Welcome, Our New Scarlet Knights to Rutgers!

Virtual Orientation 

The mission of New Student Orientation and Family Programs is to welcome, prepare, and engage new students and their families in their transition to Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  Due to the impact of COVID-19, we will be implementing a virtual orientation experience for all incoming students and their families. We recognize this experience may be different than what you anticipated, but we are dedicated to still providing you an intentional and engaging experience.  You will have an opportunity to learn about tools and resources available to you as a Rutgers student, tips and strategies to best navigate the campus, and connect with other new students and student leaders. 

Summer 2021 Orientation Dates

How to Register for Virtual Orientation 

Starting in early May 2021, you will be able to go to your MyRutgers Dashboard and select your Virtual Orientation date. Please note, you must be available to be online for the entire time period your selected Virtual Orientation.

What Will You Need? 

Please review the following items to make sure you are prepared for your orientation experience: 

  • Use a device (computer, laptop, or tablet) that has audio functionality. 
  • Virtual Orientation is best viewed by using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. 
  • Access to internet
  • While not required, we recommend the use of headphones to not be distracted by background noise 

How to Access Virtual Orientation

Virtual Orientation is supported through the University’s Learning Management System, Canvas, and through Zoom. All Rutgers University students are given a licensed Zoom account to use throughout their Rutgers journey. You will log into Zoom to take part in the live part of the virtual orientation.

Canvas is the platform many of our faculty use and where the majority of your coursework will be located. This is a great opportunity for you to get comfortable using Canvas. You will receive access details and instructions via Rutgers email one week prior to your session. You will not be able to access your orientation before then.

Virtual Orientation is split into two sections:

  • a 3-hour live session via Zoom – connect with other students and hear from University departments in real-time
  • an asynchronous "on your own" section via Canvas – complete different modules at your own speed. Modules can take up to 3 hours to complete. Please make sure you leave plenty of time to complete each portion of the program.

Please feel free to contact us at orientation@echo.rutgers.edu or 848-445-0572. Please note that while we are working remotely, the fastest way to reach us is via email.


We want to ensure that everyone is able to fully participate in our Virtual Orientation experience.  If there are questions and/or concerns about the method(s) of delivering content, please do not hesitate to contact one of our staff members, Nehemiah Chung, Assistant Director at nehemiah.chung@rutgers.edu.

Family and Guest Information

Parent and Family members are invited to attend orientation while their student attends a virtual New Student Orientation. Parent and Family Orientation will be a virtual experience designed for parents and family members of new Scarlet Knights. Tickets for Parent & Family Orientation are FREE, but you must register a ticket to secure a spot. Registration for Parent & Family Orientation is available at getinvolved.tix.com. Email us with any questions at ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu.

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

Become an Orientation Leader

Being an Orientation Leader is a tremendous opportunity for smart, hard-working, positive students who wish to share their Rutgers pride with our incoming students and their families. Sign up to attend an information session! You will only be able to apply to be an orientation leader if you attend an information session.