First-Year Retention Program (FRP)

This program matches up students identified as academically at-risk (first-term GPA < 1.000) with an appropriate advisor based on the results of a professional assessment tool, the online College Student Inventory (CSI) survey. It provides the most at-risk first-year-students a dedicated advisor who will work with them throughout the semester.

Mandatory Program Components

Students in the program complete the College Student Inventory, attend a personalized pre-semester advising session, an academic conference the first week of classes, and at least three one-on-one advising meetings during the semester.

College Student Inventory (CSI)

The College Student Inventory identifies the leading non-cognitive indicators of students' success. Student respondents receive detailed information about their academic motivations, levels of risk across a range of areas, and their receptivity to assistance from educators and advisors. Data provided by the Inventory increases student engagement and makes interventions by advisors more meaningful and relevant.

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Pre-Semester Advising Session

During this meeting with a general OAAS advisor, students are provided with general information about the First-Year Retention Program and relevant SAS policies including standards of academic performance, determination of Academic Review status, leaves of absence, and the SAS repeat course policy. Students complete a brief survey to indicate factors that contributed to their academic difficulty, then meet with their advisor to consider these factors, review their course registration, and formulate a spring enrollment plan.

Academic Conference

This motivational and informative event features presenters from across the University who describe the many campus resources available to Rutgers students. After the presentation, students meet their assigned FRP advisor (with whom they will work the rest of the semester) and set a date for their first one-on-one advising appointment.

Advising Meetings

At the first advising meeting, student and advisor discuss the results of the CSI and formulate an Action Plan with goals and strategies to maximize the student’s chances of academic success. In the two subsequent meetings, advisors help students assess their progress and provide information and referrals to appropriate University resources if needed. Advisors also help students formulate plans for Summer/Fall registration and strategies for meeting academic standing requirements in future semesters.


Academic Advising is an essential component of the First-Year Retention Program. Academic Advising is an opportunity to exchange information designed to help students reach their educational and career goals. Advising is a shared responsibility between an advisor and the student. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to make decisions about their life goals by creating a plan to reach those goals.

The SAS Office of of Advising and Academic Services assists in this process by helping the student understand options, determine resources and, when necessary, identify alternatives.

Goals of Academic Advising include:

  • Providing students with information and resources so they understand academic requirements, policies, procedures, and how to graduate in a timely manner.
  • Showcasing university resources that enhance educational plans, including referrals to major departments, Career Services, Learning Centers, and other university units.
  • Teaching students to weigh academic choices and develop a personalized educational plan.
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