The First-Year Fellowship Emerging Leaders Program features a curriculum designed for emerging leaders to cultivate their skills and abilities to become the next generation of leaders on campus and beyond! Since its inception, over 1,300 first-year and transfer students have completed the program. Fellows should take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an 8-week, 1.5-credit leadership course in the Fall or Spring semester, in addition to being exposed to greater involvement opportunities at Rutgers! Each year, we only accept 100 students into the program so be sure to apply for consideration!

Previous leadership experience is NOT required to participate!

The final application deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM on December 10th. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by 11:59 PM on December 3rd. Apply here: go.rutgers.edu/fyf2022.


This year’s Spring cohorts will have the following times and course start dates:

Mondays 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
February 7th, 2022

Tuesdays 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
February 8th, 2022

Wednesdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
February 9th, 2022

Wednesdays 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
February 9th, 2022

Fridays 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
February 11th, 2022

Part 1: Events & Engagement

In an effort to maximize your introduction to leadership skills and opportunities on campus, Student Involvement and Leadership in collaboration with a variety of campus partners designed a diverse calendar of events to connect you with peers and current student leaders, expose you to different organizations and services on campus and assist you in starting to create a toolbox of leadership skills for your own personal development. In addition to attending events, participants are encouraged to attend a leadership advising session with one of our staff members. Events are open to any first-year or transfer student at any time. To fully complete the certificate program, students will need to attain 10 or more points throughout the academic year by attending events listed in our master calendar and complete the 8 week cohort class experience and Activism Project.

Part 2: Cohort & Workshops

The second part of the Fellowship program is the 1.5 credit course that takes place in the Fall/Spring semesters. This 8-week curriculum works to prepare students for future leadership roles through a variety of interactive workshops covering topics such as goal setting, time management, public speaking, personality inventories & ethical decision-making. First-Year Fellowship participants will also be given priority to attend a variety of exclusive leadership retreats and immersive service trip experiences.

First-Year Fellowship Testimonials

“The First-Year Fellowship Program was a major reason as to why I enjoyed my first year at Rutgers so much. It offered SO MANY opportunities to get involved (some of which I would have never been exposed to if it weren’t for this program) and I am very excited to see what sophomore year will bring.”
M.A., Class of 2017

“I loved all the events and this really made my first year at college. I made a lot of friends and learned so much, but most importantly I realized that how involved I get and how much I grow as a leader is 100% determined by my initiative to take advantage of experiences like this! I highly recommend it to every first-year next year.”
J.D., Class of 2018

“I enjoyed the Fellowship, and I have made friends that will extend past the program. I met people through the events that I just clicked with. I feel there is no better program to give first-years a true glimpse of what college can be.”
R.P., Class of 2019

Video Testimonials

Connect With The First-Year Fellowship

The first step is to connect with us & show up! Follow us on Twitter or Facebook and drop us an email to be added to the First-year Fellowship mailing list to receive up-to-date information on all of our events. Check-in to any event that you attend, bring friends along and attend a leadership advising session to start working towards your certificate by the end of your first year at Rutgers.