Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
Paul Robeson Success Institute

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.


  • Learn strategies to clearly define short- and long-term academic goals in order to achieve timely degree completion
  • Understand faculty and instructor expectations
  • Network with administrators, faculty, and current Rutgers students
  • Identify various on-campus resources to support educational success and timely degree completion
Paul Robeson Success Institute


  • Move into your residence hall early
  • Build a community of support with your peers
  • Explore the five campuses of Rutgers–New Brunswick
  • Network with senior faculty and administrators
  • Participate in academic and life skills workshops
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Gain Insight

Student scholar Toibat Ayankunbi shares her experience at the Paul Robeson Success Institute.

Paul Robeson Success Institute
 Alumni Toibat Ayankunbi

Paul Robeson Leadership Institute Student Testimonial


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

  • Admit Coming (AC) to 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
PRI Scholars

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