To maintain the safety of our community, Rutgers University has been preparing to respond quickly and appropriately to the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. As we plan for various scenarios, we continue to follow guidelines as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). Please return to this site regularly to keep informed about the university’s activities to address this public health crisis.
For details and directions to resources that can answer your questions, please visit your respective campus website:
- Rutgers University–New Brunswick
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
- Rutgers University–Newark
- Rutgers University–Camden
Mandatory COVID-Related Apps
Rutgers has developed two apps that are ready for use by university students and will be mandatory beginning Monday, September 28. My Campus Pass, is a self-screening app that must be used by students each day when traveling to campus or entering a Rutgers building. To access My Campus Pass, log into my.rutgers.edu. The second app, Rutgers Visitors Log, is available by logging into http://visitorlog.rutgers.edu. Visitors and guests with a legitimate business purpose that cannot be accomplished remotely must be registered each day using this platform. Anyone with an active NetID can enter a guest through the system. Read the communication from Antonio Calcado, Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning and Operations and Chief Operating Officer, for more information.
COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Students Living On-Campus
Moving Into On-Campus Housing
- All students moving in to on-campus housing must undergo COVID-19 PCR testing one to three weeks prior to move-in day
- A second test is done at move-in
Living in On-Campus Housing
- Students living in on-campus housing should expect periodic testing throughout the semester
Find more information at health.rutgers.edu/covid-19-testing.
COVID-19 Testing Clinics
Walk-in clinics are available on all campuses to any member of the Rutgers community authorized to receive COVID-19 testing. Please make an appointment through the Return to Rutgers page: go.rutgers.edu/COVID-19-Testing. Small drive-through testing clinics may be arranged with individual departments to accommodate specific needs.
Fall 2020 Instruction
Professional and Graduate Education
- Graduate education is a combination of in-person and remote education.
- Graduate education is prioritized for access to campus facilities wherever possible in absolute adherence with state and federal guidelines, testing expectations, and strict plans for protective distancing.
- Professional education is a combination of in-person and remote modes made at the discretion of the chancellors.
- Professional students are likewise be given priority access to our campus facilities wherever feasible, and health sciences professional students have access to training in our healthcare delivery sites.
- The majority of our courses are being delivered remotely.
- Rutgers faculty have prepared for remote undergraduate instruction that builds on lessons learned from the spring semester.
- The university has made, and will continue to make, investments in instructional technology and training to further enhance the student experience.
- All classes that are taught remotely meet the standards and expectations of the world-class institution that Rutgers is.
- A limited number of courses that benefit from direct access to campus facilities are on campus with appropriate health-related precautions.
- Examples include select courses in the arts, laboratory or field work, and clinical instruction.
- Each chancellor worked with the schools’ deans and faculty and provided updates on specific courses that use at least some in-person.
- The Office of Information Technology developed computer recommendations for Rutgers students so that they will be able to participate fully in their coursework, whether doing so remotely or otherwise.
- Early and frequent communication by Rutgers instructors and professors is being encouraged to keep students informed. Rutgers instructors and professors have been asked to reach out to students via the appropriate learning management systems (Blackboard, Canvas, and Sakai) or via email.
- Free internet access is available from a number of sources. See the links on the Technology Resources for Students page.
- See the Technology Resources for Students page to learn about the Learning Management Systems, videoconferencing software, and other software that can help with remote instruction available from the Office of Information Technology Help Desk.
- University computer labs are currently closed
- Help with technology issues or questions is available from the Office of Information Technology Help Desk
Rutgers is open, but some services and facilities may not be operating or may be operating on limited schedules. Check the campus operating status for more details: Rutgers University–Camden
The One-Stop Center and the Contact Center remain operational via email and will respond within two business days:
- Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Financial Aid: email@example.com
- Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Accounting: email@example.com
- Disability Services: The office remains open as a resource for students. Email staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutgers is open, but some services and facilities may not be operating or may be operating on limited schedules. Check the campus operating status for more details: Rutgers University–Newark
One Stop and Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Accounting will be serving students remotely Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Students should visit MyRUN for detailed information about services available.
- Students can call 973-353-1766 ext.1 or email myRUN@newark.rutgers.edu for assistance.
