Office of Academic Services

The Beginning of your First Year

FAQs About First Year Student Schedules

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Will you make changes to my schedule?

Most changes must wait until the add/drop period. During add/drop in the first week of classes many courses that are not available at this time will be open, and you will have the opportunity to attend and choose among different courses.

Please follow this chart to determine whether you need to contact us immediately.


 When is the add/drop period?

The semester begins on Tuesday, September 6. The add/drop period for first-year students begins on Wednesday, September 7. The last day to drop a course is September 13; the last day to add a course is September 14.

For a full explanation of the add/drop period, please see the Fall 2016 Add/Drop information on the Undergraduate Calendar.


Why do I have to wait until the add/drop period to make changes to my schedule?

During add/drop in the first week of classes, many courses that are not available at this time will be open, and you will have the opportunity to attend and choose from more courses than are currently available. First-year students will be able to make changes beginning on Wednesday, September 7. Plan to attend the special workshop on making schedule changes on Monday, September 5 (times and locations will be provided in your Welcome Week schedule.)


I requested five courses, why did I only receive four?

If the courses that you requested were not available and you had a full-time (at least 12 credit) course load, no additional courses were added to your schedule. If you want to add a course, you can do so during the add/drop period. Full-time tuition covers from 12-20.5 credits, so you will not need to make any term bill adjustments if your schedule changes.


Why did I receive a course on my schedule that I didn’t request?

Courses were added to the schedule when all other options were not available. These courses may be certified for SAS Core Learning Goals or will otherwise help you make progress toward your degree. Because these courses often were selected based on your interests or similarity to your other selections, we strongly advise you to attend the first class meeting to find out more about the class.


What does "Needs Placement" mean?

The "Needs Placement" courses are place-holders that remind you to complete the Rutgers placement tests. 

355:005 "Needs Placement" indicates that you must take a placement test in English. If you have an AP or SAT score that exempts you from writing placement testing, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

640:005 "Needs Placement" indicates that you must take a placement test in math. If you have an AP or IB score that exempts you from math placement testing, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PLEASE NOTE: Math and English placement testing are required for you to remain enrolled for the Fall 2016 semester.

All other 005 "Needs Placement" codes correspond to a foreign language that you must take a placement test in to determine an appropriate course.

"Needs Placement" codes must be replaced by actual courses by the end of the add/drop period. Most of our placement tests are online, but the last in-person foreign language placement tests before classes begin will be held on Monday, September 5 on the College Avenue Campus. For more information see http://oirap.rutgers.edu/testplace.html.


I received all the courses I requested, but I have 17 or 18 credits; isn't that too much?

Yes, 17-18 credits is too heavy a course load for your first semester! With 4-credit courses and many 1-credit special course options, you may have scheduled for too many credits without realizing it. You should plan to take between 12-15 credits. We left all of the requests on your schedule to allow YOU to choose which courses to keep and which you would like to drop. We encourage you to attend all of the classes in the first week and then drop one of the classes. This is a great way to learn how to use the Webreg system.

If you choose to remain enrolled in more than 16 credits, please mark the deadline to withdraw in your planner. As a reminder, the last day to withdraw from a single course down to 12 credits is Monday, October 31.


Why didn’t I receive a Byrne Seminar?

The Byrne First Year Seminars were tremendously popular choices, and many students could not be accommodated for this fall semester. Some excellent seminars are still available for the fall semester; you may add any open section during add/drop in the first week of classes. You can see the full list through the online Schedule of Classes listed under the subject Arts and Sciences (090) course 101.

If you do not take a Byrne First Year Seminar in the fall semester, over 65 new seminars will be available in the spring semester; see byrne.rutgers.edu for a full list of the Spring 2017 offerings.


Why didn’t I receive a First Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS)?

Due to limited space and overwhelming demand, the First Year Interest Group Seminars filled very quickly. You may add into an open FIGS section during add/drop in the first week of classes. The FIGS sections meet for the first time in the second week of classes. You can see the full list of topics through the online Schedule of Classes under subject Arts and Science (090) course 120.

We also encourage you to explore different ways to learn about your areas of interest and possible majors by getting involved in co-curricular programs and academic clubs.  Please visit studentaffairs.rutgers.edu to learn more about such opportunities.


Why didn’t I get into General Biology 115?

Enrollment in Biology requires placement into Expository Writing and precalculus. If your writing or math placements were below these levels, an alternate course was substituted for Biology. You can plan to begin studying Biology in the fall of your sophomore year. Plan to make an appointment with an adviser in the Health Professions Office (848-445-5667) in late September to discuss course sequences if you are interested in pursuing medical or dental school admission.


 Why didn't I get into General Chemistry 161?

