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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I can't speak for other campuses like Livingston or Douglass but I lived on Busch my first year & I loved it! Busch does have a reputation of being the driest campus but it's like it's own community and it's very clean. Busch is a pretty big campus but the buses make everything so easy. Livingston and college ave are a lot more social though.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Rutgers is very prideful about the football team and especially now that we're in the Big Ten, it's an even bigger part of the campus life than before. The football games are very fun and there's always parties afterwards to celebrate the victory if they won. Football is a huge part of Rutgers. So is basketball but not as much as football.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are many services provided for victims of sexual assault. However, sexual assault is not a problem on campus at all.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet so I can't really answer this question.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't done an internship yet.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: My friends were able to come over anytime! I loved it because I noticed that whenever I went to my friends' schools, the policies there were very strict and they could barely have anyone over. As long as you're not making any trouble, you can have anyone over at anytime and as many as you want! At Rutgers NB, as long as you're not acting up, you can sneak in some alcohol or anything else.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot of restaurants off campus but I've never been so I can't really elaborate on that. However, the off campus parties are always something to look forward to.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is pretty good. Whenever I got out of a late study session, I either got school takeout or some Chinese food from the campus center. Overall, the food is really good & VERY fattening.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They're pretty heartless when it comes to financial aid. If you don't get enough, you're gonna have to raise hell in order to receive more & even then, they might not even help you out. I've tried many times to plead my case with them in hopes of getting more financial aid but they just gave me the cold shoulder and told me to apply for a loan. NOT HELPFUL.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I believe the strictness at school is honestly too much. Officers look to get people in trouble and the Department Of Transportation look to give students tickets. This school is very serious about collecting money from students. If you do not pay the one penny that is due on your parking ticket, you are not allowed to receive your official transcripts, graduate, or pick classes for the following semester. I received a trespassing warning for being at the library, taking my online Physics quiz, 1-2 minutes after it closed by a Rutgers police officer. He said if I do it again then I might have a chance of being arrested. I believe that the police should focus more on what goes on in New Brunswick rather than giving students a hard time for petty activities like this. In addition, the Department of Transportation should ease up on tickets because a parking pass can range from $150 to $300, it's already expensive enough. I believe I accumulated over $500 parking tickets these past two years. It is impossible to take public transportation (Rutgers busses) because they are slow and sometimes they leave students at the bus stop and do not even look back to see a student chasing the bus.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: This school is definitely famous for it's wide variety of fraternity parties and bar lifestyle on off-campus College Avenue. There are many parties that happen even over the summer and a bunch during school time. However, parties are sometimes a nuisance to get into because there is a process that one has to go through (if you are a male) called acquiring "ratio". You must have a significant amount of girls to into a party for free which in my opinion is a form prostitution because if you do not have enough girls than you need to pay $5-$10 to get in. It might not be a lot but is an annoyance because it is usually to cover the cost of alcohol or make money. In addition, parties sometimes get busted because most parties have alcohol there so your money could potentially go to waste and you can get into a lot of trouble. I would not know much about bars but there are a bunch on Easton Avenue and I am sure people enjoy those because there are outdoor bars and indoor bars. Parties are usually fun because you get to see many people from different schools that come or people from Rutgers and you can reunite and catch up on the school year, they can definitely be enjoyable.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is pretty simple here at Rutgers University. However, the people who work in the Financial Aid office are quite inexperienced and unprofessional. They usually give poor estimates on when one will receive their award letters or why they are not receiving a certain grant/loan. You will often waste hours trying to connect to someone in the office and then receive an answer you could have figured out yourself. You can never be transferred to someone who is higher up in command at the financial aid office because they are usually busy or they try to call you back days later. Often times, you do not receive a call back regarding your question. But, if you do fill out your financial aid as soon as it is available, the quicker you receive your award letter and the more smoothly the process goes by. The more well-trained staff (who work in the back) are quite knowledgable about financial aid but the ones in the front who deal with the calls and the walk-ins are quite a pain. But overall, it is quite easy.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off-campus, I am a commuter, but I do know the deal with off-campus housing because many of my close friends live off-campus. There is a great availability but it comes with many costs and I do not mean money. Rutgers University is located in New Brunswick/Piscataway. New Brunswick has a high amount of crime especially towards vulnerable college students. There is a lot of theft and armed robberies that occur on the streets and in actual off-campus housing areas. In addition, the closer you live to College Avenue (majority of off-campus housing) the more expensive and unpractical the costs become, mostly because of the convenience. The landlords are quite unprofessional and take advantage of the students who do not have experience with renting homes, they often try to save every penny and leave the house in the poor condition that they were left in by previous renters. Safety, as I mentioned before, is not that great, however, there are many police cars that roam around but definitely not as much as there should be. Police are more worried about college kids throwing parties and underage drinking, which I understand is illegal, but they should be more concerned about people who do not attend Rutgers University who have a tendency to rob students and their houses. There have been cases of Rutgers students being shot a few times in my two years of attending this school. I believe that safety is definitely an issue for off-campus housing students. The best solution to this would be to live on-campus but many students do not want to do that due to cost and the restriction the university places on students.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: In the dorms, there are Quiet Hours, which restrict the students' tendency to be loud in the hallways past 11 P.M. I am able to follow the Quiet Hours; however, some students do not adhere to the rules and violate Quiet Hours, which don't allow them to be loud in the hallways communicating with their friends. Quiet Hours have a positive side effect for me, in which I can get enough sleep by 11 P.M.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere provides a sense of diversity with many people and places. In downtown New Brunswick, there are many stores at which people can shop at. With so many stores, it is hard not to just pick one store--one can go to many stores in the same day.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life plays a substantial role in the campus community. The social atmosphere is uplifted--Greeks and non-Greeks get to know each other, and some of them become friends. With the medley of fraternities and sororities, I am able to take the opportunity to know some of the Greeks. I am also friends with some of the Greeks.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is not easy to find, especially if you are looking to find a house that is safe and near campus. Also, it is the students' responsibility to keep the house clean. Crime can also occur in off-campus housing zones.

