Some benefits of Zoom include:

  • High-quality video and audio support for up to 300 concurrent participants for students and 500 participants for faculty and staff
  • Ability to customize your own virtual backgrounds during a Zoom meeting
  • Easy-to-use tools such as Whiteboard and Annotate to share and collaborate with others
  • Breakout rooms allowing you to split your Zoom meeting into as many as 50 separate sessions

Activating a Zoom account

netid service activation

  • Log into the NetID Management & Service Activation page and look for the Service Activation section.
  • Check the box that says Rutgers Zoom Zoom Meetings. Depending on your role, you will see either "with HIPAA support" or “NOT for RESTRICTED data controlled by HIPAA or other regulations.”
  • Select Activate Services at the bottom of the page. It may take up to an hour for you to be able to access your Zoom account.
  • You can access your account by navigating to https://rutgers.zoom.us/ and selecting Sign in.

For users who already have Zoom accounts, please review this article for instructions


Avoiding Zoombombing

Please review the following information to avoid disruptions in your meetings/classes, and refer to these resources for up-to-date information about Zoom security:

  • Key tips to avoid unwanted meeting guests
  • Responding to disruptive behavior in virtual meetings
  • Starting September 27, all Zoom meetings require a passcode or a waiting room enabled (passcodes better for large classes)
  • For extra security, check the box that says, “only authenticated users can join,” which means only participants with Rutgers accounts can enter your meeting
  • Another security option is to check the box that says, “computer audio only,” instead of allowing your participants to use the telephone number to call into your meeting, which does not have a passcode associated with it

Zoom FAQs



    • When you name Zoom meetings, please be as informative and descriptive as you can. You probably have countless events named "Webex Meeting” on your calendar right now. Descriptive meeting names will allow you and your attendees to stay organized and on schedule.
    • If you are in a meeting with a large group of people (think 20+), mute yourself while you aren’t talking to prevent feedback.
    • Because video is the biggest consumer of bandwidth, only use it if necessary. You can use Webex for audio only or mute yourself/turn off your camera while you aren’t speaking.