Applying for Admission
Admission to Stevens is a process designed to ensure that you have an accurate picture of the opportunities and challenges offered by a Stevens education, and that the Admissions Committee has enough information to assess your potential for success. With these goals in mind, several measures are used in making Admissions decisions.
High School Transcript
The most important criterion in our decision to admit you as a freshman is your academic performance in high school. (If you are already studying at the college level and wish to apply for admission to transfer to Stevens, you must have earned at least 30 college credits and submit an official copy of all college transcripts.) We believe that the quality of your recent work is an accurate indication of your preparation for Stevens, thus your high school record should show strong performance in the following areas:
- For Engineering (B.E.), as well as Business and the Sciences (B.S.): Four years of English; four years of mathematics (two years of algebra and one year each of geometry and pre-calculus and/or calculus); and at least three years of science (one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics). We encourage you to pursue AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP Economics, AP English, AP History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and/or AP Physics, if possible, depending upon your choice of program.
- For Humanities and Arts (B.A.): Four years of English; three years of mathematics (two years of algebra and one year of geometry); and one year of science (preferably either biology, chemistry, or physics). If you are planning a secondary concentration in one of the sciences or math, we recommend more extensive preparation than indicated above.
- For the Accelerated Pre-Medicine Program: Four years of English; four years of mathematics (two years of algebra and one year each of geometry and pre-calculus, and/or calculus); and at least three years of science (one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics). We encourage you to pursue AP Biology and AP Chemistry, if possible.
- For the Accelerated Pre-Law Program: Four years of English; four years of mathematics (two years of algebra and one year each of geometry and pre-calculus, and/or calculus); and three years of science (one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics). We encourage you to pursue AP English and AP History, if possible.
Please have your guidance/college counselor submit an official copy of your transcript.
College Entrance Examinations
The College Entrance Examinations are a second and somewhat different test of your abilities. Stevens requires the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) or the American College Test (ACT).
If you are pursuing the Accelerated Pre-Medicine program, you must score a minimum of 1400 on the SAT I in one sitting plus take the SAT Subject Test in mathematics level I or level II, biology, and chemistry. All Accelerated Pre-Law applicants must take two SAT Subject Tests of your choice.
We encourage you to begin taking these exams in your junior year of high school. If you are not applying as an Early Decision candidate we recommend that you take all exams by December of your senior year so we can evaluate your scores in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that the Admissions Committee looks at the highest score in the Critical Reading and Math section of the SAT I to compute a total score.
For complete information and registration forms of all tests, see your guidance/college counselor or contact the Educational Testing Service (SAT), Princeton, NJ, 08540, www.sat.org, or the American College Testing Program (ACT), Iowa City, IA, 52243, www.act.org.
We strongle recommend an interview of all students applying for undergraduate admission. applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) 458-5323 to set up an interview. Interviews can be completed by phone, Skype or oncampus.
We require all applicants to submit at least one teacher evaluation and once guidance counselor evaluation, so we can learn more about your academic and personal qualities, as well as your potential of becoming a successful Stevens student. You will find the appropriate evaluation forms in your application packet and on our website.
At Stevens, we give you a written opportunity to provide us with information about yourself before the Admissions Committee meets to determine an admissions decision. This may be a talent, fact, experience, or thought that you did not include on the application or in your personal interview. Please complete the form in your application packet or visit the undergraduate admissions website.
Completing the Application
Go to www.stevens.edu/sit/admissions/apply/index.cfm to access our application instructions. Stevens used the Common Application exclusively. Apply to Stevens using the Common Application, available at www.commonapp.org.
Deadlines: Applying for Freshman Admission
To be considered for admission to the Class of 2018, please submit your application and additional information required, by February 1, 2014. You may submit application as soon as you complete your junior year of high school, once the next cycle's application is available. Once we receive all of the additional information required the Admissions Committee will meet to review your file and make an admissions decision. Please note that students intended in an accelerated programs have a deadline of January 1, 2014.
