Rutgers’ Living-Learning and Thematic Communities are designed to help you connect more easily to faculty, staff and other students, affording learning community participants with unique opportunities for academic and social success and networking.

While many communities are residentially based, Rutgers does offer special interest and themed communities for new and continuing students. Explore the different offerings and advantages, and choose one that best fits your interests!

Similarly, an affinity group is formed around a shared interest or common goal.  Rutgers-New Brunswick hosts a wide range of unique and diverse affinity group communities that are student led and provide students with a space to discuss issues directly impacting their experiences within the Rutgers community. 

Ready to get started? Look through the resources listed, or use the search bar to type in what you need. 


Asian American Cultural Center
Asian American Cultural Center

The Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for all students at Rutgers University by providing cultural, social, and educational programs and initiatives focusing on issues relevant to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community. We envision a vibrant community of students committed to learning, preserving, and embracing the unique histories, traditions, cultural identities, and experiences of the APIDA diaspora at Rutgers and the community at large. The center provides a supportive environment for all students, encouraging academic and professional excellence through internship opportunities, peer-to-peer mentorship, leadership and professional development, and exploration of identity.

Career Communities
Office of Career Exploration and Success

The Office of Career Exploration and Success uses a career development model focused on career communities. This model allows students to break out of the confines of viewing career opportunities based on majors and opens the door to more career options. Events, job/internship postings, alumni mentors, post-graduation career outcomes, and news blogs are structured around our career communities.

Visit to view a full list of our communities.

After you review the career communities, log in to your Rutgers Handshake account. Go to your profile section, choose ‘Career Interests,’ and select 1-5 career communities to join. Scroll down and click ‘Save.’

College Support Program
Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services

The College Support Program (CSP) is a unit of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services RCAAS.  The CSP supports Rutgers University students on the autism spectrum as they begin, continue and prepare to graduate from the University. It is a comprehensive program that assists students through the provision of direct support and collaboration with University services that address executive functioning, social competence, academic skills, self-care, self-advocacy, and career preparation. 

The CSP currently serves matriculated full-and part-time undergraduate students on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus only.   CSP students may live in on- or off-campus housing, or they may commute from their permanent residence. Please visit our FAQs section: for answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

Douglass Residential College
Douglass Residential College

A Women’s College Without Walls

Here at Douglass Residential College, our members include 2,600 women drawn from the Rutgers University–New Brunswick undergraduate population. Students pursue many majors and career paths, and come from many different backgrounds. What we have in common is an interest in gaining the skills and insights to do more with our education, our careers, and our lives.

Working with the staff of Douglass Residential College, we develop opportunities, discover strengths, create connections and draw courage from each other. At the same time, we forge ahead in our Rutgers education and make the most of our time in New Brunswick. Enroll at Douglass:

Faith & Spirituality Resources
Off-Campus Living & Community Initiatives

Students of all religions are welcome at Rutgers. As a public university, Rutgers is dedicated to supporting an inclusive community, where freedom of religious expression is protected and encouraged. Our campus is home to students of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Humanist faiths, as well as many other traditions and backgrounds.

Rutgers supports an open forum for religion & spirituality through:

• more than 40 student organizations dedicated to faith-based/religious-cultural interests

• more than 25 chaplaincies serving students’ spiritual needs

• a Multifaith Council that promotes an inclusive atmosphere for the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual truths

getINVOLVED Platform
Student Centers and Activities

Discover great opportunities to become involved at Rutgers! This online engagement platform is a great way to learn more about the 700+ student organizations and opportunities for engagement at Rutgers-New Brunswick. It’s also the place to find out more about the events and programs hosted by student organizations and various departments on campus. Please log on to your getINVOLVED profile to become more involved and connected today! Once you have logged in with your Net ID and password, click on your name in the top right-hand corner. Customize your profile and access your Rutgers Event Pass, a necessity for checking into campus events. Any questions about getting involved? Feel free to contact the Office Student Involvement and Leadership, Student Centers and Activities at or 848-932-6978!

Global Programming & Events
Rutgers Global

Rutgers Global Programming & Events provides cultural, social, and educational events and opportunities to the community to: (1) promote global awareness and cultural competence; (2) facilitate the integration and acculturation of international students; and (3) foster meaningful interactions between international and domestic students.  

Friendship Fridays are weekly social gatherings for students to meet with other students from around the world.  Activities include games, food events, arts & crafts, and conversations advancing cultural exchange.

Honors College Student Support
Honors College

Honors College students have access to a deep network of support at the Honors College to help you be as successful as possible. Staff and faculty are available to connect directly for student appointments. For details on how to contact Honors College staff and meet during office hours, please visit the Student Resources webpage.

Involvement Fair
Student Centers and Activities

Get excited to participate in one of Rutgers’ most anticipated student events - the annual Involvement Fair. We’ll shut down College Avenue and you’ll get the chance to learn about over 500 student organizations, sports clubs, fraternities and sororities, university departments, and more. Create your Rutgers community, join a new club, make friends, and celebrate your return to Rutgers!

La P'te Gazette Online Magazine

An online magazine designed and written by the undergraduate students of the Department of French at Rutgers-NB for K-12 students around New Jersey.

Latinx Student Cultural Engagement & Resources
Center for Latino Arts and Culture

The Center for Latino Arts and Culture (CLAC) is a student-centered, inclusive community where students can better integrate experiential, academic and service learning about Latinx/a/o arts and culture in order to become strong leaders and responsible global citizens.

The Center works to create a welcoming, supportive environment that values intersectionality and social justice. We advocate for the wellbeing of our students and work to create effective access to University services and resources.

Through dynamic collaboration with other academic and student affairs units, the CLAC will work to enhance Latino student recruitment, retention, and successful graduation at Rutgers University.


Living and Learning Honors College
Honors College

The Honors College is built around an intensive and immersive first-year experience. All HC students reside together in a living-learning community with built-in seminar rooms, faculty fellows, onsite advising and mentoring, and creative spaces like a mini Maker Lab. Residential programming builds community around questions of shared values, identity exploration, and student leadership. These in turn support the Forum, a challenging course that develops deep, humanistic understanding, fundamental critical abilities, and professional skills through project-based, interdisciplinary teamwork. All first-year students research, develop, and pitch global change-making proposals to professional judges, bringing their community ideas and values one step closer to action. Available for HC students.

Living-Learning and Thematic Learning Communities
Department of Residence Life

A learning community is a self-selected group of students who share similar interests and explore them together in common courses and out-of-classroom activities. These interests may be academic, career-related, cultural, or something else entirely. All have an academic course requirement. Students in learning communities report making friends quickly. Connecting with faculty, staff, and other students more easily, learning community residents are afforded unique opportunities for academic and social success and networking. First- and second-year students who choose to live in on-campus residence halls may also opt to live in one of these living-learning communities.

Nursing Student Resources
School of Nursing

Rutgers School of Nursing provides an array of support services for our students. Please visit our student resources page: to identify the services and resources that apply to you based on your academic program and campus. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact

Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Paul Robeson Cultural Center

At the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, we are committed to reflecting on the experiences of historically underrepresented students, with an emphasis of the African diaspora, to help one another process, navigate, heal and advance within society and the university community. The PRCC fosters a community where all students, especially students of the African-American diaspora, participate in guided educational discourse, leadership development, and out-of-the-classroom engagement that cultivates meaningful experiences, fosters positive relationships, and facilitates inclusive spaces where individuals are able to be their authentic self. The center provides a welcoming atmosphere for studying in our computer lab, space for a quiet lunch, or hanging out with friends in our lounge area.

Social Justice Education & LGBTQIA+ Resources
Center for Social Justice Education & LGBT Communities (SJE)

Vision: We envision a Rutgers University where people of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included in the community, and where equitable treatment and outcomes prevail.

Mission: SJE promotes a supportive environment for students of all backgrounds, with a focus on gender and sexuality, while promoting both social and educational opportunities for leadership, identity, and social justice advocacy development. With a critical understanding of multiple identities and connected systems of oppression, SJE works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community members to develop relevant initiatives and policies that center on diversity, inclusion, and intersections of identity. 

Society of Physics Students
Physics and Astronomy

Society of Physics Students is one of the most active chapters in the US-wide organization.  It hosts professional development sessions, research and career talks, and near peer mentoring of 1st and 2nd year students.  Most of the 100s of physics and astrophysics majors participate in SPS and its events every semester.