Understanding the Transformation
A Guide for Prospective Students
The OldStudents used to apply to Rutgers in New Brunswick/Piscataway by applying to five separate undergraduate Colleges: Cook, Douglass, Livingston, Rutgers, and University. Although students in all five Colleges took classes together from the same Rutgers faculty, they had different graduation requirements, different majors available to them, and access to different services and opportunities.
The NewThe liberal arts and sciences colleges - Douglass, Livingston, Rutgers, and University - have been united into one school, the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Students in the School of Arts and Sciences still take classes from the same Rutgers faculty, and now have one set of graduation requirements, a longer list of majors open to everyone, and full access to all undergraduate services and opportunities on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus.
Even though Douglass, Livingston, Rutgers, and University College will continue to exist for students who began their degrees there, students who will begin at Rutgers in September of 2007 or later are enrolling in the School of Arts and Sciences. Whenever they find conflicting information, SAS students enrolling in September 2007 or later should disregard information about the separate Colleges - the policies, procedures, and requirements of the School of Arts and Sciences will apply to them.
- Prospective students interested in the full-time undergraduate colleges no longer have to worry about the differences between them, and can simply apply to the unified School of Arts and Sciences.
- The School of Arts and Sciences will continue the mission of University College, serving part-time and nontraditional students. Classes are offered in the evening to meet the schedules of students who also are juggling work and family responsibilities. See the this website for more information about programs and how to apply.
- Women students may choose to be a part of Douglass Residential College, an institution focused on women's leadership. Open to commuters, residential students, and nontraditional women students, this learning experience will feature educational pathways that integrate academic courses, research, living learning initiatives, cocurricular programs, student organizations, and student activities. Other focused learning communities are also in the works, so you can get the advantage of a small college within a big research university.
- Cook College is becoming the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) for undergraduates, one of the professional/pre-professional schools on the New Brunswick campus. Both the Division of Life Sciences of SAS and SEBS offer degrees in the biological and life sciences. The School of Arts and Sciences offers majors that focus on the biological sciences and their application to biomedicine, while the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences offers majors that focus on the biological sciences as applied to the natural world. More information can be found on the SAS/SEBS comparison chart.