Admitted Students

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–Camden! We are thrilled to have you join our academic community. To assist you in preparing for the upcoming school year, we have provided the information below. It will help you get prepared for the exciting journey ahead.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Graduate School Admitted Student Checklist

Admitted students are advised to exercise caution when approached by individuals claiming to be representatives of Rutgers-Camden. The only official agency we work with is Shorelight. If someone offers to secure housing or on-campus employment for you at a charge, please verify the authenticity of their claims by contacting Assistant Dean Erick Watt-Udogu. Proceed with caution to ensure your safety and avoid potential scams.

Step 1 - Accept Your Admission Offer

To confirm your place as a graduate student at Rutgers-Camden, you must let us know if you accept or decline the offer of admission. This can be done conveniently online.

  • Acceptance Validity: Your offer of acceptance is valid for one academic year.
  • Enroll in Courses: To maintain your acceptance to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–Camden, it is crucial to enroll in and successfully complete at least three credits during your first semester after acceptance. Students who are offered funding must take prompt action by registering for classes within 30 days of accepting the funding offer or when the registration opens.
  • Deferral Request: If you feel the need to defer your admission to a later term or academic year, it’s essential to obtain permission from your program’s director. To initiate the deferral process, please inform the Graduate School. It’s important to be aware that funding offers are valid only for the term they are initially offered. In the event of a deferral, your new funding package will be assessed by the committee and will be subject to budget constraints.
Step 2 - Connect with your Graduate Program

Notify the program director of your acceptance. In many instances, the Graduate Program Director also functions as your academic advisor. You can find the contact information for your program’s director on your program’s page or department website.

Step 3 - Activate Your NetID and Email

To ensure seamless communication and access to essential university services, it is crucial to activate your NetID as soon as possible. Your NetID serves as your unique identity within the university’s identification and authentication system. However, please be aware that it may take 24 to 48 hours from accepting the offer until you can activate your NetID.

With your NetID, you’ll have access to a variety of resources, including library services, course websites, the online registration system (WebReg), and much more. It is also the gateway to setting up your Rutgers Email account, which will be the primary means of communication from the university. Remember, you are responsible for regularly checking this email address or forwarding emails to an address you frequently use.

To activate your NetID and set up your Rutgers Email account, visit netid.rutgers.edu and click on “NetID Activation.” If you prefer to have your emails forwarded, you can manage your email addresses on the same website by clicking on the respective option.

If you are having trouble accessing your NETID, please visit the FAQ page or contact IT at 856-225-6274 or help@camden.rutgers.edu.

Step 4A (Domestic Students) - Complete Your FAFSA

Domestic students, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Rutgers’ federal school code is 002629, and you can apply directly at fafsa.ed.gov. For more information, please visit the Graduate School Funding page or the Financial Aid Website.

If you have already submitted your FAFSA, you can easily verify the accuracy of your documents and award status at financialaid.rutgers.edu.

Step 4B (International Students) - Start Your I-20 Process

International students, please provide the necessary information and documentation to the International Students & Global Programs office. This step is essential for us to issue your initial I-20. Within the e-form group, you will also find access to your acceptance letter. A link to this form will be sent directly to the email address on file (from your admission application) within five to seven business days after accepting your admission.

Step 5 - Submit All Final Transcripts

To complete your application process, kindly submit your official transcript(s) from all the institutions you have attended to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions. For your convenience, official electronic transcripts can be sent to e-transcripts@camden.rutgers.edu.

Please address all official documentation to the following address:

Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions
Rutgers University–Camden
406 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1400

For further details on transcript submission, please refer to the Graduate School Transcript Guide.

Step 6 - Request Housing

Once you’ve accepted your admission and activated your NetID, you’ll be all set to apply for housing. Discover the comforts of Graduate Housing at 330 Cooper Street, right here at Rutgers University–Camden. However, do keep in mind that on-campus housing for graduate students is limited and available on a first-come basis. So, be sure to apply early to secure your spot in our inviting community! Visit housing.camden.rutgers.edu to start the process and find your home away from home.

Step 7 - Submit Health Insurance and Immunization Information

Immunizations: Prior to course registration, all on-campus and hybrid Rutgers degree-seeking students are required to submit their immunization records. For more detailed information, please visit the website.

Health Insurance: Full-time Rutgers students are required to demonstrate proof of insurance coverage. To comply, students can either waive (by providing proof of private health insurance) or enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Detailed information and online waiver forms can be found on this site, and the link will also be available on your tuition bill.

If full-time students fail to show proof of adequate health insurance, they will be automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan, and the premium will be added to their bill. Part-time students and students with private health insurance may voluntarily enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Visit this site for plan details and enrollment instructions.

Please note that online degree programs or non-matriculated students registered for online courses only are not eligible to enroll in the university health insurance.

Health insurance provided through the University is separate from Health Services on campus. For inquiries regarding the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plans administered by United Healthcare Insurance Company, call 1-800-505-4160. For questions related to Rutgers Student Insurance Office, call 1-848-932-8285.

Step 8 - Register for Class

Please find the course registration instructions.

Once you are prepared to register, you have two options: you can use either the Online Schedule of Classes or our Registration System. To complete the registration process, you will need your Rutgers Identification number (RUID) and PAC code. Your default PAC-Personal Access Code is your birth month and day in MMDD format.

Here are some valuable resources to assist you during the registration process:

If you are receiving funding through a fellowship, scholarship, or assistantship, it is mandatory to register within 30 days of registration opening or upon acceptance of the offer. In any case, please note that classes tend to fill up quickly, so we recommend signing up for your preferred courses as soon as possible.

If you have any inquiries concerning holds on your account, special permission registrations, or course selections, please feel free to reach out to the Graduate School and your graduate director. We will be glad to assist you with any concerns you may have.

Step 9 - Participate in Orientation

The Graduate School hosts New Student Orientation every year in August for fall starters and in January for spring starters. This mandatory event is designed to help you transition smoothly into your role as a student on campus. You will receive an email invitation with a link to register and access more detailed information about the orientation. Keep an eye on your inbox.

Step 10 - Get ID Cards and Parking

ID Cards: The RUConnection ID card grants students access to various campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs, the athletics and recreation center, RU Express funds, student discounts, and campus buildings. To obtain your ID card, visit the IMPACT booth in the Campus Center lobby. Prior to pickup, make sure to upload your photo online using your NetID and password.

Parking: All eligible students must have a parking permit for any vehicle parked on campus. Rutgers University offers different permit options, so choose the one that best suits your needs. You can obtain a parking permit through the designated process. For visitors to Rutgers campus without a parking pass, please contact the Student Services office for parking information.

Transit Information: For public transportation details, visit camden.rutgers.edu/visit/public-transportation.

Step 11 - Pay Your Semester Term Bill

When the term bills are due, the Student Accounting Office will send you an email notification containing comprehensive instructions on how to make the payment. Remember, you must be officially registered for classes to receive a term bill.

If you have applied for financial aid, the awarded amount will be reflected on your tuition bill. For those eligible for tuition remission from their employer, ensure you have all the required paperwork ready to submit along with the bill when the payment is due.

Keep in mind that if you have been granted an assistantship, tuition remission will not appear until after the semester begins. Similarly, if you have been awarded a scholarship from the Graduate School, it will not be posted until mid-August for the fall semester or mid-January for the spring semester.

As a general guideline, fall semester term bills are typically due in mid-August, and spring semester term bills are due in mid-January. Watch your email closely for the notification and exact due dates to avoid late payment.