Office of Academic Services

The Beginning of your First Year

How to Read Your Course Schedule


Go to and login using your NetId and password, then click on the Academics tab. You will find your schedule in the upper right hand box. Be sure that "Fall 2016" is selected for the Semester.

Click a term on the sample schedule for an explanation, or see below for a full list of terms.


Day Class Time Course Title Course # Section Location Hour By Arrangement Courses

Back to Accessing Your First Semester Schedule


This column lists all of the days that a course meets and you can sort your courses by day.

Please note that while most courses meet twice weekly, some courses such as the Byrne Seminars and FIGS, only meet once. And some courses meet three times. You’ll note that Comparative Politics has three meeting times listed. 

The first course on the schedule, Comparative Politics, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50-4:10 in Scott Hall, Rm. 123, on the College Avenue Campus.  Note the additional Friday meeting; students in this class will meet in small discussion groups called recitations in addition to the two lecture meetings each week. Many courses at Rutgers, including math courses, have recitations; these class meetings are mandatory. More information about recitations will be explained in your first lecture. It is essential to attend the recitation (or any small group session) on your schedule, since each section has a separate roster for grading.

Class Time

This column lists the full length of time that a course is set to meet.  Your course schedule can be sorted by class time, if you wish.

If Class Time is blank, find the course on the Schedule of Classes to see the location information.

Course #

The course number has three parts. The first indicates which division of the University offers the course. Most will be "01", for the School of Arts and Sciences. The middle set of numbers indicates the department offering the course. For example, "355" is used for courses offered through the writing program, "640" denotes a math course. The final three digits denote the specific class. In general, courses at the 100 level are introductory, although some do have pre- or corequisites listed in the Schedule of Classes.


This is the section number of a course. Many courses have multiple sections. In some cases, the sections are completely independent from one another, with different instructors, assignments, and exams. In other instances, there will be multiple sections of a course with a large lecture and smaller discussion groups called recitations. Remember the example of Comparative Politics, above in the DAY section.

It is important to note your specific section number, especially when ordering books.

Course Title

This lists the full title of your courses. In some cases, the title may not be clear. Common examples include:

Topics in American Studies (01:050:201) is Politicizing Beyonce
Special Topics (01:090:226) is Language, Power and the Power of Language
Issues in Women’s Leadership (01:988:130) is Knowledge & Power, a required course for the Douglass Residential College.

If you have a Byrne Seminar, FIGS, and/or a Special Topics course on your schedule, please follow the directions below to determine the topic.

  1. Note the FULL course number, including the section (using the example above, Byrne Seminar 01:090:101, Section 06.
  2. Go to the Display Course Offerings box on the Academics tab (to the left of your schedule) and select New Brunswick – Undergraduate – Fall 2016.  Click "Get Subjects".
  3. This will bring you to the Schedule of Classes, which can be accessed directly at Please select Fall 2016 - New Brunswick - Undergraduate.
  4. You will find departments (Subjects) roughly alphabetized and in numeric order.  Scroll to the subject of the course in question (in this example 090), and drill down on the arrow next to the course number (101).  Scroll to the appropriate section (06) and find the exact topic listed, as well as the start date of that specific Byrne Seminars.

Full course information, including prerequisites, course synopses, and a list of text books, is also available on the Schedule of Classes.


Each class meeting location is listed, along with a hyperlink to information about that building.  The information includes which campus the building is on, bus routes that serve the area, and a map of the building’s location on campus.  You may also sort your course list by location.

Hour By Arrangement Courses

This most frequently indicates a "credit holder." The example schedule above references a "Needs Placement" code for Spanish.

"Needs Placement" codes must be replaced by actual courses by the end of the add/drop period. Please make it your priority to take your placement test immediately (

In the case of "Precalc Workshop," the title is used to register the E-prefixed credits that go with the regular, graduation-credit component of the course. The location is listed as "By Arrangement"; the actual meeting time(s) is listed under the linked (non-prefixed) course.

See Course Title for more information on looking up departments and course codes.


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