Mission Statement

The Office of Graduate Student Life (OGSL) at Rutgers University – New Brunswick advocates and supports holistic services that advance a vibrant graduate and professional student experience. The OGSL encourages the intellectual exchange of ideas that enrich personal development, life skills, leadership and global citizenship. OGSL cultivates collaborative partnerships across disciplines, cohorts, and departments where wellness, academic excellence, evolving identities, and life pursuits intersect.

Keep up to date with all graduate student events, highlights and important annoucements with our monthly newsletter!


Past Events

Virtual Destress Week

April 14th-April 23rd, 2021


We know the Graduate Student population has been hit exceptionally hard this year and to celebrate you, offer respite and just to show you that we appreciate your many contributions to Rutgers, we present the following days of events and resources to help get you through the rest of the semester.


Graduate Student Destress Week

When: Feb 24th, 2020 – Feb 28th

The Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities  Presents:

Body Positivity & Self Love Project 2020!

The Body Positivity & Self Love Project is a series of programs dedicated to affirming everyBODY with a social justice lens.

When: Feb 24th, 2020
Where: Graduate Student Lounge, 126, College Ave.
Considering the ongoing issues of traveling outside the US, the Office of Graduate Student Life has come together with the Health Department and Law at Rutgers to help reduce fears and provide answers to those with questions. Come out and take part in this initiative to learn about your rights and responsibilities while traveling and moving in and around Rutgers and the US.

The Rutgers’ Cultural Center Collaborative Presents: Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Week

When: 1/27/2020 – 1/29/2020

The Rutgers Cultural Center Collaborative presents:
The 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Week
January 27-29, 2020

Keynote Event: Demanding Freedom As Justice
Monday, January 27, 2020
Starting at 6:30pm 

Location: College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, who holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. 


MLK Oratorical Competition

When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:00pm-9:00pm


Location: Livingston Student Center, Multipurpose Room

The oratorical competition has 10 student speakers who will recite an original speech based on Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote, “Freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”


Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective
When: 9:30pm-Midnight

Location: Livingston Student Center, Multipurpose Room

The Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective is a student organization at Rutgers University —New Brunswick, that focuses on the expression of literary and performing arts—particularly that of poetry.

Please visit the following link for more:




Graduate Student Faculty and Staff Spring Welcome Reception & Resource Fair

When: February 5th, 2020

Time:  4:00PM – 8:00PM

Where: 126 College Avenue, College Avenue’s Multipurpose Room (MPR).

Once again the Graduate Student Life Department welcomes you back to Graduate School with a Spring Welcome Reception in your honor. All grad students, faculty and staff associated with graduate students and their families are welcome to meet, be informed about the services open to you as a grad student, and be entertained by the “Deans of Love” and “TILT”.

Admission is free along with free food and refreshments.

To register and print tickets please follow the following link:




RU Late Knight Spring 2020 Presents: ‘Winterfest’ & ‘Flashback Friday’

When:  1/24/2020 & 1/31/2020

Where: The Livingston Student Center (Winterfest) on Friday the 24th.

Student Activity Center (Flashback Friday) on Friday 31st.

FREE every Friday

Time: 9pm – 1am.


Winter themed party with winter novelties such as: Inflatable snow globes, snowflake photos, s’mores, hot chocolate and more!

There will be a midnight food bar accompanied by vegan chili options.

Flashback Friday

Flashback to when you were a kid with life size games, candy art, and a stuff-a-plush bear for the first 100.

Plus a cereal midnight food bar.


**Volunteer Options

For those looking to volunteer, meet and socialize with other volunteers, please email the following for more information:


All volunteer shift starts at 8pm and ends at 1am.

For your first shift you will receive a free black t-shirt, and your second will earn you a cool-wick neon green t-shirt and more!




The Office of Disability Services is currently recruiting graduate students to serve as proctors in the exam unit for Spring 2020.

To help coordinate our students’ accommodations, the Office of Disability Services employs various auxiliary staff such as sign language interpreters, CART providers, note takers and proctors.


Application Deadline: January 27th, 2020.

***Training for qualified candidates on January 31st from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and February 4th from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. Qualified candidates will receive an invitation to register for and attend the whichever training session best fits their schedule.

Proctors are graduate students hired as needed by our office to oversee the implementation of exam arrangements made by our office.  Those interested in being hired as a proctor should fill out the linked form.  After submission, a representative from our office will contact you regarding the next available training date.

After being hired from our office you will be provided with an Employee Identification Form from your supervisor. Once completed, you will be scheduled by them to meet with our Administrative Assistant, Helene Peters who will put you onto payroll.

For this meeting, you must have the following:

Staff Office Hours

Mark S. Schuster

Dean for Graduate Student Life

Ariel Chun

Coordinator for Graduate Student Life

If you are a graduate student and all of your questions are academic in nature, please contact your academic dean or advisor first by selecting the GRADUATE SCHOOL SUPPORT tab of our website.

The Graduate Student Life Office is located at 126 College Ave Student Center, (behind Panera) in the Graduate Student Lounge.  Dean Schuster’s Office is in Room 207. Voicemail messages may be left at (848) 932-0614.  If you need to meet with staff or have non-academic concerns, please leave a message in the voicemail, and someone will get back to you or refer you to the appropriate resource or office.  You may also contact Dean Schuster by email at: mark.schuster@rutgers.edu.

Ariel Chun’s Office is in Room 207A. Voicemail messages may be left at (848) 445-4070. You may also contact Ariel by email at: ariel.chun@rutgers.edu.