At a large, vibrant place like Rutgers where options abound, it’s important to sometimes step back and contemplate your path forward. As you chart your undergraduate course, take advantage of the general academic advising and specialized academic support Rutgers offers. Visit centers that offer guidance in coursework and careers as you move toward your graduation goals. Help is always given at Rutgers to those who ask for it. So ask.
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.
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.
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School Advising Offices
Undergraduates, you can stop in at your school’s academic offices for advisement—and we strongly suggest you do—as soon as you start your first semester and as you continue at Rutgers.
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
The Student and Academic Services Office at Bloustein can help you find information about studying planning and public policy.
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Located in William Levine Hall on the Busch Campus, the Office of Academic Services is the place for all pharmacy school students to get help with everything from orientation to scheduling classes to charting life after graduation.
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Mason Gross School of the Arts undergraduates get advisement help in the Office of the Dean and in the dance, music, theater, and visual arts departments.
Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick
With specialized advisers for first-year students, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students, the business school's advising office can help with everything from planning to class scheduling to graduation requirements.
School of Arts and Sciences
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 Communication and Information
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.
School of Engineering
Also known as “B100” after its room number in the main Engineering Building on the Busch Campus, the School of Engineering Office of Academic Services helps everyone from interested high schoolers through those exploring postcollege paths. Got a question? Don’t hesitate to stop by.
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
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.
School of Health Professions
The Office of Student Affairs aims to help all the school's health professions students obtain resources to successfully complete their coursework.
School of Nursing
Rutgers School of Nursing Specialty Directors can help with everything from registration and course progression to clinical requirements and prerequisites.
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.
Specialized Academic Support
Rutgers is committed to helping all talented, hardworking students, regardless of background or situation, succeed in their academic work.
First-generation, underrepresented, and low-income students can find advising, resources, and events to help navigate Rutgers.
Students who are low-income or the first in their families to attend college can find a broad range of services and support.
Students who have a disability, temporary condition, or injury that may adversely affect their ability to participate fully in class may be eligible for certain services. Submit an inquiry form, learn about screenings and evaluations, or give us a call at 848-445-6800 to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
Ask a Librarian
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.
Rutgers–New Brunswick’s four learning centers help you develop the skills and approaches to succeed in your coursework. Services include academic coaching, study groups, peer tutoring, skills workshops, final exam reviews, and technology-based learning programs.
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
Support in Mathematics and Sciences
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.
Get the most out of campus resources, gain research experience, and academic support in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Opportunities, resources, and support for undergraduate women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
In tandem with reviewing plans with an adviser, take advantage of online tools such as Degree Navigator and Course Schedule Planner, which allow you to try out different course scenarios and track progress toward a degree.
In addition to forming peer study groups, students can download and listen to course materials, lectures, seminars, and more on Rutgers on iTunes, watch 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.
At Rutgers, an education built on a core arts and sciences education readies our students for success in the working world. As part of that preparation, we offer myriad options to explore and prepare for future careers.
Assess your skills and interests and connect your academic experience and career paths.
Those interested in attending law school can view a student timetable and schedule an appointment with a pre-law adviser.
This office provides support for students who are interested in applying to a variety of health professions programs including medical, dentistry, physician assistant, and public health schools.