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 are strongly encouraged to attend the dedicated session for Honors College students June 28, 8:30am through June 29, 5:30pm, 2018.
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 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.
APA programs will be held on Sunday, April 29 and Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 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.
Out-of-state students may complete their APA program in one of several ways:
- Attend a special three-day APA Day-Orientation session scheduled from Monday, June 18-Wednesday, June 20. See the orientation tab on your Enrollment Pathway for more details.
- Attend any on-campus APA program. To view available dates, please visit the APA Day registration page.
- If you are unable to come to campus for an APA program, we will automatically email you information in late Spring with more information on completing your APA advising and course selection online.
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 2, 2018 (details below).
2018-2019 SEBS First-Year Academic Planning & Advising Dates:
- General APA Days – Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:00p.m., beginning at Hickman Hall on Douglass Campus; Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 29, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., beginning at the Cook Campus Center, Cook Campus.
- Animal Science Academic Planning & Advising Day – Friday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register for an Academic Planning & 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 Planning & 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 email with a SEBS academic dean or a SEBS first-year adviser. Please request an alternate arrangement for your Academic Planning & Advising Day via the SEBS First-Year Student Registration Information Form. 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
Fall Course Planning
All information regarding the School of Engineering’s administrative steps for Fall Course Planning, which you are required to complete this summer, can be found here. Please note that you must complete the registration procedure online by Friday, June 8, 2018 (details found at the link above).
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 5, 2018, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Rutgers Business School, 100 Rockafeller Road, Livingston Campus (Piscataway). Tentative APA Make-Up Days for RBS (same location) are Wednesday, May 23, and Friday, June 8, from 10:00am-12:00pm. No advance registration is required for the Business School's main APA Day of May 5; just show up at 9:30am! Please note that all APA Days are "students only" programs. For more information for incoming Business School freshmen, please check the freshman information website.
School of Pharmacy
Academic Planning & Advising
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 once all of your placement tests have been completed, including the Music tests on one of the designated days as well as English, Math, and Foreign Language placement tests as applicable.
Mason Gross School of the Arts: Visual Arts
The Visual Arts Department registers all incoming BFA first-year students for their first-semester courses after receipt of English Placement exam results. Therefore, it is important to take your English Placement exam as soon as possible. There are three required studio classes students must take alongside your required writing course. You will be sent an email in May from your adviser asking you to select your top three choices for studio elective (from Design, Drawing, Media, Painting, Photo, Print, and Sculpture).
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 be able to view your schedule around mid-August on your Rutgers student portal.