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3 College Senior

Academics: Some professors are jerks, but that's like anywhere else. Registering for classes is the worst thing ever. The programs and classes are informative and great.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Our program in Nutritional Sciences provides a lot of great opportunities for volunteering and internships. The work is hard and plentiful but fascinating.

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2 College Freshman

Academics: not a good curriculum or process.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers vary - some are interesting some are not so interesting. Use when choosing them. It helps a lot!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 63rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 171st
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 381st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 890th
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Ardsley, NY
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Some prospective students are scared at first about coming to a university that seems so tremendous. It is large, that’s for certain. There are five campuses—Busch, Livingston, College Avenue, Douglass, and Cook. They all have a different atmosphere, as well as college focuses, so it is extremely important to visit RU and take a university tour and figure out what campus fits you. Rutgers will automatically seem tinier once you enroll in a certain school. You’ll end up having that small college experience, while at the same time being a part of an enormous university. However, since Rutgers is a large university, you have to take certain precautions so you don’t get lost in the shuffle. It is of utmost necessity to see your college dean or adviser before you schedule classes.

At Rutgers, most students won’t take classes unless the professor is rated highly on Since Rutgers is part of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the majority of professors are active researchers in their field. Professors never seem bored with their material—they are actively researching it after your hour-and-20-minute period is over. With over 1,000 courses to take each semester, Rutgers really has enough to offer any confused freshman that has no idea what to do with his or her life. You’re free at Rutgers to make the most of your college experience. You can come in thinking you want to be a bio major, and then switch it to performing arts.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 41%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 42%
  • 50 or More Students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Nursing
  • Mason Gross School of Arts
  • School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies
  • Douglass Residential College
  • Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Ernest Mario School of Phamacy
  • Rutgers Business School
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
  • School of Management and Labor Relations
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Social Work: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Any of the Rutgers Student Centers on campus
  • In your room
  • Near Douglass's Passion Puddle
  • One of the 26 libraries on campus
  • Study lounges
Tips to Succeed
  • Always see an adviser before scheduling your classes.
  • Don't overwork yourself. Take some breaks and talk to people in your dorm.
  • Don't schedule any 8:10 a.m. classes if possible because you will most likely be up late in the dorm and won't want to wake up that early in the morning.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to do your work. Always use good time management skills.
  • Go to your lectures! Even if attendance isn't taken, you still will fall behind if you miss one.
  • If you are ever confused in a class and if the professor can't help you, seek outside help.
  • Meet with your professors at their office hours. If you show interest and dedication to the class, most likely the professor will give you a good grade.
  • There are tutors for basically every class. If you need help with a writing course, you can go to the writing centers on campus for tutoring.
Did You Know?
  • Rutgers is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). This is a prestigious organization comprising 62 institutions known for the quality of their research and educational programs. Other members include Duke, Princeton, and Berkeley.
  • The Web site rates Rutgers faculty. Many students won't take a course unless the professor is highly rated on this site.
  • Rutgers is one of the few universities in the country that has an undergraduate program that allows students to work with cadavers in laboratories.
  • Rutgers University doesn't send home report cards. Students grades can only be obtained from the Registrar's Web page after signing in using a student ID and password. If you are failing, your parents may never know.
  • Dr. Wise Young works with undergraduates at Rutgers's W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience researching spinal cord injuries. Dr. Young was one of the world's leading neuroscientists and a member of the team that discovered the first effective therapy for spinal cord injuries. Christopher Reeves was a benefactor of the Keck Center.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 20% James Gandolfini - award-winning actor
  • 20% Ray Rice
  • 18% Mario Batali - celebrity chef
  • 18% Samuel L. Jackson
  • 5% Patricia Smith Campbell - inventor of drug patches
  • 5% Kristin Davis from Sex and the City
  • 3% Deron Cherry - NFL defensive back
  • 3% Sebastian Stan - Winter Soldier (Marvel)
  • 2% Sandra Guzman - editor-in-chief of Latina magazine
  • 2% Calista Flockhart - actress
  • 2% Terry Jonathan Hart
  • 2% Albert Schatz
  • 2% Selman A. Waksman

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 161 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 159 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 5 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes



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