An Update on COVID-19 Planning at Rutgers

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?
Will Standardized Test Scores be Required for Admissions Consideration for the Spring or Fall 2021 Semesters?

Enrollment and Fees

Do I Still Need to Enroll by May 1? Can I Have My Enrollment Fee Waived?
Will Classes Be Moved Online in the Fall?  Will We Be Able to Live On Campus?
If I Pay the Enrollment Fee and the University Does Not Open with On-campus Programming in the Fall, Can I Get My Enrollment Fee Refunded?

Enrollment Next Steps

What Does COVID-19 Mean for I-20 Processing and Applying for my F-1 Visa?
When Can I Meet an Academic Advisor?
When Do I Register for New Student Orientation?
When Should I Complete Placement Testing?
What is the Deadline to Apply for Housing and Dining? Will the Deposit be  Refunded If I Realize I Can No Longer Live On Campus this Fall or the Fall Semester is Conducted Online?
Can I Still Take Summer Courses?
When Does My EOF Summer Institute Begin?
How Can I Meet Other Admitted or Enrolling Students?
What If I have Changed My Mind About Enrolling at Rutgers?

Enrollment Alternatives

If Unable to Meet In-Person, Will Rutgers Hold Its Fall Semester Online?
What Will the Tuition Rate be for Online Coursework? Will Fees be Reduced if the Fall Semester is Held Online?
How will Online Coursework Affect my Financial Aid?  Will Financial Aid be Reduced if you Do Not Offer On Campus Classes and I Cannot Live in a Dorm?  Can I use Financial Aid Money for Living Expenses at Home?
Can I Apply my Financial Aid to Online Courses?​
Can I Defer my Admission to Begin in Spring 2021? Fall 2021?

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?
I Am at the Top of My Class and Received a Scholarship from Every Other School I Applied to, Why Didn’t I Get One from Rutgers?

COVID-19 Questions

How is Rutgers Keeping Students Safe During the Outbreak?
How Else is Rutgers Supporting Students Still On Campus?
Is Rutgers Doing Anything to Help Fight COVID-19?

 


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, throughout April we will be hosting Admitted Student Information Sessions and Meet Our Students virtual events. In addition, many schools and student services departments will be holding virtual events to keep incoming students up to date. Students will receive more information about these events in the coming months. While we won't see you on campus in the coming months, your safety and health is of the utmost importance to us. For continued updates regarding Rutgers–New Brunswick’s status, please visit https://nbchancellor.rutgers.edu/status.


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. We will continue sharing information with you regarding transcript submission throughout the spring and summer. 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.


Will Standardized Test Scores be Required for Admissions Consideration for the Spring or Fall 2021 Semesters?

To address the increasing concerns of students and families about the availability of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers University–New Brunswick will make these tests optional for students applying for admission for the spring or fall 2021 semesters. The temporary policy is driven by nationwide cancellations of the SAT and ACT to comply with social distancing protocols as well as uncertainty surrounding the possibility of modified test formats and rescheduling of prospective test dates. Students who want to submit a standardized test score with their application for 2021 admission may still do so.
 

Enrollment and Fees


Do I Still Need to Enroll by May 1? Can I Have My Enrollment Fee Waived?

Rutgers’ candidate reply date is May 1 and this guarantees a students’ seat in the 2020 incoming class.  However, we understand this is a big decision for you and your family and know that circumstances are more fluid than usual. We will continue to allow students to enroll post-May 1 as long as space is available in the school the admitted student wishes to attend.  We’ll also be here throughout the summer to work closely with you, should your plans change.

For all students who were recently admitted from the wait list, you have one week from the notification of their admission to enroll.

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.


Will Classes Be Moved Online in the Fall?  Will We Be Able to Live On Campus?

A rigorous, thoughtful planning process involving the faculty and faculty leadership is under way for undergraduate education. Since the COVID-19 landscape is still fluid, a number of scenarios for the fall are being actively considered. These include:

  • A traditional in-person opening to the academic year, with minimal adjustments;
  • Beginning the fall in a hybrid state, where some activities can be held in-person, but where state or federal guidelines still limit gatherings and business operations;
  • Beginning the fall remotely, while transitioning to a more traditional operating model during the term; and
  • A full remote semester.

