Making an appointment

Day or evening appointments may be made by coming to the Counseling Center or by calling (201) 200-3165 during office hours. When you request an appointment, you will be asked for your name, your Gothic ID number, your contact information, and the times you are available from Monday to Friday. You will also be asked some brief screening questions.

We will make every effort to schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible. Appointments are usually scheduled on the hour, and are 45 minutes long. Prior to seeing your counselor for your initial appointment you will need to complete a series of intake forms at our office, which will take approximately 30 minutes.

If the Center is closed and you are experiencing a mental health emergency on campus, contact Public Safety at 201-200-3128. For mental health emergency assistance off campus, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.



At this time, due to very high demand for our services, the Counseling Center is maintaining a wait list for students requesting counseling. When students call for an appointment, they are being offered the following options:

  1. To add their names to our wait list for ongoing services.
  2. To make an appointment for a one-time consultation while remaining on the wait list for ongoing services.
  3. To obtain referral information from us regarding local community mental health agencies and local private practitioners who may be able to provide ongoing services sooner than we can.
  4. To remain on our wait list while seeking counseling elsewhere until an appointment becomes available at our office.

Please be assured that we are doing our very best to continue providing students with quality services as quickly as our schedules allow. Thank you for your patience.



If you will be unable to attend a scheduled appointment, please call the Center as soon as possible to let us know of the cancellation (when the Center is closed, you may leave a voicemail message to inform us of the cancellation). Please note that, due to the high demand for our services, if you miss or cancel two consecutive appointments in any given semester you will need to wait until the following semester before you will be able to schedule another appointment with your counselor.

If, for some reason, your counselor will be unavailable for a scheduled appointment, we will make every effort to contact you as soon as possible to reschedule. Please make sure that our staff has a current phone number for you so that you can be contacted.

As an office of NJCU, we will be closed when the University is closed due to inclement weather or other emergency situations. If you miss an appointment due to a University closure, please contact our office to reschedule as soon as the University reopens.