Graduate Student Checklist

Graduate Student Checklist

Getting Started as a Student

Activate your NetID

Obtain your Student ID Card

Accessing your ScarletMail (All Students)

Understanding Two-Step Login Requirement

Accessing your Connect Email (Faculty, Staff, and RBHS students)

Learn about the History of Rutgers


Connect to RUWireless Secure

Accessing Canvas

Know where the Computer Labs are

Learn how to print on campus

  • Follow instructions here

Download Microsoft Office and other software

Need Help from IT? Know how to contact them

Living, Commuting, and Getting Around Campus

Living On-Campus

Living Off-Campus

  • Information on off-campus housing:
  • You may be able to find additional off-campus/outside university housing in the nearby communities of New Brunswick, Highland Park, Edison, Piscataway, East Brunswick, and Somerset. 
  • You may find additional listings on external websites such as or Some current or new Graduate students may also be looking for roommates on unofficial Facebook groups.

Commuting and Purchasing a Parking Permit

  • Information on different parking permit types:
  • Purchase a Parking Permit here:
    • IPO will announce when Parking Permits are sold prior to the start of the semester via email
    • Fall parking permits are usually announced early mid-August
    • Spring parking permits are usually announced mid-December
    • If students do not park in their assigned parking lots and abide by the proper hours, they will receive a ticket.

Learning the Bus Routes and Traveling campus-to-campus by Bus

Bicycle and Scooter Rental

Public Transportation Available

Registering for Classes

Completing RUHere Campaign

Using Webreg

Using Banner (for RBHS students)

Knowing registration schedule and deadlines

Knowing which courses to register for

  • All students should consult with their advisor regarding course requirements.
    • Your advisor may be listed on your Certificate of Admission letter received in the mail from Graduate and Professional Admissions OR may be assigned to you by your Program Director/Coordinator
  • You may receive information from your Program Director/Coordinator regarding registration
  • If you need to withdraw from coursework or school, please consult with your Program Director/Coordinator and/or Academic Dean

Bookstore and Course Materials

  • Visit (Located at Gateway Transit Building 100 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
  • Students can lookup required textbooks online and purchase them at the bookstore

Planning for the next semester

Paying for Classes

Scarlet Hub

Term Bills must be paid online

Review Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Review your Financial Aid

  • Apply or Access your Financial Aid offer letter here:
  • Graduate students are typically expected to be enrolled at least “half time” – 4.5 credits – or more to be eligible for Financial Aid. Be sure to consult with Financial Aid and/or your loaning institution for rules regarding this policy.

If eligible, review your other Financial Aid Opportunities

  • TA (Teaching Assistant) or GA (Graduate Assistant)
    • Assistantship salaries, tuition, and health benefits vary from program to program
    • Work with your department, supervisor, and/or graduate program administrator regarding setting up benefits
  • Tuition Remission as a Regularly appointed full-time faculty or staff member
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
    • Fellowships and Scholarships vary from school-to-school. Be sure to check your school’s website, contact your program, or contact your dean’s office.  
  • Private Loans 

Health Centers are located on each Campus

Health Insurance Available

Rutgers Health Services

Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

  • Visit
    • Services include crisis intervention, individual therapy, group therapy, a variety of workshops, alcohol and other drug assistance programs, psychiatric care (medication management), and community referrals. If you want to meet with someone regarding any of the services, make an appointment to see one of the professionals. All meetings are confidential.
  • We recommend discussing what you want from CAPS with a Counselor and they will recommend the best course of action.

Temporary Conditions (We also recommend speaking with your Graduate Program Coordinator and/or Academic Dean)

  • Temporary conditions or injuries do not last long (typically 8 weeks or less), are not chronic, and have little or no outstanding or lasting effects. Temporary Conditions or injuries lasting six months or less are not considered permanent disabilities and generally do not qualify as a disability under federal or state laws. The University does recognize that temporary conditions and injuries can be problematic and may adversely affect a student’s ability to fully participate in class.

