Parents and Families

Connection with Douglass Residential College
Preparing your daughter for college is both exciting and challenging. College involves new experiences in education,  social life and exploration of talents and careers. You can be confident that as a member of Douglass Residential College, your daughter will be provided the support, skills and guidance to help her make good decisions, take advantage of Rutgers' resources and ultimately excel. She will find a supportive and friendly foundation in the Douglass community, which will enable her to grow and create lifelong connections with peers, alumna, staff and faculty.

Douglass offers commuters and residents the resources to help with a smooth transition to college. You are invited along with your daughter or family member to visit us any time throughout the year to learn more.

In today’s complex world, residential colleges offer a small, accessible approach to your education. Through our distinct arrangement – residential college within a major world-class university – you can appreciate the synergy that comes with combining the experience at Rutgers with a small community at Douglass to enhance the educational experience. Douglass sets a high standard for student achievement, provides opportunities for involvement in leadership and community service, offers a sanctuary for self-reflection, and forges new learning approaches that students can use in their academic course work. Douglass Residential College (DRC) has distinguished itself through a program geared to removing barriers for women in higher education, to promoting the values of diversity and cross-cultural communications, and to ensuring that New Jersey, and all of society, has a greater understanding of the ways women learn, think, work, and succeed. The students of Douglass Residential College have enrolled in an educational program that inspires and empowers women’s excellence. The DRC experience combines educational, career-oriented, social, and residential experiences that help women discover their talents and strengths while connecting them to a close-knit community of motivated and inspiring women. The educational experience created by the staff is one shaped by mutual respect and interaction with students. It is truly an evolving experiment in living and learning. Most important, the Douglass curriculum challenges women to engage and to strive, every day. Douglass students aim high and and lean in! Questions? Contact the Office of Recruitment and New Student Programs at 848-932-9500 or

Ready for the Fall?
Is your daughter ready for the start of classes? Here is a helpful ‘to-do list’ of items that should be a priority once she has decided to enroll at Rutgers.