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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student centers are newly renovated there are places to eat and study within the center! The libraries are fully equipped with computer and printers for students to use. Computer labs conveniently stay open late for students who wish to study later at night which is great! there are plenty of places to hangout on campus as well as different activities sponsored by Rutgers programming association! I have been to plenty events sponsored by Rutgers program and they are so much fun!

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The gyms on campus were okay. I only visited the gyms on Livi, Busch and College Ave and of all three the Busch gym (Werblin) was the best. It was the most modern, it looked the newest, and it seemed like it had everything. The student center on Livi has good food and a convenience store; the BCC has more food options than LSU and it's bigger; and the Rutgers student center (on college ave) has the most food options.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Dorms need to be redone very old no air very cold in the winter and the buses are over crowded

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student centers are awesome; places to study, eat, and play all in one spot, and there is one for every campus. I guess Rutgers love to conserve greens, which is one reason why it's so beautiful in many areas. There are also PLENTY of traditions and campus events. Campus events are posted everywhere year-round, and traditions....well I haven't been there long enough but I know there are a lot. Student hangouts can be made almost anywhere, and athletic centers are great too.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Best Student Centers
  • 70th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 260th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 411st
    Best Library
  • 947th
    Greenest Campuses

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Jill Weiss
Hometown
Ardsley, NY
Major
English
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The Sonny Werblin Recreational Center on the Busch campus is known as the best gym and is absolutely spotless, featuring Olympic-sized swimming pools, exercise bikes placed near cable TVs, and tremendous rec rooms for aerobics, dance, and exercise classes. Although the other gyms are not as modern, they still offer other unique features, such as a rock-climbing gym, outdoor basketball courts, and an ultimate Frisbee field. It is evident that Rutgers pours a lot of its money into making students feel as if they have the absolute best accommodations in its gyms, student centers, and state-of-the-art computer labs.

