What to Wear


We at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School pride ourselves on our impeccable fashion and timeless sense of style. Though we do tend to wear a bit more scarlet than the average medical student, we generally try to look professional and put together for every occasion. To help ease this wardrobe transition for our new students, we have provided some helpful guidelines so that you can be prepared for the years ahead. As always, if you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to the orientation team at RWJMSOrientationTeam@gmail.com

What is "business casual" attire?
Suitable business casual attire for designated events during orientation, PCM-related activities, and any clinical settings is the following:
  • Slacks, Chinos, or Dockers

  • Dresses, skirts - hemline no more than 2 inches above the knees 

  • Polo shirts with collars

  • Dress shirts, oxford button-down shirts

  • Sweaters and cardigans

  • Dress shoes, loafers

Below are examples of unacceptable "business casual" attire:

  • Jeans, which include jean/denim jackets, or other denim clothing

  • Leggings, spandex or tight-fitting apparel

  • Mini-skirts/dresses - 2 or more inches above the knees

  • Dresses or shirts with necklines that reveal cleavage

  • Capris, shorts and skorts

  • Halter-neck, strapless, spaghetti strap or tank-top garments

  • Sheer clothing

  • Sweat pants and sweatshirts

  • T-shirts

  • Sneakers

  • Flip flops/beach sandals or open-toed shoes

  • Headwear (unless as a part of a uniform or religious headwear) 

Students wearing business casual and their peer mentors

What is "business attire" in the context of White Coat Ceremony?


This refers to professional attire that is a step above business casual. Attire includes:

  • conservative dresses

  • blouses with dress pants/ skirts 

  • closed-toed flats or heels

  • dress pants with long-sleeved button down shirts and ties (suit jackets are not necessary as you will be receiving your white coat) 

  • dress shoes 

Students wearing business attire

What is "casual" attire?

Casual can mean many different things for many different people - t-shirts and shorts, sundresses, jeans -whatever! During orientation week, we recommend that you wear whatever you are comfortable in, as you will be doing a lot of ice-breaker activities, moving around, and sitting in informative lectures, with some activities inside the AC and some out in the hot New Jersey sun. Please keep in mind that during these events, you will also be interacting with deans and faculty so although the choice is left up to you, use common sense in determining what is appropriate.

Students wearing casual attire

What is "athletic" attire?

During Field Day, we will have some friendly inter-CAP college competitions that will have students participating in different athletic and strategic events. For this we recommend that students wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Students wearing athletic attire

What do I wear once school starts?

Most students wear either casual or business casual around the medical school for studying and lectures. Exceptions include when you are required to wear business casual with your white coat for PCM and clinical events. To quote Karen's infamous line from Mean Girls, "On Wednesdays we wear white!"*

Special exceptions exist for labs later into the school year, but these will be presented to you as the year progresses.

*Quote has been edited for RWJMS O-Team use.