Partners on Campus

Rutgers-New Brunswick is comprised of 18 Schools. Many of these schools have programs and initiatives to provide support to first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.    

School of Engineering

Engineers Of the Future: Provides access and resources to first-generation students who come from educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME): NACME ensures American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Rutgers hosts juniors and seniors as NACME Scholars and provides resources to these students.

Minority Engineering Education Task, NSBE, Society of Hispanic Engineers, Society of Women Engineers (MEET, SHE & SWE): Student organizations that we oversee and work very closely with.  They are among the largest and most active student organizations in the School of Engineering and share similar goals of recruiting, retaining and graduating engineering students who are underrepresented.


School of Arts and Sciences

ODASIS: The Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) is an academic support unit within the Division of Life Sciences. The goal of ODASIS is to increase the recruitment and academic success of underrepresented students, as well as educationally and economically disadvantaged students, who are interested in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions. ODASIS intends to improve the percentage of underrepresented students entering the scientific fields by encouraging academic achievement in the sciences through unique and rigorous academic support. By cultivating the number, participation, and success of underrepresented and disadvantaged students who pursue scientific disciplines, ODASIS aims to minimize the achievement gap in professional education as well as create a highly qualified and diverse workforce.

REaCH: The Rutgers Early College Humanities Program (REaCH) offers high school students in historically underserved communities the opportunity to take a college course in the humanities for college credit taught on site at their schools or community organizations. Students study with experienced college professors, read college texts, complete college-level written assignments and participate in thought-provoking discussions, gaining important feedback in these endeavors from their professors and each other. REaCH is an important part of Rutgers’ community outreach program; participants are enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick as part-time, in-state students. Tuition, books and all other course materials are free to students. Students can be 'dual enrolled' and earn high school credit as well.

Summer Bridge Programs: Provides summer instruction for incoming first years who place into Writing 098 or Math 001/025 (and are not otherwise eligible for a summer program such as EOF) during a no-cost intensive five-week program with a no-cost residential option. Contact: slawrence@sas.rutgers.edu

Gateway Program: The Gateway Program provides special sections of key introductory level courses such as General Biology, General Chemistry, General Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and History for students with low writing or math placement scores.  These sections are designed to equip students with effective college-level learning strategies while gaining master of the subject matter and course content of a regular credit-bearing course.

Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies: Alternative Spring Break, developed collaboratively with the Center for Latino Arts and Culture (CLAC).


School of Management and Labor Relations and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

University College Community: Provides a "First Stop" shop for qualified adult, nontraditional students interested in degree completion and adult -friendly programs on the New Brunswick Campus, by offering pre-admissions, enrollment and degree completion services.

Matching Programs for Funding Graduate Students - City Year, Teach for America, Americorp:  The school matches funding that is offered by each of these organizations to their alumni to help them attend graduate school.  The organizations are often places where students from underrepresented backgrounds come or where underrepresented populations are served.


School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

First year advising: All first year students are assigned a faculty/staff advisor upon admission (often in their proposed discipline of study); although not specifically developed for first generation students, advising is sufficiently granular (each advisor has ~25 students, all of whom have similar career goals) to meet needs of first generation RU students.

PASS course: Portals to Academic Study Success (PASS) course: a 1 credit required seminar offered in spring to all first year students on probation from fall semester; also offered in fall semester for select groups of students, including first generation college students, who select.  The course provides overview of RU academic and personal support services and other skills (academic, etc.) deemed useful for success at Rutgers University.


Office of Enrollment Management

Rutgers Future Scholars:  Targets 200 low income 7th graders annually. Offers full tuition scholarships upon admissions to Rutgers.

Rutgers Future Scholars Mentoring Program: The Rutgers Future Scholars Mentoring Program is an after school mentoring program that caters to Rutgers Future Scholars that attend New Brunswick High School, New Brunswick Health, Science and Technology High School and Piscataway High School. Scholars experience workshops, time management training, a sense of community, belonging and independence among other relevant topics designed to prepare them for college and assist in their high school retention rates. All mentors receive weekly training through a 3-credit course offered by the Africana Studies Department.

01:014:286    Mentoring as Public Service 3-credit course. Requires weekly meetings with RFS high school students.   Introduces students to the Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) program and the basic skills, practices and ethics of mentoring.  Examines contemporary inequalities and barriers to access higher education and initiatives to address educational access.

01:014:385    Mentoring as a Public Service II    3 –credit course.  Requires weekly meetings with RFS high school students.    Part two of the Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) mentoring course; in depth analysis of mentoring and practical experience; topics include; urban education, youth activism and advocacy, school-to- prison pipeline, and other issues affecting historically underserved communities.


Some schools at Rutgers University–New Brunswick are units of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (indicated by an *) and are listed under both headings.

Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, RWJMS

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology: Outstanding applicants who attend college anywhere in the United States will be selected to join a research laboratory at Rutgers located in Piscataway and New Brunswick, NJ for a 10 week program, where they will engage in hands-on experimentation. Under the supervision of their faculty mentors, students will be expected to implement individual research projects during this period. This involves helping to formulate a hypothesis based on the mentor's previous studies, and learning laboratory skills, data collection and documentation. The program also increases student knowledge and interest in pursuing careers in research through career development and educational activities.

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy*

Educational Opportunity Fund Program: EOF supports New Jersey's aspiring first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds by providing financial aid, one-on-one and group academic counseling, supplemental instruction and tutoring services, workshops, programs, and events to support student success, experiential learning opportunities, and leadership opportunities to students enrolled in this comprehensive program.

School of Nursing*

The Educational Opportunity Fund for Nursing Students:  The only EOF program designed for preparing students to become nurses in the state of New Jersey.  We train women and men to earn BSN degrees and train them to be culturally competent nurse.  Many of our graduates return to their communities of origin to service the medically underserved.