What is the role of the CSP at Rutgers University?

The program is designed to be a bridge for students on the autism spectrum as they learn to identify and access the community and support services of the University.

How are individual student needs met through the CSP?

The CSP Coordinator and student have an initial meeting each semester to identify the student’s needs and interests. With Coordinator support, the student develops goals that will build their academic, social, executive functioning, and/or life skills. The CSP Coordinator and the student meet once or more per week throughout the semester to review the student’s progress, build skills, and address new areas of concern. In addition to meetings, the CSP Coordinator, students, and peer mentors use email, text messages, and/or phone calls to keep in touch and monitor students' progress.

How do you support a student who is anxious or resistant to approaching a Professor, Dean, Administrator, or Staff Member at the University?

The CSP Coordinator will support the student as they identify the steps necessary to make the appointment. The CSP Coordinator will then help the student prepare for the meeting and accompany the student if requested.

Do you help students organize and manage their days?

Yes. Students are taught strategies and tools to plan their time and to prioritize their work by consulting with faculty members, academic advisors and systematically referencing both Rutgers University course and degree management software. Many students receive additional academic coaching through the Learning Centers. The coaches and CSP Coordinators collaborate in providing services.

Do you help students with employment?

In addition to CSP's core program, we offer a supplemental Employment Support Program (ESP). It provides individualized support for CSP students who are seeking job skills training and meaningful vocational experiences at Rutgers. Job placements are tailored to the needs of the student and are based on the student's individual strengths and interests. For more information or further questions about this service, please email CSP's Program Coordinator, Ian Bober: Ian.Bober@rutgers.edu.

Do you help students identify class environments that are conducive to their needs?

Yes. The CSP prepares and assists students to ask questions and seek information about class environments relative to their sensory concerns. If further assistance and accommodations are needed, students may also contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to request supports to optimize their classroom experience. 

Can you clarify CSP students' living arrangements and what role your department plays?

CSP students can choose to live on or off campus. If residing on campus in University housing, they do not live together with other CSP students. Those living in University housing may be placed on any of the five campuses in residence halls or apartments. Students may request a roommate(s) or a single room. The CSP Coordinators, Peer Mentors, and University staff work with students to build tolerance, negotiation and advocacy skills with peers, Resident Assistants (RAs) and people in related University offices. For more information about Residence Life, please visit: http://ruoncampus.rutgers.edu.

Do you interact with parents/guardians?

Yes. Interviews involve the families, as does the CSP student's individual year-end review session held at the end of the spring semester. In addition, parent orientation sessions are held by the CSP Coordinators at the beginning of the academic year. Lastly, with student approval, the Coordinator will contact parents as needed.

How do students with Autism Spectrum Disorder get connected with the resources of such a large university?

The CSP Coordinator will assist the student in identifying the services they may need, ensure that the student makes contact with the correct office, and then provide follow-through support as needed. The CSP is a comprehensive program that liasies with key campus partners to help enable student success.

Do you foster social integration into the college community?

Yes. This is done through matching each student with one or more Peer Mentors, making sure the student is interfacing with University faculty and staff, using course-specific chat rooms, participating in social events, and joining clubs and interest groups. 

Do students in the CSP interact with each other?

Yes. There are formal and informal opportunities for small- and large-group social activities. All of these events are held on a regular basis and can take place both in-person and virtually.

Some fun past events (prior to quarantine) include a Halloween Social and a Finals Relaxation Event in which CSP students were able to relieve some stress by petting and playing around with puppies from the Animal Companion Club before final exams.

Who are the Peer Mentors?

They are typically sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Rutgers University who are trained and supervised to assist CSP students in the program as they adjust to University life. Mentors have a wide variety of majors. CSP students may have more than one mentor. Peer Mentors can be changed, but it is highly recommended that CSP students continue to work on their social skills with their original Peer Mentor in order to create a sense of comfortability. 

Have a question for our Peer Mentor Executive Board?  Email them at csp-pmboard@gsapp.rutgers.edu.

Is application to the CSP part of the process for application to Rutgers University?

No. They are separate processes. Applications to the CSP are accepted at any time; however, the CSP admissions process does not begin until after a student has been notified that he/she meets Rutgers University’s admissions requirements. For more information, please review our Application Process tab.

How many students do you accept each year?

It varies; however, we are looking to expand the program and support an increased number of students, pending staff resources and student qualification. We accept students across all majors and schools, and embrace Rutgers University's commitment to diversity and inclusion. We accept both full-time and part-time matriculated undergraduate students, commuters and on-campus residents.

Can students start the CSP application process sooner if they have been accepted to Rutgers with an Early Action decision?

Yes. We interview students based on the University’s timeline. If students are accepted to Rutgers with an Early Action decision, they can be interviewed and potentially accepted to the CSP earlier.To access Rutgers University’s admissions decision dates, please visit: https://admissions.rutgers.edu/apply/dates-deadlines/new-brunswick

Do students need an official ASD diagnosis (within a certain timeframe) to apply to the CSP?

The CSP requires an official ASD diagnosis from all applicants across the spectrum, including Asperger's Syndrome. We recognize that many applicants may have received a diagnosis early in life that does not reflect on a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The CSP acknowledges that autism is a lifelong developmental disability and although some symptoms may subside over time, the diagnosis is still applicable for CSP application purposes.

Is there a fee for the Program?

Yes. The services are funded by a fee of $7,000 for the full academic year. The CSP fee is separate from Rutgers University tuition and fees. It is recommended that students remain in the CSP program for a minimum of two consecutive semesters. New Jersey families are encouraged to contact the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to determine eligibility for funding and services.

Certain CSP students may also be eligible for our supplemental Employment Support Program (ESP). This cost is an additional $3,000 per academic year.

For more information?

Have a question about CSP that is not addresed here?  For specific inquiries, please email: csp-info@rutgers.edu.

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