Orientation and Academic Advising

New Student Orientation

This program is designed to help you navigate campus; meet fellow students, faculty, and staff; and learn about the range of resources and tools available as you transition to college. You may learn more about the New Student Orientation program and logistics for your overnight stay through your Enrollment Pathway

Academic Planning & Advising

You are also required to attend an Academic Planning & Advising session. Select your school of enrollment below to learn about your individualized advising process.

 

School of Arts and Sciences

Academic Planning & Advising Program 

The Academic Planning & Advising (APA) program at the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) is designed to introduce you to the philosophy of a liberal arts and sciences education, inform you about your degree requirements, and assist you in requesting first semester classes. 

Honors College School of Arts & Sciences APA programs will be held on Sunday, April 30 and Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning at the College Avenue Gym, College Avenue Campus. To register, please visit the APA Day registration page. The green check will appear on this step on the Enrollment Pathway after you attend an APA program. 

Attendance at ONE of the full-day APA programs is mandatory for all SAS first-year students. As a new student, you will meet with faculty and professional advisers throughout the day’s program. Included in the day is a separate optional program for parents/guardians that will highlight information about academics, student life, housing, financial aid, and other campus services. 

Students who live over 200 miles from Rutgers are welcome to attend an APA Day or may complete their academic planning through an online resource that will be sent via email in late spring. 

For more information about first-year student programs at the School of Arts and Sciences, please see our online resources or email us.

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences 

Academic Planning & Advising Day 

You must attend one of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) Academic Planning & Advising (APA) Days. Please note that the preferred APA Day for Honors College students is Saturday, June 3, 2017.

2017-2018 SEBS First-Year Academic Advising Dates:

  • General APA Days – Saturday, June 3; Thursday, June 15; Friday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., beginning at the Cook Campus Center, Cook Campus.
  • Animal Science Advising Day – Friday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Register for an Academic Advising Day by completing the SEBS First-Year Student Registration Information Form. You must complete Rutgers Placement Testing AND fill out the online SEBS First-Year Registration Information Form at least two weeks prior to the Academic Advising Day you are planning to attend. Please schedule accordingly. SEBS placement testing exemptions guidelines can be found here.

Students who live over 200 miles from Rutgers are welcome at an on-campus session or may complete advising via phone with a SEBS academic dean or a SEBS first-year adviser. Please request an alternate arrangement for your Academic Advising Day via the SEBS First-Year Student Registration Information Form. Then call Susan Caruso in the Office of Academic Programs at 848-932-3508 to arrange an appointment. Rutgers Placement Testing/Test Exemption Confirmation should be completed at least two weeks prior to the scheduled advising appointment.

Please also remember to email the Honors College in advance so that we know your plans and can be there to meet you.

School of Engineering

Academic Advising & Course Registration 

All students should register to attend one of the Academic Planning and Advising (APA) days for the School of Engineering. The first APA day is scheduled for May 20, 2017. More information will be provided via email on how to register, and will include a second APA date. 

Please make sure Admissions has the email address you check regularly. You will then receive information on how to access a registration form in order to initiate your course selections. The first year consists of required courses in chemistry, physics, English, mathematics, and computer programming. There is also a course provided that presents the various engineering disciplines offered at Rutgers. You will also select choices for your Humanities/Social Science Electives. If you have questions regarding the registration form, please respond by email.

The registration form will be due June 5. Please follow the registration instructions carefully, read all the commentary included with the form and respond neatly and accurately. Late forms received after June 5 or forms with missing information could cause difficulties in preparing your fall course registration.

If you have completed Advanced Placement exams, then you must request the College Board send an original copy of the scores to Rutgers in order for credit to be granted. Rutgers' CEEB code is 002765. Otherwise, we will not be able to create your Engineering class schedule based on your placement test. Please refer here for the AP credits accepted by the SoE.

School of Business

Academic Planning & Advising 

Honors College students enrolled at the Rutgers Business School (RBS) must attend the RBS Academic Planning & Advising Day (APA Day) on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Rutgers Business School, 100 Rockafeller Road, Livingston Campus. No advance registration is required for the Business School's main APA Day; you may just come that day! Please note that this APA day is a "students only" event. For more information for incoming Business School freshmen, please check the website.

School of Pharmacy

Academic Planning & Advising 

You will be able to view your course schedule here. Your fall schedule of classes will be sent to you in the mail and available online during the third week of August through the MyRutgers portal

For students who do not place into Expository Writing I and/or Calculus I, this may affect whether or not you are eligible to take General Biology and/or General Chemistry and may prolong your academic program. Students in this position are encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Services (848-445-6336) to see if summer course work can help you get back on track. Please be aware the School of Pharmacy does not allow science courses to be taken in the summer. The full curriculum may be found online.

Students with AP or similar credit may have their schedule altered depending on the course(s) for which they are eligible to receive credit.

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Dance

The Dance Department registers all incoming BFA first-year students for their first-semester courses. You will automatically be registered for required dance courses and, over the summer, will receive an email asking you to select any additional dance electives you would like to take. After your placement exam results are received, you will also be registered for your required writing course. You will receive your fall semester schedule via email from the Dance Department.

Please note that during the summer, the Dance Department will be communicating with you via the email address you provided to us during the audition process. Please check this email address regularly during the summer months!

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Music

Please note that all first-year Bachelor of Music students must attend one of the two Music Placement Testing Sessions before fall semester registration can be processed by the department. You will be automatically registered for your first semester courses at the completion of ALL of your placement testing.

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department registers all incoming BFA first-year students for their first-semester courses. You will automatically be registered for required courses and, over the summer, will receive an email asking you to select any additional electives you would like to take. After your placement exam results are received, you will also be registered for your required writing course. 

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Theater

The Theater Department registers all incoming BFA first-year students for their first-semester courses. You will automatically be registered for required courses and, over the summer, will receive an email asking you to select any additional electives you would like to take. After your placement exam results are received, you will also be registered for your required writing course. You will receive your fall semester schedule via email from the Theater Department.

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Digital Film

The Digital Film Department registers all incoming BFA first-year students for their first-semester courses. You will automatically be registered for required courses and, over the summer, will receive an email asking you to select any additional electives you would like to take. After your placement exam results are received, you will also be registered for your required writing course. You will receive your fall semester schedule via email from the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking.

Contact Us

 Address
5 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167

 Phone
848-932-0990

 Email
honorscollege@rutgers.edu