About the New Student Fee

Orientation and transition programs provide essential preparation for a successful first year at Rutgers University. All new students are required to pay the New Student Fee typically assessed to a student’s Statement of Account during their first semester. For the 2016–17 academic year, the fee amount is as follows:

Rutgers University–Camden: $175.00 for first-year and transfer students.

Rutgers University–New Brunswick: $175.00 for first-year students and $85.00 for transfer students. 

All Graduate Students Holding F and J Visas: Graduate students who hold F and J visas are charged a New Student Fee during their first semester that covers the cost of orientation and continued programming. For fiscal year 2015-16 the fall semester fee is $85. The spring semester fee is $50. 

The New Student Fee supports the following:

  • Comprehensive on-campus summer and winter orientation programs for first-year, transfer, or adult/nontraditional students entering in the fall and spring semesters, as well as long-distance orientation communication for students with an insurmountable financial hardship preventing attendance at an in-person orientation program.
  • Administration and tracking of online educational learning modules completed by new students prior to enrollment.
  • Comprehensive on-campus summer and winter orientation programs for the parents and family members of incoming new students.
  • Transition programs and traditional events during the academic year designed to assist with new student success including New Student Convocation, Scarlet Knight Days (Welcome Week Programming), and collaborative events with various academic and student support offices/departments covering a range of involvement opportunities and resources.
  • Support and outreach for both new students and family members via telephone, email, social media, and in-person meetings from student leaders and professional staff members through out the academic year.
  • Resources and outreach to parents and family members for the duration of a student’s academic career at Rutgers, including but not limited to Parent and Family Weekend, Rutgers Parent and Family Association meetings and events, Parent and Family Welcome Receptions, informational programs about university resources, and regular printed/electronic communication such as newsletters and mailings.
  • Physical and electronic materials, guides, and resources to aid new students and family members with a variety of logistical, educational, and transition-focused issues.

Note: All new students are expected to attend orientation and transition events and are responsible for the material and requirements presented at these events. This fee will be assessed regardless of attendance at these programs or events.

For more information about orientation and transition programs and resources, please visit the respective Rutgers New Student Orientation webpages for Camden and New Brunswick.

For more information about parent and family programs and resources, please visit the respective Rutgers Parent and Family websites for Camden and New Brunswick.