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Reviews 4128 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I usually find someone attractive every time I get on the bus. There's good-looking guys and good-looking girls at this school, and there's good-looking people from every race and religion, so it gives you diverse options too.

I'm not actively dating or really looking, but most of the guys that I have met at Rutgers are very funny and fun-loving, and being in Mason Gross, they are very creative and talented too.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek Life, but people that I know that are really enjoy it, mostly because they have joined some of the "better" groups. Some certain Greek houses on campus are practically infamous for one reason or another, and there's definitely a lot of disrespectful jokes directed at members of Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I've been recently becoming more involved in the gyms here since I just had an injury cleared, and so far, my experiences lie somewhere in the middle.

I usually use the pool, because other areas of the gym are usually filled up, and you'll have to wait a while to even use a machine or bench. Cook/Douglass has a smaller gym, so sometimes, it can be harder to find any space.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't gone through the off-campus process yet.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's lot of different places to eat around George Street and Easton Ave, and that's usually where we go to eat out. Sometimes though, some places are off campus and we have to drive, but there's a lot of chains, as well as local places, to eat from at, near, and around Rutgers.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Some of these things, like attendance, visitation, and noise violations are different depending on where you live and which classes you have. I live in an all-female dorm, so visitation is strictly monitored and noise violations are usually dealt with quickly. Attendance policies are different between each teacher.

The police here are very strict about alcohol in the dorms, but they usually don't care about underage drinking because they "assume it happens", and chances are that they did the same thing in college. But, a student died from underage drinking, so they stepped up their game a bit.

They also regularly bust people for using marijuana, but you usually don't here about the students who were caught with cocaine or heroin.

It's almost impossible to park on College Ave, even if you have a permit, usually because they will bury you in tickets that you'll have to pay, usually in the hundreds in terms of cost.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm not entirely familiar with the financial aid process here at Rutgers, but I have received two scholarships; one from Rutgers itself and another from Mason Gross. It's put a dent in my first year payments, but I will probably be visiting the office very soon.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not much of a party person and I've never been to a party here at Rutgers, so I really couldn't give you an answer!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I live near Neilson (literally right next door to it), and while the food there is pretty good, the selection of food starts to bore you after a few months. They have the same options almost every night, with the exceptions of soups, entrees, and cook-to-order. Even so, these things are usually repeated throughout the week. I would love to have as much selection as people on Livingston do. But, Neilson is definitely a good place to eat in terms of quality.

The price of a single meal swipe is about $20, and I have the lowest meal plan for a freshman, which is 210 meals. Last semester, I only used about 40 meal swipes, and I was incredibly frustrated when they didn't roll over and I was was forced to renew another 210 meal swipes. Talk about a waste of money.

Livingston, Neilson, Cook Cafe, and the College Ave Student Center are where I get most of my food during the year, but Stuff Yer Face, BurgerFi, and Cookie Rush are usually where I get my food outside of my meal plan. Also, we drive off campus often to go to other places, like Coldstone, Applebee's, etc.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm that I live in has a great community, but the building is constantly out of hot water, heating, and there is no air conditioning. There's also still asbestos in the ceiling, mold grows in the shower, and we just got a ceiling in one of our bathrooms. It's such a great place to live socially, but the infrastructure of the building itself is dismal.

The best options to live in are usually only open to upperclassmen, but even so, they are at least two to three thousands dollars more expensive than the rest of the housing. It also depends greatly depending where you live. Douglass (where I live now) is a lot cheaper than living on Livingston, which is entirely new and very expensive.

My dorm, and the apartments that I am living in next year, are extremely close to most of my classes, the campus dining hall, two campus centers, a library, and a gym. I live in an awesome spot.

Convenience is entirely up to the student, depending on where they live, but the bus system that gets us to and from most of our classes can be an incredibly rough process, especially in Downtown New Brunswick and College Ave, where all of the traffic builds up. Just this Tuesday, what should have been a twenty minute trip back to my dorm turned into almost an hour sitting in traffic.

Along with this, there are not enough buses to hold students. Recently, I was late to my class because three of the buses I had to take were filled completely to the point where they couldn't fit anymore people. Coupled with the fact that it was below freezing that day, the buses just added onto my suffering.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus but from what I've seen, they are good.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Do not usually dine off campus but from where I've been to, it's not bad at all.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had to go through a lot for the financial aid office to provide me with the best assistance

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: People going crazy all over.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is good. There could be more varieties and options though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. Everything is close by and I have no problem getting to where I want.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know about off campus housing

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have never dined off campus but I heard that the choices are great

4 College Freshman

Administration: Rutgers is very strict when it comes to our safety

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: As long as you feill out your FAFSA early, you will get the aid you need

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something to do even in the winter

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The campus food could use some variety. It's the same food every week. I am from a Caribbean country so I think it would be great it there were more food choices

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in a college campus gives me the freedom to make my own choices and be responsible. You form bond with you wouldn't have otherwise met.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I currently commute from home.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: They need to get better


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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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