While our preference might envision Rutgers classes to be in-person and for our dorms to be occupied at the start of the fall semester, the most likely scenario at this point is a hybrid model of in-person and remote education. The degree to which we can operate fully in-person will depend on the course of the pandemic and on the federal and state requirements that remain in place to mitigate the virus.

Our planning process prioritizes student, faculty, and staff safety, and is focused on the creative uses of academic spaces to accommodate in-person instruction, the specific needs of certain disciplines such as music and the performing arts for campus infrastructure, and the need for models that allow for a combination of face-to-face, remote synchronous instruction and asynchronous remote engagement.

Please recognize that the final decisions regarding many of these issues can only be made as more information becomes available over the next 6 to 8 weeks. If there is one thing this pandemic has taught us at home, in our communities, and at Rutgers, it is that we must be flexible and be prepared to adjust.  In light of this necessity, we ask for your understanding and patience.

Students, please know that Rutgers will be prepared for whatever scenario comes, and that we will do everything we can as an institution to see you, in-person, in the fall.


If I Pay the Enrollment Fee and the University Does Not Open with On-campus Programming in the Fall, Can I get My Enrollment Fee Refunded?

Rutgers–New Brunswick is committed to delivering a quality education. While we would prefer that you began your journey with us this fall, we will certainly be flexible if students and families must make a different choice. If at any point you have concerns, we encourage you to contact us at questions@admissions.rutgers.edu and we will evaluate situations on a case-by-case basis. We understand that our students and families are facing unprecedented circumstances and our departments are actively discussing alternatives. We will be here to assist you online and in person between now and the start of the fall semester.


Enrollment Next Steps


What Does COVID-19 Mean for I-20 Processing and Applying for my F-1 Visa?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has determined that temporarily any I-20s that have been digitally signed can be emailed to students. You can follow the instructions listed here to submit your documents to us electronically. Once the documents have been reviewed and processed, you will receive your I-20 electronically with a digital signature. It’s possible that a physical copy will still need to be mailed, as we have yet to receive a confirmation from the Department of State about whether this electronically signed documents will be sufficient for a visa appointment or clearing a port of entry to the USA. We are monitoring this situation constantly and will provide further instructions should a physical copy be necessary for visa approval.

Should it be determined that attending school in-person is not an option for Fall 2020, admissions and Rutgers Global will work together to defer your start date to the appropriate term. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ruinternational@admissions.rutgers.edu.


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. Enrolling students will be contacted in the near future with more information regarding registration for New Student Orientation events. More information for enrolling students is also available on the myRutgers dashboard. Registration for New Student Orientation virtual programming will begin in mid-May and students are encouraged to register by June 15 to ensure being able to attend the virtual program on the date of their choice.


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.


What is the Deadline to Apply for Housing and Dining? Will the Deposit be  Refunded If I Realize I Can No Longer Live On Campus this Fall or the Fall Semester is Conducted Online?

We understand our students and families are facing unprecedented times and we want to give you more time and flexibility to decide if living on campus is best for you.  The deadline to submit the Housing and Dining application has been pushed back to July 6, 2020. And if you apply for housing and dining but later learn you will no longer be able to live on campus for your fall semester at Rutgers (i.e. family financial circumstances change), or the university must conduct classes online only,  a refund of your housing and dining deposit will be issued.


Can I Still Take Summer Courses?

Summer Session 2020 at Rutgers–New Brunswick will proceed as scheduled. Because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, instruction for all courses will be offered remotely. Registration is open.


When Does My EOF Summer Institute Begin?

For those admitted to our Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), the dates for the EOF Scholars Summer Institute dates have remained the same and are listed below. The summer program will be online and each school is now finalizing their curriculum. More details regarding your summer program will be sent to you directly via email from your EOF director.

School Online Summer Program Dates
Engineering June 28 - July 31
Nursing-Newark July 5 - August 14
Pharmacy June 28 - July 31
SEBS June 28 - July 24
SAS, MGSA, RBS June 29 - July 24

 


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). 


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. 

 


Enrollment Alternatives


If Unable to Meet In-Person, Will Rutgers Hold its Fall Semester Online?

