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New Student Fee

Through orientation and transition programs, new students receive a warm welcome to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as well as the essential preparation that will enable them to have a successful first year as a Rutgers student. The New Student Fee, required of all new enrollees, directly supports these programs and is typically assessed to a student’s Statement of Account during the first semester. 

Orientation and transition events are an important prerequisite for new students, who are expected to attend to learn more about the requirements specific to Rutgers and their individual schools. For this reason, the New Student Fee will be assessed regardless of whether an incoming student attends these programs/events. 

A New Student Fee was not assessed for the 2020–2021 academic year due to the university’s shift to virtual instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A model of the fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is presented below: 

Rutgers University–Camden: $175.00 for first-year and transfer students. 

Rutgers University–New Brunswick: $275.00 for first-year students and $135.00 for transfer students.  

All Graduate Students Holding F and J Visas: Students holding these visas are assessed a fee during the first semester that covers the cost of orientation and continued programming. The fall semester fee was $85.00; the spring semester fee was $50.00. 

The New Student Fee covers the following: 

  • Comprehensive on-campus summer and winter orientation programs for first-year, transfer, or adult/nontraditional new students. 

  • Long-distance orientation for students with an insurmountable financial hardship that prevents attendance at an in-person orientation. 

  • Administration and tracking of online educational learning modules to be completed prior to enrollment. 

  • On-campus summer and winter orientation programs for parents and guardians of incoming students. 

  • Transition programs and traditional events during the academic year designed to assist with new student success including  

  • new student convocation; 

  • Scarlet Knight Days (Welcome Week Programming); and 

  • collaborative events with academic and student support offices/departments.  

  • Support and outreach for new students and their parents and guardians via telephone, email, social media, and in-person meetings with student leaders and professional staff members throughout the academic year. 

  • Resources and outreach to parents/guardians for the duration of a student’s academic career at Rutgers, including but not limited to: 

  • Parent and Family Weekend 

  • Rutgers Parent and Family Association meetings and events 

  • Parent and Family Welcome Receptions 

  • Informational programs about university resources 

  • Printed/electronic communication such as newsletters and mailings 

  • Physical and electronic materials, guides, and resources to aid new students with a variety of logistical, educational, and transition-focused issues. 

For more information about orientation, transition programs, and resources, please visit the respective Rutgers New Student Orientation webpages for NewarkCamden and New Brunswick

Parents and guardians can learn more about the programs and resources available to them by visiting the respective Rutgers Parent and Family websites for Camden and New Brunswick