Freshman Admission Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

Freshman Admission Requirements

The Admissions Office carefully considers each application it receives and selects candidates who will be academically successful, contribute to student life and benefit most from the Rowan experience. Admission decisions are based on the strength and quality of your high school record, SAT or ACT scores, class rank, letters of recommendation and projected ability to complete a degree program.

Extracurricular activities and employment experiences are also considered.

An interview is not required except in early admission decisions (students wishing to enter after their junior year of high school).

You must submit your SAT (or ACT) scores as part of your application. The CEEB code for Rowan is 2515.

High School Preparation

You must have completed a minimum of 16 college preparatory units in high school. Two years of foreign language study are strongly recommended. You can improve your chances for admission by selecting challenging academic courses and taking more than the 16-unit requirement. Courses in accounting, fine arts and computer processing are not considered academic units and do not count towards the 16-unit requirement. Your high school curriculum should include (at minimum) the following:

  • 4 units - English
  • 2 units - Laboratory Science*
  • 3 units -College Prep Mathematics* (Algebra I and II, and Geometry)
  • 2 units - Social Studies
  • 5 units - Additional work in at least two of the following: History, Languages (minimum 2 units in one language), Mathematics, Science or English

* Engineering applicants should have 3 units of laboratory science including physics and chemistry and 4 units of college prep math including precalculus. Calculus is strongly recommended.


Test Optional Admissions

For the past several years, there has been much discussion nationwide about whether SAT scores are the best indicator of college preparedness.  

Starting in Fall 2014—for those who are applying for admittance in Fall 2015—prospective students who have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher may chose not to submit their SAT scores as part of the Admissions application process. There are some exceptions, including prospective engineering majors, EOF applicants, home school students, international students, and those applying for merit scholarships. 

Rowan will use alternate indicators to evaluate college preparedness, including grade point averages, class rank, courses taken, evidence of leadership and motivation, and essays provided by the students.

The change comes at a time when Rowan's application numbers continue to climb and presents yet another way that Rowan is seeking to create a variety of pathways by which students may select the best way for them to access Rowan’s academic programs.  

Is Rowan University’s Test Optional Program Right for You?

Have you excelled academically but fear standardized test scores will hold you back? If so, Rowan University’s test-optional admission program is perfect for you! The test-optional admission policy is designed to provide access to students who are successful in the classroom, regardless of standardized test scores. After successfully piloting the program last year, Rowan University believes that test-optional admission grants opportunity to deserving students.

How test-optional admission works

Test-optional admission is an opportunity for first-time freshman applying to Rowan University for the Fall 2015 semester through the Common Application. Applicants opting for test-optional admission will be required to answer an additional essay on the Common Application, 375-500 words in length. Test-optional candidates must submit academic credentials that exhibit the following:

  • A minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale (grades 9-11).
  • Strong performance in a challenging academic curriculum as demonstrated by having taken a robust college preparatory selection of courses.
  • Evidence of a realistic self-appraisal and motivation to succeed academically.
  • Strong leadership and motivation, as demonstrated in extracurricular, work, or service experiences

The following applicants MUST submit SAT/ACT scores:

  • College of Engineering applicants
  • EOF applicants
  • Home schooled students
  • Candidates for academic merit scholarships
  • Candidates for the Bantivoglio Honors Concentration
  • International students

Please note: An applicant’s choice to be or not to be test-optional is binding and cannot be changed during the application process. Applicants choosing the test-optional path should not submit their SAT/ACT scores to Rowan.

Please note: Test-optional is only an option for first time freshman applying using the Common Application. If someone applied test-optional and was either denied or accepted and chose not to attend wants to reapply later as a transfer with less than 24 credits, they will have to submit their SATs. 

Rowan Test-Optional Questions and Answers

Thinking test-optional might be right for you, but still have some questions? Here are some frequently asked questions about the application process.

