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From Rutgerstips to you, have a super awesome holiday and relaxing winter break. You all deserve it!

December 24, 2011


Also, congratulations to the first-years for surviving your first semester at college!

Enjoy the break and for those taking winter classes, good luck!

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To the new visitors from the Targum!

December 7, 2011


We just wanted to say thanks to the Targum for writing such a great article about us. To all the new visitors, we are so happy to have you!

Please comment on this post with some feedback on how we can make this site better for you. You can sign in with facebook or even submit a comment anonymously.

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To all the people asking about applications!

November 18, 2011


We are just students, we have no idea how Rutgers decides who gets in. We wish you all the best luck with you applications, but aren’t going to be answering questions about your chances to get in. I know how you guys feel, I remember when I applied and was freaking out. Just be patient and hope for the best, not much you can change now.

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You can now build your Spring 2012 schedule on Webreg.

October 27, 2011


Just go on Webreg, click “Course Schedule Planner”, and from there you can add classes.

To actually BUILD the schedule, click “Build Schedules” and you can go in, and make up a schedule and save it, so come registration, as long as the classes aren’t full, you can register that exact schedule.

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Sit in the Open Seat on the Bus.

October 17, 2011


I’m currently writing this tip on the bus because it’s really irritating to me and I’m sure the people who have to stand on the bus.

Say you’re getting on an LX, EE, H, or A. It’s not too crowded yet, but you know it will be at the next stop. This is common sense, but seriously, if there’s an open seat on the bus and you’re already standing, TAKE THE SEAT. Then the fact that you’re blocking the way means that people getting on the bus at the next stop have to stand and can’t get past each other TO take the seat. Just go sit down, the person next to you isn’t gonna care, and you’re not doing anyone a favor by just standing there next to an open seat.

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Livingston Dining Commons

October 8, 2011


A picture I took of Livingston Dining Commons on October 5.

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How to Use Webreg

September 30, 2011


This will be the tip you should be looking at on or before September 1st. I’m gonna break down how exactly to use webreg when you need to add/drop classes. In case you didn’t see, Webreg is Rutgers’s registration site where you add or drop classes.


1. Go to and log in.

2. So you’ll get to a page that looks like this:

You wanna click on “Fall 2011” and continue.

3. Once you do that, you’ll come to a page where it lists all your classes for the semester like this:

All of your current classes will be under “registered courses”. What you wanna do is click on the top left gray bar on this screen that says “course lookup”.

5. Once you click course lookup, it brings you here:

On this page, you can look up your classes. So say I were to look up General Biology as an example. I would click on the dropdown that says “010 – accounting”, and look for “biological sciences”. Once you find what you’re looking for, click on it, and click the red and gray button “show courses”.

6. This is what comes up once you click that:

Now if you see the 2nd gray bar there, it says general biology. You wanna click on that arrow, and from there you’ll see this:

These are just a few of the MANY sections of General Bio. Now during add/drop period, there might be sections that say “OPEN” instead of “CLOSED”. These are the ones you wanna add. TO DO THAT:
1. SEE WHICH SECTION FITS IN YOUR SCHEDULE (next to where it says closed are the days, times, campuses, and buildings those sections are in. You need to read them)

2. See any notes (some sections will say they’re for “discovery housing only” or “honor students only”. Again, you need to read them.

7. Once you know which section you want, you need to click on the left check box, scroll up and you’ll see a button on the left that says register. Click that.


It’s much easier. You wanna go back to this page:
 On the right side of your screen, you’ll see a gray bar that says “drop”. If you click that, it drops the class.

Also as a sidenote, on this same page is where you add special permission numbers. Whatever the number is, you type it in on the left side where it says “index” and click ‘add courses’.

**A VERY IMPORTANT WORD OF ADVICE: Always try to ADD before you DROP, just in case a class closes quickly, then you’re out of luck. There will be instances where you might be picking a class that happens at the same time as another that you wanna drop and you won’t be able to add it first. In that case, work very quickly and hopefully it doesn’t close on you.

To sum it up: Read this over carefully before add/drop period so you have an idea of how it works.

