Spring Semester Checklist

As you begin to start your first semester, we identified a few things below we think are important for you to know and explore.  This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather a starting place.  Reach out to our office if there are specific questions or concerns as you navigate your first semester.

Participate in Signature Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events which will help you foster connections and get immersed in campus life.

Transfer Student Welcome - Thursday January 19th, 7-8:30pm Livingston Student Center, Coffeehouse
Hosted by the Rutgers University Transfer Student Association. Join us for a student panel, yummy food and giveaways to kick off your first semester. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow spring 2023 transfer students! Visit event page.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series - January 23rd - January 27th

Late Knight Event: Frozen Friday with RUPA  - Friday January 20th, 9pm - 12am, College Avenue Student Center

Spring Career and Internship Mega Fair - Thursday February 16 - Friday February 17 11am - 4pm EST, Jersey Mike's Arena, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, NJ.  Register now and don't miss out.

Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration, Friday February 24th, 7-10pm Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall. Follow @ruaacc for more details

Set an Academic Plan -- Meet with your Academic Advisor

Schedule a meeting to set an academic plan to ensure you are meeting major/minor requirements and set the stage for staying on track to graduation.  Lay out your future courses and make a list of classes you can take. For more information about your school, click here.

Get Involved! Set Up Your Student Profile NOW

Visit getINVOLVED – an online resource that connects you with student engagement opportunities on campus. Log-in with your Net-ID and passport to create a personal profile and then discover organizations that match your interests, search for events by title, date, program type, or by perks such as free food!

Check out the Student Success Website

A central website dedicated to helping you find all the tools and resources to succeed. Check out success.rutgers.edu. For questions, email us at student.success@rutgers.edu.

Jobs, Internships and Leadership Positions - Set Up your Rutgers Handshake Account

You should regularly check out the employment listings available on Rutgers Handshake, your primary career management portal brought to you by the Office of Career Exploration and Success. On-campus part-time jobs are also regularly posted to the platform by campus departments.  Set your Rutgers Handshake account NOW!

Explore Well-Being Resources and Learn About RU Well Friends

Medical & Counseling Resources
Wellness is more than the absence of illness. Rutgers Student Health takes a comprehensive approach to health and wellness by providing care and support to our students’ minds and bodies during their time here at Rutgers and preparing them to manage their health and wellness after they graduate. Help is available and we are a community that cares. We encourage students to reach out and utilize our medical and mental health resources. Visit our website for all the services and resources. We have 24/7 Crisis & Resources and campus support resources for non-crisis situations through Counseling, Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Health Education and Promotion
For many, college is the first time you’re taking responsibility for your own healthcare needs. It could be the first time you have to decide if you need to see a doctor or the first time you make a medical appointment or decide to see a counselor. It’s important to know what is and is not normal for your own body, to maintain a basic understanding of common medical conditions, and to develop a toolkit of coping mechanisms that work best for you in various situations. Check out these resources.

Rutgers Recreation
We support the health and well-being of our students and we are commitment to enhancing the mind, body, and spirit of our students by providing programs, services, and facilities to meet the physical, social, recreational, and educational needs of the campus community. Check out our website!

RU Well Friends - We Go Well Together!
RUwell is designed to provide students with tips, health hacks and campus resources that will keep their mind, body, and spirit fully boosted and ready for success. With seven ambassadors, each repping a different dimension of wellness, we’re putting wellness on top of the schedule. Learn More


Tasks for Your First Week

Here are a few reminders for important tasks that are listed as part of our post orientation resources that ALL new students should complete to prepare you for your first semester.