Welcome to your Sophomore Year!

In your sophomore year, you will make an important academic decision that will shape the rest of your time at Rutgers – declaring your major and minor. But that’s just one part of your undergraduate journey. At SAS, we want you to know it’s never too early to start thinking about building your résumé and planning for graduation. Take advantage of Rutgers’ amazing academic and co-curricular opportunities! Our staff in the Advising Centers are here to support you every step of the way. 

Read our SAS Sophomore Monthly!

It’s what you need to know, when you need to know it.

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What Makes You a Sophomore?

Class year is determined by the predicted year and month of graduation. Students are classified according to the number of credits they have completed by September. For sophomore standing, you need 30 – 59 credits.

Students are reviewed for graduation eligibility based on their declared class year and graduation month. Therefore, students must keep the Office of Academic Services apprised of their anticipated graduation year and month.

You can update your graduation date through our myGradDate system, but requests that are not in line with your current credit totals will be denied.

Your Sophomore Priorities:

  • Declare your major and minor.
  • Be involved on-campus and develop leadership skills.
  • Investigate experiential learning opportunities, including study abroad, National Student Exchange, internships, co-ops, and research.
  • Research the education and certification required for your future career.
  • Build your Rutgers support network.

Declare a Major and Minor:

Most students will declare their major by the end of sophomore year. You can refer to your major & minor departments’ websites for information and requirements on declaring.

Degree Navigator is a helpful tool to review your options. You can search for any major or minor to see requirements and check your progress.

  1. Log in with your NetID and password.
  2. click “Search” and “Programs of Study.”
  3. Type any major/minor into the “Subject Name” field, and be sure to click on the New Brunswick (NB) options!

Be sure to review the pre-requisites needed to declare your major.

Build Skills Now for the Life You Want Later:

Arts and Sciences graduates from Rutgers go on to succeed in many different fields, because of the professional skills they gain while attending college. Not sure where to start? Think about the skills you want to hone at RU, and connect with the offices and programs that can help you reach your goals. Don’t forget that SAS Advisors can guide you through options.

Research Educational and Certification Requirements for a Variety of Careers:

Some students may choose to pursue additional education, based on the types of careers they are considering. It is important to research academic programs early, so you are aware of admissions criteria and any necessary pre-requisites. If you are interested in furthering your education beyond a bachelor’s degree, you can start by meeting with an SAS advisor.

Build Your Rutgers Support Network – Advising & Departments Here to Help

It’s no secret – Rutgers University is a big place! And there’s a lot to consider over the next few years, including major and minor selection, career paths, and your future goals. It’s important to connect with other stakeholders in your education early and often.

The Sophomore and Junior Office is here to help you navigate this journey, but the earlier you connect with faculty members, departmental advisors, and other student service-focused offices, the more support you’ll have developing your academic path and meeting your post-graduation goals.
These relationships can provide you with:

  • Future letters of recommendation
  • Opportunities for out-of-class experiences, like research or internships
  • Course recommendations
  • Networking
  • Career guidance and advice
  • Emotional and intellectual support

Building your personalized support system is easier than you think. Here are some tips: 

Building Support at RU

The Sophomore and Junior Office has representatives on both sides of the River, but you can visit any SAS Advising Center for assistance.

Douglass Advising Center Busch Advising Center 
 Livingston Advising Center College Ave Advising Center
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Sophomore & Junior Staff
Sophomore and Junior Team

  • Milagros Arroyo
    Assistant Dean and Director
  • Christine Bonny
    Assistant Dean
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    Assistant Dean
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    Senior Administrative Assistant for Sophomores & Juniors

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