After class lets out for the day, get even smarter. Think more, challenge yourself more, make more connections, take a chance. You’re at college. It’s the time to explore.
Learn beyond the Classroom
Rutgers University–New Brunswick is one of America’s leading research universities, drawing to it top scholars who make their marks in anthropology, marine science, genetics, philosophy, English, and much more.
Rutgers undergraduates are strongly encouraged to join the research action, and the campus’s Aresty Research Center is a great place to get started. Here, you will discover research opportunities, make connections with faculty, and learn how to get your research noticed.
At Rutgers, special residence halls give you the chance to live alongside students with similar interests and passions, from human rights to television production. These special residence environments are called Living-Learning Communities. There also are communities for nonresidential students who want the same experience.
Douglass Residential College
Open to all Rutgers University–New Brunswick women (whether they live on campus or commute), Douglass Residential College knows student engagement and empowerment are the keys to success. Key features include:
- residential environments where learning is part of each day
- courses open only to Douglass Residential College students
- advisers who help you customize your academic journey
- a core course taken by all Douglass women
Small, seminar-style, 10-week classes taught by upper-class students trained to help you explore academic and career interests, and learn the ropes of academic life at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Delve into everything from environmental policy to philosophy to business. Low-pressure, 1-credit courses, graded pass/no credit. Offered in the fall and open to first-year students in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Rutgers Business School. Note to potential peer instructors: FIGS are a great way to develop leadership skills!
More than 140 elective, 1-credit courses offered every year to first-year students. Taught by distinguished faculty ready to share their scholarly zeal. Extremely popular and limited to 20 students per class, and designed to pique your curiosity and give you an eye-opening intellectual workout. No pressure, no grades, no formal exams.
First-year students can reside with others who share a common academic interest. It's a great opportunity to make friends, connect with faculty and fellow students, and get more individualized attention to build foundations for success.
Distinguished Lectures, Films, and Events
The Writers House is the Department of English’s crucible of creativity where students push the boundaries of what it means to write with originality and produce media in the 21st century. A full calendar of events brings together celebrated and new writers for lectures, film screenings, student showcases, and more.
Exceptional thinkers come to Rutgers to enlighten, engage, and entertain. Distinguished speakers from across genres and cultures bring their insight, humor, courage, and flair to Rutgers–New Brunswick. Highlights include:
- Writers at Rutgers Readings are free and open to all. Recent authors have included Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, contemporary American writer Gish Jen, and author Sapphire whose work was behind the film Precious.
- Institute for Research on Women Distinguished Lecture Series brings scholars throughout the year to present their work and engage others on women's involvement in today's culture.
- Global Health! highlights the diverse programs and events developed by Rutgers to address complex issues around global health.
A Brainier Group
Some clubs are just brainier than others. More than 80 academic clubs and organizations at Rutgers–New Brunswick encourage your scholarly growth beyond the classroom. To find these groups, choose the academic category at the Find an Organization search.
Student Chapters of Professional Societies
By getting involved with student chapters of national professional organizations you gain insider insights, network with professionals in the field, develop leadership skills, and meet students and faculty with common interests. A sampling of these organizations is below.