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Rutgers–New Brunswick is an intellectual buffet with a host of opportunities to nourish the life of the mind beyond the traditional classroom. After class lets out for the day, get even smarter. Think more, challenge yourself more, make more connections, take a chance. You’re at college. It’s the time to explore.

Research: It’s Why Rutgers–New Brunswick Stands Out

Research at Rutgers

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is one of America’s leading research universities, and much of the research that makes it a leader happens at Rutgers–New Brunswick. The campus is a draw for top scholars who make their marks in anthropology, marine science, genetics, philosophy, English, and much more.

Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduates are strongly encouraged to join the research action, and the campus’s Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates is a great place to get started. Here, you will discover research opportunities, make connections with faculty, and learn how to get your research noticed. Learn more.

Your Source for Lectures, Films, and Events

The Rutgers events calendar is brimming with activities to stretch your mind. On one single day last winter, you could have watched a film about Nelson Mandela and joined a post-screening Q&A, heard a Rutgers alumna discuss her experiences working with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and caught an exhibit of Soviet art photography. Visit the calendar for more events.

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.

Don’t Go It Alone: Get Academic Help

Whether you are struggling with a course and need some extra help, are sailing through and want to raise your academic performance to the next level, or need guidance in figuring out your next academic step, Rutgers–New Brunswick has the support and services to keep you on the right track.

Clubs and Organizations

Some clubs are just brainier than others. More than 80 academic clubs and organizations at Rutgers–New Brunswick encourage your scholarly growth beyond the classroom. To find these groups, choose the academic category at the Find an Organization search.

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Living-Learning Communities

At Rutgers–New Brunswick, special residence halls give you the chance to live alongside students with similar interests and passions, from human rights to television production. These special residence environments are called Living-Learning Communities or Special Interest Housing. There also are communities for nonresidential students who want the same experience. To learn more about these options, visit these websites:

In the Performing Arts House, students at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts share housing close to Rutgers’ arts facilities.

First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS)

Small seminar-style, 10-week classes, taught by specially trained peer instructors—super-prepared, super-helpful upper-class students who are ready to help you explore academic and career interests, and learn the ropes of academic life at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Delve into everything from environmental policy to philosophy to business. Low-pressure, 1-credit courses, graded pass/no credit. Offered in the fall and open to first-year students in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Rutgers Business School. Note to potential peer instructors: FIGS are a great way to develop leadership skills!

Byrne Family First-Year Seminars

Byrne Family First-Year SeminarsMore than 140 elective, 1-credit courses offered every year to first-year students. Taught by distinguished faculty ready to share their scholarly zeal. Extremely popular and limited to 20 students per class, and designed to pique your curiosity and give you an eye-opening intellectual workout. No pressure, no grades, no formal exams. A great way to meet other students and discover the wide world of learning that is yours at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Fall 2012 Byrne Seminars (a sampling)

Writers House

Writers HouseFilm, television, web media, print media, new media, poetry, nonfiction narratives, graphic narratives, novels … They propel modern life and enrich the human experience, and all depend on the written word. The Writers House at Rutgers–New Brunswick is the Department of English’s crucible of creativity where students push the boundaries of what it means to write with originality and produce media in the 21st century. A full calendar of events brings together celebrated and new writers for lectures, film screenings, student showcases, and more. For-credit courses cover such areas as screenwriting, memoir, poetry, and digital storytelling.

Student Chapters of Professional Societies

By getting involved with student chapters of national professional organizations you gain insider insights, network with professionals in the field, develop leadership skills, and meet students and faculty with common interests. A sampling of these organizations is below. Ask your college, school, or department about professional organizations you can join at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Career Services

Plan your future while you are still at Rutgers–New Brunswick and polish that résumé way before you graduate with our comprehensive career planning approach.

Literary Luminaries

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series

Distinguished writers from across genres and cultures bring their insight, humor, courage, and flair to Rutgers–New Brunswick. Writers at Rutgers Readings are free and open to all. Recent authors have included Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, contemporary American writer Gish Jen, and author Sapphire whose work was behind the film Precious.