Terms To Know For Spring 2021
Academic advisor: Academic advisors assist students with creating a plan to reach their educational and career goals. Advisors help students understand their options and connect to resources.
Add/drop period: The time in the first week of each semester when students can drop or add courses to their course load without a withdrawal noted on the transcript. Students are notified via email each semester of the add/drop dates for that term.
Asynchonous or Asynchronous Remote: A class without specific meeting times. The course site will indicate specific weekly requirements and assignment due dates. In addition, flexible opportunities to meet with TAs, instructors, and classmates via Zoom or WebEx will be a part of these classes. This format provides flexibility for students who have difficulty being logged in at a particular time while we are operating in this remote environment including those that are now in other time zones. These courses still require the same number of hours per week as more traditional course formats and meet the same learning goals. These courses ARE NOT self-paced; there is a weekly schedule of assignments and work submission beginning the first week of classes and opportunities for live, remote, interaction. Listed on the Schedule of Classes as "Hours By Arrangement".
Canvas or Sakai: Learning Management Systems (LMS) that house your online classes. Students can access and view important course information, such as the syllabus or lecture notes, within these systems. Professors often use these systems for submitting assignments, grading, and important student interaction (such as forum submissions and question and answer review).
Co-requisite: A course that must be taken at the same time as another course.
Course Schedule Planner: Enables Rutgers students to plan schedules for future semesters. This tool is not designed for adjusting your schedule.
Cross-listed course: Cross-listed courses are the same course taught under more than one course name, course number, and/or index number. Cross-listed courses are all the same course, but some students may be registered with one index number and other students with another index number. Pro tip: If a course is closed but is cross-listed with another course, check the Schedule of Classes to see if the other course is open!
Degree Navigator: Tool that helps students understand major, minor and CORE requirements in the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS). Students use this system to explore different areas of interest and discover gateway (or introductory) classes in various fields.
Hours by Arrangement: A course offered in an asynchronous format. See asynchronous above.
Index Number: A unique five-digit number used to classify a course section. You will need this number in order to register for a class.
NetID: An identifier comprised of your initials and a unique number. The NetID is used to access RU electronic services and is part of your official Rutgers email address: [netID]@scarletmail.rutgers.edu.
Placement Scores: The result of placement tests that are designed to provide information about your proficiency in the following subject areas at Rutgers: English, Math, and World Language. Your scores will be used to help place you in the most appropriate classes for your level of preparation.
Prerequisites: Courses required to take more advanced courses or apply to a program.
Recitation: A smaller class meeting that supplements the work in a lecture course. Attendance at recitations is required.
RUID: A 9-digit unique identifier created for each Rutgers student. It always has 00 in the 4th and 5th positions.
SAS: The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) is the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate school for the arts and sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Schedule of Classes: Registration tool that compiles classes offered by the University each semester, and is searchable by Subject, Keyword, or Core requirement. Students can review open and closed sections of classes, prerequisite requirements, special course notes, and course index numbers for registration.
Semester: Type of academic term (fall semester; spring semester). Each semester is approximately 15 weeks long.
SPN: A Special Permission Number or ‘SPN’ is a 6-digit number that allows a student to register for a class that is full or otherwise closed to registration. To request an SPN, check the department website or look up the department’s contact information on search.rutgers.edu.
Synchronous or Synchronous Remote: A class that meets live remotely, usually using Zoom or WebEx. You are required to be logged-in and in virtual attendance at those times. This format emulates the face-to-face classroom experience and all students will be meeting together with the instructor at the designated times.
WebReg:The system used to officially register for your courses, drop a class, or adjust the timing of a course.
General Frequently Used Terms
Bachelor's degree: Undergraduate degree that generally requires four years of full-time study. Students must declare a major in a particular field of study and complete the requirements for either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, as determined by the faculty.
Elective: A class you can take that is not specifically required by your major or minor, and is not meeting any SAS Core Curriculum learning goals. All students must take elective courses to reach the 120 degree credits needed to graduate.
Liberal Arts (or Arts and Sciences): Interdisciplinary study of humanities, social and natural sciences meant to give students a broad spectrum of knowledge.
Major: The primary focus of study in a 4-year degree.
Matriculate: A matriculated student is admitted, registered for classes and in good academic standing at the university.
Minor: A secondary area of academic focus. It can be related to the student’s major or career goals, but does not have to be.
Undecided or undeclared: A student enrolled in courses but has not yet declared a major. All first-year students in SAS enter as undeclared. Students typically declare their major in the sophomore year.
Transcript: A comprehensive official academic record from a specific school. It lists the courses you have completed, grades and information such as when you attended.
Withdraw: To drop a class after the add/drop grace period. Withdrawing means receiving a W on your transcript. The W is not a punitive mark or a low grade; it is simply an indication that a student did not complete the course. Students who receive financial aid should speak with an academic advisor about the potential impact of a W on their financial aid eligibility.