To broaden the overall educational development of its students, Rutgers maintains a quality out-of-classroom program. The Office of Student Activities and the Rutgers- Newark Program Board plan an extensive activity program that enriches the educational, cultural, and social experiences of all students who participate. The Office of Student Activities is responsible for developing specific programs and activities for a diverse student community. It advises minority students and their organizations on all aspects of campus activities that supplement their regular university curricula.
Musicians, featuring both classical and contemporary styles, appear regularly on campus. The Rutgers-Newark string orchestra, concert band, and university chorus provide outlets for student musical talent, and art exhibits are a frequent feature at the campus center. Professional and student groups perform at the theater, and several student organizations promote frequent trips to New York theaters. The Observer, the student newspaper; the Encore, the university`s yearbook; WRNU, the student radio station; and several other organizations provide valuable experience for students interested in communication and the media.
Nearly one hundred on-campus undergraduate organizations related to academic interests, contemporary problems, the arts, religion, and the professions encourage students to participate in their regularly scheduled meetings and special events. Both social and honorary fraternities and sororities are available to students who wish to identify with small service, social, or professional groups.