3 College Junior

Athletics: At the football games, the Rutgers football team plays against other U.S. college football teams. Many people attend the football games, especially the Blackout and Homecoming games.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health and safety are important to students and faculty at Rutgers. However, crime is transit, especially on off-campus housing areas. People get their stuff taken very easily, especially when they go out at night.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: There are scholarships that are out there which I can apply for. However, the scholarship application process can be complicated, and there are times when I don't know if I have received the scholarship I applied for.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: The quality of parties are on College Ave really involve too much alcohol, which can impact students' ability to retain information, especially for exams. The other pitfall to party scenes include parties that last up until midnight, or worse yet, 3 A.M. That is total sleep deprivation on the students' parts.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus provides the opportunity to make new friends, especially when I live in the residence halls and/or on-campus apartments. Most of the time, the dormitories and bathrooms are clean; in the morning, maintenance helps clean them. An RA in the building is very convenient, as I can go and talk to him/her about anything, even problems I have with school and classes. The best option of living on-campus is safety--there is an RA at the door when I forget my Student ID, which provides me with the opportunity to knock in order to allow him/her to open the door and let me inside the building.

College Junior

Majors: September is the beginning of my first semester

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat on campus

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's not the school's fault but getting enough financial aid to cover my tuition was a hassle. Govn't only approved so much in loans and I had to go to a private lender for the remaining

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Jill Weiss
Hometown
Ardsley, NY
Major
English
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The courses are tough at Rutgers. TAs mainly don't speak English, and you can never find a parking spot. However, despite these things, after the first week of your freshman year, you realize Rutgers is different than other schools. Diversity is definitely something that makes Rutgers stand out-the friends you will meet at Rutgers will make you realize that you like Indian music and Persian food, and
you'll go to friends houses during their Jewish holidays. Students will learn to live with all different people, despite different backgrounds, and smile and laugh the nights away in the dorms.

It is a very large university, and professors won't realize or care if you are failing a course. However, students remark that they wanted to attend a large university because it makes them grow up. At Rutgers, no one holds your hand as you pick courses (and there's 4,000 to choose from), and they don't make sure you are taking the courses necessary for your major. Everything is done by the actions of the students. If you want real life experiences instead of a college resembling your high school, you'll find it here.

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