Business Discovery House

Quads-Livingston Campus

The Business Discovery House is a self-selected group of first-year students who will enjoy the benefits of sharing common residential and academic experiences while making new friends, exploring common interests and being a part of a close community of peers. Students will benefit from special programs in the residence hall, and having a peer mentor in residence to provide help in acclimating to Rutgers.

This is a community for students who have a strong interest in any field in business and closely related fields.  Students gain advantages in areas that help them academically, as well as build important skills that will allow them to succeed in the field of business e.g. networking, interviewing.

Programming for this community has included:

  • How to stand out at career fairs -- Preparing for RU careers fairs in advance, during the fair and then what to do after
  • One Major = Many Career Options – Review of major options and different career paths
  • The Importance of Internships – Review of gaining experience through internships, as well as how to get an internship
  • What is networking?  -- Importance of networking and different strategies
  • Connection with faculty and staff outside of the classroom
  • Attendance at the involvement fair
  • Participation in social events as a community e.g. football games

Eligibility requirements

Please note: Applications for the Business Discovery House are available by invitation only. Eligible students will be sent an email invitation to submit an online application.

To be eligible, students must:

  1. Enroll in SAS, RBS, or SEBS.
  2. Place into Calculus (640:135) or higher and Basic Composition or Expository Writing
  3. Take a placement test on or before June 1, 2018 to be considered for an application. Information:https://oirap.rutgers.edu/testplace.html

Eligibility Process and Application

  1. Students who have taken the placement test by June 1, 2018 and determined to be eligible will receive an e-mail invitation to submit an online living-learning community application from the Learning Communities office.
  2. After completion of the online living-learning application, you will be contacted at the end of May to early June for a follow-up phone conversation.
  3. Invitations will commence in mid-May and will be ongoing as placement test scores are received by the Learning Communities office.
  4. Students should complete the first-year housing application on the Enrollment Pathway indicating their campus preferences, taking into account that they might not get accepted to the Business Discovery House Living-Learning Community.


Mandatory Early Move-In and Special Orientation

Students enrolled in the program will get the added benefit of being able to move in early and participate in a special orientation program on Thursday, August 30, 2018.  This will provide first-years the chance to explore the Rutgers campus, get familiar with the bus system, and find their classes in advance.

Participation Requirements

As a participant, you will be:

  • Attending community sponsored events and monthly meetings
  • Co-enrolled in three first-year courses for the fall semester:
    • Macroeconomics
    • Expository Writing or Basic Composition
    • FIGS: Exploring Business

Note:  At your academic planning and advising day, you will be able to choose 2-3 other classes toward your academic interests. This is a perfect balance because it allows you to be both part of a smaller community and have access to all other Rutgers course offerings as well.  If you AP out of any of the courses you will not be required to enroll in them and will still be eligible for this program.

More About the Vibrant Livingston Campus!
Students accepted into the community will live in the Quads Residence Halls on the Livingston Campus. Quads offer study rooms, laundry facilities, kitchens, house lounges, as well as a main lounge. The Livingston Quads have lots of green space surrounding them and are adjacent to the Livingston Recreation Center, near Livingston Student Center, Livingston Dining Hall, and walking distance to the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC), the Rutgers Cinema, and the newly constructed Livingston Plaza.

For more information, please contact:

Ariel Leget
Assistant Director, Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives

What Students Are Saying

The greatest benefit of being a part of the Discovery House Program is the long term effects that the students will not notice until their later years of college and even beyond that. By being a member of the Discovery House, the students build long lasting friendships and develop networking that will help them stand out.

– Mark Said, Peer Mentor