Congratulations on your recent admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–Camden! The information below will help you virtually navigate your way around Rutgers-Camden. 

Graduate Student Next Steps

Step 1 - Accept Your Admission Offer

Accepting admission – All newly admitted applicants must accept or decline their offer of admission and indicate their intent to join the Rutgers University community as a graduate student. You may formally accept your admission online. Your offer of acceptance is valid for one academic year. To maintain your acceptance, you must enroll in and complete at least three credits within the first semester of your acceptance. Otherwise, you may need to reapply for admission. Admitted students who want their applications deferred for one semester or one year should contact their graduate program director to request a deferral.

Step 2 - Connect with your Graduate Program

Reach out to your program director to let them know you have accepted the offer of admission and discuss next steps: view the Graduate Program page or Graduate Directors page.

Step 3 - Activate Your NetID and Email

University NetID and Email – All new graduate students are required to activate a NetID as soon as possible. In activating a NetID, you are creating your unique identity in the University-wide identification and authentication system. With a NetID, you will be able to access library services, course websites, our online registration system (WebReg), and much more. While creating your NetID, you will also be setting up your Rutgers Email account. This email account will be the University’s primary means of communication with you and you are responsible for all email sent by the University to this address. We recommend checking it often or have your emails forwarded to an address that you check often. To set up this account, visit and click on “NetID Activation.” To have your emails forwarded, visit and click on “Manage Email Addresses.”

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Step 4 - Complete Your Financial Aid Application or Start Your I20 Process

For domestic applicants, if you have not already applied, we recommend submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid at as soon as possible. Rutgers’ federal school code is 002629. You may apply at Visit the Financial Aid Website for details. 

If you have submitted your FAFSA, you can check your documents and award status to ensure that all information is accurate at

For international students, your next step is to provide information and documentation to the International Students & Global Programs office in order for us to issue your initial I-20. This is done through the New Student I-20 Request e-form group. Within this e-form group, you will also be able to access your acceptance letter. A link to this form will be sent directly to the email on file (from your admission application) within five to seven business days of accepting your admission.

Step 5 - Submit All Final Transcripts

Please mail your official transcript(s) from all institutions attended to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions. Official electronic transcripts may be sent to

Please mail all official documentation to:

Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions
Rutgers University–Camden
406 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1400
Step 6 - Request Housing and Schedule a Tour of Campus

After you have accepted your admission and activated your NetID, you can apply for housing at Our campus is home to Graduate Housing at 330 Cooper Street. On-campus housing is available on a first-come basis and is limited for graduate students. To learn about on- and off-campus housing options, visit Housing and Residence Life

If you are interested in scheduling a tour of campus, please visit this webpage for further instructions.

Step 7 - Register for Class

Once you have accepted your admission, you may select your (fall/spring) classes. The schedule of classes can be found here. To view detailed course descriptions, please browse our Graduate School Catalog.

Spring 2023 registration opens on Monday, November 07.

Once you have made your course selections, you may use the Online Schedule of Classes or our Registration System to register. You will need your Rutgers Identification number (RUID) and PAC code to register. Your PAC-Personal Access Code by default is your month and day of birth in MMDD format.

Sign up for your classes as soon as possible as classes can fill quickly. If you have any questions regarding holds, special permission registrations, and course selections, contact your graduate director.

Step 8 - Submit Health Insurance and Immunization Information

Health Insurance – Full-time Rutgers students are required to show proof of insurance coverage. Students must either waive (show proof of private health insurance) or enroll in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Hard waiver details and online forms can be found on this site. The link will also be available on the student’s tuition bill. Full-time students who do not show proof of adequate health insurance will be automatically enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan and the premium will be added to the student’s bill. Students with private health insurance and part-time students may voluntarily enroll in a University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. For details on plans and how to enroll, please visit this site. NOTE: Online degree programs or non-matriculated students registered for online courses only are not eligible to enroll in university health insurance.

Health insurance, student or private, is separate from Health Services on campus. For questions regarding University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plans administered by United Healthcare Insurance Company, call 1-800-505-4160; or call 1-848-932-8285 for Rutgers Student Insurance Office.

Immunizations – all on-campus and hybrid Rutgers degree-seeking students are required to submit their immunization records. Complete information, including a link to the downloadable form, is available on the website of Rutgers University Health Services.

Step 9 - Participate in Orientation

Each year, the Graduate School hosts New Student Orientation in August for students beginning in the fall and January for students beginning in the spring. This is a required event and will greatly help you transition into your role as a student on campus. Invitations will be emailed directly to all admitted students who have confirmed attendance this fall.  Check back soon for a link providing more details and registration.

Step 10 - Get ID Cards and Parking

ID Cards – The RUConnection ID card provides student access to libraries, computer labs, athletics and recreation center, RU Express funds, student discounts, campus buildings, and other facilities. ID Cards are available at the IMPACT booth located in the Campus Center lobby. You will need to upload your photo online prior to picking up your card. You will need to login with your NetID and password.

Parking – All eligible students of the University are required to have a parking permit for any vehicle that they park on campus. The university offers many different types of permits, be sure to purchase a permit that best suits your needs. Obtain a parking permit. If you are visiting Rutgers campus and do not have a parking pass, please reach out to the Student Services office for parking information. 

Transit information is available at

Step 11 - Pay Your Semester Term Bill

You will receive an email notification from our Student Accounting Office at the time that term bills are due. The  email will contain further instructions on term bill payment.  You must be registered for classes to receive a term bill. If you have applied for financial aid, your aid will show on your tuition bill. If you are to receive any tuition remission from your employer, please ensure that you have your paperwork together to be submitted with your bill when it is due. Typically, fall semester term bills are due in mid-August and spring semester term bills are due in mid-January.