To enrich the campus collegiate experience, Rutgers–Newark is committed to offering compelling student-centric programs, services, and co-curricular involvement opportunities, which ensures a student's growth and development.

Being a leader on campus has provided great experiences on the Black Organization of Students Executive board and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students organization.
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Rutgers University-Newark faculty and staff ensures their students become effective leaders, involved citizens, and critical thinkers. We create an inclusive campus community that promotes social awareness, cultivates a respect for diversity and fosters community development.

Our community welcomes you

  • Student clubs and organizations. Make friends while making a difference on and off campus through a wide variety of groups, including professional clubs, honor societies, and cultural organizations.
  • Civic engagement. Our campus is committed to building stronger communities throughout Newark with civic learning or volunteerism and service,
  • Greek life. Participate in academic, social, philanthropic, and leadership activities as a member of a fraternity or sorority.
  • Club and sports and intramural. Find an activity that’s right for you: dance team, flag football, intramural soccer, and more.
  • Team sports. Cheer on or join one of our many men’s and women’s NCAA Division III New Jersey athletics teams

Rutgers University-Newark Events:

  • Homecoming Weekend (Fall). The whole Rutgers family attends this fun-filled fall weekend, including a pep rally, alumni parade, tailgate party, and—of course—a Scarlet Knights football game.
  • Office of Admissions Events
  • RU-N Open House. Welcomes undergraduate prospective students on Saturday, October 16, 2021. REGISTER HERE
  • First-Year Focus (Fall). Rutgers-Newark residence hall students participate in social mixers, faculty-staff socials and a variety of events to promote the academic social and emotional wellness of Rutgers students.
  • Welcome Week (Fall). Week-long series of events to kick-off the academic year, including RU-N Showcase and the Glow Carnival.
  • Halsey Festival (Fall). An exciting joint campus and community event celebrating the rich history of the city of Newark and the neighborhood commerce and development of the well-known Halsey Street community.
  • Fall Festival. (September). It’s a carnival! Bring your friends and family for a day of games, music, BBQ, and more. Win a prize at one of the carnival games, pose with friends in the photo booth, make a craft, or cool off with some ice cream and food!  There will also be a BBQ so make sure you bring your appetite!  Students make sure you stop by and tell all your friends about it!!
  • First-Year Student Week. A week-long series of events for first year students, including First-Year Festival and the Student Olympics
  • World’s Fair (Spring). Large-scale cultural celebration hosted on Samuels' Plaza that includes performances, music and food.
  • Admitted Student Day (April 23, 2022). This mega campus event gives the inside view of life as a Rutgers University-Newark student.
  • Rutgers Day (Spring). The Rutgers family invites the state and the world to a spring festival—featuring more than 300 free performances, tours, exhibits, lectures, hands-on activities, and more— that showcases the best of Rutgers.
  • Road Trips. New York, Philadelphia, and DC are really close. Scheduled journeys and impromptu junkets are possibilities
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Enjoy Arts and Culture of Newark and Rutgers University-Newark  We are proud to be a facilitator for those interested in arts and culture in the Newark area. Right here on campus, we host various arts and cultural events and performances. We have the new grand opening of Express Newark, our state-of-the-art hands-on learning space for the community, including RU-N students, inside the historic and newly redesigned, Hahne's building. The
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Institute of Jazz Studies 
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Dana Library is the largest and most comprehensive library and archive of jazz and jazz-related materials in the world and includes photographs, recordings, and memorabilia of such noted artists as Benny Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker. The Paul Robeson Galleries exhibitions, openings, and lectures bring together city and
college—establishing a common social/aesthetic experience—while its visual literacy programs enrich the greater Newark community. The arts and culture thrive at RU-N, with a diverse palette of special events.
  • Theater, The Rutgers/NJIT Theatre Program     
  • Chorus Concerts
  • Music/Dance
  • Talks and Lecture
  • NJPAC 
  • The Newark Museum 
  • Clement's Place Jazz Club

Get Involved

Students are welcomed to find their voice and purpose at Rutgers University-Newark.