Academics and Learning
Housing and Residence Life
Financial Aid
Campus Events for Admitted Students
Student Life
Health and Safety


Academics and Learning

Will Rutgers–New Brunswick operate in an in-person or remote format for undergraduate education in Spring 2021?

While the majority of courses will continue to be hosted remotely, university leaders are preparing plans to offer additional opportunities for in-person classes in areas that require use of on campus facilities. Some expanded opportunities for on-campus housing will be available for spring, as well.

Many student services offices like undergraduate admissions, financial aid, and student accounting remain physically closed, but they are operating remotely. A full listing of office hours and contact methods can be found here.

The Rutgers Visitor Center and Office of Undergraduate Admissions remain closed to the public. However, those needing assistance can contact an admissions counselor by emailing or can chat with a student ambassador using the live chat feature on our website.

What will the operating status be for Rutgers-New Brunswick in Fall 2021?

While we remain hopeful, the virus will ultimately dictate what future semesters look like.  University leaders are actively designing multiple scenarios to accommodate whatever reality we face this coming fall and beyond.

Where can international students find resources and information?

Rutgers Global provides students with updates, advisories, and useful resources for international students. Please visit their website for more information. 


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Housing and Residence Life

How many students will live in the residence halls for Spring 2021?

During a typical spring semester, approximately 15,000 residents live on campus in apartments, suites, semi-suites, and traditional style residence halls. For Spring 2021, we anticipate up to 5,000 total residents across campus, in apartments and suites (with half-occupancy in older apartments and all suite halls). For those living on campus, housing charges will appear on term bills by January 14, 2021.


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Financial Aid

Will tuition be the same for remote courses?

Yes. The Rutgers Board of Governors took the unprecedented step of freezing tuition and fees for 2020-2021 academic year. This action was taken in recognition of the economic stresses that confront every member of our community and despite cost increases in virtually every area of our operation.  Tuition and fees are set at the minimum amount required to provide our 50,000 students with a world-class education. A robust Rutgers education, whether delivered in a remote, hybrid, or in-person fashion, is comprehensive and is provided by some of the finest scholars in American higher education. The university does not anticipate any reduction in tuition.

Will I receive a discount on my tuition on any remote courses?

No. Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year has already been determined and will remain the same as the 2019-2020 academic year. Students will be charged the same credit hour rate as for on-campus classes.

Will I receive a refund of my student fees on any remote courses?

In recognition of the financial hardship that many students and families find themselves, the university announced a reduction in the "campus fee" for the academic year. This fee supports many vital aspects of university operations that continue to function, like library resources and student services. For full-time undergraduate students, this change will translate to at least a $300 reduction in their term bills over the academic year.  All other student fees are still being charged and will not be refunded. The university will be operating with the full range of support services from learning centers to computing support. While classes are remote, all offices are fully staffed and delivering the necessary services to support all our students. The university realizes the economic hardships faced by students and their families. We are allocating university resources as well as federal CARES funding to students and families experiencing economic hardships.

Will I have to pay the course support fee for online courses?

No, online course fees have been waived for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

How can I get help if my family's economic circumstances have been impacted by COVID-19?

Rutgers University was awarded funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds have been given directly to students through the emergency assistance application. Students can also contact the Office of Financial Aid regarding the Change in Family Circumstance review process. Students can also reach out to the Dean of Students Office for financial assistance through the Student Emergency Fund.


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Campus Events for Admitted Students 

What virtual events are available for admitted students?

We are excited to connect with and host you online! Join a virtual admitted student information session, campus tour, school and academic program information session, and more. Visit for a complete list of events throughout the winter and spring.

When can I visit campus?

All campus tours and other in-person events have been cancelled. However, please join us for a virtual admitted student information session, campus tour, school and academic program information session, and more. Visit for a complete list of events throughout the winter and spring.


Student Life

How will orientation be held for first-year students?

Winter New Student Orientation for students enrolling in Spring 2021 will be held virtually. It will be a two-part synchronous and asynchronous orientation experience. The synchronous portion is a one-day online virtual experience offered on Zoom. The virtual orientation program is a mix of live presentations and student panels. Additionally, the asynchronous portion is a series of pre-recorded content and interactive activities to further acclimate students to the university. Registration for Winter New Student Orientation is now available via

I am a first-year student at Rutgers and am worried I am going to miss out on the camaraderie of living on campus. What programs will be available to me?

Ensuring our first-year students feel a part of the campus community is important to us. This Spring we are continuing our "virtual residential learning communities," a group of students led by a Resident Assistant, to ensure robust engagement and a sense of community develops among your peer students.

What is student life like at Rutgers-New Brunswick in a virtual setting?

Our students have had access to a robust offering of online programming and services throughout the fall semester.  For a look at life of a Scarlet Knight in this remote world, visit our YouTube page for student stories and videos.


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Health and Safety

How will the university mitigate risk for on-campus courses in the spring?

The university will implement all CDC guidelines for social distancing, including requirements to wear facial masks/coverings when in public, and limited face-to-face interactions. Effective immediately, anyone who travels to campus or enters a Rutgers facility is required to access the My Campus Pass Self-Screening App through and complete the state-mandated COVID-19 training module, "Safety Short: Coronaviruses and COVID-19."  For more information, please read the Rutgers' Returning to Campus plan

Will faculty, staff, and students be required to wear face coverings on campus?

Yes. Faculty, staff, and students in public areas on campus or when interacting with one another in offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc., will be required to wear face masks. This requirement also applies to visitors. For more information, please read the Rutgers' Returning to Campus plan.

What are the university's plans for cleaning and sanitization of campus facilities?

Rutgers is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and guests. University Facilities will undertake inspections, cleaning, and maintenance of buildings and grounds in the weeks leading up to the repopulation of the campuses and will institute preventative maintenance measures in accordance with established schedules. 

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.

As a leading research institution, what is Rutgers doing 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.

Our faculty and medical experts continue to lead the fight against COVID-19.  Rutgers developed the first FDA-approved saliva test for COVID-19 and most recently, Rutgers is leading a Coronavirus Therapeutic Clinical Trial to treat COVID-19 patients with no or mild symptoms. Learn more at

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