If you’ve met one person with autism,

you’ve met one person with autism.

The College Support Program (CSP) supports Rutgers University students on the autism spectrum as they begin, continue and prepare to graduate from the University. It is a comprehensive program that assists students through the provision of direct service and collaboration with University services that address executive functioning, social competence, academic skills, self-care, self-advocacy, and career preparation.

The CSP is run under the direction of Rutgers Student Health’s Counseling, Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program, and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).

  • Students must first be accepted to the University before they can apply to the CSP.
  • Application to the CSP is a separate process from application to the University and admission to the program is not guaranteed.


The CSP works collaboratively with Rutgers University’s Offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Disability Services, Academic Deans, Learning Centers, Counseling Center (CAPS), Career Services, Student Employment,  Residence Life, Student Life, Deans of Students, program advisors, faculty (as needed), and more.

For a contact list of our Campus Partners, please click here.

What the CSP Offers

  • Weekly meetings with the coordinator
  • Assistance with defining academic, organizational, and life goals
  • Strategies to meet identified goals
  • Trained Peer Mentors
  • Social events
  • Parent workshops
  • Referrals and follow-up with academic and support services
  • Referrals for psychotherapy or counseling when requested


Services Through the CSP also Include:

  • Identifying and using social skills appropriate for university and adult life
  • Individualized orientation to navigating campus transportation
  • Accessing campus resources
  • Learning to reside with room- and floor-mates
  • Managing life skills (e.g., domestic, banking, hygiene)
  • Participating in on- and off-campus activities
  • Managing academic coursework
  • Planning and preparing for employment

Application Process

Admittance to the CSP requires its own process, including the completion of a CSP application, intake forms, and an in-person family interview, as well as the provision of CSP contacts with references. The CSP admission process is separate from the Rutgers University admission process. Automatic registration is not a guarantee.

If you feel you can benefit from the CSP, please complete our Program Application to begin the process. Please note that we are currently putting Fall 2018 applicants on a wait list. All CSP applications received after June 1, 2018, will be considered for 2019.

The CSP program fee is in addition to Rutgers University tuition costs and student fees.

Donations raised by Rutgers Young Alumni Association enable the CSP to provide a small scholarship fund to cover the program fee. To apply for a needs-based scholarship for the CSP’s program fee, please submit the Scholarship Application. The submission deadline for the Fall 2018 semester is July 30, 2018.

Interested in being a CSP Mentor?

If you are a current Rutgers University student and interested in becoming a peer mentor for the Fall 2018 semester, please complete the peer mentor application or contact CSP at 848-932-7884 or send an e-mail to pamela.lubbers@rutgers.edu.


Read about our CSP graduates on Rutgers Today

CSP Autism Spectrum Group Photo
CSP Autism Spectrum Group Photo