Want To Gain An Academic Edge? Trade The Skis for Textbooks and Credits During Winter Break

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Winter Session At Rutgers University In Newark

In today’s economy, college students need all the help they can get so they can 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 are hitting the books instead of the ski slopes during winter break.

Hundreds of area residents will flock to Rutgers University, Newark, Winter Session 2013, taking both undergraduate and graduate courses, which are open to RU students, students at other colleges, and non-college students.  Winter Session 2013, offered through the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, begins Dec. 21 and then from Jan. 2 through Jan. 19 ( no face-to-face course meetings will be held from Dec. 22-Jan. 1, but every course will have directed readings and online and/or web-enhanced coursework during the break.) Winter Session 2013 registration continues through Dec. 20; complete information on registration, tuition and fees, and course offerings is available online at

Through a separate Winter Session at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark, law students at Rutgers and other schools of law can take three January courses Jan. 7- Jan. 11: On-line registration for the Law School Winter Session will open in mid-November. 

Detailed information on each program follows:


This year’s session will offer more than 40 undergraduate and several graduate course offerings in 22 fields of study, ranging from accounting to chemistry to e-governance. 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. Fourteen fully online courses are available, and many other courses are web-enhanced, utilizing the Blackboard Course Management System.  

All students enrolled in Winter Session 2013 courses are entitled to use campus facilities such as its libraries, the Paul Robeson Campus Center and the Golden Dome Athletic Center.


 Winter Session at Rutgers School of Law–Newark offers three courses: Advanced Legal Research, Deposition Skills, and Non-Profit Corporations and Tax-Exempt Organizations.  The last course, held in the Dominican Republic,  couples service with learning: mornings are spent constructing a cinder block and concrete house in the impoverished rural community where the program is held, and afternoons are spent studying the nonprofit organization that is organizing the construction and is developing a new nonprofit that could also serve that community. For more information call 973/353-5671.

Although Winter Session 2013 courses are accelerated, they are as rigorous as spring or fall courses, explains Elizabeth Rowe, assistant chancellor, 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.

For more information on Winter Session 2013, please contact call 973/353-5112, or email:


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.