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  • New Student Orientation and Resources

    Are you a new student or incoming freshman at NJCU? Follow the links on this page to access the multitude of University resources and services that are available to you. If you have a question or concern, please e-mail newstudenthelp@njcu.edu, and a University staff member will assist you.

    Freshman Students
    Freshman Placement Test
    Freshman Advisement and Registration
    New First-Year Student Orientation | REGISTER NOW
    Transfer Student Information
    Academic Advisement
    Transfer Student Orientation
    Financial Aid Processing Update 
    Health Insurance

    Freshmen
    Upon your acceptance to NJCU as an incoming freshman, you must reserve your place in the class by mailing your $50 admissions deposit and confirmation card. NJCU will then send you a comprehensive new student information packet that contains detailed information regarding the enrollment process. You will also receive a letter regarding the Freshman Placement Test.  For further information, contact the Office of Admissions at 201.200.3234.

    Once you have submitted your admissions deposit ($50), please select a date for Freshman Placement Testing and your advisement appointment.

    Freshman Placement Test
    Once you have paid your deposit, you will receive a letter inviting you to take the ACCUPLACER Freshman Placement Test. Please register online for the test as soon as you receive your invitation.

    The Freshmen Placement Test assesses your skill levels in English (writing and reading) and mathematics (computation and algebra) to determine which of the required courses you will take during your first semester. Mathematics and reading test scores are available soon after testing; writing scores are generally available within two or three days of taking the exam.

    You MUST take the freshman placement exam if you are: 

    • A full- or part-time freshman
    • A student who plans to earn 12 or more credits
    • A full- or part-time transfer student who has not received transfer credit for college-level composition and mathematics
    • A student who already holds a bachelor’s degree

    Information about upcoming test dates, regulations, and registration can be found through the University Advisement Center.

    Freshman Advisement and Registration
    Once you have taken the Freshman Placement Test, you should make an appointment with the University Advisement Center (UAC) for advisement and to register for your first semester of classes. You will meet with an academic advisor to review your Freshman Placement Test results and general studies requirements. To schedule an appointment, please call the UAC at 201.200.3300 or e-mail the Virtual Advisor.

    New First-Year Student Orientation
    Participation in the New First-Year Student Orientation Program is required for all new first-year students. This full-day program includes activities designed to help you transition to New Jersey City University. You will meet student leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators who can offer advice and answer your questions about college life. You will also receive information about advisement, financial aid, University policies, and student rights and meet your classmates. (REGISTER NOW)

    Please contact the Office of Campus Life at 201.200.3585 for information on how to register for the New First-Year Student Orientation Program.

    Transfer Student Information
    Upon acceptance to New Jersey City University, new transfer students must send a $50 tuition deposit to confirm your intention to enroll. Upon receipt of this deposit, your academic transcripts will be evaluated. As a transfer student, you have the option to expedite your credit evaluation by submitting the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form. Your request will be handled within two or three days and a representative from the Transfer Resource Center will contact you to let you know if any follow-up appointments and/or procedures are necessary.

    For further information, contact the Transfer Credit Evaluator at the University Advisement Center at 201.200.3418.

    Academic Advisement
    Academic advisement is offered at many places at NJCU; we will help find the right advisement choice for you.

    To ensure proper advisement, please let your advisor know if you intend to complete an A.A. or A.S. degree before you enroll. Final transcripts should be submitted no later than the end of January in order to receive a complete and final evaluation before the start of the fall semester.

    Transfer Student Orientation
    NJCU’s Transfer Student Orientation provides you with valuable information to ease your transition to the University. The program covers transfer credit evaluation, general studies requirements, financial aid, graduation clearance and academic department requirements. Your orientation will provide you with the opportunity to meet student leaders, faculty, staff and administrators who can offer advice and answer questions. Once you receive your letter of invitation, please confirm attendance with the Transfer Student Orientation Program by contacting the University Advisement Center at 201.200.3418.

    Financial Aid Processing Update
    Financial aid awards for the academic year are accessible to all students via GothicNet, NJCU's campus intranet service.  New and returning students must login to accept or decline the awards offered.

    If you have any questions about your financial aid or processing status, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 201.200.3173.

    Health Insurance
    New Jersey state law mandates that all full-time undergraduate and graduate students must have health insurance.  (Full-time is defined as 12 or more credits for undergraduate and 9 or more credits for graduate.  To assist students in meeting this requirement, NJCU offers a discounted Student Health Insurance Plan.  If you are already covered by another insurance policy, you must waive out of the NJCU policy by providing proof of insurance.  Please visit the Student Insurance site for more information on how to enroll or waive.