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Summer Preparatory Program


ODASIS Summer Prep 2016 Participants 

Program Description

The Summer Preparatory Program in Chemistry, Calculus, and English provides intensive academic support the summer between high school and college. The five-week program is designed to increase retention among science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors by strengthening student’s understanding of course content in foundational math and science courses.  

Research and data suggest that high schools do not equally prepare students for college-level math and science, resulting in lower-grades, which deters many students from continuing in STEM.   Students who participate in the Summer Preparatory Program are enrolled in a 2-credit Prep for General Chemistry (160:133) course in addition to classes that prepare them for Calculus I (640:135) and Expository Writing (355:101).  Participants gain invaluable in and out of classroom experience, helping ensure continued success in math and science.

Program Results

Participants of the Summer Preparatory Program in Chemistry, Calculus, and English scored significantly better in comparison to the general population of Rutgers New Brunswick students enrolled in Chemistry I.  The tables below compare grade distributions for Fall 2016 semester:

 Chemistry 2016 ODASIS Vs. RU

Application Process

Application Chart


Participants must be an incoming first-year student attending Rutgers University-New Brunswick in the subsequent fall term. Participants must have taken their Rutgers placement exams by May 31st and have placed into at least Calculus 135 (640:135) and Expository Writing (355:101).

*EOF students are not eligible due to summer scheduling conflicts*

Some Benefits

SPP Benefits

Program benefits include:


  • Free chemistry and calculus textbooks.
  • Two college credits upon successful completion of the program.
  • Housing at Nichols Apartments on the Busch Campus for the Summer 2016 program.
  • Site visits to various health professional schools, which may include Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, New Jersey Medical School, New York University Medical School, and Jefferson Medical School.
  • Experience the various campuses of New Brunswick, thus ensuring a smooth transition into college life upon entry in the fall. All facilities will be indicated, including dormitories, classroom buildings, library and multimedia services, dining halls, and transportation.
  • As an added bonus, students who participate in this program are automatically enrolled into the "OS" section of General Chemistry in the Fall term, wherein 18% of their final grade is generated from the work performed within the office.


Online Application

Click here to access the 2017 online application!

Personal Statement

The personal statement is submitted via e-mail as part of your application. Essays should be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The prompt is: Write a one page (single-spaced) essay on why you would like to participate in this program and what your career goals are.  The essay should be no longer than 500 words.

Guiding Questions to Consider:

  • What are your career goals?
  • How will the summer program and ODASIS help you achieve your career goals?
  • What would you gain from this program that you would not get otherwise?

Be sure to properly edit and proofread your essay! 

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to have 2 letters of recommendation.  One must be from a science teacher and one from a math teacher.  Letters should be emailed directly from your teachers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Placement Tests

Directions on how to take your placement test can be found at: All Placement tests are conducted online via Sakai. Make sure to complete both the Math AND English placement tests. We strongly encourage you to complete practice problems found in the Placement Test Information Bulletin (

Additional Information

Please contact Ms.Tiffany Nesbey if you have any questions or would like additional information. She can be reached at 848-445-3493 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact Us

Office for Diversity and Academic
Success in the Sciences

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