At Rutgers University–New Brunswick, we help first-generation students step out of their comfort zone and provide them with resources to ensure their success. What does first generation mean? A trailblazer; a person who is among the first in their families to attend and graduate from college. Join our vibrant community filled with fresh faces and worldviews dedicated to helping students thrive.

Why College?

College is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your future. Inside and outside of the classroom, you will gather the knowledge needed to excel in today's workforce and also grow as an individual. We know you have great aspirations and we will provide the support you need to make dreams a reality.

Support For Your Success

Rutgers University–New Brunswick works collaboratively to decrease the achievement gap for underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students.

RU first Robeson Scholars

of this year's incoming Class of 2022 are first generation

Rutgers Today
a class meeting outside on Voorhees Mall

graduation rate for first generation and low-income students, which is above the national average of 26%

Student Support Services

Student Support Services

Students dancing with the Scarlet Knight

Student Support Services (SSS) provides one-on-one tutoring, career and academic coaching, financial support, and educational workshops for students not admitted into the EOF program.

RU1st Initiative

Rutgers graduation ceremony

RU1st supports Rutgers University–New Brunswick first-generation students by connecting them to academic resources regardless of their school affiliation or major. 

SAEE Outreach Services

Students representing the office of Student Access and Educational Equity

Student Access & Educational Equity (SAEE) is an office at the university that provides support for low-income, first-generation, and/or historically underrepresented students through each stage of their college career.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

A student working on a science project

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation supports students from under-represented minority groups who complete undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Paul Robeson Leadership Institute

Students walking across the Kissing Bridge

The Paul Robeson Leadership Institute provides leadership development and academic support for first-generation students, with an emphasis on underrepresented males.

Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program

a student presents his research

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds for master's or doctoral degrees.

Scholarship Opportunity for DREAMers

Rutgers University–New Brunswick is a proud partner of scholarship initiative, the nation’s largest access and success program for immigrant youth. Through this partnership, we aim to expand the opportunity for NJ DREAMers to get a college education.

The Paul Robeson Leadership Institute gave me an opportunity to make great and meaningful connections on campus. The Rutgers community along with the programs I'm involved with have given me the tools to thrive academically, socially, and financially.
Zenaida R.
Bayonne, New Jersey
Social Work
Rutgers helped me grow not only as a scholar but as a conscientious individual. It is great knowing that there are many others, sharing the same story, who are willing to help you realize your dreams.
Salman H.
Paterson, New Jersey
Electrical and Computer Engineering