Fall Course Planning


Welcome, Class of 2021, to the School of Engineering at Rutgers University. We are pleased that you have decided to join us.  During the next four years you will develop the knowledge and skills required to become an Engineer in your field of choice. There are a few administrative steps that are necessary for you to complete this summer in order to join the School of Engineering, please see the Checklist. One step is to complete the placement tests as soon as possible, if you are not exempt from the tests or have not already taken them.  Another step is to complete the registration procedure that will be done online and needs to be completed by Friday, June 9. Further details are below. Additional general information regarding identification cards, immunization forms and housing applications are also include below to help you.

Placement Tests

As an engineering student, you need to take the English Level I exam, if you critical reading SAT-1 score is less than 600.  The Math placement test is required for all engineering students, except those that have taken the AP Calculus AB or BC examinations prior to their senior year and obtained a score of 4 or 5. You need to have made sure to submit your official AP scores and if you did not submit prior to March 1, email us a scan of the scores to firstyear@soe.rutgers.edu. We cannot grant exceptions on potential scores from this year.  For more information on the exemptions from the placement testing, please visit here

Starting in March 2017, placement testing for Math, English, and some foreign languages will be conducted via online Sakai, the web-based Rutgers courseware system. Students will be able to test from the comfort of their own homes or a quiet place using a computer with a reliable network connection. Please visit the Rutgers Placement Testing page to register after March.  If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from accessing the test in a comfortable, quiet setting, please email testingandplacement@rutgers.edu. If you need testing accommodations, please follow the steps listed here: https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/applying-for-services, and please do not take the placement tests before speaking with staff at the Office of Disability Services. 

Fall Registration and APA Day

The APA Day (Academic Planning and Advising Day) for the School of Engineering is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm, on Busch campus.  Attendance is NOT mandatory, but recommended if you have questions about the Fall registration process described below.  It is also a great way to visit the campus and meet the First Year Advising team.  Registration is required, and will open on 5/3.  If you cannot attend the APA day, there will be online chats scheduled for more questions. In addition, you can ask more questions during the New Student Orientation Engineering Priority Days (NSO Days) You can find more specifics, and register, HERE.  

The first year consists of required courses in General Chemistry, Applied Physics, English: Expository Writing, Mathematics:  Calculus and Introduction to Computers for Engineers, as well as a Humanities/Social Science elective, and the Introduction to Engineering class, which presents the various engineering majors offered at Rutgers. Unlike other schools, since there is a common core curriculum, we will schedule your courses for you during this first semester. In order for us to complete your schedule, we need the following forms filled out by June 9:

  1. Humanities/Social Sciences elective choices:Please review the follow list of acceptable first-year student humanities electives.  Choose three from the listing as options for you first- semester elective course and rank them by preference:   Elective Choices FORM  
  2. AP Credits Survey:  If you have taken AP exams, or are going to take AP exams, please fill out this form:  AP Exam Survey.
  3. Other credits:  If you have other credits (IB, A-levels, dual-enrollment), please fill out this form:  Other Credits Survey

Note: Based on your placement test results, the registration forms, and any AP credit or college courses taken, a schedule will be made for you for the semester.  

Final registration is completed in August and your schedule will be sent to you. You will also receive information about Freshman Kick-Off during August. Students will have the opportunity to make scheduling changes during the first week of classes. More informaiton will be given during First Year Kick-Off and Advising.

Advanced Placement Exams

If you took Advanced Placement Exams, make sure you have submitted the official scores through College Board. For more information see: http://soe.rutgers.edu/oas/academic-credit. Results from exams taken in May will be received in July and will be considered when creating your fall schedule. Final schedules for everyone will be distributed in August. 

Enrollment Pathway

You should follow the instructions and information on the Enrollment Pathway, particularly paying attention to deadlines regarding final high school transcripts, required immunization verifications, housing and dining arrangements, tuition payments, etc. Also, make sure to set up your NetID and Rutgers email. Note that these processes are not handled through the School of Engineering, but are essential in preparing for school to start in September. Also, note that if you submitted a copy of your AP results for exemption for the Math Placement Test you will not see the exemption on the Enrollment Pathway but the email you will receive in response can serve as proof.

Housing Applications

You should have received instructions on applying for campus housing from Residence Life shortly after accepting admission. Most engineering students choose to live on the Busch Campus. Submit the online application promptly, as housing is assigned on a first come first serve basis. I encourage you to consider the Barr Hall or Mattia Hall First Year Engineering Residence as an excellent place to live during your first year in our curriculum.    


There are three different New Student Orientations (NSO) occurring in June or July that you can register for.  We will be doing a presentation the second day for an hour and fifteen minutes, so you will get to meet representatives from the School of Engineering. We also will be holding our First Year Kick-Off event in August. The date and schedule for the First Year Kick-Off will be announced in an later email. 

Contact Information and Appointments

Ms. Debbie Corcoran (Professional Advisor for First-Year Students, firstyear@soe.rutgers.edu)
Ms. Corcoran's advising hours

Office of Academic Services, School of Engineering
98 Brett Road, Engineering B100, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 848-445-2212  soe.rutgers.edu/oas