Newark College Freshman Institute

The annual Newark College Freshman Institute is a component of the Newark College Institute that welcomes incoming freshmen and transfer students heading into any 4-year college or university in the world.

The Freshman Institute is held the second week in August.

Participants who successfully complete will earn $200!!!

This year's Newark College Freshman Institute is sponsored by the South Ward Children's Alliance and Rutgers University - Newark.

Participants take a variety of professional and personal development workshops to get them prepared for college and their careers, such as:

  • Surviving the First Year of College

  • Art of Communication

  • Mastering Your Wallet

  • Success Begins With Attitude

  • Secrets of Financial Aid

Participants get to sit down with seasoned professionals and ask questions regarding their career interests, college majors, and future goals.

Participants get to hear from special guest speakers based in Newark, looking to share their story and hire local talent.

Eligible candidates must be a:

  1. Freshman entering any 4-year college or university in the world for the first time, OR;

  2. Freshman entering Essex County College for the first time, OR;

  3. Transfer from any 2-year college to any 4-year college or university in the world for the first time.

There is NO age limit

There is NO income limit

There is NO GPA, SAT, or ACT requirement

Graduate students are ineligible

Can not have participated in a previous Freshman Institute​​​​