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President Holloway, Chancellor-Provost Francine Conway, Senior Vice President for Equity, Enobong (Anna) Branch posing in front of a large students at the Paul Robeson Success Institute closing event

Paul Robeson Success Institute

Prepare for your transition to Rutgers University–New Brunswick with a three-day signature experience named to honor one of Rutgers' most distinguished alumni.

Find Your Success

The Paul Robeson Success Institute is a three-day high-impact experience open to first-generation, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented incoming and transfer students. Connect with peers, faculty, and staff to build support and become a successful student scholar. The institute is named after one of Rutgers' most distinguished alumni. Learn more about the life and legacy of Paul Robeson.


Students who meet the following criteria may be identified and recommended by Undergraduate Admissions:

  • Enrolling student at Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • Identify as a first-generation college student, meaning applicant’s residential parent/guardian has not completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in the U.S.
  • Low-Income Indicator: Family annual gross income $75,000 or below based on information reported on the FAFSA
  • Identify as a member of a historically underrepresented group in higher education
  • Students who are transferring into Rutgers for the first time
Diverse group of students at the PRSI closing event posing with their lunch from Panera


  • Attend a free 3-day interactive experience from August 27 – August 29, 2024
  • Be guaranteed early move-in on August 26 (Students are not required to live on campus to participate.)
  • Network with administrators, faculty, staff, and current Rutgers students
  • Take part in a range of community building experiences with your peers
  • Get a jumpstart on understanding faculty and instructor expectations
  • Identify various departments and resources for educational success
  • Access exclusive workshops and peer mentor support for your first year at Rutgers
Paul Robeson Watercolor with Success and Institute


  • Take part in a range of community building experiences with your peers 
  • Network with administrators, faculty, staff and current Rutgers students
  • Get a jumpstart on understanding faculty and instructor expectations 
  • Identify various departments and resources for educational success 
A diverse group of students from the Paul Robeson Success Institute BBQ closing event holding up t-shirts with Paul Robeson's face

Paul Robeson Success Institute 2023

August 30 – September 1, 2023

You're Invited

Senior Vice President for Equity Enobong (Anna) Branch encourages you to join this unique and limited opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and peers and gain the resources you need to thrive at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Anna Branch

Invitation to Paul Robeson Success Institute