New Brunswick, NJ
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$23,676 ($10,356)
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4 College Senior

Diversity: The New Brunswick campuses are very diverse. I've met people from every walk of life you can imagine. It's really awesome.

4 College Junior

Diversity: This school is extremely diverse in all categories.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is great when it comes to ethnic/racial diversity. I don't hear too much about political beliefs or religion, and no one wants to talk about economic background (unless you're filthy rich). There are people who are not afraid to be openly gay or lesbian simply because at Rutgers they don't mind that kind of thing. But for ethnic/ racial background, it's pretty diverse from different Asians to people from all parts of Africa and also Europe. Still mostly white people though.

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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.

4 College Junior

Diversity: You meet someone new on a regular basis. For the most part, people are rather accepting of other's beliefs and cultures. Though there are also many people who are discriminatory towards minorities, the people who show love and kindness trump those who don't. There's a place for everyone if you're willing to find it.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Ardsley, NY
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Rutgers University is consistently praised as one of the top diverse colleges in the nation. However, it is common Rutgers knowledge that the different groups stick together, and that each campus has an influx of a certain religious or ethnic group. The segregated groups on campus are certainly obvious, but Rutgers students do not think it's a problem. They blame the separateness on the immense amount of religious and cultural student groups and organizations, and specialty housing that ultimately makes the students separate.

Students, however, are friends with people that are different from them, and it is common to see a group of people eating together in the dining halls that look nothing like each other. It is just that Rutgers students like to celebrate their cultures and religions with people who have the same backgrounds as themselves. Prejudice and racism don't thrive at all at Rutgers, and it seems as though everybody has respect for each other. In the past, when an event on campus occurred that was derogatory to a certain group, the members of the Rutgers community went above and beyond to show their support for the attacked party. Problems do occur at times on campus, such as the heated Israel Palestine debate, but the administration treats these problems delicately. They never stop a protest, but supply them with the necessary security. Student voices can always be heard on campus, whether it is political or cultural, and Rutgers hardly censors a demonstration. Rutgers isn't a box that sets you into the real world when you graduate-the real world is Rutgers.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 21%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 66%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Rutgers University is very accepting of the gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual community. Rutgers even offers courses in gay and lesbian studies, under the women studies major. The gay community is outspoken on campus, like most of Rutgers’s social and political groups. The gay community at Rutgers hosts many events for World Aids Day, National Coming Out Day, and Queer Appreciation Week. They also organize the Day of Silence on campus. On this day, many gay advocates vow not to speak for 24 hours to symbolize the masses of gay people in the world who do not come out. In the past, some students have duct-taped their mouths shut in silent protest.
Political Activity
Rutgers has many different political and social student organizations. It is common to see an organization protesting outside of Brower Commons, College Avenue’s dining hall. In recent years, there has been tension between Palestinian and Israeli students at Rutgers. At one demonstration, both groups stood on opposite streets protesting the other’s cause. Whenever a demonstration occurs at Rutgers, RUPD is close by. Rutgers students are very liberated, opinionated, and alive with their beliefs and causes, which makes for a vibrant public sphere in classrooms. Although Rutgers is extremely diverse, everybody coincides with each other in peace on campus. Whenever a hate crime occurs against a certain religious, political, or ethnic group on campus, the majority of the Rutgers community reaches out to help them.
Economic Status
RU students come from many different economic backgrounds. Since it is a public university, many students attend Rutgers for its affordable tuition. However, RU attracts people from all social classes because many students were impressed by its membership in the Association of American Universities, the high abundance of majors, and its honor as being one of the top 10 oldest colleges in the country.
Most Common Religions
The enormity of Rutgers University makes for many different religions. Rutgers students have been known to attend different religious sects than the ones they were raised in in the quest for self discovery and knowledge. Rutgers University has places of worship for many religions on campus. The release of Recognized Campus Ministries has been posted on the Rutgers Web site at http://studentaffairs.rutgers.edu/campusmin.html.
Minority Clubs on Campus
A sampling of minority clubs includes the Desi Intercultural Youth Association (DIYA), the Douglass Asian Women’s Association (DAWA), the Douglass Black Students’ Congress (DBSC), the Asian Student Council, the Chinese Dance Troupe (Rutgers), the German Club, the Rutgers Union Estudiantil Puertorriquena, Sharing Our Light, the South Asian Student Council, and the Turkish Students Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 200 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 28% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 200 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 32% Not sure
  • 37% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 205 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 204 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 200 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 63% Very accepting.



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