Graduate Student Association's Health and Wellness Page

Local Hospitals


If you feel that you need help and support, please contact any of the units below:

University Public Safety

  • Rutgers University Police Department
    • The internationally accredited Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide the university community with a full range of police and security services.
    • Contact RUPD:
      • Emergency: 911
      • Non-emergency: 732-932-7211
      • Text to RUPD (For non-emergency service requests)
  • Emergency Services
    • Access emergency services to learn more about emergency response, emergency medical services, public safety education, and more
  • Emergency Management and Notification

Report a Concern

Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance

  • The Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance offers counseling and advocacy services, educational programming, and training, consultation and policy development services to all members of the University community. Their programs and services are designed to promote ways of coping with the effects of interpersonal violence and to prevent such violence from occurring.
  • Help is available. You can reach someone to talk to 24/7 at 848-932-1181.

Bias Prevention and Reporting an Incident

  • Bias is defined by the University as an act, verbal, written, physical, psychological, that threatens, or harms a person or group on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, military service or veteran status.
  • Report a Bias Incident:

Do Something to Help - Share a Concern!

  • Rutgers is a community that cares. We DO SOMETHING when we are concerned about one of our community members. When you click on one of the areas below you will find a form or additional contact information where you can share your concern:​

Compliance and Title IX

Office of Employment Equity

  • OEE investigates complaints of Discrimination and Harassment based on membership in a protected class, Sexual Misconduct Under Title IX, Workplace Violence and Conscientious Employee Protection Policy violations.

Please also reach out and talk to your​​​​​​ Academic Deans for academic and non-academic support, especially if you are experiencing trouble with your Advisor or PI. For non-academic support, contact the Dean for Graduate Student Life.

Dining Options

RU Express

Meal Plans

Eateries available on-campus

Eateries available off-campus

  • New Brunswick – Easton Avenue Area
    • Walking distance from College Avenue
  • New Brunswick – George Street Area
    • Students can either walk or take the EE Bus and get off at SoCam Apartments (290 George St.)
  • RU Express

Rutgers Student Food Pantry

  • Do you ever... Worry that you will not have enough money for food? Cut or skip a meal because you didn't have enough money to buy food? Find yourself unable to eat balanced or nutritious meals because of lack of money? The Rutgers Student Food Pantry is here to help. Services are confidential, all you need is your Rutgers ID card and an appointment. To schedule an appointment: or

Drivable locations

  • Nearby communities of East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Somerset offer a diverse array of food options
Student Life

Where to Study On-Campus

Utilize the Recreation spaces and opportunities available!

Know about the Graduate Student Association

Consider joining a Graduate Student Organization

Learn about the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

Check out the Cultural Collaborative and learn how these communities can help create belonging at Rutgers!

Living off-campus? Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships can help you!

  • Rutgers University Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships can provide online resources, educational programming, tips, and information about off-campus living including understanding leases, security deposits, and rental responsibilities.

Students of all religions are welcome to Rutgers! Learn about how to continue your Faith and Spirituality at Rutgers!

Student Services

Need Accommodations for classes? Contact Disability Services!

Going to school with Children? Assistance is available!

  • Managing your time when you have a dependent can feel impossible, but assistance is available at

Resources for International Students? Check out Rutgers Global!

Are you a Veteran? Be sure to work with the Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services!

Check out the One Stop Student Services!

  • The "One Stop" at Rutgers University–New Brunswick represents an integrated and coordinated cross-functional service in the areas of financial aid, student accounts, and registration.
  • Contact One Stop assistance or visit them here:

Take advantage of the resources at Career Exploration and Success!

  • Career Exploration and Success (CES) provides career-related advising, resources, and programs to help graduate students to succeed during their time at Rutgers and reach their post-graduate goals. Visit for more information

Register for a Graduate Writing Program course or workshop!

Explore University Libraries to help succeed in graduate coursework and research!

Be sure to check out our Resources Tab for additional support!

Additional Orientations

New Graduate Student Online Modules

U Got This!
This sexual violence prevention training consists of THREE modules to be completed in sequential order. Please allow at least 20 minutes to complete EACH module. You will be credited with completing a given module once you are connected to a completion page at the end of the interactive session.
Graduate students can access this training here.

Binge Thinking!
This alcohol education training consists of ONE module. Please allow at least 30-45 minutes to complete the module. You will be credited with completing the module once you are connected to a completion page at the end of the interactive session. Students aged 25 or older can be exempted from completion of this module. If you meet this age requirement, please contact us at

All students can access this training here.

Orientation for all Incoming School of Graduate Studies Students

Orientation for all New Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Students