Parent and Family Weekend: September 23-25, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: Our advanced ticket registration is now closed.  Please note that there will be a very limited number of tickets available at events but we cannot guarantee space for guests who did not pre-register.

Welcome to Parent and Family Weekend 2016 at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. We are very excited that you and your family will be spending time on campus with us! Please be sure to check this page often for updates and additions to events advertised.

Many events offered do not require a reservation or the purchase of tickets, but please note that space is limited for some events. Events that required tickets (including Tailgate, Football Game, Family Feud) are marked appropriately throughout the schedule.

Share your experiences and memories using the hashtag #RUPFW throughout the weekend.

If you have any questions related to advertised events, please contact We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Campus Walking Tours

Hosted by New Student Orientation and Family Programs
3:30PM & 4:30PM
Busch Student Center (604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854);
Douglass Student Center (100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901),
College Ave Student Center (126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901) or
Livingston Student Center (84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Tickets: Free

Campus Lots
Busch Lots 51, 59, 60B and 67
Cook / Douglass Lot 70 and Douglass Deck
College Ave Lot 26, Lot 30 College Ave Deck
Livingston Green and Yellow


Round up the family and join our Orientation Leaders for a fun walking tour of a Rutgers campus.  Attendees will get the chance to explore a campus while learning fun traditions and facts about our historical buildings! Meet us at the info desk for a journey through the campuses.

Student Advocacy Offices Open House

Hosted by Dean of Students Office, Student Legal Services, Graduate Student Life, Student Conduct, and Student Affairs Compliance and Title IX
Bishop House –College Avenue Campus (115 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free
Parking: Lot 26, Lot 30College Ave Deck

Have you ever wondered who you can go to when you have an issue or concern while at Rutgers?  Look no further than the staff that work in the Student Advocacy departments.  We will be hosting an Open House for students and their families at Bishop House.  This is your opportunity to meet the Deans of Students, ask a legal question, find out about the Code of Student Conduct, ask a question about student records, and learn how to find your way at Rutgers.  Refreshments will be provided and we will have giveaways for students and their families.

A Taste of Rutgers – PFW Kickoff Event “SOLD OUT”

Hosted by Hosted by New Student Orientation and Family Programs
Livingston Faculty Dining Club – Livingston Student Center (84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ)
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Parking: Green and Yellow

Experience a taste of life here at Rutgers University with a mini academic lecture from a distinguished Rutgers faculty member and a performance from students in the Mason Gross School of the Arts as we kickoff Parent and Family Weekend! Come enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Rutgers University Dining Services as you learn about fascinating topics and see unforgettable performances.
Participating guests include: Dr. Louis Masur, distinguished professor of American Studies and History and author of Born to Run presenting his famous “Bruce Springsteen” lecture and Jazz Trio performers from Mason Gross School of Art.

The Scarlet Scoop – Keeping It All In The Family! “SOLD OUT”

Hosted by the RUAA Scarlet Council
Livingston Dining Hall ABC
Tickets: sold out
Parking: Green and Yellow

Are you a student or alumnus/a who has a parent, guardian, grandparent, or sibling who is a Rutgers graduate? Incoming and existing legacy students and families are invited to join us for a special after dinner treat of ice cream, desserts and refreshments hosted by The Rutgers University Alumni Association and The RUAA Scarlet Council! This is a great opportunity for families to meet one another, reconnect, share stories of what it means to be Scarlet Forever from generation to generation and reminisce about family and Rutgers traditions.

Shabbat Dinner

Hosted by Rutgers Hillel
Tickets: $20 in-person – RSVP to Greg Yellin at
Parking: Lot 26Lot 30College Ave Deck

Spending the weekend with your Rutgers student? Come join Rutgers Hillel for their weekly Friday night Shabbat dinner at 7:30 PM in the Brower Faculty Dining room. The first 25 parents to RSVP will receive a complimentary dinner. DID YOU KNOW? Rutgers University is home to the MOST Jewish college students in the country! For information about services please contact Greg Yellin at

Family Feud

Hosted by Rutgers Recreation
College Ave Gym (130 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: $10 per team – limited at the door (cash only)
Parking: Lot 26Lot 30College Ave Deck

As you and your family celebrate Rutgers Parent & Family Weekend, come join us for the Rutgers Family Feud! Teams of 3-4 will compete for prizes, socialize with other families and have fun! Free food including pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Does your family have what it takes to win the Feud? Cost is $10 per family.

Karaoke Night W/Rutgers University Programming Association

Hosted by Rutgers University Programming Association
Rutgers Zone – Livingston Student Center (84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free
Parking: Green and Yellow

Come sing your heart out to your favorite tunes during karaoke night! We will be featuring songs that were popular when many parents and family members were in college. Not only can you sing to your favorite classics but also enjoy some FREE appetizers and ice cream.

