Virtual Sessions for SPRING Graduate Student Orientation

Live Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)

Orientation to Bloustein Student and Academic Services

Overview of student support services, advising, registration, term bills, financial aid, career development, activities and student organizations, and the on-campus experience.
December 15th – 11:00am – 12:30pm
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As reviewed and referenced at our morning orientation session on December 15th, please be sure to access the Spring Graduate Orientation Information Portal to review items of student support, academic program information and policy and process that will help orient you in your transition to Rutgers Bloustein School. 

Steve Weston, Assistant Dean of Academic Administration
Courtney Culler, Associate Director for Graduate Student Services
Greg Marrero, Graduate Student Counselor
Andrea Garrido, Career Management Specialist (Public Policy, Urban Planning, Informatics master’s programs)
Cheryl Egan, Career Management Specialist (Health Administration master’s programs)
Individual Advising Sessions (Optional – sign-up required)

Orientation to Academic Programs

Public Policy Program

One -on- one academic sessions with Professor Rubin
Email Professor Rubin to organize your session

Urban Planning and Policy Development Program 

January 11th – 9:00am to 10:00am
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Health Administration Program

January 11th – 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Public Informatics

One -on- one academic sessions with Professor Samuel
Email Professor Samuel to organize your session

Orientation to Centers and Institutes

The Bloustein School is host to several nationally recognized research centers and collaborative programs, established by the University’s Board of Governors. These specialized centers carry out large-scale projects and are supported by external funding, which maximize the school’s ability to perform in-depth research; extend its activities beyond the classroom through public service; and provide students with the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience.

Bloustein Career Specialists
Representatives: Cheryl Egan and Andrea Garrido
Calendar of Career Events

Environmental Analysis and Communications Group (EAC) 
Representative: Jeanne Herb, Executive Director (

Rutgers Urban & Civic Informatics Lab
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Bloustein Local Government Research Center
Representative: Marc Pfeiffer, Senior Policy Fellow and Assistant Director (

Voorhees Transportation Center
Representatives:  Trish Sanchez, Public Outreach Specialist/Project Coordinator (
Stephanie DiPetrillo, Senior Research Specialist (
James Sinclair, Research Manager (

Rutgers Center for Green Building 
Representative: Jennifer Senick, Executive Director (

Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement 
Representative: Kathe Newman, Director (
Nadia Mian, Senior Program Manager (

Additional Centers
Bloustein Center for Survey Research
Center for Energy Economic and Environmental Policy
Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
John. J. Heldrich Center
Center for Urban Policy Research
New Jersey Policy Lab
Planning Healthy Communities Initiative
Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON)
Social Policy Lab

Recorded Orientation Sessions

Orientation to Information Technology Services

Overview of information technology systems at the school, including labs, computing, accounts, virtual options, printing, and more.
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Orientation to Bloustein Career Development

Our dedicated career management specialists provide career development support to Public Policy, Urban Planning, Public Informatics and Health Administration graduate students, including personalized individual and group career advising, professional development and networking opportunities to help you achieve your professional goals.
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Introduction to Library Services at Rutgers

Bloustein has a great campus partner in University Librarian Julia Maxwell, who comes to the building once a week to work with students.
Book an Appointment: Meet with Me

International Students Resource Panel

Program that provides introduction to RU Global staff, supporting Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and all visa/status documents and issues for international student support.
January 20th 10:30am to 12:00pm
Register in advance for this meeting:

Orientation to Student Organizations

Provides incoming students with an overview of all Bloustein School and Rutgers student organizations, leadership and honor societies.

Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA)


Bloustein Social Justice Committee (BSJC)

Rutgers Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHLRU)

Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC)

International Development Interest Group (IDIG)

Public Informatics Student Group (PISG)

Bloustein Enthusiasts and Advocates for Transportation (BEAT)

Placement Exams – Online Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)

Basic Quantitative Methods Placement Exam

Exam session for placement purposes for the course Basic Quantitative Methods 970:515 and 833:521. Read Flyer
January – TBD
You will need: Non-graphing calculator and pen or pencil

GIS Placement Exam

This is a two-hour, online placement exam. You do not need access to an ArcGIS license to complete the exam.  You may find it useful to access online help resources from ESRI and elsewhere; this is allowed  Read Flyer
Between Wednesday, January 11th and Tuesday, January 17th 
To register: To take the exam, first you need permission. Please send a note with a valid email address to Professor Will Payne (will.b.payne@rutgers.eduby 5:00pm ET on Tuesday, January 10th.  You will receive an email with details on the exam. A grade of 80 percent is a passing grade and you will be notified via email of the results.