Prospective Student FAQs

The Application Process

What factors are you evaluating when determining an admissions decision into RU School of Engineering?

There are many factors that go into consideration when deciding admissions into RU School of Engineering. Academic rigor, test scores, extra-curricular involvement, and overall-fit helps us determine whether RU will be a place where you can thrive.

What is the test-optional policy for Rutgers?

The tests Rutgers usually accepts for their applications is the SAT/ACT. This year, however, in response to difficulties that came with being able to find a testing facility due to Covid-19, Rutgers is not requiring that test scores be submitted along with a student’s application.

Can I transfer into the School of Engineering?

Students are definitely allowed to transfer into the School of Engineering. RU SoE accepts both within Rutgers school-to-school transfers and also transfers from outside of Rutgers. In both cases, we highly suggest you contact our transfer dean and transfer advisor for more detailed information at transfer@soe.rutgers.edu.

How do I apply for scholarships?

As long as you apply by the December 1 deadline, students will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships. There are also scholarships that students can apply to after completing one semester as a continuing student. More information about that can be found here.

What is the Rutgers Honors Engineering Academy and how is it different from the Honors College?

The Rutgers Engineering Honors Academy is a community for students to challenge, inspire, and collaborate with fellow engineering students. The Honors College is an interdisciplinary experience where students from all Rutgers schools live and work together. To learn more about the Honors Academy, visit this site, and to learn about the Honors College, visit this site. For both Honors programs, only first-year applicants that submit their application on or before December 1 will be considered for admission into either program.

Academic Curriculum

Do I need to declare an engineering major when I enroll in RU engineering?

Nope! All first-year students take an Introduction to Engineering course during their first semester at Rutgers. During this time, students are able to learn about all of the engineering disciplines within Rutgers and meet professors, deans, and undergraduate students within the major. This provides students time to explore different engineering paths, careers, and build a strong foundation for the rest of their time at Rutgers!

When I declare a major, are there requirements that I need to meet to ensure that I am placed in that major?

No! All students will be placed into their major of choice. There is no GPA or any other requirements to meet in order to pursue your first choice of engineering major! Engineering majors are not capped at a certain number of students per year - everyone is welcome to pursue their choice in major.

What AP Credits does Rutgers engineering accept?

This link lists the AP exams that are accepted by Rutgers Engineering. You will need a score of 4 or 5 to receive credits. IB exams are also accepted for students who demonstrate strong performance (scores of 7, 6 and 5) on Higher Level exams. For specifics on course credit granted for IB credits, please visit Rutgers SAS information page on IB credits.

How easy is it to switch engineering majors in college?
The process to change majors is relatively simple. Students fill out a Change of Majors form to declare their new major. It’s encouraged to look at the 4 year schedule of your intended major in order to determine your future course sequence prior to switching. Deans, undergraduate directors, and faculty advisors within the School of Engineering are available to meet with students to discuss a student’s interest in switching majors.
Can I get an engineering degree in four years?

The engineering curriculum is structured so that students are able to complete the required number of credits to graduate within 4 years. However, many Rutgers students choose to pursue other majors or minors and may choose to complete study abroads and co-ops which may delay their graduation date.

Can I double major/minor?

Engineering students can double major in other engineering disciplines. However, it is not common as engineering degrees have distinct requirements with minimal overlap. This would extend the amount  However, many students do choose to double major or minor in other subjects (computer science, physics, etc.). Please be aware that students may not minor in engineering disciplines.

What is the curriculum for engineering students like for first years?

All first year students in the School of Engineering take the same set of classes their freshman year. You can find this curriculum here!

Where can I find the curriculum of courses for majors at SoE?

You can find the list of departments and majors offered here. From this website, you can go to each department’s main website and find their individual curriculums.

Can I still graduate with honors if I do not get into the Honors College or Honors Academy?

Yes! You definitely can graduate from Rutgers with honors distinction. From this, you will have to meet several GPA requirements throughout your undergraduate career. In addition, if you meet the requirements, you may also be invited to join several Honor Societies on campus, the list of which can be found here.

Living and Learning

Do Rutgers engineering students have free time?

Of course! Rutgers Engineering students are some of the most active students on campus. Our students get involved in a range of activities, from professional organizations, community service, Greek Life, music, and even sports! For a list of engineering based organizations, which we have 40+ of, feel free to visit this link and for a link of RU Orgs, which we have 400+ of, check out this link.

What are the class sizes for engineering? 

Class sizes are dependent on your year and major. For a first-year at Rutgers Engineering, classes like Chemistry for Engineers, or Physics that are faculty-led would range in size from approximately 100-400 students and are complemented by weekly recitation sessions. Recitations are smaller sections (about 25-30 students), and are typically led by teaching assistants.

How did you choose your engineering major?

This question is answered differently by everyone. Generally, however, you can come to learn more about different majors and undergraduate experiences by participating in clubs and organizations, research, and interacting with professors and faculty. In addition to this, all first-year students are required to take Intro to Engineering, which is a class that focuses on educating all first-year students on the different departments and fields of engineering. Through this course, students can interact with deans, department heads, and industry professionals, to learn more about the different fields of engineering.

How can first-year students get involved with research?

There are many ways that a first-year can get involved with research on campus! The first way is through emailing professors expressing your interest in research that is happening within their lab. If professors have the space and you fit well with their research lab, you can get involved that way. Read about SoE Student, Hedaya Walter’s success with emailing professors her first year at Rutgers here. There are also research programs within Rutgers that can help students obtain research opportunities, such as Aresty, and Douglass Project SUPER.

What pre-college programs does Rutgers offer for prospective students to learn more about engineering outside of the classroom?

Rutgers offers several summer programs for High School students to learn more about engineering in a more interactive or hands on setting. One program is The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology (TARGET), and the other is the Government School of Engineering and Technology (GSET).

What career paths can I pursue with engineering?

You can work in industry, academia, or even go on the pre-med or pre-law track! The great thing about engineering is that it gives you the skills and capabilities to problem solve and collaborate in any career of your choice.

What is the average starting salary and post-graduate placement rates for Rutgers Engineering students? 

The average starting salary of a Rutgers engineering graduate is $67,000 and the post-graduate placement rate is ~76%. Not all students choose to go straight into industry, and we have many students who pursue academia as well.

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