Welcome, Our New Scarlet Knights to Rutgers!

Orientation for our new Scarlet Knights is a way to make relationships with your fellow incoming students, learn more about the Rutgers campus, connect with Rutgers offices, resources and staff, and get guidance from current Rutgers students.

Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis so don’t delay!

For more information about Summer or Winter Orientation, click on one of the tabs below.

If you are an Engineering, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Nursing, Honors College, First Generation, or an Out of State student, please click on the Priority Sessions button to figure out which summer orientation session is right for you.

If you are an incoming International student, you are required to attend International Orientation. International students should visit globalservices.rutgers.edu or contact globalservices@gaiacenters.rutgers.edu with questions.

We look forward to having you join us on campus for an orientation program.

Winter 2020 Orientation

Welcome to the Scarlet Knight Family!  We’re looking forward to meeting you at an upcoming Orientation program!  Our primary goal is to ensure that every student walks away from their orientation program with the resources, tools and answers to make sure their first semester is a successful one.  All new students are expected to attend an orientation program.

Our Winter sessions are designed specifically for domestic first-year, transferring, returning and non-traditional students enrolling at Rutgers for the spring semester of 2020.

Winter Session Dates

Monday, January 13, 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Orientation

Welcome to the Scarlet Knight Family!  We’re looking forward to meeting you at an upcoming Orientation program!  Our primary goal is to ensure that every student walks away from their orientation program with the resources, tools and answers to make sure their first semester is a successful one.  All new students are expected to attend a summer orientation program.

Our summer sessions are designed specifically for domestic first-year, transferring, returning and non-traditional students enrolling at Rutgers for the fall semester of 2020.

Summer 2020 dates coming soon!

You can anticipate orientation sessions dates occurring starting end of June to the middle of August.

Priority Sessions

Priority Sessions are Summer Orientation sessions that include breakout academic sessions for students enrolled in certain schools. These breakout academic sessions will allow you to hear important information from advisors and faculty from your school of registration. Class registration does not occur during priority session breakout sessions.
If you are a student of one of these schools you are encouraged to attend one the priority sessions for your school. However, if the dates don’t work you will be able to register for any orientation session when you register for orientation on the enrollment pathway.

Priority Session dates coming soon!

If you cannot make your priority session it’s okay. The session is encouraged but not mandatory. However, it will be important for you to attend the academic orientation sessions held by your school of registration the day before classes begin.

Transfer and Non-Traditional Students

Each year our campus welcomes thousands of Transfer and Nontraditional Students to the Rutgers Family.

Even though many of these students have attended college at other two year and four year institutions we know they will need assistance in helping to make the transition to Rutgers.

Rutgers is a unique and special place. It’s five campuses, robust academic programs and thousands of ways to get involved outside the classroom make Rutgers unlike any other university in the nation. We are here to help you feel more prepared, confident and excited about joining the Rutgers family. Rutgers Orientation will help students like you connect with students, staff, faculty that will help you succeed in your transition to Rutgers.

Summer 2020 dates coming soon!

Family and Guest Information

Parent and Family members are invited to attend Parent and Family Orientation while their student attends New Student Orientation. Parent and Family Orientation is a one-day orientation program designed for parents and family members of new Scarlet Knights. Tickets for Parent and Family Orientation can be purchased here. Due to space limitations, only two parent or family members per student are able to attend.

All Parents and Family Members are also encouraged to sign up for the Rutgers Parent and Family Newsletter.

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