- Disability Services: Contact the office by email, email@example.com, or by phone, 973-353-5375.
Rutgers is open, but some services and facilities may not be operating or may be operating on limited schedules. Check the campus operating status for more details: Rutgers University–New Brunswick
The Visitor Center and the Undergraduate Admissions office are closed to the public.
- Admissions staff will continue to answer phone inquiries at 732-445-4636 and emails during this time.
- All campus visits/tours have been canceled until further notice.
- One Stop Student Services Center: Is closed for walk-in inquiries until further notice. Students can contact a Student Services Adviser using the following contact forms:
- Students may also call Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Office of the Registrar: Requested documents will be available by mail only.
- Cashier: The New Brunswick Cashier’s office will be closed for in-person payments until further notice. Payments can be made online at paymybill.rutgers.edu or mail payments to:
Rutgers University Student Accounting Services
P.O. Box 2021
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2021
- RU-info can be reached via phone at 848-445-info (4636), text at 732-662-2664, or online at ruinfo.rutgers.edu. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Disability Services: Staff members are working remotely and can be contacted through email and phone.
Rutgers is open, but some services and facilities may not be operating or may be operating on limited schedules. Check the operating status for more details: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
- Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org; 973-972-5374
- Disability Services: Working remotely, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., no reduction in services. Email: email@example.com or call 973-640-0058.
Rutgers Global provides Global Travel Resources with updates, advisories, and useful resources for international students and scholars.
Graduate and professional school students may refer to their campus operating status page (Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, RBHS) and to their school websites for additional information about support services, remote instruction, degree completion, and more.
Counseling and Wellness Services
Counseling support and guidance services for students are available.
- Rutgers–New Brunswick: Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) Student Wellness Program
- Rutgers–Newark: Counseling Center
- Rutgers–Camden: Student Wellness Center Psychological and Counseling Services
- Well-being Resources for Rutgers University Students [PDF]
The current suspension of all in-person events such as classes, programs, camps, conferences, or other activities at Rutgers University remains in place this fall to ensure we do our part to limit opportunities for the virus to spread.
Fall 2020 Athletics
On September 16, 2020, the Big Ten Conference announced the adoption of stringent medical protocols with the intention to resume the football season on October 23-24. Updates regarding other fall and winter sports are to be announced with testing protocols required before competition can resume.
Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden
Both Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden have canceled their fall 2020 sports seasons. This was done in compliance with the decision made by the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) to suspend all sport contests and league championships during the 2020 fall semester due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On-campus housing is extremely limited. Our residential life teams are ready to answer your questions.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick and RBHS Students in New Brunswick
Rutgers University–Newark and RBHS Students in Newark
- The plan for on-campus housing can be found in Returning to Rutgers University–Newark: A Working Plan for Fall 2020
Tuition and Fees
The Rutgers Board of Governors took the unprecedented step of freezing tuition and fees for the 2020–2021 school year. This action was taken in recognition of the economic stresses that confront every member of our community and despite cost increases in virtually every area of our operation. Tuition and fees are set at the minimum amount required to provide our 70,000 students with a world-class education. A robust Rutgers education, whether delivered in a remote, hybrid, or in-person fashion, is comprehensive and is provided by some of the finest scholars in American higher education.
In recognition of the financial hardship that many students and families find themselves, the university announced a reduction in the “campus fee” for the academic year. This fee supports many vital aspects of university operations that continue to function, like library resources and student services. For full-time undergraduate students, this change translated to at least a $300 reduction in their term bills over the academic year.
Student Travel Advisories
State Travel for RBHS Students
International Travel for All Students
Effective September 16, 2020, Rutgers instituted an additional requirement to prohibit university students from returning to campus for fourteen days after travel to one of the countries or territories on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Advisory List. Access the full list of countries with the Level 3 Designation on the CDC webpage.
This requirement supplements the July 31, 2020 restrictions from returning to campus for 14 days after travel to regions included in the State of New Jersey’s Travel Advisory List. The updated travel advisory list can be found on the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub.
For more information, please read the communication from Vicente Gracias, Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Vice President Health Affairs, Rutgers University, and Brian Strom, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs.