Dear Rutgers University – Newark returning and admitted students,

Following the recent message from President Holloway with the great news about Rutgers’ path to Fall 2021, I write to share a vision of what we think that path will look like for students at Rutgers-Newark.

We are eagerly looking forward to a predominantly in-person experience, with all students on campus in Fall 2021 fully vaccinated (with limited authorized exemptions for medical or religious reasons), faculty and staff members vaccinated to the greatest degree possible, a robust COVID-19 testing program, and social distancing and cleaning protocols in place.

We have teams of people working to gear back up so we can be together with you in every aspect of what we do, from academics and advising to student support services, residential and student life, and athletics and recreation. Of course, our return to campus plans may need to change based on factors like the progress of the pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities. There is a lot going on right now to get us to where we want to be and a lot to do, but we could not be happier at the thought of having you here on campus.

We have put together a sketch of some of the major areas of campus life for Fall 2021, which are summarized below. You’ll see that returning students can find answers to their questions in all the usual places and new students have a number of opportunities coming up to begin forging connections with us and with each other

The ties that bind our communities together may have been stretched over the past year, but we know that the tight-knit Rutgers-Newark community is more than ready to bounce back. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones in the weeks ahead, do what you need to do to stay healthy and safe, and we will see you in the fall!


Nancy Cantor