Fall 2022 Graduate Student Orientation Schedule

All Sessions are Eastern Standard Time

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.
AUGUST 3rd – 10:00am – 11:00am
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As reviewed and referenced at our morning orientation session, please be sure to access the Fall 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 for Student and Academic Services
Courtney Culler, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Services
Emilio Del Valle, 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)

*Join Us for the MANDATORY Welcome from Dean Stuart Shapiro on September 7th – We will be offering two sessions, students only need to attend ONE session, light refreshments will be provided between sessions
Session 1: 4:00pm-4:45pm The Special Events Forum
Session 2: 5:00pm-5:45pm, The Special Events Forum
* Policy students MUST attend session 1 (4:00pm)

Orientation to Academic Programs

Student are required to attend both their virtual academic session in AUGUST and their in- person session in SEPTEMBER.

Public Informatics Program

AUGUST 4th – 3:00pm to 4:00pm (via zoom)
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SEPTEMBER 12th 4:00pm to 5:00pm, CSB room 489 (Ruci Lab)

Public Policy Program

AUGUST 9th – 9:00am to 10:00am (via zoom)
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SEPTEMBER 7th 5:00pm to 6:00pm, CSB room 261

Urban Planning and Policy Development Program 

AUGUST 17th – 9:00am to 10:00am (via zoom)
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SEPTEMBER 9th 1:00pm to 3:00pm, The Special Events Forum

Health Administration Program

AUGUST 18th 5:00pm to 6:00pm (Via Zoom)
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SEPTEMBER 8th 4:30pm to 6:00pm, The Special Events Forum

Doctoral Program

SEPTEMBER 6th 4:00pm-6:00pm, CSB room 556
*In person session only, if you need additional support please reach out to Professor Smart directly.

Orientation to Student Organizations

Provides incoming students with an overview of all Bloustein School and Rutgers student organizations, leadership and honor societies.
September 9th – 9:00am to 10:00am The Special Events Forum

Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Rutgers Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHLRU)
Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC)
International Development Interest Group (IDIG)
Bloustein Social Justice Committee (BSJC)

IN PERSON EVENT: Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC) and Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA) will hold a Fall Meet & Greet at Old Man Rafferty’s at the bottom of George Street. Come meet your fellow students. Food will be provided. Please RSVP below to attend this orientation event
SEPTEMBER 9th- 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Old Man Rafferty’s

Orientation to Centers and Institutes – Research Fair

IN PERSON EVENT: Overview of the Bloustein Schools Centers and Institutes, and the different job opportunities they have available for incoming and returning students.

SEPTEMBER 9th – 10:00am to 12:00pm
Civic Square Building, Rooms 112 and 113
Additional information on all the Centers and Institutes can be found online:

Additional Orientation Events

Dean’s Welcome

Join Us for the MANDATORY Welcome from Dean Shapiro on September 7th – We will be offering two sessions, students only need to attend ONE session, light refreshments will be provided between sessions
Session 1: 4:00pm-4:45pm The Special Events Forum
Session 2: 5:00pm-5:45pm, The Special Events Forum
* Policy students MUST attend session 1 (4:00pm)
September 7th – The Special Events Forum

Orientation to Bloustein Career Services

VIRTUAL SESSION: Join Cheryl Egan, MA and Andrea Garrido, M.Ed. Bloustein’s two (2) career specialists, who provide dedicated career management support to our health administration (Cheryl) and planning, policy and informatics (Andrea) students. Learn about the resources, tools, and services to support you on your journey from graduate student to alumni, including our full calendar of professional development and career events, job and internship search support, Bloustein Job Boards and connections to our amazing Bloustein alumni, and more. Cheryl and Andrea are here to enhance your Bloustein experience and ensure that you are well prepared for your career beyond Bloustein.
September 7th – 12:00pm to 1:00pm (ZOOM)
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Orientation to Information Technology Services

Mandatory for any students planning to use the Bloustein School Computer Labs. Overview of information technology systems at the school, including labs, computing, accounts, virtual options, printing, and more.
September 13th – 12:00pm to 1:00pm CSB room 369A (computer lab)

Welcome Back BBQ

Join the full Bloustein community (incoming and returning students, faculty, staff and administration) for a welcome back BBQ
September 13th – 4:00pm to 6:00pm side court yard (signs will be posted throughout the building)

Peer – to- Peer Mentoring Program- Kick off Meeting

BGSA and Bloustein Student Services will pair interested incoming students with 2nd year mentors. Your mentor will be able to give you advice about Rutgers, professors they recommend, on-campus opportunities – in addition to casual conversations about transitioning into graduate school
September 15th 4:00pm to 6:00pm The Special Events Forum

International Student Career & Internship Resource Information Session

VIRTUAL EVENT: Join your Bloustein student and academic service support staff- Andrea Garrido, Cheryl Egan, Emilio Del Valle and Courtney Culler – as well as our partners from RU Global- Jinling Quan, Bloustein Liaison and Senior International Student Advisor – Mark Keitges, Director, Graduate English Language Learners Program- to learn about the career and internship resources available at Bloustein and Rutgers to support our international students
September 16th – 10:30am to 12:00pm

Orientation to RU Global for International Students

REQUIRED FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: 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.
RU Global International Orientation Information

Placement Exams – Online Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)

Basic Quantitative Methods Placement Exam

In Person: Exam session for placement purposes for the course Basic Quantitative Methods 970:515 and 833:521. Read Flyer here
Exam date: September 2nd  10am- 1pm (EST)  
To register: email anuka.reddy@ejb.rutgers.edu before August 26th at 5pm (EST) You’ll need: Non-graphing calculator and pen or pencil.

GIS Placement Exam

Online exam is a two‐hour placement exam and you do not need access to an ArcGIS license to complete. You may find it useful to access online ArcMap help resources.
To take the exam, first you need permission and send note and a valid email address to Professor Payne ( will.b.payne@rutgers.edu ) by 5:00pm on August 26th You will receive in return 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 result