Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Undergrads
30,038
Tuition (in-state)
$23,676 ($10,356)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3291 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Next year i am living in off-campus housing and the landlord and quality of the house is brilliant.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration process, professors, and overall content of classes are really great and for the most part fun.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't heard of anyone overdosing on drugs at Rutgers but i am aware of the abuse of Adderall on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of great options especially with a car.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is a pressing issue in New Brunswick night life but for the most part the campus is very good at keeping students safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School life itself is alright with some mild inconveniences but the cost of living at Rutgers is very high.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am currently double majoring and taking classes that i need is relatively easy and I find most classes fascinating.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not been part of internships yet.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: As a college student it's great but i cannot see myself living in New Brunswick after college.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: i couldn't tell you since I'm not part of Greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It comes with some risks since New Brunswick has so much crime.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's terrible the financial system at Rutgers takes money out of your account without warning and you have to go through a lot of red tape to even get help with aid.

1 person found this useful Report
College Senior

Scholarships: hard to find. hard to get merit when you are competing with thousands of others

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: They either don't care or care too much. rumors of random room checks and other things, very strong on the parking violations and plagiarism.

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College Senior

Nightlife: I have no idea how to get into these things, where they are, or why they're held.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Its been okay. you have to work hard to get a social life, and know what you like to have fun. school is demanding if you make it, and the people are okay.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Weather: regular new jersey weather. more or less four seasons. medium snow.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants on the college ave campus, as that is in the city and the other campuses are in a forest or suburbia. there is a variety, but some shops are really seedy looking, and others are impractically far. some are really expensive, but most of them are hole in the walls and just have to try your luck until you find what you like.

1 College Senior

Parking: They ticket you for everything. there are no spaces unless you are really early or don't mind a mile walk to the nearest stop. You have so many limitations and the tickets are outrageous. The cost of a permit is also ridiculous, and the popular ones sell out fast. You pay for the entire year but may only be using it for 1/3 of the time. they don't shovel the snow and let it build up dangerously, no salt either, so bring ice hiking boots. they also don't stop ticketing at any hours of the day-- you can get a ticket at 11pm.

2 College Senior

Transportation: The buses are always breaking down. or falling apart. or smell. and always filthy. they're sometimes late, sometimes really early, always packed at afternoon class break times so that you have to leave class ~5 minutes early to make a bus. it takes 20 minutes to get anywhere, and a lot of other students don't have any bus etiquette at all.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is somewhat gentrified new brunswick, a dangerous and bustling city with an impressive medicine program for a reason-- lots of injuries. outside of the campuses one is advised constantly to walk with purpose, travel in lit areas as groups, etc. the parking is bad, and expensive, there are not much businesses or things to do, and the other campuses are in the middle of a forest or suburbia.

1 College Senior

Athletics: Too much money spent on the football team-- not even all the athletics, instead of being spent on students. New stadium? well that's great we still have dilapidated buses and health hazard buildings.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Again, a LOT of everyone. on one bus you will see a coat potato and also a bro, and some chick with her everything hanging out, to a guy who looks like he just left the gym. there is something for everyone, but not everyone is for someone.

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3 College Senior

Academics: there isn't that demanding a workload, but to get other opportunities it is a bit harder. Lots of sweettalking, begging, letters, and asking around will get you somewhere you don't hate and can get experience.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There is a lot of everyone, so it is hard to tell if there is a majority at all. if there is, its probably the asians as a whole. Though it is really easy to get into a clique group, you will have friends with all groups of people.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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