HC Serves: The Community Service Learning Requirement

As part of the Honors College mission to develop service-minded "innovation citizens," a minimum of 30 hours of approved service work is required in the first three years. The service requirement can be credit or non-credit bearing; paid internships will not fulfill the service requirement.  The Honors College is committed to creating a culture of community service and we encourage you to continue logging your service hours even after you've met the requirement.  

A maximum of 15 hours total can come from a community service opportunity outside of Rutgers and New Brunswick/Piscataway. To verify whether an opportunity will count towards your total or if you have a general question about community service, you may contact HCServes@echo.rutgers.edu.

Note about Remote Service Opportunities

Due to the remote operating status of the University in Fall 2020, in-person service opportunities will not be offered.  The HC Serves Leadership Team, Rutgers departments, and local New Brunswick/Piscataway community partners will be offering various remote service opportunities that will count toward your HC Serves total. We encourage you not to reach out to community partners to serve on-site right now, but you should begin to think about


Logging Service Hours

In order to get credit for your service, you must log your hours on the HC Serves form. On the form, you will need to include the name of a supervisor or adviser who can verify that you completed your service. You can either submit one form with the total hours of service at each site, or you can log your hours individually per session. 

Service Hours Portal

All students can view progress towards this requirement on the HC Community Service Record portal.

Changemaking Communities

All Honors College students are eligible to receive up to 10 HC Serves hours by participating in one of our virtual Changemaking Communities.

HC Serves Leadership Team

The HC Serves Leadership Team is a student-led group that provides Honors College students with community service opportunities based on the service learning model, the integration of learning objectives with community service, while upholding curiosity, knowledge, and purpose. The HC Serves Leadership Team creates various community service opportunities for social issues such as healthcare inequality, education, environment, social wellness, and social justice. They lead the Honors College Alternative Break trip, monthly service opportunities, and philanthropy education.

Service Learning & Professional Development

The Honors College uniquely works with employer partners to provide our undergraduates with opportunities to serve their communities alongside professionals for a service and networking/mentorship experience, modeling for our students how to carry their value for service into their future careers through corporate social responsibility initiatives (CSR).

HC Serves Changemakers

The Honors College is committed to creating a culture of community service and we encourage students to continue logging service hours even after they have met the requirement. Students who demonstrate exceptional awareness and commitment to service will receive additional recognition in the following areas:

  • Eligibility for the Honors College Changemaker Award
  • Limited edition HC Serves t-shirt for demonstrating a long-term commitment to service with an Honors College Alternative Break, Dance Marathon, Relay for Life, or an HC Serves leadership position

HC Serves Opportunities