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4 Year Public University

Contact Information

Dr. Gokhan Alkanat
Director, International Center
Phone: + 1 856-256-5191


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (September) – March 1
Spring Semester (January) – November 1


Main Campus
201 Mullica Hill Rd.
Glassboro, NJ 08028


Rowan University is a selective, medium-sized public university located in Glassboro in southern New Jersey between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. We are conveniently located near New York City and Washington, D.C., the beach and the mountains. US News & World Report ranks Rowan University in the “Top Tier” of Northern Regional Universities. Kaplan included the University in “The Unofficial, Biased Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges.” Also, Kiplinger’s named Rowan University one of the “100 Best Buys in Public Colleges and Universities” and the Princeton Review included Rowan in the latest edition of “The Best Northeastern Colleges.”


Rowan University is divided into eight colleges: Business, Communication and Creative Arts, Science and Mathematics, Performing Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, and the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE).

Student Demographics

In 2008 Rowan enrolled 11,006 students (9,665 undergraduate and 1,341 graduate) from the Mid-Atlantic region and 30 foreign countries with 20.2% minority enrollment.

ESL Program and Support Services

The ESL program comprises 25 contact hours per week of day or evening classes. Summer ESL is also offered. Students will focus on developing reading and writing skills, vocabulary building, pronunciation, listening skills, speaking and fluency skills, and knowledge of U.S. culture with cross-cultural understanding. Matriculated students participating in our program may receive undergraduate credits that go toward their bachelor degree. The minimum English language requirement for admission to Rowan as a matriculated student is a TOEFL score of 79 or an IELTS score of 6.0. Rowan’s “Pathway” program allows student that meet certain TOEFL or IELTS score ranges to begin degree study while participating in intensive credit-bearing English courses.

Student Housing Options

Approximately 3,540 students live on campus in 8 residence halls, and 5 apartment complexes. Incoming international students are housed where availability permits, typically in Triad Apartments or Mullica Hall (freshmen).

Admission Requirements for First Year Students

In addition to the international student application, applicants must submit the following:

  • $65 Application Fee
  • Official original (or certified) secondary school transcripts indicating grades and diplomas or graduation certificates. Original English language transcripts will be evaluated by the Rowan University Admissions Office. Transcripts not originally in English must be submitted through World Education Services.
  • Applicants whose first language is English must substitute SAT or ACT scores for TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Applicants interested in applying to the Rowan College of Engineering as first-year students must provide SAT or ACT scores. Those applying to Communications or Business majors are also encouraged to submit scores
  • Applicants must provide certification of financial resources with their application materials.
  • All forms, transcripts, and other application materials must be original and must be submitted in English.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Students transferring to Rowan University from another institution within the United States must also submit the following:

  • International student application for admission
  • $65 Application Fee
  • Transfer Form for F-1 Students (for students currently studying in the United States on an F-1 visa)
  • An Evaluation of university transcripts: All foreign language university records must be evaluated by the World Education Services. NOTE: Students transferring from an institution with which Rowan has an existing transfer agreement are exempt from this requirement
  • Copies of current I-20, visa, I-94 card, student visa and personal information page from passport (if currently in the United States)

Admission Requirements for Graduate Applicants

General Admissions Requirements – These four items are the basic foundation that comprise every international graduate application. Full details about each:

  • Graduate Application Form
  • Official TOEFL scores
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript showing your highest degree conferred and an acceptable GPA (or international equivalent)
  • WES Transcript Evaluation

Individual Program Requirements – In addition to the general requirements for admission into The Graduate School listed above, the requirements for consideration of admission into each graduate program are listed on the International Graduate Application Process page.

Visa Categories Offered

  • F1 – initial and transfer undergraduate and graduate students
  • J1 – exchange undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance

Annual estimated cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses (2013/2014):

Tuition and fees* $20,186
Room and board on campus* $10,172
Textbooks (estimate) $1,200
Medical insurance (F-1) $166
Incidental expenses (estimate) $3,500
Approximate annual expenses $34,148

*This is the flat rate for tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students taking 24 to 34 semester hours per year. Room rates are based on double room occupancy with meal plan. All figures are subject to change.

Types of Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is only available to incoming international students in these specific circumstances:

  • Undergraduate: High achieving freshmen students may qualify for a reduction to in-state tuition after completing one academic year of studyIncoming.
  • Graduate: Graduate and research assistantships may be available through direct application to the Graduate School.

Student Activities and Campus Life

In addition to activities scheduled or sponsored by the International Center, international students are encouraged to participate in the many student organizations and activities at Rowan University. A wide variety of programs are available, including trips, concerts, lectures, films, and athletic events.
University-supported student organizations can help students satisfy their cultural, educational, literary, musical, scientific, and professional interests. At Rowan, students have many opportunities to develop leadership skills. The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the voice of the student body on the campus and at local and state levels.
Athletics are an important part of life at Rowan. Intercollegiate and intramural athletics provide activity and recreation for students throughout the school year. Men’s sports include football, basketball, soccer, baseball, cross-country, swimming and track and field. Women compete in basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, swimming, softball, volleyball, soccer and track and field.
A variety of support services are provided for all students, including personal and academic counseling.

  • The Chamberlain Student Center is the hub of student activities. It houses the Student Government Association (SGA) and other student organizations, Prof’s Place snack bar and game room, the Marketplace dining hall, the Food Court, the Market Basket convenience store, the Owl’s Nest restaurant, and Jazzman’s Coffeehouse.
  • The International Student Club provides peer support and guidance to their fellow international students from around the world.
  • Rowan University’s six-story Campbell Library is the largest in southern New Jersey. The library provides on-line access to book, periodical and selected newspaper holdings and houses more than 350,000 books, documents and multimedia materials.
  • The Rec Center is a comprehensive recreational sports facility that houses a pool, running track, racquetball courts and a multi-sport gym. Activities offered include intramural sports, fitness activities, and a variety of other programs.
  • The Science Building is host to the Edelman Planetarium, which is managed by the Department of Physics & Astronomy. The Planetarium presents a series of Astronomical programs and Laser light shows throughout the year.
  • All of the campus academic buildings, student residences and recreational facilities are Wi-fi enabled. Additionally there are computer labs, complete with printing services, available throughout campus, including a 24-hour lab in Mimosa Hall.