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 CDC guidelines. Please return to this site regularly to keep informed about the university’s activities to address this public health crisis.
Fall 2020 Instruction
Professional and Graduate Education
- Graduate education will return to a combination of in-person and remote education in September.
- Graduate education will be 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 will also plan to return to a combination of in-person and remote modes at the discretion of the chancellors.
- Professional students will likewise be given priority access to our campus facilities wherever feasible, and health sciences professional students will have access to training in our healthcare delivery sites.
- The majority of our courses must be delivered remotely.
- Rutgers faculty are busy preparing for remote undergraduate instruction and building 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 will 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 will be held on campus with appropriate health-related precautions.
- Examples include select courses in the arts, laboratory or field work, and clinical instruction.
- Each chancellor has worked with the schools’ deans and faculty and will provide updates on specific courses that will use at least some in-person.
Summer 2020 Instruction
Rutgers University–Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick
- There will be no in-person classes, programs, camps, conferences, or other activities at Rutgers University through August 14.
- All University-sponsored courses/programs/activities that will take place through August 14 on the Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses will be done via remote technology.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
- Courses at RBHS continue as scheduled.
- The cancellation of in-person activities at Rutgers University through August 14 does not apply to RBHS clinical programs and activities; check with the relevant RBHS office to ascertain the status of RBHS summer programs, courses, and activities.
- 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: email@example.com
- Financial Aid: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registrar: email@example.com
- Student Accounting: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Disability Services: The office remains open as a resource for students. Email staff at email@example.com.
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– Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 through August 14.
- 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 5:00 p.m.:
- Financial Aid: 848-932-7057
- Registrar: 848-445-7000
- Student Accounting: 848-932-2254
- 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 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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: email@example.com; 973-972-5374
- Disability Services: Working remotely, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., no reduction in services. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
The current suspension of all in-person events such as classes, programs, camps, conferences, or other activities at Rutgers University will remain in place this fall to ensure we do our part to limit opportunities for the virus to spread.
Fall 2020 Athletics
Patrick E. Hobbs, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, confirmed that for the fall 2020 athletic season, all Rutgers Athletics venues will operate in accordance with the executive orders issued by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy limiting outdoor gatherings to 500 people or fewer. All safety precautions will be in place for those individuals who will be in attendance.
For Rutgers–New Brunswick, the Big Ten Conference announced that its members would play conference-only schedules this fall. This was done to create consistent safety protocols to protect the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and all those involved in game day activities, as well as to provide maximum flexibility and control over our schedule.
The safety of every fan, season ticket holder, alumni and student that enters Rutgers’ athletic venues is the priority of Intercollegiate Athletics. Fans will be kept involved with Rutgers football in the weeks and months ahead, including on game day. The athletic department ticket office will be reaching out with additional information outlining all available options for season ticket holders.
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.
Because of the need for social distancing and since most courses will be delivered remotely for the fall semester, on-campus housing will be extremely limited. Our residential life teams are ready to answer questions for the many students who have already made deposits.
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 coming 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 will translate to at least a $300 reduction in their term bills over the academic year.