Fall 2020 Campus Plans

The following FAQ will help answer questions regarding enrolling at Rutgers-New Brunswick.  For answers to questions related to the fall experience and operating status, please visit our R-connection FAQ.


Admissions and Campus Tours

What is Rutgers–New Brunswick's Operating Status?
How Can I Contact Undergraduate Admissions?
Updates on Campus Tours and Events

Transcript and Document Submission

How Can I Upload Required Documents?
How Can I Submit My Final Transcript?
Will You Accept Pass/Fail Grades on Final Transcripts?
How Will Credits for AP, IB, and A-level Exams be Awarded?

Enrollment and Fees

Can I Still Enroll? Can I Have My Enrollment Fee Waived?
Can I Get My Enrollment Fee Refunded?

Enrollment Next Steps

When Can I Meet an Academic Advisor?
When Do I Register for New Student Orientation?
When Should I Complete Placement Testing?
How Can I Meet Other Admitted or Enrolling Students?
Can I Defer my Admission to Begin in Spring 2021? Fall 2021?
What If I have Changed My Mind About Enrolling at Rutgers?

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Can I Appeal my Financial Aid Award with New Financial Information?
Will There Be Additional Funding, Aid, or Scholarships for Families Who Were Impacted by COVID-19? 
Why Did I Not Receive a Scholarship Offer?
 


Admissions and Campus Tours


What is Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Operating Status?

Many student services offices like undergraduate admissions, financial aid, and student accounting are physically closed but operating remotely. A full listing of office hours and contact methods can be found at https://nbchancellor.rutgers.edu/status.


How Can I Contact Undergraduate Admissions?

The Rutgers Visitor Center and Office of Undergraduate Admissions remain closed to the public. However, our admissions counselors are happy to help you via email at questions@admissions.rutgers.edu or live chat on admissions.newbrunswick.rutgers.edu Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.


Updates on Campus Tours and Events?

All campus tours and Undergraduate Admissions related on-campus events through August will be rescheduled. However, we are excited to connect with and host you online! View the many ways you can "visit" with us this summer at https://admissions.newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/explore-rutgers-virtual-visits.


Transcript and Document Submission


How Can I Upload Required Documents?

Students still under consideration at one or more of their school choices can now upload required documents from their Rutgers status screen. Go to your Rutgers Status Screen and follow instructions on uploading documents.


How Can I Submit My Final Transcript?

Enrolling high school students can submit their official high school and/or college transcripts directly from their institution(s) upon enrollment. Transfer students should request their updated transcripts including spring 2020 final grades to be sent directly from their institution to us electronically to transcripts@admissions.rutgers.edu whenever possible (please click here for more information). We know many schools are closed temporarily or indefinitely, causing hardships in sharing final transcripts with us. We will be flexible with posted deadlines for receiving final official transcripts, and will work with students and counselors to make this process as simple as possible. If you have questions regarding your transcript, please contact us at questions@admissions.rutgers.edu.


Will You Accept Pass/Fail Grades on Final Transcripts?

Yes. Due to Covid-19, we will accept pass/fail grades on final transcripts for enrolling first-year students. Pass/fail grades will also be accepted for transfer students, and credits will be awarded for all transferable courses with a Pass indicated.


How Will Credits for AP, IB, and A-level Exams be Awarded?

Many national exams or international certificate programs (such the International Baccalaureate program, Cambridge Programme/A-Levels, etc.) are being moved online, postponed, or cancelled. Therefore, we will not require admitted students to complete these or similar exams as a condition of enrollment. 

AP

There are no changes for how credits for AP exams are awarded for students entering in Fall 2020. Information on AP course credit can be found here. However, since some of the 2020 Advanced Placement exams will not include all of the units typically covered on those exams, students who earn scores of 4 or 5 on some exams in the 2020 test administration may need to consult with faculty and professional advisors to determine if they have the prerequisite knowledge and background to be successful in more advanced coursework in the fall semester. Once AP scores are received in July, advisors will reach out to students as appropriate with more information and guidance.

IB

Given the cancellation of IB exams, credit for IB students in Fall 2020 will be awarded for Higher Level (HL) courses based on the numerical subject grade awarded for each subject. Information on IB course credit can be found here. Since exams will not be administered in 2020 students may need to consult with faculty and professional advisors to determine if they have the prerequisite knowledge and background to be successful in more advanced coursework in the fall semester. Once IB scores are received in July, advisors will reach out to students as appropriate with more information and guidance.

A-Level

Given the cancellation of Advanced Level (A Level) exams, credit for GCE students in Fall 2020 will be awarded for A Level courses based on the grade awarded for each subject. Information on A Level course credit can be found here. Since exams will not be administered in 2020 students may need to consult with faculty and professional advisors to determine if they have the prerequisite knowledge and background to be successful in more advanced coursework in the fall semester. Once A Level scores are received in June, advisors will reach out to students as appropriate with more information and guidance.
 

