Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Undergrads
30,038
Tuition (in-state)
$23,676 ($10,356)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus housing options available, but from what I have heard, the landlords could be a pain when it comes to renting the house. The quality of the houses tend to hit rock-bottom. But it is definitely cheaper than living on-campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: RU definitely has a lot of diversity. Everyone is welcoming and barely any challenges arise because of how diverse New Jersey, in general, is.

College Sophomore

Majors: I am not in a specific program at school

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: From all the parties I have gone to, they were all AMAZING. So much dancing, talking, interacting, and liveliness. Definitely an experience every RU student should experience.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are humorous and knowledgeable with what they teach. The class sizes do vary from normal high school class sizes to huge lecture hall sizes.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The employers that come to campus are not as diverse as other schools. From what I have noticed, there were a lot of business related recruiters. That category of recruiters limits who can apply for internships or jobs at career fair.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Almost every week when the weather gets warm you see most Greeks all come out and liven up the social atmosphere. The Greeks are fairly nice to the non-Greeks and do provide with helpful advice when you get to talk to them.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The social life is definitely diverse and very out-there. Everyone seems to get along (no matter what gender you are), and it seems fairly easy to get into a relationship with people on campus because of how close everyone seems to get after a few weeks in school.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I like the curriculum and Rutgers provides us with many interesting classes, but it is a pain to get into the classes that I really want. Usually it's a long waiting process just to get onto the registration page, and by the time I get on, the classes I planned on to take are all full already.

College Sophomore

Academics: I cannot rate this because I have yet to declare my major.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Although I have received some sort of financial aid, I have not received the aid I needed again for this upcoming semester. Because of the aid I did not receive, I have to manage to pay $7,000 more in tuition per semester this year.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I cannot rate the campus strictness because with the visitations in dorms it is pretty lenient as long as our RA knows about the visitors, but I don't believe that should be something to have a negative response to. It makes it a lot easier for kids to meet friends in a comfortable environment.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are frequent crime alerts because of theft, robbery, or assault on campus usually in the early hours of the mornings. However, there are a lot of Rutgers PD driving around campus and always available to the students of Rutgers.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Football games are always really fun.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The area is a bit harsh, but if you know the places to go, then you're good.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know. The Greek life was never for me, they kind of just annoy me.

4 College Junior

Academics: Rutgers has almost every major imaginable. Their academics are also very good!

4 College Junior

Academics: My major is one of the smaller ones offered, but it allows a more tight-knit group to form. You tend to go to classes with the same grouping of people, allowing you to make really good friends.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty laid back. You have all your school stereotypes - the jocks, the preps, the artists, etc. You just have to find your niche and you'll be good!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had some really good courses here, and some not so great ones. Overall, however, I have really liked most of my professors and have learned a lot so far.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The professors here all have a lot of experience and are willing to really help students. If you talk to them, they might have some internships available to you. Also, career services is good at their jobs!

3 College Junior

Nightlife: They are usually a lot of parties to go to, but I'm more of a bar person.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is surprisingly tasty. It does depend on what campus you are on, but most are pretty good. They have a little bit of vegetarian food, but could use some more.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing, but the further out you go, the less safe the area becomes.

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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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