Transferring from Outside of Rutgers (U.S. and International)

Transfer Application (US and International)

  • To Apply:  Students must submit an online application for external transfer through Rutgers Admissions. The priority application deadline for a Fall/September admission is February 1st, for Spring/January admission, October 1st. (visit the application/admission timetable for more information). The transfer application is CLOSED for Spring 2023 transfers and is open for Fall 2023 transfers.  
  • Application Inquiries: Transfer applications to the School of Engineering are processed by Rutgers Admissions.  You should be able to find most information through Rutgers Admissions websites including additional information for international applicants. For questions about your application status or other issues related to the application process, please consult with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly.

Transfer  Requirements (US and International)

  • Students must complete the equivalent to our first-year courses: 2 semesters of Calculus, 1 semester of calculus-based Physics, and 1 semester of Chemistry. An Associate's Degree from a two-year college is NOT required for transfer nor does it improve one's chance of being admitted. 
  • Students must have earned a cumulative AND term grade-point average of at least 2.75 (out of 4.0) with no "Ds" or "Fs" when the application is submitted.Given the competitiveness of our transfer programs, we look for students with a grade-point average of at least 2.75 with no D’s or F’s among the “key courses” including math, physics, and other sciences and engineering courses.
  • Students must submit all the credentials required for the transfer application.

Transfer Preparation

  • In addition to the required courses listed above, students are recommended to complete the equivalent to our first-year engineering programs before the transfer. For example, you may want to take Engineering Mechanics-Statics, Matlab Computer Programming, Microeconomics, and English Composition/Expository Writing.
  • Given the intensity of the engineering curriculum, it is common for students to spend more than 4 years in order to obtain an engineering degree. Completing the equivalent to our 1st and 2nd year courses (including the engineering general education requirements and the engineering major specific courses) prior to transferring may help the students to acquire junior level status. You can take these courses as a visiting student during the summer sessions at Rutgers. See the Schedule of Classes for course offerings and pre-requisites.    
  • Many students choose to take the required courses from a New Jersey Community College (NJCC) in order to meet the transfer requirements. For course planning at a NJCC, students should refer to NJ Transfer for course equivalencies between the NJCCs and Rutgers-School of Engineering. 

Transfer Credits and Course Evaluation

  • Transfer Evaluation:  Official transfer credit evaluations will be completed after students have been admitted and have confirmed their intention to enroll. Once we receive your transcripts and documents after your accept the admission, we will start to process your transfer credit evaluation. 
  • Transfer Credits: Rutgers-School of Engineering does not accept bulk transfer credits.  The transfer evaluation is done course-by-course. In general, credits are granted for courses taken at accredited colleges and universities if they are the equivalent of courses offered by Rutgers University and a grade of at least a “C” has been earned. 
  • Course Equivalencies: All the course descriptions at Rutgers can be found from Rutgers Undergraduate Catalog. As long as there are over 75% similarities in coverage, the course is considered to be equivalent. You may notice from our engineering curriculum that, unlike many engineering technology programs, Rutgers engineering is very heavy in math, physics, and science subjects. Therefore, most engineering technology courses from a two-year college are not transferable to Rutgers-School of Engineering. Some of these courses may even share similar course titles with ours.
  • Transferring from NJCCs: Students should refer to NJ Transfer for course equivalencies between a NJ Community College and Rutgers - School of Engineering. In order to get the most transfer credits when coming from a NJCC, students should follow an engineering science curriculum (not a technology curriculum).  Engineering Science programs tend to follow a similar curriculum to our program in calculus, calc-based physics, chemistry and other science and general engineering courses.  
  • AP, IB, GCE Courses:  Students may be awarded credits through the combination of Advanced Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate, General Certificate of Education, and other proficiency examinations. Note that the School of Engineering does not accept the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for credits. 

If you are admitted…Congratulations!

Once you are admitted, after you accept the offer of admission online via Rutgers Admissions (indicating you'll be attending the School of Engineering) and after you send in your deposit, the Office of Admissions will send your file and transcripts to the Office of Academic Services for an official transfer credits evaluation. 


Contact Information 

For transfer related questions please reach out to Assistant Dean Robert Ciervo at

Office of Academic Services, School of Engineering
98 Brett Road, Engineering B100, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (848) 445-2212  Web: