First-Year Students


If you’re a high school senior, you’re in the midst of a very intense process — so we’ll try to make this as easy for you as possible. Find all you need to know about important dates, application requirements, the coursework we look for on your transcript and other steps in applying to Stevens.  

A freshman application should be submitted if you are a current high school student, or a high school graduate that has not been enrolled in a college or university since graduation.  This includes students that have earned college credits through a high school and/or dual-enrollment curriculum.

Application Requirements

The Covid-19 Pandemic has led to continued SAT/ACT testing challenges.  It remains difficult for many students to take the exams and students who are able to take the exams may still be doing so under unusual circumstances.  Recognizing that standardized testing opportunities may not be available to potential applicants, and in an effort to support access to our university, Stevens Institute of Technology is extending the SAT/ACT test optional policy, with some exceptions, for Fall 2023 first year applicants and Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Fall 2023 transfer applicants.

The test optional plan requires applicants to indicate if they will submit test scores on their application for admission.  Those who choose to do so may self-report test scores with the understanding that officially submitted test scores from the appropriate testing agency are required for enrollment.   

The test optional plan does not eliminate the need for demonstrated language proficiency.  Non-native English-speaking students will still be required to submit results from an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, SAT EBRW or Duolingo).  

Submit the following to apply for admission to Stevens:

  1. A completed application.

  2. Official high school transcript.

  3. Test-optional for Fall 2023 first year student applicants. If you choose to submit test scores, you may self-report them on your application portal. Applicants to Music or Visual Arts & Technology, a portfolio is strongly encouraged.

  4. Essay (included on your application).

  5. Two letters of recommendation (we prefer one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor).

  6. $70 application fee.

Here are additional components of the application:

Homeschool Applicants

To apply as a homeschool applicant, follow the same steps to apply as all Stevens first-year applicants.  You do not have to present an equivalency diploma when you apply but if you are admitted, you will need to present proof of graduation before you enroll.  Proof can be:

  • A homeschool diploma

  • A certificate of completion considered the equivalent of a high school diploma in your home state

  • Results from a GED or high school diploma equivalency test

Important Dates for Regular Decision Applicants

1 JANUARY: Take all tests by January 1.

15 JANUARY: Deadline to complete your application and submit all materials.

15 FEBRUARY: Complete your CSS Profile and file your FAFSA no later than February 15 to receive priority consideration for financial aid; some financial aid is first come, first served so apply early

1 APRIL: Stevens will notify you of our admissions decision by April 1.

1 MAY: You must submit a tuition deposit by May 1, to confirm your enrollment at Stevens for next fall

Learn more about Important Dates for Early Decision Applicants

Recommended Coursework

Your academic record should show satisfactory performance in the following areas, depending upon your chosen major of study.

  • For Engineering, Computer Science and the Applied Sciences:

    • Four years of English.

    • Four years of mathematics (one year of algebra; one year of geometry; one year of pre-calculus; and one year of calculus).

    • Three years of lab science (biology, chemistry and physics).

  • For Business:

    • Four years of English.

    • Four years of mathematics (two years of algebra; one year of geometry; and one year of pre-calculus). Applicants to the Quantitative Finance program should have more extensive preparation in high school math with one year of calculus.

    • Three years of lab science (two of which must include biology, chemistry or physics).

  • For the College of Arts and Letters:

    • Four years of English.

    • Three years of mathematics (two years of algebra and one year of geometry).  Applicants to the Quantitative Social Science and Science, Technology & Society program should have more extensive preparation in high school math with one year of pre-calculus.

    • One year of lab science (either physics, chemistry or biology).  Applicants to the Quantitative Social Science program should have two years of lab science (biology, chemistry and/or physics).  Applicants to the Science, Technology & Society program should have more extensive preparation in high school science with three years of lab science (biology, chemistry and physics).

    • If you’re planning to pursue a secondary concentration in math or science, you should have more extensive preparation in high school math and lab science coursework.

  • For the Accelerated Pre-Medicine Program:

    • Four years of English.

    • Four years of college prep mathematics.

    • Three years of lab science (biology, chemistry and physics).

    • We encourage you to pursue AP Biology and AP Chemistry, if possible.

    • Achieve a combined SAT score of 1400 (critical reading and math) or ACT composite of 32 in one sitting.  Standardized tests must be completed prior to the November 15 application deadline and results must be submitted to Stevens via the testing agency to be considered in our review. 

Average GPA and Test Scores

Stevens has no minimum GPA or test score requirement. Successful applicants in recent incoming classes had an average GPA of 3.8 (out of 4.0) and SAT scores in the range of 1330 to 1480. GPAs and test scores are only two indicators of your potential success at Stevens. We consider all of your application materials in making our admissions decisions.  

Stevens Institute of Technology will suspend the SAT/ACT test score requirement for Fall 2023 first year student applicants and become test optional for another year for most undergraduate programs.  If you are applying to our Accelerated Pre-Medicine or Pre-Law programs, test scores must still be submitted.   

English Language Requirement for International Applicants

All applicants must be capable of successfully completing a Stevens humanities course, which is required each semester. For that purpose, English language competence is generally indicated by one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 80

  • IELTS minimum overall score of 6.0

  • Duolingo English Test minimum score of 105

  • Pearson PTE Academic Test minimum score of 53

  • SAT 1 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing minimum score of 550 

  • Native English speaker.

  • English proficiency waivers may be granted on a case by case basis for international students who have studied in the US for at least 3 years from the time of your application.  Please contact the admissions office after submitting your application to request a waiver.

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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Location on Campus

Ruesterholz Admissions Center
1 Castle Point Terrace
Hoboken , NJ 07030

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