Applying Early Decision - ED I
If Stevens is your first choice, you may apply for admission as an Early Decision candidate by November 15, 2013. One advantage of applying Early Decision is that you will receive an admission decision, including notification of an estimated financial aid package if you have applied for it, by December 15, 2013. If you are accepted to Stevens, submit your tuition deposit. We then ask you to withdraw applications from any other colleges and universities to which you have applied.
Applying Early Decision - ED II
Stevens also has an Early Decision II process. The application procedures are the same, however, the deadline for application is January 15, 2014, with a notification date of February 15, 2014.
To be considered for Early Decision, please indicate this on your application and submit it with all of the additional information required by November 15 for ED I/January 15 for ED II.
Applying Early Admission
Under very special circumstances we will accept students who have finished their high school requirements at the end of their junior year. You must adhere to the same requirements and deadlines as those applying for regular admission, meet with the Dean of University Admissions to discuss your candidacy, and submit a letter of support from your high school principal or headmaster.
Stevens participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. You may receive college credit toward your degree for various examinations. For a detailed list and additional information, refer to the section entitled Academic Procedures and Requirements in this catalog. Be sure to list these exams and the scores received on your application.
Admissions requirements and procedures for international applicants are the same as those for domestic candidates. However, if your first or native language is not English, you are required take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a score of at least 550 on the paper version or 80 on the internet based version. We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 7 or higher.
At Stevens, international students are not eligible for financial aid. There are limited merit-based scholarships for which you do not need to apply (all applicants for admissions are automatically considered). Additional sources of money for international students include loan programs and the Stevens Cooperative Education Program; information about these programs can be found in this catalogue in the section entitled Financing the Stevens Education.
The Director of International Admissions (201-216-5194) coordinates undergraduate international applications for admission. Once you are on campus, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services in the Wesley J. Howe Center, 5th floor or via phone (201) 216-5189, for assistance.
Stevens considers transfer students from community colleges and four-year institutions. To earn a degree from Stevens, you must complete 50 percent of your courses at Stevens and at least five courses must be technical electives taken in the junior and senior years.
A minimum grade of "C" is required for undergraduate transfer credit. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis are not acceptable. If a Stevens course includes a laboratory, then you must have also taken a laboratory. A syllabus or course description from the institution’s catalog must be sent to ascertain equivalence. Since it is essential that all course prerequisites be met, you should provide complete transcripts with descriptions of the courses and all educational experience as early as possible in the application process. It is also advisable for you to visit with or write to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Attn: Transfer Admissions, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 07030, (201) 216-5194. You may be asked to confer with faculty in the departments in which you seek credit for courses taken elsewhere.
The application deadline for transfer admission to Stevens for the fall semester is July 1; November 1 for the spring semester.
Part-Time and Evening Study for Non-Traditional Students
Stevens does not offer anyone the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending part-time and/or solely in the evening. If you want to pursue an undergraduate degree, you can do so on a full-time basis only, and you must register for at least 12 credit hours per semester to be considered a full-time student.
The Campus Visit
An important step in selecting a school is visiting the campus. Not only does the admissions staff want to meet you, we very much want you to see our beautiful and historic 55-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River and exciting New York City. During your visit, you have the opportunity to explore our state-of-the-art laboratories, see our residence halls, and meet professors and current students. A visit to Stevens also gives you an opportunity to present special circumstances, qualifications, or interests that may help us determine your ability to succeed here.
Throughout the year, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers Information Sessions and Campus Visit Days for high school juniors and seniors. These events include an overview of the university, academic programs, applying for admission, and filing for financial aid. It also enables you to speak with current students and faculty, and take a tour of campus.
If you live far from campus, there are other options. Admissions representatives travel to a multitude of high schools participating in college fairs. During the summer, you may also visit Stevens and make it a part of your family vacation.
Please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) 458-5323 to discuss your campus visit plans or visit our Website at http://www.stevens.edu/admissions for updated information.