Posted by: Karen Smith | April 26, 2016

8 Tips for Having an Awesome Rutgers Day

Thanks to guest blogger Mollie Applegate for this blog post.

So much has changed and grown about Rutgers Day in the past eight years. Here are eight tips to help you get the most out of Rutgers Day 2016.

Crowds fill Voorhees Mall  on Rutgers Day

Like our event page on Facebook & visit our Rutgers Day website.

Stay connected with us. Our event page will count down to April 30th and the Rutgers Day website will help plan your visit with a complete list of featured programs.

Pick a location/campus to explore.

This year, Rutgers Day welcomes Newark and Camden to join our New Brunswick location in the 250th anniversary celebration! Each location will offer unique and exciting programs so check out our Rutgers Day website to pick which location you would like to visit. If you decide to visit us in New Brunswick, Rutgers Day activities will be held on the College Avenue, Cook/Douglass, and Busch campuses. All New Brunswick campuses can all be accessed by free Rutgers Day shuttles once you arrive and park.

Plan ahead for driving and parking.

In New Brunswick, all university parking lots, including those on the Livingston campus, are open and free on Rutgers Day. There will be some road closures worth noting. On the Cook/Douglass campus, College Farm Road and Lipman Drive will be closed starting at 8:00 am. On the College Avenue Campus, Hamilton Street will be closed from George Street to College Ave from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. Seminary Place will be one way from George Street to College Ave, and there will be a rolling road closure for the Rutgers Day Parade, which begins at 10:30 am from Senior Street to Seminary Place. In Newark, Rutgers lots designated on the maps on the Rutgers Day website are open and free. Bleeker Street in Newark will be closed from MLK Blvd to University Place. In Camden, Rutgers lots designated on the maps which can be found on the Rutgers Day website, are open and free, as is the Camden Technology Center Parking Garage located at 601 Cooper Street.

Randy Pugasa  and Chaoyu Cheng tests wind power during Rutgers Day

Ask for help.

We hope you get the opportunity to see all Rutgers Day has to offer, but Rutgers is a big place. Don’t hesitate to ask anyone in a Rutgers Day t-shirt for some assistance. Whether it is directions, or campus information, they will be more than happy to assist. In addition, there will be information tents located on every campus so keep an eye out for them as you explore; tent locations will be noted on Rutgers Day maps.

Wear your walking shoes.

Rutgers Day has so much to see, and we want to make sure you get to all of it. Wear comfortable shoes so your feet can keep going. Rutgers Day buses are wheelchair accessible. Most buildings—other than historic buildings—are also accessible by wheelchair. Passenger golf carts will be available in some areas for visitors with mobility issues, and there will be various locations to take a seat throughout the day.

Come ready to eat.

Each location offers different food vendors, dining halls, and student center food courts. From waffles and ice cream, to empanadas, there will be something for everyone to savor this Rutgers Day.

Cheerleaders march in Rutgers Day/Alumni Weekend parade on College Ave

Don’t miss out on programming.

While many of the Rutgers Day programs are continuous and will be going on all day, there are some that you’ll want to make sure you see before they are over. Each location will have live stage performances throughout the day. You can check out scheduled performances at each location on our website so you don’t miss anything. Also, on the College Avenue campus, there will be a parade beginning at 10:30am featuring Rutgers alumni, members from the graduating class of 2016, the Rutgers marching band, Immaculata High School band, and as grand marshals, the coaches for Rutgers football and basketball.

Share how you spent Rutgers Day with us.

Save the memories you’ll make from Rutgers Day 2016, and share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #RutgersDay and #Rutgers250. We can’t wait to see them!


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