First-Year Transfer Credit and Rutgers Placement Testing Exemptions

Transferring Credit for College-Level Coursework Completed While Enrolled in High School

Incoming first year students who completed course work at a 2 or 4 year college while still enrolled in high school, may submit official College transcripts to be reviewed for transfer credit. All college coursework at the 100 level or higher, that is completed with a grade of "C" or better, will transfer for unspecified elective credit at minimum. Students may transfer a maximum of 64 credits for college coursework completed while in high school. Regardless of college level courses completed, all incoming first year students who do not earn an Associate's Degree at the time of high school graduation, must still sit for the Rutgers Placement Test in English and Mathematics (unless they meet one of the exemptions below). If their placement on the Rutgers exam is equivalent to or higher than the course they are transferring, the courses will be reviewed for both credit and equivalency. (See chart below for examples).

Rutgers academic departments have already/will review all coursework taken at the college level to determine if the courses completed are equivalent to a Rutgers offered class. Transfer courses completed at any New Jersey County College are governed by the NJ Transfer Agreement. A syllabus will be required for the transfer credit review for all courses completed at other New Jersey colleges/universities and those courses completed at 2 or 4 year schools outside of New Jersey. Students may only receive credit for a specific course through one of the following means: Advanced Placement (scores of 4 or 5), International Baccalaureate (Higher Level exam scores of 7, 6, 5), A-Level Cambridge International Exams (scores of A, B, C), college transfer credit ("C" or better grade, 100 level or higher), or Rutgers University credit.

Official Transcripts/Exam Results should be sent directly to:

Rutgers–New Brunswick
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Room 202
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
65 Davidson Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8097

No Degree Credit is granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including those offered through Coursera, even when those courses are offered by units of Rutgers University.

Approval of transfer credits only apply while enrolled in SEBS. SEBS students who transfer to other schools or colleges (like MGSA, Engineering, RBS, or SAS), will have their previously transferred credits re-evaluated by their new academic services office. Some courses approved at SEBS may not count at other units within the university. Each school sets its own policies.

What Is an Unspecified Elective Credit?

Those are credits that count toward your total 128 credits needed to graduate (or 159 credits for the five-year bioenvironmental engineering curriculum), but do not fulfill any specific major, minor, or core curriculum requirement. Every SEBS Program of study includes a minimum of 3 credits of unspecified elective credit.

Who Is Exempt from Rutgers Placement Testing?

Exemptions Exempt from Rutgers English Placement Test Exempt from Rutgers Math Placement Test
SAT 600 or > Critical Reading SAT score (Automatic exemption. No proof required unless took a late SAT.) No Exemptions
ACT 30 or > English ACT score (Not the Essay Score)** No Exemptions
Junior Year AP Exam
(Senior scores come in too Late to qualify for an exemption)
AP English Lit Score of 4 or 5 (in Junior Year)**
AP English Lang Score of 4 or 5 (in Junior Year)**
AP Calc AB Score of 4 or 5 (in Junior Year)**
AP Calc BC Score of 4 or 5 (in Junior Year)**

**Documentation required for Exemption: Must send Proof of Exemption (copy of score report or College Transcript with grade posted) to Dean Richardson (fax 732-932-8880 or scan and email to srichardson@aesop.rutgers.edu) to be approved for an exemption. Official AP Score reports must also be sent electronically to Rutgers–New Brunswick (CEEB Code# 002765) directly from the College Board. Here is the link to the AP Central website: apcentral.collegeboard.com.

Does College Transfer Credit Exempt a First-Year Student from Placement Testing?

Incoming first years who are completing an Associate's Degree concurrent with the high school graduation should contact the SEBS First-year Dean, first_year@sebs.rutgers.edu, to discuss testing exemptions.

Examples of How Rutgers Placement Is Used in Review of Transer Credit

Credits from: No Rutgers Testing Exemption
English credit considered for transfer following completion of Rutgers Placement Test
No Rutgers Testing Exemption
Math credit considered for transfer following completion of Rutgers Placement Test
Senior Year AP Exam AP English Lit Score of 4 or 5 (in Senior Year) AP English Lang Score of 4 or 5 (in Senior Year)
Overrides student performance on the Rutgers Placement Test in English
AP Calc AB Score of 4 or 5 (in Senior Year)
AP Calc BC Score of 4 or 5 (in SeniorYear)
Overrides student performance on the Rutgers Placement Test in Mathematics
New Jersey Community College IF Rutgers Placement = Expository Writing 01:355:101, AND completed an approved English Composition 1 course at NJ Community College—will receive both credit from County College and completion of Expository Writing I.

If also completed English Composition 2, student will receive credit, but no equivalency for the second course.

IF Rutgers Placement = Basic Composition 01:355:100 or lower, AND completed an approved English Composition 1 course at NJ Community College—will receive only unspecified elective credit.
IF Rutgers Placement = Precalculus 01:640:115 or Calculus 01:640:135/151, AND completed an approved Pre-calculus course at New Jersey Community College—will receive both credit from County College and completion of Pre-calculus.

IF Rutgers Placement = Calculus 01:640:135 or 151, AND completed an approved Calculus course at New Jersey Community College—will receive both credit from County College and completion of Calculus.

IF Rutgers Placement is lower than the level of the county college course completed, unspecified elective credit will be granted and student will need to begin studying at the Rutgers Math Placement level.
Other New Jersey College/University Requires review. Submit your course syllabus to the SEBS Office of Academic Programs. Requires review. Submit your course syllabus to the SEBS Office of Academic Programs.
Out of State 2 and 4 year Colleges/Universities Requires review. Submit your course syllabus to the SEBS Office of Academic Programs. Requires review. Submit your course syllabus to the SEBS Office of Academic Programs.