At a large, vibrant place like Rutgers where options abound, it’s important to sometimes step back, contemplate your path, and be clear on how you want to move yourself forward. As you chart your course, be assured that wise guides and helping hands are ready with support. Help is always given at Rutgers to those who ask for it. So ask.
Advising Starts before Your First Semester
Once you’ve decided to attend Rutgers University–New Brunswick, you’ll be receiving a bit of mail, including invitations to attend academic planning and advising sessions with your school’s advisement deans, take some placement tests, and participate in New Student Orientation to get comfortable with the academic and social world of Rutgers. And don't miss our Tips for Undergraduates.
Chart Your Journey: Get Help All along the Way
Undergraduates: You can stop in at your school’s academic offices for advisement—and we strongly suggest you do—once you start your first semester and as you continue at Rutgers.
Graduate Students: Once you have gained some familiarity with Rutgers and worked out a general plan of study, you can continue to find support in your home department. Department advisers, professors, and peer mentors are also sources of guidance and aid.
Help in Life
Sometimes other aspects of life encroach on the life of the mind. If issues outside of the classroom are making it difficult for you to concentrate or focus, get some help. Visit one of our counseling centers or contact the dean of students office.
The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students serves as a final backstop for students with complex or difficult issues related to the university.
Students enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences can see advisers in any of the four advising centers spread throughout the Rutgers–New Brunswick campuses. So there’s one nearby whatever campus you attend classes or live on. Make an appointment.
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences advisers clarify policies, help you consider major and minor courses of study, and alert you to certificate, study abroad, and other opportunities. First-year students are assigned advisers and strongly encouraged to meet with that adviser throughout the academic year.
Rutgers School of Nursing students can find contact information and help with everything from registration and course progression to clinical requirements and prerequisites.
Located in William Levine Hall on the Busch Campus, the office is the place for all pharmacy school students to get help with everything from orientation to scheduling classes to charting life after graduation.
With specialized advisers for first-year students, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students, the office can help with everything from planning to class scheduling to graduation requirements.
School of Communication and Information student services can answer general questions about programs, admissions, degree requirements, and much more. Faculty in your degree program can help you chart your plan of study and consider career goals.
Also known as “B100” after its room number in the main Engineering Building on the Busch Campus, the office helps everyone from interested high schoolers through those exploring postcollege paths. Got a question? Don’t hesitate to stop by.
Support for Non-Native English Speakers
Navigating Rutgers can be even more of a challenge if English is not your first language. International students can get support and brush up their language skills through the Program in American Language Studies.
In a tough class or need help sharpening skills or deepening understanding? Take advantage of learning centers and other services that can help keep you sailing smoothly through your coursework.
Rutgers' research librarians have a wide range of expertise across disciplines and can help you with sources, methods, tips, and techniques that will help make your research experience productive and fun. They provide walk-in assistance, individual research consultations by appointment, and assistance by telephone, by a regularly scheduled chat service, and through the Ask a Librarian email service.
Support in the Sciences
Rutgers’ writing centers provide tutoring for students enrolled in Writing Program classes. Tutors help students strengthen their reading and writing skills by asking them to practice under the supervision of a more experienced writer, who acts as a coach rather than an editor.
Students are tutored in the full range of expository writing:
- basic composition
- advanced research
- business and scientific writing courses
Rutgers–New Brunswick’s four learning centers help students develop the skills and approaches to succeed in their coursework. Services include academic coaching, study groups, peer tutoring, skills workshops, and technology-based learning programs.
Help for Nontraditional Students
If you're on a path other than the usual high school-to-college track, specialized academic support is available through the University College Community, the School of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Services, and Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services.
The Math and Science Learning Center provides formal and informal course support, course materials on reserve, a biology study room with microscopes, a computer lab, review sessions, and tutoring.
Online Tools for Coursework Help
In addition to forming peer study groups, students can download and listen to course materials, lectures, seminars, and more on Rutgers on iTunes, watch tutorials and presentations archived on the RU-tv website, and make use of the Ask a Librarian email service and instant messaging.
Log in to Sakai, an online Rutgers community platform for discussions with course professors and classmates.
Vying for nationally competitive fellowships such as the Fulbright, Goldwater, and Gates Cambridge is a demanding and exacting experience. The Office of Distinguished Fellowships offers intensive one-on-one guidance to students in all stages of the application and competition process.