First Year Students
Academic Advising is particularly important for first year college students as you begin to define yourself in a new and more challenging academic environment. At the School of Arts and Sciences, the First Year Advising team, comprised of deans, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate advisers, work to support your transition to Rutgers and your initial academic and career planning. We are committed to the success of the almost 4,000 new SAS first year students each year.
We pledge to take your concerns and questions seriously, acknowledging that the transition to college is an exciting, frustrating, terrifying, thrilling time in your life. Even if we have heard and answered a question hundreds of times, we recognize and respect that this may be YOUR first time asking questions as you understand and become a part of your new community.
We ask in return that you recognize that we are committed to your success and have your best interests at heart. We ask you to approach situations openly and maturely, ready to explain your concerns and receive respectful responses that answer your questions and provide you a roadmap to navigating your life at Rutgers.
The First Year Advising team’s physical home is the SAS Advising Office in the Busch Student Center, but we maintain a strong advising presence on the four campuses, in residence halls, commuter programs, and in connections to Learning Communities and First Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS).
Our goal is to provide information to answer both the questions you have and those that you have not yet thought to ask.
We invite you to come in for advising at any time in the year, but particularly recommend that you see an advisor at least once a semester to review your academic plans, discuss course choices, and consider the academic challenges and opportunities ahead. Remember, you are the expert on yourself; we are the experts on Rutgers. The two together can be a powerful combination to shape your unique educational experience.
- See an SAS Dean for General Advising
This page will have important and useful information for you throughout the first year of your academic journey, beginning before you join us "On the Banks" and through your first two semesters. You will find links to information about academic choices, special programs, and SAS policies.