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.

a class meeting outside on Voorhees Mall

graduation rate for first generation, which is above the national average of 54%

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.

Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Rutgers graduation ceremony

The Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement supports Rutgers University–New Brunswick first-generation students by connecting them to academic resources regardless of their school affiliation or major. 

The Collaborative Center

Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service provides students with ways to get involved in the local community that brings their academic learning to life, teaches real world skills while providing necessary services to our neighbors in need.

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).

Paul Robeson Success Institute

Students walking across the Kissing Bridge

The Institute connects students with faculty, administrators, and students; builds a community of support with peers; and identifies resources to support educational success.

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