General Information

Academic Advising is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning.

Academic advising should be ongoing throughout your college career. It helps you clarify your personal, educational, and career goals, and to understand how your courses fit into your goals for the future.

The following values guide academic advising at Rutgers University–Camden:

  • Student success
  • Mutual respect
  • Empathy
  • Open communication
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Personal and professional accountability
  • Relationship building

It is extremely important for students to meet with their Advising Dean and Faculty Mentor at least once a semester. It is also critical that students learn degree navigator (the online degree audit system) in order to keep track of degree requirements and progress towards graduation.

It is never too early to meet for advising but approximately a month before registration begins, the schedule of classes will be posted on the website. At that time, students should be reviewing requirements on degree navigator, looking through the schedule of classes to see what is offered and making appointments with their Advising Dean and Faculty Mentor.

It is critical that students show up to their advising appointment prepared. Students should know their requirements and have an idea of the course they want to take.

The Registrar’s Office will send out an email of the exact date students can register. Students want to be fully prepared and ready to register online on the first day of eligibility.

Students will register each semester through the Rutgers University–Camden web registration system https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/ unless they are on academic probation or have some other restriction. Students on academic probation must meet with an Advising Dean in person.

It is critical for students to meet with their Advising Dean, Faculty Mentor and keep track of their own degree which will help students take ownership of their educational planning and college career at Rutgers University–Camden.

For questions regarding academic issues that require substantial discussion like course selection, choosing a major, general/major requirements, Degree Navigator, personal problems that affect academic performance.

  • quick questions regarding academic issues
  • pre-requisite overrides
  • explanations of School to School transfer, graduation application process, overload policy, transient credit policy, scholastic standing, re-enrollment process.
  • the advisor with whom you worked with on your Orientation day would be your advisor until you declare a major.
  • when you have a major go to the academic department and you will be given a faculty mentor.

Go to the Registrar’s Office (Armitage Hall, 1st floor) and have major/minor codes entered into your record.

  • transfer evaluations are done when students are accepted. Courses from other colleges are given Rutgers equivalents. Grades from prior colleges are not transferred in, only course credits.  A maximum of 60 credits are accepted from 2 year colleges. There is no limit of the number of credits accepted from a four-year college, but students are expected to earn a minimum of 30 credits from Rutgers Camden for a degree.
  • department evaluation of transfer credits form – some courses require further evaluation to determine Rutgers equivalents. You would contact Megan Zeller in The Office of New Student Programs.  
  • matriculated students at Rutgers-Camden are expected to take all their courses at Rutgers-Camden unless a course required for graduation is not offered during a student’s final term. Lower tuition, scheduling convenience, or traveling distance are not considered sufficient cause for taking courses elsewhere. Prior to enrollment, students who wish to enroll at another college for credits must submit a transient application form, available from the offices of academic deans, for approval by the chairperson of their major department, the chairperson of the department in which the equivalent course is offered, and the appropriate Arts and Sciences dean. Under no circumstances will transient approval be granted retroactively. 
  • see the Senior webpage
  • General and major requirements must be completed
  • 120 credits are required and a GPA of 2.0.
  • students earning most FAS degrees are expected to complete a spoken foreign language course at the 102 level or higher in order to graduate.  Students continuing in the same language they studied in high school are expected to build on prior knowledge.  For example, individuals with 2 years of Spanish should begin with Elementary Spanish II, those with 3 years should begin with Intermediate Spanish I. A placement test is available to determine prior knowledge; it is not used to grant exemption from the requirement.
  • the Foreign Language department (Armitage 4th floor) can assist with placement in the appropriate course.

If there is room available the professor teaching the course can give students special permission numbers the first day of class.