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Reading Days and Why They’re Important

September 30, 2011


Rutgers is generous around finals time. After classes end, there will be 2 days where, well, there aren’t classes or any meetings or anything like that, and they’re meant for students to have 2 solid days studying for finals. It’s really helpful and you’ll be grateful you have these days to do nothing but study and prepare for your exams. Especially for all my people out there who won’t study until last minute, this is your chance to totally procrastinate until reading days start. You might have review sessions for classes during these days that are meant to help you out, too which is also pretty good. So yeah, if anyone brings it up to you or you hear “reading days” anywhere, now you know what they are!

Also, take advantage of the midnight breakfast every dining hall has the night before finals start. Literally at like 11, the dining hall opens up and it’s all breakfast food. It’s great.

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Learning How to Use Degree Navigator

September 30, 2011


This is something pretty important for once you get into classes and stuff, and I wanted to explain it now so you have an idea of what to expect when you get the email and are confused as hell about it. You don’t have to worry about it now, you can probably log into it now to check it out, but remember and make note of this tip for the future.

There’s this website. It’s called degree navigator. It’s something students can go on to check their progress toward their degree. In other words, you log in, you type in the major you want, you can see what your liberal arts requirements are, and what your major requirements are. A lot of people who are sophomores/juniors don’t even know wtf it is, and that’s why I’m here!You don’t need to know this until school starts like I said, but at least now you’re familiar with it and can pass on the info.

Here’s how it works:
1. Go to the degree navigator (DN) website ( NB students)

2. On the left side you’ll see where it says “student login”. Click that.

3.  You log in with your net ID and it brings you to this page and on the left hand side it’ll have this bar:

The “2 programs” or whatever programs you’re listed under will be the school you’re in and their liberal arts requirements. The other program will be your “matriculating” or undeclared major. In other words, if you’re in SAS, when you click on the 2 programs, it’ll look like this:

The part under that where it says “my planned courses” is where you wanna go in and pick the classes you’re taking this semester, and if you know any other classes you’ll be taking in the future. If you were to pick courses for them, you click that, click add courses, and in the keyword, type in the class you wanna look for. Once you find it, you click the course number, and clikc “add to planned courses”.

4. To actually USE this site, you’re gonna wanna make use of the search bar. When you search, you can search for majors, courses, or school core requirements. On the top right, you’re gonna see this bar:

Click search, then whatever you wanna look up.

5. **EX= Say for instance, I wanna research SEBS’s core requirements. I would click on “programs of study” after hovering over the search bar, and type in “SEBS”. It’ll come up looking like this:

6. You wanna click on the general education requirements, and then it’ll bring you to this page:

7. Basically, if you wanna navigate this page, you have to read it. It’ll tell you what classes you’ve completed, how many more you still need, and how many you WILL complete based on your planned courses.

To sum it up: This website is really good for you to keep track of how you’re progressing with your major. It’s good to be familiar with it your freshmen year, but it’s gonna be important toward the end of freshmen year when you start really getting into your major. No, I don’t think any of you will look at it now, and yeah, I expect you to be confused as hell, but just read all of my steps and it’ll make a little sense when the time comes.

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Know What Special Permission Numbers Are

September 30, 2011


So there might be a class that you really wanted to get or need to take and it’s closed. This happens to a lot of people, where you’ll need to get into a class and there will be no more openings. This is where what’s called a special permission number comes in. A special permission number is this specific 6-digit number that you can put into webreg in order to reserve you a spot in the class. Everyone gets a different one, and there are only so many that a professor can give out. There are 2 main ways that you can go about obtaining a special permission number:

1. Email the department of the class you wanna get into and they might give you one.

2. Go to the class on the first day it’s held, and talk to the professor AFTER class is over. That’s probably the most common way. You have to go the first day of class and ask in person though; that way, they’re more likely to give it to you.

Now be forwarned. Not all classes will have special permission numbers, or sometimes they’ll have been given out by the time you ask. I got lucky twice last semester because my quantitative methods and sociology lectures were both filled. Quant didn’t give out special permission #’s and my sociology professor gave out all of them the first lecture. The reason I got lucky is because I woke up early one morning, logged onto webreg and both classes were open, so I easily joined them without a number. If you can’t get a number, make sure you check webreg every day, multiple times a day. A class CAN open up when you least expect it, so make sure you check for it.

To sum it up: Know what a special permission number is before classes start so that if there’s a class you wanted/needed, you know another way of getting it.

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