Q. If I apply for Rowan’s test-optional program, how will my application be evaluated?
A: Rowan will use alternate indicators to evaluate college preparedness, including grade point averages, class rank, courses taken, evidence of leadership and motivation, and essays provided by the students.

Q:  How do I know if I should submit my SAT/ACT scores or decide to apply test-optional?
A: If you feel that your test scores do not accurately reflect your academic potential, then this program is for you! Please keep in mind the follow criteria:

            To apply test-optional you MUST have:

  • A minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale (grades 9-11).
  • Strong performance in a challenging academic curriculum as demonstrated by having taken a robust college preparatory selection of courses.
  • Evidence of a realistic self-appraisal and motivation to succeed academically.
  • Strong leadership and motivation, as demonstrated in extracurricular, work, or service experiences

            The following applicants MUST submit SAT/ACT scores:

  • College of Engineering applicants
  • EOF applicants
  • Home schooled students
  • Candidates for academic merit scholarships
  • Candidates for the Bantivoglio Honors Concentration
  • International students

Q.  What if I have already submitted test scores, but decide I want to apply test-optional?
A: If you have already submitted test scores or they are included on your high school transcript, your scores will not be considered in the application review process if you have requested the test-optional path on your Common Application.

Q.  What if I do not get accepted as a test optional student, can I then submit my scores so I can be reconsidered?
A: No. An applicant’s choice to be test-optional is binding and will not be changed.


Transfer Student Admissions Requirements

Admission to Rowan University as a transfer student is competitive. Any applicant who has completed 12 or more college credits at another institution is considered a transfer student. Students seeking a second bachelor's degree are also considered transfer students, whether they graduated from Rowan or another institution.

Most programs require a minimum 2.0 GPA for admission. However, a 2.0 GPA does not guarantee admission due to competition for available openings. Students currently enrolled in a New Jersey community college should complete their associate's degree. Transfer applicants with less than 24 credits completed at the time of application must submit their high school transcript and SAT scores. These applicants are evaluated using the freshman admission standards and college transcripts. Admission decisions for transfer applicants who've attended college more than five years ago are based on motivation, life experiences, career advancement and college transcripts.

Transfer students offered admission will receive a credit evaluation by the registrar and the academic department. Once that evaluation is completed, an advisor will answer questions about transferring credits from another institution to the University. Application and financial aid deadlines for transfer students are the same as freshmen application deadlines. If your college sends electronic transcripts using PDF format, please have them sent to electronic-transcripts@rowan.edu.


Home-Schooled Admission Requirements

At Rowan University we welcome applications from home-schooled students. Home-schooled students should submit the materials listed below. Please note that home-schooled students must have completed the 16 college-preparatory units required of all freshmen.

  • Complete Rowan University’s application, including the application fee.
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores. Test scores should be sent directly from the accredited testing agency. Rowan University’s CEEB code is 2515.
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation: one attesting to academic success, and another attesting to involvement in the community or extracurricular activities (neither should be from a parent).

If student is a New Jersey resident: (Select one)

  • Submit a transcript approved by a home school program, public or private school, or primary teacher. Transcripts from other educational institutions (community college, former public schooling, etc.), if applicable, should also be submitted.
  • Submit a portfolio of academic work that includes syllabi, a list of textbooks used, grade evaluations by primary teacher and any other documentation of academic work (includes samples of writing, tests, etc.) In addition, the teacher must complete and submit Rowan’s Curriculum Chart for Home-Schooled Students.

If student is from out-of-state:

  • All home-state requirements must be met and all supporting documentation must be provided to Rowan University. Students from out of state are also expected to follow all the requirements listed above.

All home-schooled first year applicants who submit a portfolio of high school work are required to submit this form, which must be completed and signed by the applicant’s primary teacher. Transfer home-schooled students who submit a portfolio and have completed fewer than 24 transferable credits must also submit this form. The required Carnegie Units specified below are minimums. List all additional coursework. Attach this form to the portfolio and specify which coursework relates to which parts of the portfolio. You may also attach supplemental information you feel will be helpful in evaluating your application.