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Academic Support at Rutgers–New Brunswick

At a large, vibrant place like Rutgers University–New Brunswick 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.

Study Primer: Advice from Faculty

Sure, our professors have won prestigious awards for their scholarship and research, but they are also accessible and ready to help those who come forward to ask. Some professors have held informal sessions for students on how to get the most from their time here.

What Every College Student Should Know

What Every College Student Should KnowProfessor Ernie Lepore worked with one of his students, Sarah-Jane Leslie, a few years ago and wrote the book on getting the most from your college courses. What Every College Student Should Know is definitely worth a look.

Guide for Nontraditional Routes

Not everyone attends college straight from high school. Whether you’re returning to school after some time away, pursuing a degree part time, seeking a second undergraduate degree, or entering a nondegree program, the University College Community offers programs and support to help you meet your goals. Learn more.

Support in the Sciences

Rutgers Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences, or ODASIS, provides educational support to underrepresented and disadvantaged students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Get Recognized

The Office of Distinguished Fellowships works with you to identify graduate and professional schools that fit with your intellectual and career interests and can assist you in applying for competitive national fellowships such as the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, and Fulbright scholarships. Learn more.

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 on any of the five campuses.

The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students serves as a final backstop for students with difficult issues. Learn more.

Advising Starts before Your First Semester

Once you’ve decided to attend Rutgers, 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.

Syed Abbas“There’s a generosity here in accepting everyone and then nurturing them. It’s what makes Rutgers a great institution.”

Syed Abbas, psychology major

Chart Your Journey: Get Help All along the Way

Once they have gained some familiarity with Rutgers and worked out a general plan of study, graduate students can continue to find support in their home department.

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–New Brunswick.

Department advisers, professors, and peer mentors are also sources of guidance and aid.

Again, don’t be shy, ask.

Advising Offices

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.

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.

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.

Also known also as “B100” after its room number in the main Engineering Building on the Busch Campus, the academic affairs office helps everyone from interested high schoolers through those exploring postcollege paths. Got a question? Don’t hesitate to stop by.

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.

Rutgers School of Nursing students can find help with everything from registration and course progression to clinical requirements and prerequisites.

Online Tools for Course Selection Advising

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.

Coursework Help

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–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.

Rutgers’ writing centers provide tutoring for students enrolled in Writing Program classes. Students are tutored in the full range of expository writing, from basic composition to advanced research, business, and scientific writing courses. 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.

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.

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.

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 onto Sakai, an online Rutgers community platform for discussions with course professors and classmates.