Students should seek advising from the Office of Academic and Student Services. The staff provides information about the school’s programs, admissions and degree requirements, scheduling and course registration and more. Each student is assigned an adviser when admitted to the Bloustein School. Please contact your adviser to schedule an appointment.
Academic Policies and Procedures
The Bloustein School’s general information and academic policies and procedures are listed in the current undergraduate catalog. Course listings are subject to change. Please contact your adviser for current information.
Academic Standing (Direct Admit Students)
Each term, outstanding students are honored by inclusion on the Dean’s List. In order to qualify, the student must meet the following requirements at the time the Dean’s List is prepared: a) be matriculated, b) have passed 6 or more degree credits with letter grades (Pass/No Credit and E credits are excluded), and c) have attained a term grade-point average of 3.5 or above.
The Committee on Scholastic Standing, in concert with administrators and appointed faculty fellows of the undergraduate professional schools, reviews the records of all direct admit students at the end of each academic term.
Probation and Dismissal
Students whose cumulative grade-point average is less than 2.0 at the end of an academic term may be placed on probation and may continue under limitations specified by the Committee on Scholastic Standing.
The student will receive written notification of probationary status within four weeks of the term grade report. Students on probation who have not raised their cumulative grade-point average to 2.0 at the end of the academic term will ordinarily be dismissed. Students whose cumulative grade-point average is less than 1.2 at the end of any academic term will be dismissed without necessarily being placed on academic probation first.
A student dismissed from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is not considered for readmission to the school unless the former student has completed at least 12 credits at another accredited college or university and/or the Rutgers University Summer Session with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or better and at least one term, not including summer session, has elapsed since the date of the student’s dismissal.
Probationary status may not be appealed, although students may request a review of the limitations imposed by the committee if those limitations appear inappropriate for the individual’s circumstances. A request for review may be made at any time during the probationary period and should be made to the undergraduate professional schools’ Office of Academic Student Services.
Students dismissed from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy by the Committee on Scholastic Standing may appeal to the Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Services of the school within twenty calendar days after the date of the dismissal notice. Grounds for appeal include technical error, extenuating circumstances, additional information not previously available to the committee, and/or other factors the student considers appropriate to support his or her challenge of the dismissal decision. Students must present their appeal in writing.
Letters of appeal must state the reasons for appeal and, when possible, should be accompanied by appropriate documentation. The letter must be written exclusively by the student, although advice in formulating the appeal may be sought from a faculty adviser or academic counselor. Appeals are reviewed by the Committee on Scholastic Standing. Written notice of the appeal decision is sent to the student at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the next term. The decision of the committee is final.
Withdrawal from Courses
Students may request withdrawal from courses at any time up to, but not including, the last two weeks of instruction in the term. Terminating class attendance does not constitute withdrawal from courses. Students can withdraw from individual courses on their own, but must contact the dean’s office to withdraw fully from all classes. A student must refer to the student services online forms to complete, in writing, their intention to withdraw.
See the University Policies and Procedures section for details of the drop/add policy. Withdrawal from a class may have implications for housing, financial aid and other student services. Therefore, withdrawal should always be discussed with an academic advisor before action is taken.
Fellowships are for study, research, and mentoring that take place during a student’s undergraduate career. The Bloustein School offers two fellowship opportunities for undergraduates.
Honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude)
The bachelor’s degree is conferred with the distinction summa cum laude for graduates with a Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of 3.850 or higher; magna cum laude for those with an average of 3.700 or higher; and cum laude for those with an average of 3.500 or higher. Averages are not rounded to the next higher number in the calculation of honors.
Departmental (major) Honors
For students in SAS, SEBS or another Rutgers professional school, the Bloustein School acts a major department. Graduates who achieve distinction in a Bloustein School major will receive departmental honors. Highest honors for those with a major average of 3.800 or higher; High honors for those with a major average of 3.600 – 3.799; and honors for those with a major average of 3.400-3.599. Averages are not rounded to the next higher number in the calculation of honors.
The goal of the Bloustein School’s Undergraduate Internship Program is to create opportunities for students in the public health, health administration, planning and public policy, and policy majors to deliver administrative services and gain practical real-world experience. The internship program allows students to develop a major project under the guidance of a supervisor, and also connects students with professionals in their fields of study.
Joint Degrees/5-Year Programs
Special Permission Numbers
Special permission numbers are required for online and closed courses. The process for requesting numbers for undergraduate courses at the Bloustein School is to follow the instructions on our page for Special Permission Numbers.
Student Forms (Direct Admit Students)
The University College Community, a unit dedicated to serving the needs of adult, nontraditional students, offers academic and administrative support for direct admit programs created especially for adult learners interested in pre-professional programs.