Study Abroad 101

11:00AM & 11:30AM
College Ave Student Center Room 411 (126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free
Parking:  Due to gameday policies, lots on College Avenue are subject to a $20 cash fee. Guests can park on the Cook/Douglass campus and take a free shuttle over to College Avenue. Guests will get on a Weekend 1 shuttle at the NJ Transit bus stop located outside of the Cooper Dining Hall on George Street. To return to the Cook/Douglass campus guests should ride a Weekend 2 shuttle from the College Avenue Student Center back to the Cooper Dining Hall stop.

Rutgers Center for Global Education offers more than 150 short-term, semester, and yearlong study abroad options in more than 50 countries. This presentation will cover the different types of study abroad programs, scholarship options, and how easy it is to apply.

Rutgers Football Tailgate Party

Hosted by New Student Orientation and Family Programs
Time: 9AM-12PM
Livingston Student Center Lawn
Tickets: $21.95 per parent/family member, $21.95 per Rutgers student and $11.95 for children under 10. Limited tickets available at the door. (Credit card only)
Parking: Livingston/RAC — $20 a vehicle; RAC parking lots can be accessed via Suttons Lane or Avenue E. Free shuttles are provided from Livingston RAC to the stadium every 20 minutes. Please use this link for more detailed information about gameday parking and to access maps.

Come join our party under a tent surrounded by your Rutgers friends and family members. Admission includes brunch, non-alcoholic beverages, a cash bar (BYOB not permitted), music and giveaways. There will be contests and games for fans of all ages! (Please Note: This ticket does not include admission to High Point Solutions Stadium to view the Rutgers vs. Iowa Football Game.  To purchase your game ticket, please see details under Rutgers Football Game event).

Rutgers Football Game

Hosted by Rutgers Athletics
Time: Kickoff at 12PM
Highpoint Solutions Stadium (1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Tickets: Football game tickets can be purchased here. Please use code “PARENTS16” for the Parent and Family Weekend discount rate. (Please note: student tickets only allow access for students to sit in the student seating section. If you would like your student to sit with your family during the game, please be sure to purchase an extra ticket).
Parking: Livingston/RAC- $20 a vehicle; free shuttles are provided from Livingston RAC to the stadium every 20 minutes. Please use this link for more detailed information about gameday parking and to access maps

Come watch the Scarlet Knights tackle the Iowa Hawkeyes at HighPoint Solutions Stadium! For questions about ticketing & parking, please contact Rutgers Athletics at 866-445-4678 or email (Please Note: This ticket does not include admission to the Tailgate Party.  To purchase a tailgate ticket, please see details under Tailgate Party event).

Rutgers Through the Centuries: 250 Years of Treasures from the Archives

Saturday: 1-2PM
Alexander Library (169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Admission: Free. Please send reservation requests or parking inquiries by email or call 848-932-7505.

Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the special exhibit Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of Treasures from the Archives. Gain an appreciation of the unique history of Rutgers University as archivist Erika Gorder presents a lively description of important historical documents; vivid photographic illustrations; and interesting, compelling, and often whimsical artifacts from the collections of the Rutgers University Archives. Among the treasures on display are the original printed copy of the 1770 Queen’s College Charter, portraits of past presidents and faculty, documents relating to Rutgers College becoming a land-grant institution in 1864, photographs and artifacts depicting 19th- and 20th-century student life, and other items related to the historical development of Rutgers from a colonial college founded in the 18th century to a comprehensive public research university in the 21st century.

The exhibition will be on display in Gallery ’50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery in Alexander Library through November 2016.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra

Hosted by Mason Gross School of the Arts
Nicholas Music Center (85 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: General Public $15 / Rutgers Alumni, Employees, and Seniors $10 / Students $5. To purchase tickets please call 848-932-7511 or visit our ticket office here.

Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony
Kynan Johns, conductor; Michael Bulychev-Okser, piano

Stargazing at the Observatory (Weather Permitting)

Hosted by Rutgers Physics Department
8:00PM & 8:45PM
Robert A Schommer Observatory, Busch Campus (126 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Tickets: Free Admission (Space is limited to 35 guests per session)

Directions returning to Cook/Douglass Campus: Parking Lot 70 and Douglass Deck:

Upon exiting the Serin Physics Building, proceed to the Hill Center Bus Stop.

Board the Weekend 2 from the Hill Center Bus Stop to Cook / Douglass Campus.

