For safety and maintenance reasons students arriving prior to their registered orientation date will not be able to move-in early. However, you can click the link below to find local hotels. Some hotels have special rates for incoming students staying for orientation. Please click here for a list of hotels.


To activate your Rutgers Net ID visit

On the left hand side of the page click “Activate Net ID” and follow the instructions.

Your Scarletmail email account will be the primary way that many university offices will contact you so it will be very important for you to create your account after you activate your NET ID.

Make sure to  begin using and checking this account on a regular basis.

To activate your Scarletmail:

  1. visit
  2. On the left hand side of the page click “Service Activation”
  3. log in using your NET ID and password
  4. check the box next to “ScarletApps, including ScarletMail
  5. follow directions for activation.

Signing up for Orientation is easy but don’t delay. Spaces for our orientation sessions are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by visiting the Enrollment Pathway.

When you register for your orientation you are asked to provide us with the contact information of a family member. Many students INCORRECTLY believe that this is how family members are registered for Parent and Family Orientation.

Parents and family members who wish to attend Parent and Family Orientation must purchase a ticket(s) for their orientation session at this website.

Parent and family members attending during the summer DO NOT need to attend the Parent and Family Orientation session that takes place on the same day as their student’s orientation session. Family members can attend ANY session during the summer. Please note that space at our Parent and Family Orientation sessions are limited so please purchase your tickets as soon as you can.


Having a qualifying health insurance plan is a mandatory aspect of being a Rutgers student. Student looking to purchase health insurance or for information on which health plan is best for you and how to enroll in a plan, please click here.

If you already have a health insurance plan that you wish to keep you will need to waive the Health Insurance fee by providing a health insurance waiver. To check the eligibility of your plan and to waive the health insurance fee before the Spring Semester Deadline of February 3, 2017 click here.

The following immunization records are required of all incoming Rutgers students.

  • MMR (for all students born after 1956)
  • Meningococcal Vaccination
  • Tuberculosis Skin Testing (PPD or Mantoux)
  • Hepatitis B

For more information about these immunizations click here.

To download a copy of the pre-entrance immunization form click here.
This is the form you will provide to your healthcare providers. This form also has information on how, where and when to submit your form.

This is a list of items to bring with you to orientation. Some of these items apply to only to those students staying for an overnight program. One week before your orientation you will receive an email with more information.

What to pack:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Walking Shoes
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Alarm Clock
  • Long Twin Sheets (to fit a 36″x 80″ mattress) and comforter or a sleeping bag
  • Pillow & Pillowcase
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Shower shoes or flip flops for the shower
  • A canned good to support Rutgers Against Hunger efforts
  • Sunscreen (students will spend some time outdoors)
  • Sweatshirt or jacket (for air conditioned rooms)
  • Umbrella
  • Phone charger

What to prepare/bring:

  • Your NetID and password (if you have not already created these, please visit the Enrollment Pathway)
  • Your 9 digit RU ID number
  • Your printed parking pass
  • Complete immunization forms
  • For students under the age of 18, a parental consent/participation form must be printed out and signed by the parent/guardian. Forms are available here.
  • For students over the age of 18 please sign the participation form available here.

What we provide:

  • water bottle
  • drawstring bag
  • furnished residence hall room
  • New Student Resource Guide
  • meals