New Student Checklist

All accepted incoming new students for any of our programs (PhD, MPH, Certificates, Articulated, Dual-Degrees, etc.) are expected to attend New Student Orientation (August 30, 5:00m-8:030PM). At Orientation, you will receive essential information regarding the School of Public Health, your academic program, and student services available for you at Rutgers University. You will also register for your Fall courses on this day.

Below are some tasks that you should complete to ensure a smooth transition to beginning your graduate studies. If you have any questions regarding your transition or any of the below tasks, please contact our Director of Student Services, Mike Vega (732-235-4535).

Click here for printable version of this checklist >>

All Incoming Students Must Complete the Following Tasks BEFORE Orientation:

Set-up Your
In order to access many of the electronic services available to you and your Rutgers email, please activate your Rutgers NetID, which is a unique identifier for you as a Rutgers student. From the link above, select NetID Activation where you will be provided instructions to set up your account. Once complete, record and remember your NetID since you will use it to log into various services.

Access Your MyRutgers
This is your main student dashboard. Your myRutgers Portal will provide links and tabs for important university services and it is through here that you may update your personal information for the School.

Upload Your ID
Your ID card is essential for you to gain access to the campus facilities and the academic buildings for your classes. If you upload your picture by August 1, we will have your ID available for you to pick up at Orientation. You may also pick up your card at any of the University’s ID Card Centers. You must have a valid email address and NetID activated before submitting a photo.

Submit Your Health Immunization Records -
In order to start courses, you need to electronically submit your health immunization paperwork to Rutgers Health Services.
For students primarily in Newark, visit to upload your forms and call 973-972-8219, if you have any difficulties uploading information.
For students primarily in Piscataway, visit to upload your forms and email, if you have any difficulties uploading information.

All Incoming Students Are Encouraged to Complete the Following Tasks Before Orientation
(if appropriate for your situation) as it will Speed Up Your Transition

Quantitative Skills Assessment
In order to take Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (PHCO 0502) or Introduction to Biostatistics (PHCO 0504), you need to take and pass the Quantitative Skills Assessment (QSA). We will be offering the exam at Orientation on August 30.

To prepare for the QSA:
For a Review Sheet with problems and resources >>
For an Answer key for the Review Sheet >>

All international students are encouraged to reach out to the Rutgers Global-International Student and Scholar Services Office. Please visit their website or you may reach the office by phone 973-972-6138 or by email

Students with Disabilities
All students with documented disabilities are eligible to request and receive additional services and accommodations to aid in their success at the Rutgers School of Public Health. You may complete the registration form at Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 973-972-5396 or, if you have further questions.

All students are expected to have a personal computer as it will be essential for your participation in required courses and in the completion of assignments through the usage of statistical and computer programs. Please visit the link above for specifics on computer specifications. Members of OIT will be available at Orientation if you have any questions or issues and they are also available via appointment at

Information regarding financial aid options for our students may be found at the link above. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, you will need to select the “Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Students” section. Here you will find instructions and information about the process. We understand that there may be plenty of questions surrounding your financial aid options, please contact the respective offices dependent on your primary location:
For students primarily in Newark, email or call 973-972-4376
For students primarily in Piscataway,email or call 732-235-4689

For students intending to live on campus, there are limited options for graduate students at both of our locations. Please visit the links below to gain access to information about housing options and to apply for housing.
For New Brunswick/Piscataway, visit (Rutgers School of Public Health is on the Busch Campus)
For Newark,visit
If you intend to drive to and park on campus, you must purchase a parking pass for the lots where you will be taking courses (i.e. Newark, Piscataway, or both)

Visit this link to complete a form to authorize the release of your records to a third party and submit the form to the Office of the Registrar.

All Students Must Complete the Following Tasks AFTER Orientation/Registration:

It is University policy that each student enrolled in a program at the University on a full-time basis (9 credits or more) must have adequate health insurance coverage. All full-time students will be automatically billed for health insurance, unless you complete the online waiver form indicating you have other health insurance coverage. Full-time students who do not respond by the waiver deadline of September 30 will be automatically enrolled in the plan and will be responsible for paying the premium. When your waiver form has been successfully submitted, you will receive a waiver confirmation number and a confirmation email shortly thereafter. Please contact University Health Plans at 800-437-6448 or via email if you have further questions about the university health insurance plan.

After you have registered, visit and select the Pay Your Bill link under the Banner Self Service tab.