Academic Policies and Procedures

Writing Classes for First Year Students

All first year students at Rutgers-New Brunswick are required to take Expository Writing 101 in the fall of the freshman year, unless they have submitted an Advanced Placement test score of 4 or 5 in English Composition or English Literature, which would exempt a student from said course. Some students may place into a writing course slightly below Expository Writing. All students are required to continue taking writing courses every semester until Expository Writing has been completed with a passing grade (C or better). After Expository Writing, there will still be 2 more writing courses to complete prior to graduation, as part of the SAS Core Curriculum: a revision-based writing course and a discipline-based writing course. Rutgers Business School students graduating in 2015 or later are required to follow the SAS Core Curriculum, for their liberal arts requirements. REVISION-BASED WRITING, DISCIPLINE-BASED WRITING, AND 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES CREDITS CAN ONLY BE EARNED HERE AT RUTGERS-NEW BRUNSWICK. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Dual Enrollment Coursework Completed in High School (Dual Enrollment, Linked-In, Middle College, Project Acceleration, Project Advance, and other similar programs)  

Under New Jersey state law, approved courses in high school may be taken for college credit. Students should consult with the Business School first-year dean in the fall to determine if these courses qualify for credit at RBS, and whether or not they actually provide an adequate background as a prerequisite to the next level course at Rutgers.

Please note that for courses taken at NJ community colleges while the student is in high school or courses taken at the high school and recorded on a college transcript, alone cannot be used to determine course equivalencies. Many courses with Rutgers equivalents in may transfer as general elective credit, or may not transfer at all if taken while the student was in high school. It is important to send all transcripts of college-level coursework to the Business School Office of Undergraduate Programs for a complete evaluation. These evaluations normally take place in your first semester at Rutgers; not during the summer.

Dual enrollment courses reported on a college transcript will be considered for Rutgers credit, subject to the following requirements:

  • No more than 4 dual enrollment courses (not to exceed 15 credits) may transfer in to the Rutgers Business School.
  • No more than 2 dual enrollment courses per semester are transferrable.
  • Minimum grade that must be earned is a B.    
  • If the student was concurrently enrolled in the parallel Advanced Placement (AP) course for that academic discipline, and scored below a 4 on the AP examination, no academic credit will be considered for the dual enrollment course.  

There will be no exceptions to these dual enrollment policies. For questions about dual enrollment credits, please contact the RBS first-year dean at


Registering for Courses in Other Institutions

Matriculated students must receive prior approval from their academic advisor for courses they intend to take for credit at another college or university. Students are not permitted to be enrolled simultaneously at Rutgers-New Brunswick and another institution during the fall or spring semester. If you are repeating a course in which you received a grade of D or F, that course must be repeated at Rutgers-New Brunswick, no exceptions.


Withdrawal from Courses

Students may withdraw from courses during the withdrawal period before the eighth week of the semester. Nonattendance in a course does not constitute formal withdrawal from the course. Students should seek academic advising when contemplating withdrawal from a course. See the following website for details of the add/drop policy:


Part-time Status 

Rutgers is a full-time institution; therefore, part-time status is reserved only for independent students or students in their last semester who need less than 12 credits to complete their degree. If you meet one of the criteria described below, you may request part-time status.

Seniors entering their last semester: Seniors in their final semester who need less than 12 credits to graduate are eligible to register for only the credits that they need to complete their degree. Students must fill out the Part-time Status Request form (obtained through their student counselor) and inform the Senior Counselor of the courses that need to be dropped for the semester.  Students will not be able to drop below 12 credits after the Drop without a W period ends, even if the student does not need the course to graduate.

Students not going into their final semester who would like to be part-time must fill out the Part-time Status Request form (obtained through their student counselor), provide a brief written statement explaining their reason for this request, and attach the appropriate documentation.

  1. Financial Aid statement indicating independent status or
  2. Copy of a lease with their name on it and a current 1040 tax statement indicating they claim themselves.

Without this documented proof, a student cannot qualify for part-time status.

The decision to register for less than 12 credits and become a part-time student often has significant implications for the student's financial aid, health insurance coverage, housing, scholarship eligibility, and the like. Requests for part-time attendance must be made before the beginning of the semester. Any request made after the semester has commenced will be considered for the following semester. Freshmen are not permitted to go part-time.