The student centers on all campuses have wireless networks. Each Student Center has something unique, whether it be a Wendy's, Dunkin' Donuts, café, or arcade. At each student center, there is a food court similar to those seen in malls. Graduate reading rooms, computer labs, and student organizations also occupy the space inside. Professors sometimes hold their office hours inside the student centers to make the meetings seem less formal, encouraging more students to visit them. Student centers are a main part of RU life, and they become a meeting spot or simply a place to hang out when you want to leave your dorm.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
1,170
Campus Size
2,700 acres
Student Centers
There are individual student centers at Rutgers College, Livingston College, Douglass College, Cook College, and Busch Campus.
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Alexander Library on the College Avenue campus
  • Kilmer Library on the Livingston campus
  • Library of Science and Medicine on the Busch campus
  • Mabel Smith Library on the Cook/Douglass campus
  • www.libraries.rutgers.edu
Popular Places to Chill
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Douglass Café
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Starbucks
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
There is a manual bowling alley in the basement of the Loree Building on the Douglass Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Au Bon Pain inside of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus
  • Café Z is a popular coffee shop located in the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue Campus
  • Cook Café Market on the Cook Campus
  • Douglass Café in the Douglass Student Center
  • Dunkin Donuts in the Livingston Student Center
  • Gerlanda's Coffee Shop in the Busch Student Center on the Busch Campus
  • Gerlanda's Coffee Shop inside of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus
  • Mabel's Convenience Store in the Douglass Student Center
  • The Rock Café in the Livingston Student Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but discounted tickets to local movie theaters can be purchased at the Cook Campus Center
School Slang
  • ARC: Allison Road Classroom Buildings on the Busch Campus.
  • BAMM: The BAMM freshman residence halls on the Busch Campus: Barr, Allen, Mattia, and Metzger.
  • The Barn: The College Avenue Gym.
  • Bishop Beach: The area around Bishop Hall, Tinsley Hall, and Mettler Hall where students sunbathe, play Frisbee, and read.
  • BPO: Busch Post Box, mainly for engineering students.
  • CAC: pronounced "cack," College Avenue Campus.
  • CPO: Cook Post Office; Cook College students mailing addresses are a CPO.
  • DPO: Douglass Post Ofice; Douglass College students mailing addresses are a DPO.
  • The Drunk Bus: The Knight Mover shuttle bus. The drunk bus can be called to pick you up from wherever you are and drive you home free of charge. The drunk bus begins running as the main Rutgers buses stop.
  • Easton Avenue Apartments: University Center apartments on the College Avenue campus.
  • Eden: Eden is the e-mail server Rutgers uses. All students' e-mail addresses end with @eden.rutgers.edu. It's never known as your Rutgers' e-mail address, but rather referred to as your "eden."
  • Fat Cat: The most popular "fat sandwich" at Rutgers. Has two cheeseburgers, french fries, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, and mayonnaise.
  • Frat Row: Mine Street, where all major fraternities are located.
  • The Gate: Where freshmen walk through during freshman orientation weekend. Students cannot walk through this gate again until graduation, or legend states that it will jinx their chances at graduating.
  • Jungle Juice: Cheap powdered juice mixed with Everclear alcohol.
  • The Kissing Bridge: The Shaking, on the Douglass Campus.
  • LOCO: Livingston's Own Concert Organization, a popular student organization.
  • LPO: Livingston Post Office; Livingston College students mailing addresses are an LPO.
  • Olde Queens: The original Rutgers University, located at the end of College Avenue and Somerset Street.
  • Passion Puddle: A small lake on Cook/Douglass that by walking around three times with your boyfriend or girlfriend will allow you to be engaged.
  • The Pitt: Rutgers Football Stadium.
  • Preceptor: What every other university in America knows as an RA or Resident Advisor.
  • The Quads: Three of the residence halls that are all bunched together on the Livingston Campus.
  • The RAC: Where the men's and women's basketball teams practice. It was formally called the Rutgers Athletic Center, but was changed to the Louis Brown Athletic Center, on the Livingston Campus.
  • RCPC: Rutgers College Programming Council, a very popular student organization that puts on concerts and student days such as Hot Dog Day.
  • RPO: Rutgers Post Office; Rutgers College students mailing addresses are an RPO
  • RSC: Rutgers Student Center.
  • RU Screw: RU Screw is a term students use when Rutgers' consistent red tape gets in the way of everything you want to do: long lines for every department, not being able to change your meal plan, and not knowing requirements to graduate are a few of elements of the "RU Screw."
  • SAC: Student Activities Center.
  • SCILS: Pronounced "skills," School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies.
  • SERC: Science and Engineering Resource Center.
  • The Trucks: The grease trucks on College Avenue.
Traditions
  • Campus Night: Campus Night marks the end of Douglass College freshman orientation. The night features a picnic, games, and an organization fair. The night originated in 1918 after Dean Douglass banned a fashion fad of tam hats. To make the ban less debatable, she held a picnic with a huge bonfire where students could toss their tams. From then on, students would make silly costumes and hats to burn in an anual bonfire. In recent years, Campus Night stopped the bonfire, but signifies the old event in speeches as students enjoy the night's festivities.
  • Cap and Skull: Cap and Skull was established in 1900 as a secret prestigious honorary society. During the spring semester, Cap and Skull posters are everywhere featuring the eerie slogan, "Cap and Skulls are watching you." Candidates are initiated into the society during a secret nighttime ceremony every spring. Many Rutgers deans and famous alumni, such as Paul Robeson, have been members of Cap and Skull.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming is a major day at Rutgers where students, faculty, and alumni celebrate school spirit through pep rallies, float making contests, and a pre-game party on the fields surrounding the stadium and the football game.
  • Queens Gate: During Rutgers College's freshman orientation weekend, new students march as a class through Queen's Gate onto the Old Queen's Campus. Rutgers tradition is that if you walk through the gates again before graduation, you will not graduate. To avoid walking through the gate, students are seen climbing over the surrounding short brick wall or walking completely out of the way to the next gate at the corner. Upon graduation, students walk out of the gate to signify their start into the real world.
  • The Rumble: During Cook College's freshman orientation weekend, Cook students partake in carnival games, potato sack races, and (most famously) all Cook students have to partake in one large Electric Slide. The different Cook dorms compete for the title of "Best Dorm" in a parade around the campus. A new program has just been developed to establish a network of faculty mentors for each floor of the freshman residence halls.
  • Rutgers College Graduation: Rutgers College graduates literally make their mark on campus upon graduation. Since 1876, all graduating classes have their class year carved into one of the bricks at the base of the Old Queen's College campus' Kirkpatrick Chapel. The class brick is placed next to their "grandfather class" that had graduated 50 years earlier. They proceed to plant ivy at the base of Kirkpatrick Chapel to represent the roots graduates have made at Rutgers. Lastly, graduates break clay pipes on the cannon in front of Old Queen's to symbolize that they have become adults, and to "break bad habits and youthful undergraduate dreams."
  • Sacred Path: It was tradition in the early 1900s to impose certain restrictions for the new incoming class. The Class of 1922 imposed two restrictions for the new class: they were not allowed to wear anything red and were not allowed to walk the path from George Street to College Hall for their entire first year. Today, the path is referred to as the Sacred Path. It is used today to signify the "moving up" of the classes. First-year students officially become sophomores when upperclass women escort them down this path.
  • Unity Day: Unity Day is organized by the Black Student Union and has been traditionally held during the first Saturday in May. The outdoor event is Rutgers University's largest gathering of African American and Latino students, staff, faculty, and alumni. In the past, the day has featured performances by ethnic fraternity and sorority organizations, dance groups, and locally or nationally known entertainers.
  • William the Silent: A statue of William, Prince of Orange has stood at College Avenue's Vorhees Mall since 1928. The statue was supposed to signify Rutgers's old Dutch roots. Tradition says that William is supposed to whistle whenever a virgin walks by-legend says that since the statue was given to Rutgers he hasn't made a sound.
Urban Legends
  • Cheese Whiz and the round Domino's pizza box was invented in the Nabisco Center for Advanced Food Technology on the Cook Campus.
  • If a Rutgers bus hits you, your tuition is free.
  • Parties at Livingston's Quad 4 (there are only three quads at Livingston).
  • Police patrol on horseback on Cook Campus.
  • Rutgers is the STD capital of the country.
  • The cow at the Cook Farm has a glass side, so you can observe its digestive system. (In actuality, it's like a colostomy bag.)
  • The Dunkin' Donuts on the Livingston Campus supplies all of the dining halls with their morning donuts.
  • The Rutgers accordion bus once ripped apart when turning a corner.
Favorite Things To Do
After a long day of classes on the Busch Campus, you can tee off at Rutgers' 18-hole golf course for a discounted weekday price of $10. The course was has consistently been ranked by Golf Digest as a "Best Place to Play" for public courses.

