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Undergraduate Education at Rutgers–New Brunswick

Rutgers University–New Brunswick provides undergraduates with an unparalleled educational experience as outstanding faculty, 100-plus programs of study, top facilities, personalized support and guidance, and an amazing diversity of fascinating students coalesce into a vibrant community of learning.

Rutgers–New Brunswick Undergraduate Student Snapshot

Undergraduate students

  • More than 31,500 students
  • 27,588 full-time students
  • 1,507 part-time students
  • 51.5% of full-time students are men
  • 48.5% of full-time students are women
  • 26,611 in-state students
  • 2,484 out-of-state students from 45 states and 69 countries
  • Race/ethnicity of full-time students
    African American 8%
    Asian 25%
    Latino 10%
    White 51%
    International 2%
    Other 4%

Honors Programs

Exceptional students are invited to apply to school-based honors programs that feature close collaboration with outstanding faculty; special courses, seminars, advising, and living options; in-depth research; and special academic, cultural, and social events. In addition, academic departments offer honors tracks providing students with rich and rigorous academic experiences.

Office of Distinguished Fellowships

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. Learn more.

University College Community

Serving Adults and Nontraditional Students
Adults, veterans, and other nontraditional students for whom the typical college experience is not feasible may choose to affiliate with the University College Community. This support unit helps students juggle work, family, and other personal responsibilities while pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Douglass Residential College

Douglass Residential College

Open to all Rutgers–New Brunswick women (whether they live on campus or commute!), Douglass Residential College knows student engagement and empowerment are the keys to success. Key features include:

  • Residential environments where learning is part of each day
  • Courses open only to Douglass Residential College students
  • Advisers who help you customize your academic journey
  • A core course taken by all Douglass women

Learn more.

We are very good at what we do and have had more than 240 years to get it right. We are rooted in tradition—our mathematics, Latin, and Greek programs are among the nation’s longest-running—and we are ever anticipating what’s next, which is why “Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics” and “Elementary Malayalam” (a major language of India) are now offered. No matter what you study, you will find the arts and sciences are the core foundation of undergraduate education and academic excellence at Rutgers–New Brunswick, as has been the case since the 18th century.

Our undergraduates go on to the best graduate and professional schools (including those at Rutgers!), land great first jobs, and hit the ground running as they make real contributions in their chosen fields.

Big University Choices, Supportive Environment

The 31,500-plus undergraduates at Rutgers–New Brunswick have vast choices—just what you would expect of a leading public research university. We’re big, but we’re also comprised of smaller schools and academic departments so learning becomes a personalized, supportive experience. If you need academic support, it’s always an office visit, email, Facebook message, or quick after-class discussion away.

Judyth Nsababera“My professors have been extremely supportive, especially Meredeth Turshen. Her class on HIV and AIDS really helped me to decide on a public health major.”

Judyth Nsababera started Project Hope for Africa to help young people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Undergraduate Education Is a Top Priority

Enhancing the undergraduate experience and increasing intellectual engagement between undergraduates and faculty at Rutgers–New Brunswick, the Office of Undergraduate Education provides academic support and advising and other services that complement classroom learning.

Low-Pressure, High-Impact Classes for First-Year Students

Academic Support to Stay on Track and to Soar

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The Liberal Arts Scholar

The Liberal Arts Scholar

The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with the most students, the most faculty, the most academic departments, and the most academic programs.

The School of Arts and Sciences believes it is vital to prepare students with a well-balanced liberal arts background. So, in addition to a major and minor, all students enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences take a core set of liberal arts distributions requirements, everything from writing and the natural sciences to becoming an effective global citizen. Students also take signature courses that tackle broad intellectual topics and establish a common basis for intellectual exchange among students and faculty.

Even if you are not majoring in a discipline taught by the School of Arts and Sciences, the school is still a core part of your Rutgers–New Brunswick experience. Majoring in mechanical engineering? Those calculus courses are offered by the School of Arts and Sciences. Majoring in dance? Those writing courses are offered by the School of Arts and Sciences. Majoring in finance? That liberal arts minor you must complete is offered by the School of Arts and Sciences.

Jared Reichenberg“Before I even came to Rutgers, the honors deans and ambassadors that I met were incredibly helpful in answering all of my 100,000 questions. They have been extremely accessible.”

—Jared Reichenberg, School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Class of 2012

Five Tips for Academic Success: Making the Most of Rutgers–New Brunswick

  1. Meet with an academic adviser. Get on the right track, right away. Every school and college has academic advising. Even before you get to Rutgers, you can attend an Academic Planning and Advising Day in the spring prior to your first semester.
     
  2. You’re at a research university. That’s something special. Only at a research university can undergraduate researchers stand shoulder-to-shoulder with scholars and scientists who are breaking new ground. Join their research endeavors or pursue you own interests under their wise tutelage.
     
  3. Your professor can be an important figure in your life. Go on. Stay after class and ask that follow-up question. Send that email with the nagging question. Sit in that visitor’s chair during office hours and continue a discussion. You may wind up with a lifelong mentor.
     
  4. Use Degree Navigator to help you understand your degree requirements. Degree Navigator helps you manage your general education and major course requirements and allows you to test out scenarios based on minimal and substantial changes.
     
  5. It’s never too early to start planning your life after Rutgers. Career Services has outstanding resources that can open doors to the future you want.