History of Office

The Office of Graduate Student Life was created in August of 2016 in the Division of Student Affairs in response to data from the 2013 survey, “Rutgers Strategic Planning Survey which reported that there was a moderate to high need for changes at the institution for graduate students future success. Mark Schuster served as the inaugural Dean for Graduate Student Life until his passing in November 2021.

The Graduate Student Life Office is located in rooms 207 and 207a in the Graduate Student Lounge (GSL). We are located behind Panera and to the left of the College Avenue Student Center at 126 College Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ 08901.


Tribute to Dean Mark Schuster

"Late Dean Mark Schuster"

Dean Mark Schuster was the inaugural Dean for Graduate Student Life and passed away on November 18, 2021.  Dean Schuster was a beloved Rutgers community and family member for over 30 years.  He was a fierce advocate for undergraduate and graduate students to ensure that our students were supported throughout their time at Rutgers and could benefit from a vibrant student experience.

We honor his legacy by continuing his excellent work he built for the Office of Graduate Student Life and by uploading the care and advocacy he exhibited daily to our students.

We thank Francine Conway, Ph.D., Chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, for her message to the Rutgers community about Dean Schuster’s passing and his impact, On the Passing of Mark Schuster, Dean for Graduate Student Life.

Read more about Dean Mark Schuster's Impact on the RU Community here.