Since its inception, online courses offer a unique way for students to complete some of their degree requirements. While we presently do not offer entire degrees online, Rutgers University strives to provide a variety of course offerings to engage the student.

Are online courses right for you? These Frequently Asked Questions will help you make an informed decision. Online courses are not easier than traditional or face-to-face courses. In fact, online courses challenge the student to be interactive, organized and responsible.

Online Information

Students can take online courses on all three campuses at any time during the year. You can register for any course, so long as you have the prerequisite for that course. In the case of a major course, you would have to get permission from your department chair.

The instructor may or may not be a professor in Camden. To locate an instructor, use the People Search. If you are unable to find a professor, you may need to contact the department directly.

There are three distinct kinds of online courses. The first is the hybrid. Hybrids do require some actual classroom time. Usually, the professor will call the class to campus for a mid-term and/or final. Sometimes there may be a presentation requirement for the class. When registering, the hybrids will list the dates students would need to come to campus.

The other kind of online course is an open online or asynchronous course. With open online courses, students do not have to come to campus, nor are they required to be on their computers at any specific time. Professors make assignments, list quizzes, exams, etc. and students are given a deadline in which to complete said work.

Finally, there is the synchronous online course. For these courses, students are expected to be online at a specific time. These courses are identified with a specific day and time next to their registration. (Professors may expect specific equipment for these kinds of courses).

This would depend on the type of online course it is. An asynchronous course is less likely to require login at a particular time.

No. Not for Sakai. However, you should have a modern, reliable computer with fast internet access. Most courses will assume you have access to the MS Office applications or readers. Some of your courses materials may not be accessible from a smart phone or device.

For e-College, see the system’s technical requirements.

A student registers for an online course just like a traditional course. A separate list of online courses is available on the Schedule of Classes. Enter the term, location and level to find courses.

Yes. You will be charged a $100 tech fee for each online course you register for.

If your course is through e-College it will not begin until the first day of classes for that particular semester. You will receive an enrollment email from e-College stating that you enrolled in the course, where you can access the course when it begins.

If your course is through Sakai, the course site will become available when the professor opens it. It may be available before the start of the semester, but no later.


If you have questions about the course, you should contact the professor. For all general technical inquiries you should call the Help Desk in Camden at (856) 225-6274. 

For a course through e-College you can contact the Help Desk at (877) 778-8437 or email any time. You can also contact the e-College in New Brunswick at (732) 932-4702. 

For a course through Sakai, you can contact the Sakai Help Desk at (732) 445-8721 (Monday-Friday, 8 am-6 pm) at