Part-time status is granted on an individual basis and will be decided based on each situation and the validity of the request.


Credit Load

Students may register for a maximum of 19 credits per semester and must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time students under university regulations and federal law. Students generally average 15 credits a semester for a total of 120 degree credits upon graduation with the Bachelor of Science degree.


Repeating Courses: Non Business Courses

The repeated course policy was revised in the Fall 2015 term. The following policy applies to D grades earned in the Fall 2015 term or later, and to grades of F earned in any semester in non-business courses.

When students receive a grade of D or F in a non-business course, and said course is repeated, the D or F may come out of the cumulative grade point average for a maximum of two courses. The original grade of D or F will remain on the transcript with an E prefix attached and the repeated grade will have an R prefix attached.

This policy may be applied anytime during the undergraduate years, but only once for a given course. The course must be repeated at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. If the student earns a D or F a second time, only the second grade will enter the cumulative grade-point average. This repeat policy may not be applied to punitive grades of F given for reasons such as academic integrity violations.

The following policy applies to Ds earned prior to the Fall 2015 term: When students have earned a grade of D prior to the Fall 2015 term and choose to repeat the course, credits and grades are computed in the cumulative grade-point average for both courses, but credit is subtracted from the degree-credit total for the repeated course. The repeated grade is denoted by the addition of a K prefix (no degree credit and grade computes in the GPA). If the student earns a grade of D when taking a course for a second time and chooses to repeat the course yet again, all three grades are computed into the cumulative grade-point average, but the student receives degree credit only once because credit can be earned only once for a given course.

The addition of appropriate prefixing to repeated courses will normally occur by the start of the following semester in which the repeated course has been taken. If a student completes a course repeat and does not see the appropriate prefixing applied by the following semester, based on the policy above, the student may email his or her academic advisor for follow-up. Please include full name, RU ID, and the course that was repeated.


Repeating Courses: Business Courses (All school 33 courses)

When students repeat a Business course in which an F has been earned, both the F and the new grade are included in the cumulative grade-point average. Students may repeat a maximum of two Business courses in which an F grade has been earned. Business courses in which a grade of D is earned must also be repeated, with both the original and new grades included in the cumulative grade-point average. Credit is subtracted from the degree credit total for the repeated course and is denoted by a K prefix.

Note: Three D or F grades in Business courses constitutes academic dismissal from the Business School.

Courses in which a grade of C or higher is earned may not be repeated for inclusion in the cumulative grade-point average. If such courses are repeated, the second grade is E credited and students will not receive degree credit. Students may not receive degree credit for repeated courses bearing the same or equivalent course numbers. All business courses in which grades of D or F are earned and which are required to complete the business major must be repeated at Rutgers-New Brunswick and a minimum grade of C earned.


Students with Two or More RBS Majors

Please note that if you are a double or triple major in Business School departments, and are utilizing a particular course to count for a requirement in each of two majors, you are only permitted to do this “double count” ONE TIME, in RBS.  Once you have utilized your one opportunity to “double count” a course between two majors, you will have exhausted this possibility for the remainder of your Bachelor’s degree.  One “double count” possibility, per student.


Change of Grades

Students are responsible for obtaining prompt information about their grades each semester, the requirements for a change of grade, and the requirements for the removal of a temporary grade. Under normal circumstances, the original grade cannot be changed after the end of the next full semester. In special situations, such as continued illness, this requirement may be waived with the consent of the faculty member.


Dean's List 

At the conclusion of each semester, Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate – New Brunswick recognizes outstanding students by inclusion on the Dean’s List.

All full-time students are eligible and qualification for the Dean's List is determined by a semester grade-point average of 3.500* or better based on no fewer than 12.0 credits with no letter grades of D or F and Pass/No Credit  E credits are excluded.

Filing of a change of grade after the end of the next full semester does not qualify a student for retroactive nomination to the Dean's List. Repeating a course option does not qualify a student for retroactive nomination to the Dean's List.

All courses for which a student is enrolled must be completed and grades must be recorded at the time the Dean’s List is prepared. Students on the Dean’s List receive an email from the Dean and a special designation on their university transcript.

