Graduate Student Orientation Schedule
All Sessions are Eastern Standard Time
DECEMBER 14 – 11:00am-12:30pm
Orientation to the Bloustein School and the Office of Student and Academic Services
Welcome and overview of student support services, advising, registration, term bills, financial aid, career development, activities and student organizations, and the on-campus experience.
As reviewed and referenced at our morning orientation session, please be sure to access the 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 Services 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)
Urban Planning and Policy Development
DECEMBER 11th – 10:00am-11:00am (VIRTUAL)
DECEMBER 14th – 5:00-6:00 pm (VIRTUAL)
JANUARY 18th – 5:00-6:00 pm (IN PERSON)
DECEMBER 15th – 9:00am-10:00am (VIRTUAL)
One-on-one academic sessions with Professor Jim 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 contact: Piyushimita ‘Vonu’ Thakuriah, Director
- Bloustein contacts:
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Additional Events: Recorded Orientation Sessions
Information Technology Services
Overview of information technology systems at the school, including labs, computing, accounts, virtual options, printing, and more.
Bloustein School 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
International Students Resource Panel
January 19th at 10:30am
This mandatory program for international students will introduce the RU Global staff, supporting Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and all visa/status documents and issues for international student support.
Provides incoming students with an overview of all Bloustein School and Rutgers student organizations, leadership and honor societies.
Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA) | website
Bloustein Social Justice Committee (BSJC) | website
EJB | D E S I G N S | website
Rutgers Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHLRU) | website
International Development Interest Group (IDIG) | website
Public Informatics Student Group (PISG) | website
Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC) | website
Bloustein Enthusiasts and Advocates for Transportation (BEAT)
NOTE: In order to access the files below, you must to activate your Rutgers NetID at netid.rutgers.edu/index.htm. Once you have your NetID, files can be accessed via Rutgers Box.
Placement Exams – Online Sessions
All Times in Eastern Standard Time
Basic Quantitative Methods
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12th
1:00-4:00 p.m. (EST)
Location: Room 112
Exam session for placement purposes for the course Basic Quantitative Methods 970:515 and 833:521. Read Flyer here
To register: email Laura Gould
You will need: Non-graphing calculator and pen/pencil.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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.
To register: To take the exam, you need to send a valid email address to Professor Will Payne by 5:00 on Friday, January 6th, 2024
A grade of 80 percent is a passing grade and you will be notified via email of the results.