The Weekend 2 will continue to make stops on College Avenue and Downtown New Brunswick prior to reaching Cook Douglass Campus.  (It will be about 6 stops)

When the bus arrives on Cook / Douglass Campus, exit the bus at the NJ Transit Bus Stop located on George Street.  This will be the first bus stop on Cook / Douglass Campus and will be directly in front of the Cooper Dining Hall.

Upon exiting the bus, continue left down George Street to the Nichol Avenue / George Street Intersection.  Make a right onto Nichol Avenue and walk straight until you reach Lipman Drive, where you will make a right.  On your left hand side, you will see Lots 70 and the Douglass Parking Deck.

For a full listing of all the Weekend 2 Bus Stops, please click here

For a schedule of Weekend 2 departure times, please click here

Please check our website by 6:30PM for any weather related announcements. Observe the skies through the 8-inch telescopes of the Rutgers Astronomical Society from the roof of the Physics and Astronomy building on the Busch Campus.  (Our 20-inch telescope may also be available, schedule permitting). Saturn and Mars will be visible, though both are very low in the sky.  Better placed for viewing will be the binary star Albireo, the Ring Nebula, and the Andromeda Galaxy. This event will be canceled if the weather is cloudy.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to Support Rutgers University Dance Marathon

Hosted by New Student Orientation and Family Programs and Dance Marathon
Busch Student Center MPR (604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Tickets: $5 for Parents and Family Members; $5 for Rutgers students and $5 for Children. Limited tickets available at the door (credit card only).
Parking: Lots 51, 59, 60B and 67

Join Rutgers students and staff for a delicious breakfast and great conversation in support of the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of New Jersey, our own Rutgers University Dance Marathon. Learn about this annual event that raised over $900,000 for the Embrace Kids Foundation in 2015 supporting the non-medical needs of children and families struggling with cancer and blood disorders in our area. A brief presentation about Dance Marathon and the Embrace Kids Foundation will occur from 10:15am-10:45am.  Please note that breakfast will only be served until 11:00AM.

Rock Wall Climbing

Hosted by Rutgers Recreation
College Ave Gym (130 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free
Parking: Lot 26Lot 30College Ave Deck

Challenge yourself to reach new heights in the Rutgers Rock Wall! Our indoor climbing wall features over 50 routes suitable for all skill levels. No experience is necessary, and our knowledgeable staff will provide personal assistance and instruction. Find out for yourself why indoor climbing is one of the fastest growing urban sports.

Family Fun Day – Get In The Zone

Hosted by Rutgers Student Centers and New Student Orientation and Family Programs
Rutgers Zone- Livingston Student Center (84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Tickets: Free Admission
Parking: Green and Yellow

It’s Family Fun Day at the Rutgers Zone! Guests can join free unlimited game play at the Zone including pool, air hockey, skeeball, racing games, basketball and more! There will also be free beverages and ice cream!

Performance Showcase

Hosted by Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Rutgers University
Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the Gateway Center (100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free
Parking: Lot 26Lot 30College Ave Deck

Be amazed by some of the University’s most talented student performers while enjoying complimentary coffee and refreshments courtesy of Barnes & Noble (while supplies last). You will not want to miss this inspiring event on the second floor of our flagship University bookstore overlooking College Avenue. Also a great opportunity to explore all the amazing offering of the bookstore.

The Transcript Project: Music From Poems

Hosted by Mason Gross School of the Arts
Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall (85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free

 An ongoing commissioning effort by flutist and poet Wayla J. Chambo that explores the intersections and interactions of text and music. Composers select one of Chambo’s poems and use it to construct a piece for solo flute or flute with electronics. This program features the premieres of works by Steven Kemper, Aurie Hsu, Susanna Payne-Passmore, and Jon Yu, along with previous TranScript Project pieces by Joshua Harris, L. Scott Price, Lanier Sammons, and Sarah Page Summar.



Rutgers Dining
$10 flat fee per All-You-Care-to-Eat meals per person at all dining hall locations. Students can also use guest swipes for guests. For more information visit

Rutgers Recreation
Free access to campus Recreation Centers and fitness classes on September 23-25 (18 and over only; guests must be accompanied by their Rutgers student). For more information visit

Rutgers Cinema

Movie Tickets $7 all weekend (when accompanied by your Rutgers student). The Rutgers Cinema is located at the Plaza at Livingston Campus (105 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ, 08854). For showtimes please visit their website.

