Prospective and Newly Admitted Transfer Students

Attention Incoming Transfer Students!

Spring 2015 Transfer Students:

Sign up for the January 9 Transfer Advising Program now.

Welcome to the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences! This site has been designed to provide newly admitted and prospective transfer students with information about our programs and answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the transfer process. In addition, we encourage you to visit our campus by scheduling one of our Tour and Information Sessions or contact the undergraduate program director within your field of interest. The Office of Academic Programs (848-932-3000) is also available to assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I'm considered a Transfer student?

You are considered a transfer student if you are a high school graduate who has completed a minimum of 12 transferable academic credits after high school graduation by the time of application.

When do I apply for admission?

The priority application deadline for the Spring Semester is October 1, and for the Fall Semester is February 1. For an application go to www.admissions.rutgers.edu.

What do I have to include with my application?

  1. A completed undergraduate application form at www.admissions.rutgers.edu.
  2. The $65 application fee.
  3. Your official high school transcript(s), including grades for all courses.
  4. Your official college transcript(s) for all colleges attended.
  5. Test scores, as follows:
    • Official SAT (code: 2765) or ACT (code: 2592) scores sent directly from the appropriate testing agency to Rutgers (only if you completed high school less than two years ago and will have completed fewer than 12 college credits by the priority application due date).
    • An official TOEFL score is required for applicants whose secondary schooling has been outside the US in a country where English is not the principal language, regardless of US residency status. Students who have achieved a grade of B or better in a college-level English Composition course in residence at an accredited US college (not a foreign affiliate) are exempt from the TOEFL requirement. English courses that are designated ESL, non-native, or which require a special support component, as well as courses taken outside the US, are not acceptable. Please also note that Rutgers University does not accept any correspondence courses. For additional information regarding TOEFL, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

How will my application be evaluated?

The Rutgers University Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review all your credentials and will make an evaluation based on the information you provide. Special attention will be given to your college transcripts.

How do I know what credits will transfer?

Credit from an accredited college or university will be evaluated by the Office of Academic Programs to determine requirements satisfied. Transfer credit is granted for coursework with a grade of "C" (2.000) or better completed at an accredited college or university.

Are my transferred grades included in my GPA?

Grades for transfer courses are not included in the student's cumulative grade point average at Rutgers University.

Will I need to take a placement test?

Students who have completed a 4-credit Calculus I course (grade "C" or better) or have completed an approved prerequisite math course at an accredited college or university will not have to take a placement test. All others are required to take a Rutgers Math Department Placement Test. Math courses completed at schools outside of New Jersey must be evaluated by the Rutgers Mathematics Department. Contact 732-445-2390.

Students who have completed at least one semester of an equivalent English Composition/Expository Writing I course at an accredited college or university (grade "C" or better) will not have to take an English placement test. All others are required to take an English placement test administered by the Rutgers Writing Program. Transfer students entering Rutgers without an equivalent level I English writing course must complete the English placement test for Transfer Students. Note: Students with SAT verbal scores of 600 or higher will automatically be placed in Expository Writing I 01:355:101 and are not required to complete the English portions of the placement tests.

International Students, who are unable to come to campus, can arrange to take Rutgers placement testing at a distance. Ask a guidance counselor or other school official, if they would be willing to oversee (proctor) your Rutgers Placement Testing and ask him/her to write a short note on school letterhead to Ms. April Pagano , Testing and Placement administrator at Rutgers. This letter should state his/her willingness to test you at your current school. It should also include your name and RUID, indicate whether you wish to complete the paper test or the electronic test, and provide proctor contact information (name, title, address, email, etc.).

The note should be faxed to Ms. Pagano at 732-932-1268 or emailed: pagano@instlres.rutgers.edu.

Two weeks after testing call the Office of Academic Programs - SEBS to arrange a day and time for academic advising.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of credits I may transfer?

Eligible transfers must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credits since obtaining a high school diploma. A maximum number of credits eligible for transfer is 64 for community college students and 90 from a 4-year institution. The maximum number of credits transferred is based upon the last institution attended.

How many credits do I need to graduate overall?

A minimum of 128 credits is required for completion of your degree at our school. Depending on the total credits that are transferred and the program of study you pursue, you may graduate with more than 128 credits.

(Note: The Five Year Bioenvironmental Engineering program requires a minimum of 159 credits.)

Will I be able to get housing on campus?

For on-campus housing visit http://ruoncampus.rutgers.edu and for off-campus information visit http://ruoffcampus.rutgers.edu.

Will I be able to park on campus?

If you are a commuter, you will be guaranteed parking at a designated area on campus. All others must apply for permission. For further information and forms visit http://parktran.rutgers.edu.

Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits and International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB)?

Advanced Placement (AP) scores of 4 and 5 will be considered for academic credit. It is the student's responsibility to submit a copy of their AP scores to the Office of Academic and Student Programs.

Degree credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level will be awarded for scores of 7, 6 & 5. Credit is not awarded for grade of 4 or lower. IB credits are not included in GPA.

Who may I contact for more information?

We strongly encourage prospective transfer students to attend a Tour and Information Session where many of your questions will be answered. For further questions, contact Bob Hills at the Office of Academic Programs (academics@sebs.rutgers.edu or 848-932-3000) or the Undergraduate Program Director of your major (degree program) interest.


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