Office of Academic Services

The Beginning of your First Year

Completing the First Year Course Requests Online (International)

Understanding your academic options and making good decisions about your courses are keys to making a successful transition to college! This page is designed to take you through the Academic Planning and Course Request process for the Fall 2017 semester. Please follow these steps as you spend time reading and thinking about your academic interests and options to prepare to become a Rutgers student.

1. Please carefully read the Academic Planning & Advising Guide.

This guide provides necessary information for you to make decisions about which courses to take in your first semester. It has been designed to give you an overview of your liberal arts and sciences education, courses suggested for each major, the School of Arts and Sciences Core curriculum, and an understanding of what a first semester schedule looks like.

All students must select a Byrne Seminar or a First Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS). A full listing of seminars is available on the Byrne Seminar website and FIGS website.

In-depth information about the School of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum can be found in the SAS Core booklet.

Detailed descriptions of the SAS Signature courses for the fall semester are found on the SAS Signature Course page.

Visit our Majors and Minors page for a list of majors available to SAS students. Clicking on the department name in the right column will take you to the department’s website to learn more about their major.

2. Explore special Learning Communities options, particularly the International Community at Frelinghuysen.

3. Once you have reviewed the Academic Planning and Learning Communities information, please print and review the Course Request Form.

The Course Request Form includes all of the courses that our departments have identified as appropriate for new students.

For course descriptions, please see the online catalog.


If you have questions while completing the Course Request Form, we will have advisors available as follows:

Online Chat:

  • Monday from 2-4pm EDT* -Eastern daylight time
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9-11am and 2-4pm EDT* -Eastern daylight time
  • *2-4am CST, 3-5am KST, 11:30PM-1:30am IST
  • **2-4am and 9-11pm CST, 3-5am and 10pm-12am KST, 6:30-8:30pm and 11:30PM-1:30am IST

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please allow 2 business days for a response.

Phone 848-445-8888 between 9am and 4:30pm EDT (Eastern daylight time), Tuesday-Thursday. Please explain that you are a first year student filling out the Course Request Form and have questions for a first year advisor.

Once you have completed and signed the Course Request Form, you may scan and email ALL of the pages as a PDF attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you are unable to email us, please fax ALL of the pages to 732-445-0109, or mail ALL of the pages to the following address:

Class of 2021
Office of Academic Services
Busch Student Center
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
604 Bartholomew Road, Room 172
Piscataway, NJ 08854


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Busch Student Center
Room 172

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