Enrollment and Fees


Can I Still Enroll? Can I Have My Enrollment Fee Waived?

Some of our schools remain open and will continue enrolling students through July 17, 2020. To see if your school is open for enrollment, check your Rutgers Status Screen

To enroll, students pay the $150 acceptance fee via the Rutgers Status Screen. If at any point you have concerns regarding the enrollment fee, please contact us at questions@admissions.rutgers.edu.

 


Enrollment Next Steps


When Can I Meet an Academic Advisor?

All Rutgers–New Brunswick schools are currently evaluating or have implemented virtual alternatives for students to complete academic planning and advising. Fall 2020 first-year and transfer enrolling students will be contacted directly via email by their school with more information related to academic planning and advising. Enrolling students can also access information regarding placement testing and advising on their myRutgers dashboard, which lists all next steps for students once they enroll.


When Do I Register for New Student Orientation?

In the interest of the health and safety of our incoming class, New Student Orientation will be entirely virtual for fall 2020 first-year and transfer enrolling students. Registartion and more information for enrolling students is also on the myRutgers dashboard


When Should I Complete Placement Testing?

Placement testing for math, English, and most world languages is conducted online. Activate your NetID and access the tests at the myRutgers dashboard under Required for Enrollment. Students should complete the tests within 30 days of enrolling unless you are awaiting accommodations.


How Can I Meet Other Admitted or Enrolling Students?

It’s important to come together and build community during these uncertain times. We are proud that our Scarlet Knights are inclusive, resilient, and authentic community members. You can form new friendships and meet other admitted and enrolling students on Go Rutgers, an exclusive social media platform for Rutgers admitted and enrolling students only. Chat with other students, find roommates, join live sessions, and more. You can also join the Rutgers Class of 2024 Facebook page (which is not managed by Rutgers, but may be a good resource). 


Can I Defer my Admission to Begin in Spring 2021? Fall 2021?

In light of the COVID-19 crisis and the many concerns it has created for students and their families, Rutgers–New Brunswick will allow incoming first-year and transfer students to defer their enrollment to the spring or fall of 2021 for all schools with the following exceptions.

  • The School of Nursing-Newark and the School of Nursing-New Brunswick will allow students to defer their enrollment to fall 2021 only.
  • The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy will allow first-year students to defer to either spring or fall, but transfer students may only defer to fall. Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy first-year students who defer their enrollment to the spring semester may be required to make up missed fall coursework during the summer of 2021 in order to ensure they remain in sequence for the fall 2021 semester.
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts students seeking to defer should contact admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu to determine if the deferral can be accommodated.
  • School of Engineering students who defer their enrollment to the spring semester may be required to make up missed fall coursework during the summer of 2021 in order to ensure they remain in sequence for the fall 2021 semester.

If a student decides to defer their enrollment they will be permitted to retain any merit-based scholarship awards and/or Honors College/honors program invitations. The deadline to defer enrollment is August 1, 2020. Complete details about deferring enrollment and how to request a deferral can be found here.


What If I have Changed My Mind About Enrolling at Rutgers?

While we would love to welcome you to our family in the fall, we understand plans change. If you would like to change your enrollment status, please visit your myRutgers dashboard and click the link for Change of Plans. 

 


Financial Aid and Scholarships


Can I Appeal my Financial Aid Award with New Financial Information?
 

Yes, if you have received your Financial Aid Offer Letter and have new information to provide or have experienced a change in your family financial situation, please visit https://financialaid.rutgers.edu/apply/forms/change-in-family-circumstances and follow the steps to complete a Change in Family Circumstances Form. If you have not applied for financial aid and wish to, please visit https://financialaid.rutgers.edu/apply/. If you have questions related to financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid


Will There Be Additional Funding, Aid, or Scholarships for Families Who Were Impacted by COVID-19?

We understand many families are experiencing economic hardship and uncertainty due to COVID-19.  If your family situation has changed, such as unemployment, loss of a business, or reduced wages, and you have applied for financial aid, you can complete and submit the Change in Family Circumstances Form. Once reviewed, you may be eligible to receive additional financial aid or support.  For additional questions regarding costs and paying for your Rutgers education, please contact us.  We are happy to help.


Why Did I Not Receive a Scholarship Offer?

Admitted students who applied by December 1 and were offered admission to at least one school at Rutgers University–New Brunswick were considered for merit based awards. Our merit-based awards were based on the academic strength of individual applicants, the overall competitiveness of our applicant pool, and available funding. We consider a student’s academic credentials within the context of the admitted student pool during a given year. Primary factors include SAT or ACT scores, grade-point average, course grades, and strength of curriculum. Click here to see our academic profile, which shows the middle 50% of students admitted to each school last year. 25% of admitted students last year fell above this range, with scholarship recipient falling within the top 10%.