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Time to Get Ready for SoE

Welcome to Rutgers Engineering

Congratulations on your acceptance and we are pleased that you have decided to join us. As a Rutgers Engineering student you will develop the knowledge and skills required to become an engineer in your field of choice.

Accepting Rutgers

Log into your Rutgers dashboard account to access your application, accept your offer of admission, and manage your next steps for enrollment.

Placement Tests

The placement tests determine your individual preparation in a subject area (Math, English, World Language). The placement tests will be used to select appropriate courses based on the skills you bring to college. 

Course Registration

The first year consists of a required core curriculum of courses in science, mathematics, writing, and humanities. During the SoE academic session at New Student Orientation, first-year engineering students register for their fall semester courses, with guidance from the First Year Advising team. Core curriculum courses continue in the spring semester. The first year ends with students selecting their engineering major late in the semester. 

Applying Academic Credit

Students may be awarded credits for coursework completed prior to college through the combination of advanced placement examinations, transfer credit from other institutions, International Baccalaureate, General Certificate of Education, and proficiency examinations.

Admitted Transfer Students

All incoming SoE students transferring from outside of Rutgers–New Brunswick are required to attend an Engineering Student Transfer Advising and Registration (ESTAR). During ESTAR day students will consult with an advisor on curriculum options and register for classes. 


First-year and transfer students should receive instructions on applying for campus housing from Residence Life shortly after accepting admission. It’s important to submit the online application promptly, as housing is assigned on a first come, first served basis. Most engineering students choose to live on the Busch Campus in either Barr Hall or Mattia Hall, both designated for first-year engineering students. 

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a two-day event occurring late June-early August. Incoming students attend an Engineering Academic Session, learn about the first-year SoE experience and curriculum, register for courses, and meet current SoE students and advisors.

When registering for NSO, choose one of the FY sessions that lists “School of Engineering”. Placement Exams should be completed as soon as possible and no later than two weeks before NSO, so that your course selection process will be accurate.


Laptop Recommendations

Standard laptops (PC or Apple) will work for all courses. The following are the recommended general specifications: Intel core i5 processor; 64-bit Operating System; 16GB RAM (8GB minimum); 512 GB storage (256GB min).

Getting Ready

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As you get ready for your first semester we have more tips and information that will help you have a great experience.

Find out more about first-year integration, Summer Squads, Engineering Kick-off, and more.

Learn More



Have More Questions?

Contact Information and Appointments

Ms. Debbie Corcoran
First-year Advisor

Office of Academic Services
School of Engineering
98 Brett Road
Engineering Building, Room B100
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 848-445-2212