On the Cook Campus, students can buy candy for $3 a pound at the Cook Campus Center or play a game of pool for $4 an hour. Students can also take a rest by lounging in your dorm room with a video rented from the campus video rental store. There are also discounted movie tickets to many movie theaters in the area at the campus center for students. Students at Rutgers worship College Avenue's grease truck-some even say that you're not officially a Rutgers student until you buy one of their fat sandwiches. Freshmen spend the majority of their weekends socializing on Frat Row, a block devoted to numerous fraternity houses. The most popular student event is Rutgersfest, which is held at the end of the spring semester and brings in popular bands. Students enjoy food from numerous vendors, ride carnival rides, and get freebies. Also, all student centers offer free special nights, such as Poetry Nights, Laser Tag Nights, Coffee Nights, and even events before midterms and finals where the Rutgers Recreation Committee creates game shows like "Deal or No Deal" and "The Price Is Right" for students to take part in. With more than 500 clubs and organizations on the five campuses, students never are bored at Rutgers.
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 167 responses

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  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 16 responses

  • 29% Grease Trucks
  • 18% Homecoming
  • 13% Rutgers College Graduation
  • 13% RU chant
  • 9% Campus Night
  • 9% Midnight breakfast
  • 4% King neptune night
  • 2% Queens Gate
  • 2% Sacred Path
  • 0% The Rumble
  • 0% Cap and Skull
  • 0% William the Silent
  • 0% Unity Day

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 18 responses

  • 32% Any of the student centers
  • 12% Dunkin Donuts
  • 12% Douglass Café
  • 12% Rutgers Barnes and Noble
  • 10% Starbucks
  • 10% Au Bon Pain
  • 10% Dining halls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 32% Eat at the grease trucks
  • 24% Eat at the many restaurants around campus
  • 16% Play Sports
  • 12% Take the train to NYC
  • 12% Take fitness classes
  • 4% There's so many things & always something to do.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 12 responses

  • 58% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 17% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 25% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 184 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 42% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 39% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 185 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 34% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 53% Work Study
  • 27% Telemarketing
  • 20% Scarlet Ambassador

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 88% The STD rate
  • 12% Campus traditions

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 67% Dining halls
  • 33% Telemarketing

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