Enrollment in Chemistry requires placement into the course as determined by a student's performance on the Rutgers Math Placement Test (or Advanced Placement scores). If your math placement didn't support placement into Chemistry, you should plan to build your math foundation and speak with an adviser about your timeline for taking science courses.


Why didn't I get into Micro/Macroeconomics?

Eligibility to take Microeconomics or Macroeconomics is determined by a student's performance on the Rutgers writing and math placement tests. Students must place into Calculus and Expository Writing or Basic Composition in order to qualify to take either Microeconomics or Macroeconomics.


How do I get into a closed course?

The only way to get into a closed course is with special permission from the professor or the academic department. A special permission number is a six-digit code that may only be used once and cannot be shared. The web registration system will prompt you to enter the special permission number when you go to add the course.

Requests for special permission for math courses, chemistry courses, and physics courses must be submitted online in the first week of classes for review by the department.

For courses in other departments, you may attend the first class meeting to ask about special permission availability. Plan to arrive on time and participate in the class before approaching the professor for permission.

Some departments, like Economics, do not issue special permission numbers. You will find that information noted under the departmental course listings in the online Schedule of Classes.


How do I get special permission to change or drop my writing class?

You may NOT drop a writing course at any time in the semester.

During the add/drop period, you may change your section (time) via Web Registration by adding the new section. The old section will drop automatically if the add is successful.

Deans will be assisting new students to change into open sections of writing and math courses on Tuesday, September 1 at all of the SAS Advising Centers. The writing program does not give special permission numbers to add students into closed courses, so you may only change to an open section.


Where do I find the location for my classes?

See our page on how to read your schedule.


How do I buy my books?

Books and book lists are available at the Rutgers University bookstore and online at rutgers.bncollege.com. You can access your unique booklist by clicking the "New Brunswick Bookstore" link under your courses in WebReg. Most professors do not require that you have your books on the first day of class, so we generally recommend that you wait until your schedule is finalized before purchasing your books to be sure that you have the correct ones.


How do I add and drop courses?

Information on how to make changes will be explained in detail during your SAS Registration Workshop on Monday, September 5.


When will I be able to make changes on Webreg?

You will be able to add and drop courses beginning on September 7, both online via Web Registration and in person at an SAS Advising Center. New students will have login access to on Wednesday, September 7 beginning at 6:30 a.m. The add/drop period will continue through Tuesday, September 13 for dropping courses and Wednesday, September 14 for adding courses.  

After September 14, 2016, you have six weeks (until October 31) to assess your coursework and decide whether or not to withdraw from a course down to 12 credits. The course will remain on your official transcript with a "W" notation, although this notation will not factor into your GPA or have any other ramifications on your academic record*. Please remember that at no time can a traditional School of Arts and Sciences student withdraw from a writing course or withdraw below 12 credits.


I took a math course over the summer, when will my schedule be updated?

Once we receive proof that you passed your summer math course, we will update the schedule and email you notice that the schedule has changed. Please fax (732-445-0109) or bring an unofficial grade report in to an SAS Advising Center as proof of course completion, and we will be able to help with adjustments based on that information.

Please also remember to have an official transcript sent to SAS Academic Services, 604 Bartholomew Rd., Busch Student Center, Room 172, Piscataway, NJ, 08854.


How do I know if/how my college credits from another school transfer to Rutgers?

Please be sure to have the other school send a transcript directly to Academic Services, 604 Bartholomew Rd., Busch Student Center, Room 172, Piscataway, NJ, 08854. We will review your fall schedule and make any necessary changes. You will receive a formal evaluation of those credits in mid-October. Please inquire at any SAS Advising Center after the semester begins if you are not sure if we have received your transcript. If you have a course on your schedule that you think you may receive transfer credit for, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


What if I have a course on my schedule that I have received AP credit for?

If your AP evaluation is missing from the Enrollment Pathway, then we have likely not received your AP scores. Please contact the College Board and ask them to send your scores electronically. Rutgers' CEEB code is 002765. Here is the link to the AP Central website: apcentral.collegeboard.com

If you received AP credits and the course is still on your schedule, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will correct the schedule. Please include your full name, RUID, and a clear description of the issue.


How do I see my updated schedule online?

You may log into the Rutgers portal at my.rutgers.edu. You will need your NetID and password to login. Links to the class schedule, online Schedule of Classes, grades, and the webreg system are found on the Academics tab.


How do I access the Web Registration system?

The entrance to the webreg online system is available through my.rutgers.edu or directly at webreg.rutgers.edu. You will need your NetID and password to log in. Until add/drop begins on Wednesday, September 7, you will be able to only view the schedule.

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