May 11, 2021

The New Brunswick Official Student Listserv, published every Tuesday during the semester, contains timely academic and student information. Students are responsible for knowing the information in these notices and taking appropriate action. For additional information, follow any of the links in the announcements. Students may also contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636), text 732-662-2664, or go online at for further assistance.


Important Information Regarding COVID-19
The Universitywide COVID-19 Information Page is your official source of information about the university’s response to COVID-19. This page has resources for students and parents along with announcements pertaining to COVID-19, FAQs, and the operating statuses of services, facilities, and offices at Rutgers. You are encouraged to check this site frequently.

Important Graduation Information—Undergraduate Students 
Undergraduate students who anticipate completing May 2021 degree requirements must apply for graduation by submitting a diploma application online, or a hard copy if the deadline has been missed. The May 2021 application deadline is May 15. Please note that completion of a diploma application does not imply that graduation requirements have been met. Any questions concerning a diploma application can be submitted using this contact form.

Financial Holds—All Students
Financial holds have been placed on accounts which have unpaid balances. These holds will prevent students from registering for Fall 2021 semester classes. Students who are enrolled in tuition payment plans should make sure that the last payment on a plan will satisfy any outstanding balance. Financial aid recipients should check online to make sure all financial aid has been credited. View the balance of a student account here.

Annual (2021–2022) Payment Plans No Longer Available—All Students 
Annual tuition payment plans are no longer available. Students who have already signed up for an annual plan will continue with the plan; however, there will be no new enrollments. Visit for more information on other available plans.

Student Refunds—International Students 
International students receiving a refund are eligible to receive their funds either through FlywireDirect Deposit, or Online Term Bill Credit Transfer. Please complete this form immediately in order to specify which refund method is preferred.

Chosen/Preferred Name—All Students
Since September 2014, Rutgers University has recognized that members of the university community use names other than their legal names. In an effort to continue to promote the comfort and safety of students who wish to be identified by a name other than their legal name, the university has updated the preferred name procedure. Students may now submit their chosen/preferred name directly via ScarletHub. Learn more about this process here.

The Office of Financial Aid Partners with Inceptia—All Students
The Office of Financial Aid is pleased to announce a partnership with Inceptia to simplify the federal verification process. Rutgers University is required to verify the data supplied on the FAFSA in cases where the application is selected for verification. Through Inceptia, students and parents are able to submit requested documents through a secure upload process. If a FAFSA is selected, the student will receive an email from or a postcard with a website link to start the verification process. Students who receive a notice should avoid delays by beginning the process immediately. Learn more about this process here.

Pass/No Credit Option for Spring 2021—Undergraduate Students
The Pass/No Credit option remains available to undergraduate students for courses taken during the Spring 2021 semester. Students should evaluate this option carefully and in consultation with academic advisors at their school to understand the full ramifications of such a decision for their particular academic major, career path, and financial aid standing. For deadlines, details, and additional information, please visit the New Brunswick Pass/No Credit Guidance and FAQ site.

COVID-19 Testing Information & Contact Tracing—All Students
All students living in campus housing, living off-campus in the New Brunswick/Piscataway area, and students in groups required to receive testing can access testing through Rutgers Student HealthDetails about testing can be found here.

  • Off-campus students must register their local address here. Local addresses are needed in order for public health officials to properly track and respond to the pandemic.
  • There is no cost for testing through Rutgers Student Health.
  • Students who experience symptoms, had contact with someone who tested positive, are worried, or are unsure about getting tested, should call Rutgers Student Health at 848-932-7402. Student Health will schedule a same-day appointment time to speak with a clinician, answer questions, and provide a test that day.
  • Students who are contacted by a Contact Tracer are highly encouraged to speak with them. Contact Tracers provide valuable information and resources to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Learning Centers' Services Will Be Online for Summer Session 2021—All Students
This summer, the Learning Centers will be offering services remotely by using Penji to connect with students. The physical centers will not re-open until the fall, but tutoring, academic coaching, study groups, and writing coaching will still be offered online through the Penji platform for all Summer 2021 sessions. The online services page allows students to access these services and students can also view the introductory video for instructions on how to set up an account. Penji can also be downloaded on iOS or Android to use on mobile phones, and the web version is also available. Staff will be available to support students and their academic success over the summer. Students may call 848-932-0561 or send an email using the contact form for any questions.

Applications for the Faith and Justice Fellowship—Undergraduate Students
The Faith and Justice Undergraduate Fellowship is a year-long opportunity for students to develop leadership skills through the lens of faith and social justice. Applications for the Fall 2021 fellowship are open through May 19, 2021. Selected fellows will receive a stipend. Learn more and apply here.

Applications for the SMLR Master’s Program in Labor and Employment Relations (MLER)—Undergraduate Students
The School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) invites undergraduates of all majors to apply for the Master of Labor and Employment Relations (MLER) program. The GRE is waived. Learn about Diversity and Inclusion; Workplace Laws; Globalization; Labor and Management; Conflict Resolution; and many complex workplace topics from the employee and employer perspective. The program is hosting a virtual information session on May 19 from noon to 1 p.m. Learn more about the program here.

Summer Internship Course: Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program—Undergraduate Students
Applications are open for the Rutgers Internship and Co-op Program (RICP). Students can earn 3 or 6 general elective credits during the Summer taken concurrently with an internship experience. The summer application deadline is May 22, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

New SAS Signature Course for Fall 2021—Undergraduate Students
The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) is offering the new signature course 01:450:280 “Understanding COVID-19: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. This course explores the science of the pandemic along with its economic, political, social, and cultural causes and impacts. This course meets CCO Core goal, and students from all schools and disciplines are welcome to register. Learn more about the course here.

Applications for the New SC&I Master's Program in Health Communication and Information—Undergraduate Students
The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is hosting two online information sessions for the new Master of Health Communication and Information (MHCI) program. Information sessions are on May 12 at 6:30 p.m., and on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Richard Dool, MHCI Program Director, will discuss program details, the application and admissions process, and careers in the health and communication field. The deadline to apply for fall is August 1, 2021. Learn more about the program here and register for the information sessions here.

Applications for the Master’s Program in Political Science–Concentration in the United Nations and Global Policy Studies & Virtual Open House—Undergraduate Students
The Department of Political Science at the School of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications from high-achieving undergraduate students for the Accelerated Master’s Program in Political Science–United Nations and Global Policy Studies (UNMA) on a rolling basis. A virtual open house will take place on May 13 at noon. Learn more about the program and join the open house here.

Student Center Building Operations Managers for the 2021–2022 Academic Year—Undergraduate Students
Student Centers and Activities is recruiting Student Centers Building Operations Managers. Building Operations Managers serve as the primary liaison between the student center and university offices. Students gain valuable leadership skills and are responsible for student center operations, including staff, facility, and event management. Interested students must attend a mandatory information session the week of May 17, and applications are due on May 31. Learn more and view the schedule of information sessions here.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Rutgers faculty, staff, and students who have a Rutgers netID can register for on-campus appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations? Learn more and register for an appointment here.