Rutgers School of Social Work is pleased to welcome 780 new students to the MSW program. The School’s Office of Admissions selected this group of bright and talented students from a pool of more than 1,530 applicants, and for the second year in a row, the incoming students’ average GPA is 3.41 – up from 3.39 in 2017.
Students earned their undergraduate degrees from 198 different institutions, including Rutgers. While the majority of students received degrees in social work, psychology, and sociology, other students have backgrounds in political science, Biblical studies, fine arts, business management, communications, and women’s studies, just to name a few.
The School also welcomes ten new Deans Excellence Scholars this year. Each scholar was awarded $6,000 to $10,000 based on their personal, professional, and academic accomplishments. Recipients of this scholarship include a double major honors student from Rutgers–Camden, a student with degrees in psychology and engineering, and a student who studied internationally focusing on human trafficking systems.
Similar to many large public institutions, the majority of the School’s on-campus and online MSW students live in New Jersey (92%) while 4% live in New York or Pennsylvania, and another 4% hail from California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, and several other states.
The new students range in age from 21 to 70 years old, adding to the rich diversity of this class. The group is comprised of 660 women and 120 men, and includes 17 veterans.