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Winter Session At Rutgers University In Newark

In today’s economy, college and graduate students need all the help they can get to graduate in a timely manner, or even a semester earlier than their classmates –who are also their competition for jobs. That’s why so many students plan to earn up to four credits during Winter Session 2014 at Rutgers University, Newark. 

Both undergraduate and graduate courses, which are open to RU students, students at other colleges, and non-college students, will be offered through the Office of Summer & Winter Sessions.  Classes begin Dec. 23; no face-to-face course meetings will be held from Dec. 24-Jan. 1, but every course will have directed readings and online and/or web-enhanced coursework during the break. Classes resume from Jan. 2 through Jan. 17; however, classes will be held on Jan. 18 if there is an official campus closing the prior week. 

Winter Session 2014 registration is currently open and continues through Dec. 20; complete information on registration, tuition and fees, and course offerings is available online at

This year’s session will offer more than 40 undergraduate and several graduate courses in two dozen fields of study, ranging from accounting to chemistry to political science. A student can complete as many as four credits taking courses which meet five days a week.  Students enrolled at other colleges often transfer the Rutgers credits to their home institutions. Per-credit tuition is the same as regular-semester Rutgers undergraduate and graduate course rates. Sixteen fully online courses are available, and many other courses are web-enhanced, utilizing the Blackboard and E-College Course Management Systems. 

All students enrolled in Winter Session 2014 courses are entitled to use campus facilities such as its libraries, the Paul Robeson Campus Center and the Golden Dome Athletic Center.

Although Winter Session 2014 courses are accelerated, they are as rigorous as spring or fall courses, explains Elizabeth Rowe, assistant chancellor for instructional programs and services. “It’s an intense scholastic environment, and it maintains the same high academic integrity as any other semester.” Moreover, the smaller class sizes offer students more one-on-one time with instructors, and closer interactions with classmates, says Rowe.  “Surveys and informal feedback tell us that students and instructors both consider Winter Session a very positive learning experience,” she notes.

In past years, non-Rutgers students taking advantage of Winter Session courses have included New Jersey residents attending out-of-state colleges such as Cornell University, the University of Delaware and the University of New Hampshire.  “They put their time at home during the break to good academic use,” explains Rowe.  Students from public and private colleges that are closer to home, such as Drew University and Montclair State University, also have participated.

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Rutgers-Newark is home to the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the School of Law-Newark, the College of Nursing, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and extensive research and outreach centers, including the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. Approximately 12,000 students are currently enrolled in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at the 38-acre downtown Newark campus.