Nontraditional Students and Special Populations
SAS is dedicated to serving the needs of nontraditional students on the New Brunswick campus, including returning adults whose formal education has been interrupted, students needing to pursue higher education on a part-time basis, postbaccalaureate students pursuing a second undergraduate degree or major, nonmatriculating students, international students, and veterans.
The two largest groups served in this area are nonmatriculating students and second degree students. Please see below for definitions and more detailed information.
Deans and Staff
The Office of Nontraditional Students and Special Populations is located in College Hall, Room 104, on the Douglass Campus. The following deans and staff work primarily with nontraditional students:
Deans and staff can be reached by email or by phone at 732-932-9729.
Resources for Nontraditional Students
Nontraditional SAS students will enjoy:
- Courses offered from early morning through late evening and even on Saturday
- Access to the full range of SAS majors and minors, including a number which can be completed through study in the evening only
- Many options for completing a second undergraduate degree, a second major, or coursework to prepare for entry into professional school programs
- A full range of academic support programs and student services available in the evening
- Specialized academic advising and co-curricular programming geared to the needs and interests of returning adult or part-time students
Nontraditional SAS students are invited to affiliate with the University College Community, which provides specialized programs and services to promote the academic success of nontraditional students and foster a strong sense of community. Nontraditional-age women also have the option of participating in the Mary I. Bunting Program, which is offered through the Douglass Residential College.
What is the definition of a Nonmatriculating Student?
Students admitted to SAS on a nonmatriculating or "visiting" basis are not actively working towards completion of an undergraduate degree. These students are limited to 30 credits of coursework as nonmatriculating students at the School of Arts and Sciences.
Students attending Rutgers on a non-matriculating basis usually belong to one of the following groups: visiting, postbaccalaureate, second major, or high school students.
Second Degree Students
What is the definition of a Second Degree Student?
A second degree student is someone who earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and is in need of implementing a complete change of their career path and who is willing to commit time and energy to their new academic endeavor.
Earning a second degree from the School of Arts and Sciences represents a substantial commitment whether your first degree is from a unit of Rutgers or another institution. If you have considered ALL of your options, and have determined that a second bachelor’s degree is needed to achieve your professional objectives, then this is the right path for you.
Request to Become a Part-time Student
Rutgers is a full-time institution; therefore, part-time status is reserved only for independent students or students in their last semester who need less than 12 credits to complete their degree.
Requests for part-time attendance must be made before the beginning of the semester. Any request made after the semester has commenced will be considered for the following semester. If you meet one of the criteria described below, you may request part-time status.