First Year Students

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  • Enrollment Pathway

    Now that you have decided to enroll at Rutgers University, you will use this online resource to confirm that you have completed all the necessary steps for placement testing, course registration, housing and dining, financial aid, billing, final transcripts and other aspects of your enrollment. Information about student life and immunization procedures is also available at this site.  Your Enrollment Pathway allows you to complete all of the necessary steps in completing your enrollment at Rutgers.  The "check list" function on the pathway is an easy way to keep track of what tasks you have completed or are still required. Many of the items listed below can and should first be accessed through your Enrollment Pathway.

    To access your enrollment pathway, please CLICK HERE.

  • Learn your RUID

    Your RUID is a unique 9-digit number that Rutgers assigns to you during your admissions process and stays with you as your identification number as a student at the University. It is used in place of a social security number to identify you on class rosters and with most University departments. This number is VERY IMPORTANT to have handy (we suggest memorizing it!) for placement tests, advising and ANYTHING Rutgers related. An easy way to remember your RUID is to note it is 9-digits with two "0"s in the center like the sameple illustrated here: 555-00-5555

  • Net ID and Rutgers Email

    It is imperative that all students set up their Rutgers Scarlet Mail account once enrolled. This email account will be the ONLY means of official communication with you from the University (advisors, financial aid, Dean's Office, larger unniversity community, financial aid, instructors). If you still wish to use a personal email account you may chose to have your scarlet mail forwarded to another address you designate as a surrogate (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, aol, etc). In order to set up your Scarlet Mail please visit your enrollment pathway or follow the instructions below.

    All faculty, staff, students and guests are assigned a Rutgers unique identifier known as a NetID, comprised of initials and a unique number (e.g. jqs23). In order to access many of the electronic services available to you at Rutgers, you need to activate your Rutgers NetID through the ENROLLMENT PATHWAY. Your assigned NetID will appear on the activation screen. You may also activate and manage your NetID and email CLICKING HERE.

    All first year student MUST set up a NetID in order to:
    • Set up an authentication password which is the password you will use for most electronic services.
    • Set up your security questions and answers.
    • Allows you to select services including ScarletApps (Google for Rutgers), or locally provided email and website services.
    • Establish your Rutgers email address which is used by the university to send official communications and notices. Your Rutgers email may be forwarded to any personal email account of your choosing, or you can choose to use the Rutgers University provided email services.

  • New Student Advisement and Welcome Assembly - Mason Gross

    As an in-coming first-year student to Mason Gross, you will begin your Mason Gross academic portion of your orientation the day before classes start in the fall at the Levin Theater on the Douglass Campus. During this session you will meet with your academic adviser and review your academic obligations for fall semester. Your participation is required.  The fall New Student Advisement and Welcome Assembly date is typically announced early in the summer prior to your first fall semester of enrollment.

    For more information on the required Mason Gross New Student Advisement and Welcome day, please CLICK HERE.

  • Rutgers University Orientation - Rutgers University New Brunswick

    New Student Orientation (NSO) is an important experience for all first year students, 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.

    For more information on the optional (but highly recommended) Rutgers University New Student Orientation programs, please CLICK HERE.

  • Placement Testing

    • Now that you have been admitted to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, you will need to take placement tests. These tests are designed to provide information about your skills in the English language, mathematics and foreign language. The test results will be used, along with other information, to place you in the courses and sections appropriate to your level of preparation. Placement testing information can be found at https://oirap.rutgers.edu/testplace.html.

    Please read the information below to determine which tests you will be required to take:

    ENGLISH PLACEMENT TESTS
    Required for all first year students entering a BFA or BM program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
    SAT or ACT Exemption: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) SAT score of 600 or higher (by Jan. 2017 test), Critical Reading SAT score of 600 or higher (by Jan. 2017 test) or an ACT English score of 30 or higher (by Jan. 2017 test) are exempt from completing the writing portion of the testing and will automatically be placed into Expository Writing.
    AP Exam Exemption: Students who received a score of 4 or 5 in junior year on the English Lang/Comp are exempt from completing the entire English Placement test and will receive 3 credits for Expository Writing (01:355:101) exempting them from taking the course. Students who received a 4 or 5 in their junior year on the English Lit/Comp will receive 3 credits for Expository Writing (01:355:101) exempting them from taking the course. Students who received a 4 or 5 in their junior year on the English Lit/Comp AND the English Lang/Comp are exempt from completing the entire English Placement test and will receive 3 credits for Expository Writing (01:355:101) AND Introduction to Literature (01:351:201). Students must arrange to have the AP scores sent to Rutgers from the College Board in order to receiving this exemption. Go to: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores to submit your scores.
    • Additional information about the English placement tests can be found online HERE.

    MATH PLACEMENT TESTS
    Required for all first year students entering a BFA or BM program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
    SAT or ACT Exemption: There is no SAT or ACT exemption from taking the math placement test.
    AP Exam Exemption: Students who received a score of 4 or 5 Calculus AB or BC with a score of 4 or 5 in junior year, do not have to complete the placement test in that subject, but must arrange to have the AP scores sent to Rutgers from the College Board. Go to: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores to submit your scores.
    • Additional information about the math placement tests can be found online HERE.

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TESTS
    Recommended for any first year student entering a BFA or BM program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts who wishes to study a foreign language at Rutgers University including: Arabic, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
    SAT or ACT Exemption: There is no SAT or ACT exemption from taking the foreign language placement test.
    AP Exam Exemption: Typically , students who received a score of 4 or 5 in a foreign language AP exam receive credit for the corresponding course at Rutgers and do not have to complete the placement exam. In order to receive credit students must arrange to have the AP scores sent to Rutgers from the College Board. Go to: https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores to submit your scores.
    • Additional information about the foreign language placement tests can be found online HERE.

    For more information about the Placement Testing requirements at Rutgers University please CLICK HERE.

  • myRutgers Portal

    This is a web-based information portal that can be personalized to provide central access to a variety of online services such as class registration, grades, financial aid and email. It is an essential resource for students to receive and manage information. To access myRUTGERS Portal please CLICK HERE.

  • RUConnection ID Card

    The RUconnection Card is the official photo identification card issued to faculty, staff, students, and guests on all Rutgers University campuses. This unified photo ID card serves as the primary form of identity verification throughout the university.
    Whenever possible, ID Card photos should be taken when you visit campus before the start of classes at events like New Student Orientation (NSO) or placement testing days.

    Your RUconnection Card is important to have so you will be granted access to the services such as:
    • Checkout privileges at any of the Rutgers University libraries
    • Access to recreation centers and computer lab facilities.
    • Entry to football games and other events.
    • Access to purchased meal plans and debit account options.
    • Access to assigned housing and other buildings.
    • Identification for transactions with the university cashier and registrar.
    • Attendance verification for classes and exams.

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  • Final Transcripts

     

  • Housing and Meal Plans

     

  • Financial Aid

     

  • Term Bills

     

  • Parking

     

  • Camp UKnight!

     

  • Advising/APA Days

     

  • Academic Credit/College Credit

     

  • Academic Integrity

     

  • Important Contacts