of-state


49,359 undergraduates

Average Class Size


You’d Make a Great Scarlet Knight If:

  • You love language and literature! Rutgers is highly ranked in English, and alumni have included celebrated authors like Holly Black and Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky!
  • You’re in touch with your “inner child.” Rutgers is home to the nation’s only PhD-granting Department of Childhood Studies, in collaboration with the Camden campus’s groundbreaking interdisciplinary Center for Children and Childhood Studies.
  • You’re a Frisbee champ! In addition to its participation in football and basketball in the Big Ten athletic conference, Rutgers is the proud home of the oldest competitive intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee team in the US — they played their first major game against Princeton in 1972!

Fun Fact(s):

Rutgers is a state school now, but did you know it wasn’t always? Rutgers is one of the oldest universities in the United States, predating the American Revolution with its founding in 1766. Originally known as Queen’s College and established as a Dutch Reformed theological school, it changed its name to Rutgers in 1825, and became a land-grant university of the State of New Jersey in 1945!

Famous Alumni:

Paul Robeson:
Musician, Activist

Milton Friedman:
Nobel Laureate in Economics

Junot Diaz:

Elizabeth Warren:
US Senator

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