Livingston Plaza Extended Hours 

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Rutgers Intercollegiate Division of Athletics
Women’s Soccer:
Yurcak Field- 83 Fitch Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Tickets: $7- purchased at the box office
Friday, September 23 at 5:30PM vs. Northwestern University
Sunday, September 25 at 1:00PM vs. Illinois

Men’s Soccer:
Yurcak Field- 83 Fitch Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Tickets: $7- purchased at the box office
Friday, September 23 at 8:00PM vs. Indiana

Zimmerli Museum
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Admission is free and open to the public
Hours are as follows:
Fri: 10:00am-4:30pm
Sat/Sun: 12:pm-5pm

The Zimmerli is a teaching museum with diverse collections and dynamic programming which offer something for everyone. With more than 60,000 works in its collection, the museum frequently updates the permanent galleries with works that spotlight an artist, period, or theme

New Jersey Film Festival
Rutgers Film Co-Op & the New Jersey Film Festival
Friday, September 23 at 7pm & Sunday, September 25 at 7pm
Voorhees Hall 105 – College Avenue Campus (71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: $12 General Admission & $10 Students/Seniors. Tickets are first come, first serve. Box Office opens at 6:30pm. Advance Purchase recommended for groups 2 or more (fee applies). More information about films and ticket sales click here or or call 848-932-8482.

Four amazing films are offered each day including Broken Tiaras, Woman with Violin, The Observe Effect and Five Minutes of Fun. Please view the website for full offerings and film descriptions.

Rutgers University Golf Course
Looking to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and hit some golf balls at the Rutgers Golf Range during your visit to campus?  The Rutgers University Golf Range will be open after 11:30 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the general public (no spectators are permitted).
Tee times can be reserved here:

Walking Rates (carts and clubs not included):
• Parent and Family Members: Friday September 23rd: $35; Saturday & Sunday 24th &25th: $47 after 12pm
• Students: $52 before 3pm, $47 after 3pm
For more information on rentals, please visit our website (

The Stress Factory
90 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Anjelah Johnson for Mad TV (Special Event)
Fri Sept 23rd and Sat Sept 24th 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm
Tickets: $30 per person can be purchased here

George Street Playhouse
9 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 846-2895

“My Son, The Waiter”
Ticket info here
Ticket prices vary based on seating
Directions and Parking here

Rutgers Gardens
130 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ
Hours: Dawn to dusk

The Rutgers Garden is the official botanic garden of Rutgers University. A place of learning and beauty, Rutgers Gardens strives to provide a fun, educational, and engaging place for students, faculty, and the community to enjoy the natural world. The gardens are open year-round, without fee, and feature horticultural collections arranged in garden settings.

Farmers Market
Friday, September 23 from 11:00am-5:00pm

To learn more about the Rutgers Gardens, visit the Rutgers Garden website.

Parking On Campus

General Campus Visit Parking: If you’re attending an event on campus with us this weekend, please see the event details for the designated visitor parking lots. Parking in those lots during the time of the events does NOT require a permit. If you are planning on visiting a campus outside of a designated event time or to a campus not hosting an event, a one-day visitor parking permit is required. The permit requirement applies to campus visits during Parent and Family weekend as well as any other time you visit campus during the academic year. One-Day visitor permits and parking enforcement are managed by the Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services. One-Day visitor permits can be purchased for $5 online here.

Note: Parking permits are monitored 24/7/365 in order to accommodate the needs of our population of 40,000+ students and 12,000+ faculty and staff. Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking. Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

Campus Map: A campus map with all buildings and parking lots can be found here.

Campus Friday,September 23 Saturday, September 24 Sunday, September 25
Busch Lots 51, 59, 60B and 67 No Parking Due to Game Lots 51, 59, 60B and 67
Cook/Douglass Lot 70 and Douglass Deck Lot 70 and Douglass Deck Lot 70 and Douglass Deck
College Avenue Lot 26, Lot 30 College Ave Deck Game Day Parking ($20 cash) Lot 26, Lot 30 College Ave Deck
Livingston Green and Yellow Game Day Parking ($20 cash) Green and Yellow

Hotel Information

The following hotels have confirmed discounts for Parent and Family Weekend for Friday, September 23-September 25:

21 Kingsbridge Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 732-980-0400
4.9 mi
Rate: $101 per night per room for a single person, additional Person $10
Reservation Website:
Notes: If calling to book reservations, mention “Rutgers” for your exclusive rate. This pricing includes breakfast.

Embassy Suites
121 Centennial Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 732-980-0500
4.86 mi
Rate: King Bed Reservation: $109 / Double Bed Reservation: $119
Reservation Website
Notes: Reservations must be booked in advance.

3 Tower Ctr. Blvd
E. Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-828-2000
6.77 mi
Rate: $131
Reservation Website
Toll Free Reservations: 1-800- HILTONS
Promotion Code: #5719222

The Heldrich Hotel
10 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-729-4670
4.67 mi
Mention “Rutgers” for your exclusive rate when you call for reservations.

The Hamton Inn South Plainfield
205 New World Way
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Phone: 908-561-2600
3 mi
Rate: $99
Reservation Website
Notes: Rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, free WiFi and complimentary parking.