We have been able to transition our current students to remote learning and coursework for this spring semester. Our faculty worked diligently to ensure learning of the utmost quality and integrity could continue for students both through online courses and virtual office hours.  Keeping our students and our community healthy and safe is a priority.

Rutgers is also committed to delivering its education to enrolling students who choose to join "R" family and begin their studies in September. We’ll have information and details to share very soon about what our Rutgers educational opportunities will look like in the fall. Rest assured that should you choose to enroll with us, we will be ready to offer you classes, whether online or in person. You will be able to start your higher education journey with us and you will be a part of our community.


What Will the Tuition Rate be for Online Coursework? Will Fees be Reduced if the Fall Semester is Held Online?

The tuition rate for online courses will be the same as in-person courses. Fees for those studying remotely will be adjusted, however, to account for those students not utilizing certain on campus services. 


How will Online Coursework Affect my Financial Aid?  Will Financial Aid be Reduced if you Do Not Offer On Campus Classes and I Cannot Live in a Dorm?  Can I Use Financial Aid Money for Living Expenses at Home?

Rutgers is committed to ensuring its education is accessible and affordable. Financial aid will be applicable, as usual, to online course tuition rates, if necessary. We’ll have more information on costs for any alternative forms of course delivery very soon.


Can I Apply my Financial Aid to Online Courses?
 

Yes. Rutgers is committed to ensuring its education is accessible and affordable. Financial aid will be applicable, as usual, to online course tuition rates, if necessary. We’ll have more information on costs for alternative forms of course delivery very soon.


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 except for the School of Nursing and Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA). MGSA students seeking to defer should contact admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu to determine if the deferral can be accommodated. Additionally, School of Engineering and Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy students who defer their enrollment to the spring semester will 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.


Financial Aid and Scholarships


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

Yes. If you 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 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, and reduced wages, 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?

Scholarships are very competitive, offered to the top 10-15% of the admit pool for each academic school. Last year (2019-2020) only 951 of the 7,268 incoming first year students at Rutgers-New Brunswick received a scholarship (13%).  You can see our academic profile here to provide context for our competition.


I Am at the Top of my Class and Received a Scholarship from Every Other School I Applied to, Why Didn’t I Get One from Rutgers?

Questions about scholarships can be directed to scholarships@admissions.rutgers.edu.

 


COVID-19 Related Questions


How is Rutgers Keeping Students Safe During the Outbreak?

Rutgers Student Health offices remain open at Rutgers–New Brunswick and continue to provide health services to staff and students in need. In addition, students, faculty, and staff have transitioned to remote learning and work to safely maintain continuity of the student experience. Rutgers University has issued guidance for employees and students physically on campus who test positive for COVD-19. More information can be found at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-guidelines-for-positive-cases/.

Rutgers is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff and guests. The university is cleaning and disinfecting areas in accordance with CDC recommended guidelines.  This includes increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in buildings, especially frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons and other surfaces.  

Rutgers is using a disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on hard, non-porous surfaces and is qualified under EPA's emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

For more information regarding Rutgers University and COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu.


How Else is Rutgers Supporting Students Still On Campus?

Several Rutgers Dining Services locations remain open for takeout only for those students remaining on campus. In addition, the Graduate Student Lounge is operating as a temporary food panty by appointment for students in need. Many other offices, such as admissions, financial aid, student accounting, and more remain in operation virtually to assist students.


Is Rutgers Doing Anything to Help Fight COVID-19?

Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy, Ph.D., announced on March 24 the establishment of the Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (CCRP2) to address SARS CoV-2, the causative pathogen of COVID-19, and other emerging pathogen threats. The goal for this center is to serve as an institutional hub for COVID-19 research activities and information dissemination.

A Rutgers research team has also completed the first evaluation of a new rapid COVID-19 test given emergency approval by the FDA.  The impact of this new rapid test delivers results in just 45 minutes.  Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics also received an amended emergency use authorization from the FDA for the first COVID-19 test that will allow people to collect their own saliva at home and send to a lab for results.

To learn more about the cutting-edge research happening at Rutgers related to COVID-19, visit Rutgers Today.