University Orientation and Mason Gross New Student Welcome and Advisement Assembly

The Importance of Advisement and Orientation

Orientation is the first step in your journey at Rutgers which will help answer some of your questions, connect you with important resources, help you familiarize yourself with Rutgers campuses and connect you with your fellow students.

For students entering the Mason Gross School of the Arts the following programs exist to make your transition to becoming a student at our university as a  professional artist as smooth as possible:

Spring New Student Orientation Programs



Mason Gross Welcome and Advisement Assembly

All in-coming first-year and transfer students to Mason Gross begin the academic portion of their studies on the Monday immediately prior to the first day of classes in the fall semester.  

The 2017 orientation will take place on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater on the Douglass Campus.

**All new incoming Mason Gross students are REQUIRED to attend this welcome assembly and advisement session**

The Fall Welcome Assembly and Advisement sessions at Mason Gross typically run from 9:30 a.m. until roughly 12 p.m.  

The morning session is kicked off with check-in where you will receive a folder with very important information for all students and free Mason Gross giveaways.  

Once checked in, students settle into the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater where they will be formerly welcomed by the Dean's office staff including:

  • Dean Stauffer, Dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • Dean Feiler, Dean of Students for Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • Kara Golden, Director of Admissions at Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • Kayleigh Galante and Alexis White, Student Affairs Coordinators at the Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • The Mason Gross Student Government Elected Officials. 

Once the welcome program concludes, students are introduced and directed to sessions with their academic advisers to review academic obligations for the fall semester.

A catered lunch is provided for students after the conclusion of their advising sessions at 12:00 p.m.  Once finished with lunch students are free to attend other orientation events for their degree programs, or make other arrangements to complete their registration process.  If students have no other events or responsibilities scheduled they will have the remainder of the afternoon off.  

We look forward to meeting you at this event to kick off your enrollment at Mason Gross! 

Rutgers University Summer New Student Orientation Programs

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an important experience for all students entering Rutgers for the first time, regardless of academic affiliation or major. At NSO, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with campus resources and make connections with current students, faculty, and staff before beginning classes in the fall.

In addition, a dedicated team of student Orientation Leaders will serve as your personal guide, share their experiences and help acclimate you to Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Your action-packed NSO schedule will include a campus tour excursion, a live game show, campus resource fair, interactive workshops, small group activities, an evening social and choose-your-own sessions covering a range of topics including academics, study abroad, Greek life and Leadership opportunities. Collect information, win prizes, make friends, and get excited about beginning your journey as a Scarlet Knight! All first-year students are expected to attend an NSO session. Orientation sessions fill up quickly! Make sure to register for your orientation date today.

Please click on the button to see all of this summer’s Rutgers Orientation session dates. Click here to register on the Enrollment Pathway starting in mid-April. The deadline to register for orientation is June 1st.

Spring New Student Orientation Programs

Mason Gross welcomes a very small population of students during the spring semester, therefore formal orientation activities are rarely scheduled. Students are expected to check in with their academic advisor at Mason Gross prior to their first day of classes.  If there is a large number of students starting their enrollment in the spring, the Dean's office will contact you about arrangements for a more formal event. If you have any questions please contact your advisor or the Dean's office at 848-932-9360.