Campus Strictness

New Brunswick, NJ
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$23,676 ($10,356)
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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It really depends on where you live on campus to decide the strictness.

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 Junior

Campus Strictness: The school isn't too strict, but they're not completely lenient either.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It varies. When living in the dorms, the RAs are typically active in the student's lives and know them all by their first name. Things change when it comes to living in the apartments. AAs tend to not socialize as much yet they are strict when it comes to signing in guests. Some of them often need to be reminded of who lives in the building, which can be very annoying after the first time it happens.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Rutgers is strict with things that it should be strict with and lenient with things that it should be lenient with.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 865th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1367th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1379th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Ardsley, NY
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Students actually shudder when they see a RUPD car drive by. It seems as though everyone has a bad experience with the campus police, whether it be from parking tickets, Jaywalking tickets, tickets from noise violations, or a bad memory of when they broke up a house party. The RUPD is known to be ticket-happy, but they tend to leave you alone when drunk, unless you are completely obliterated and can't walk home.

In the residence halls, freshman dorms seem to get the worst shaft. Preceptors constantly have an eye out to catch the first years drinking, smoking, or doing other drugs in their rooms. "Quiet hours" are the number one thing to get written up for freshman year. After midnight on the weekends and 11 p.m. on the weekdays, students have to close their doors if friends are over, music is playing, or if the TV is on. During finals, 24-hour quiet hours begin; here, no student can make any loud noises at any time during the day. If the quiet hours are ever broken, the student has to complete community service hours, typically in the dining hall or by participating in a monthly hall program, such as board game night. More students are written up for noise violations than drinking or drug problems in the dorms. Off campus, there are always lots of parties, and unless a neighbor complains about rowdiness, the RUPD leaves you alone. Rutgers is extremely strict with campus parking, and on-campus drug use, but everything else they tend to let slide.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating on an exam
  • Drinking in the dry dorms
  • Noise violations during quiet hours
  • Passing your Rutgers ID to a friend without a meal plan
  • Public drunkenness or disorderly behavior
  • Smoking cigarettes or marijuana in the dorms
  • Stealing food from the dining halls or on campus eateries
  • Using exercise equipment without an ID card

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 216 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 244 responses

  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 10% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 68% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 20% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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