*Prior to Fall of 2011, the semester GPA requirement for Dean’s List status was 3.60.

For additional information on academic probation and academic dismissal, please refer to the academic standing policy page.


Summer and Winter Session Courses

Students in good academic standing may register for the Rutgers University Summer or Winter Session via WebReg. The maximum number of credits allowed during the Summer Session is 12 credits. Students may take only one 3 or 4-credit course during the Winter Session. Freshmen may not take Winter Session courses.

Students who wish to take non-business Summer or Winter Session courses at other institutions must obtain prior approval from departments offering similar courses at Rutgers and from the dean's office. Transfer approval forms are available from the Undergraduate Dean’s Office. All coursework must be completed with grades of "C" or better to transfer; credits transfer but the grade does not. For example, students cannot improve their GPA at Rutgers by taking a course offered at a community county college over the summer and earning an A in it. Summer sessions taken at Rutgers-New Brunswick do count toward your GPA.

Students who wish to take a course at a community college must have it pre-approved by their RBS advisor or the course may not be accepted for transfer. In order to obtain course numbers you can look them up on and to make certain that the course transfers to Rutgers. Courses must be a minimum of 4 weeks in duration (5 weeks for math) or they will not transfer to Rutgers.

Business Courses: Students may not take business courses outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick. All business courses must be taken on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, with the exception of Intro to Financial Accounting and Intro to Managerial Accounting, which may be taken at another school (including Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden) ONLY with pre-approval from our office, and ONLY if the course is not being repeated. We will not grant permission for either of these two courses to be taken outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick during the winter session. The Business School will not grant credit for any online business courses outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick.

Liberal Arts: Students who wish to take a liberal arts course outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick during the summer or winter session must receive pre-approval from their RBS Advisor, otherwise there are no guarantees that the credit will transfer. Liberal arts courses offered online must be pre-approved since a number of Rutgers departments will not grant credit for online courses taken outside of Rutgers. Students are not permitted to take writing courses outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick once they are students at Rutgers.

Students must have their official transcript sent to Rutgers at the end of the summer and must follow up with their advisor in late September to make sure their transcript arrived. Once this has been received, the credits will be transferred to you. Please do not forget this step, it is very important. Students must follow up to ensure the credit transfer has been processed since this will not happen automatically and credits will not be added to a student’s RU record without an official transcript.


Attendance and Cancellation of Classes

In accordance with Rutgers University regulations, attendance is expected at all regularly scheduled meetings of a course and individual courses may set policies for maximum absences.

Students should obtain a note from the Office of the Dean of Students to authenticate an absence that is supported by appropriate documentation. Faculty notified of authenticated absences should make reasonable accommodations to allow students to make up work that counts toward their semester grade.

Absences due to religious observance, participation in university-sponsored events or activities such as intercollegiate athletics, or documented chronic illness are treated as authenticated absences. Authenticated absences do not waive the overall policy for attendance. Students who must miss more than an occasional class should consult with their instructors and an academic adviser.

It is the policy of Rutgers University not to cancel classes on religious holidays. For information on the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather, view the campus operating status.


Foreign Language Courses

Students with two or more years of a foreign language in high school or whose native language is other than English may not receive degree credit for elementary courses (typically numbered 101-102) or courses numbered below their placement in that language.  Degree credit in that language begins with an intermediate or review course even if the Rutgers placement test indicates elementary-level placement or if there has been an interruption in language study.


Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

Rutgers awards academic credit for most College Board Advanced Placement exams on which a score of 4 or 5 was earned. Credit is not awarded for scores of 3, 2, or 1. For a chart of what credit is earned from specific Advanced Placement exams, please refer to this link:

Similarly, International Baccalaureate subject exams (Higher Level only) with a score of 5, 6, or 7 are awarded academic credit. Credit is not given for grades of 4 or lower or for Subsidiary/Standard Level exams.

For questions about IB diploma or certificate credits, please contact the RBS Office of Undergraduate Programs at or 848-445-3600.


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick does not award any academic credit for CLEP tests. This policy is in effect for all students who started RBS in the fall of 2010 or later.