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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The academic here at Rutgers is pretty diverse and competitive. Because this is a large liberal arts school, most students major in the most general studies; such as Biology, Engineering, Nursing, and Business. One of the most competitive courses is General Biology. Most majors require students to take this course as a prerequisite for other courses. Biology is very difficult and since more than a few hundred students must take it, it is very challenging. The registration process for classes is one of the most stressful, difficult, frustrating thing any student has to experience. It is one thing if you cannot get the class you want, but it is another if you cannot get the time, day, and/or professor you want. The good thing about registering for classes is that nothing is permanent until after the add/drop period. Before then, you have many resources alerting you when the class you want has opened.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Depending on the professor you get, classes can either be great learning experiences or unfortunate wastes of time.

3 College Freshman

Academics: They're are some classes that have a crazy workload but most don't. Achieving an A is not a thing I've seen a lot of around here but most people average at around a B- & C+ for there courses

4 College Junior

Academics: Rutgers has so many majors, and it varies from major to major how easy or difficult it is. It may be easier for some than others to get straight As, simply based on subject matter. But regardless, Rutgers has an awesome reputation around the world for its academics, especially in the sciences.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The actual classes and professors are amazing. The work load is what you would expect from the given level of difficulty of the course and most professors are extremely friendly and acomadating. I've never had an issue with a professor. The TAs I have had leave more to be desired and do nothing from outside appearence. Course registration sucks it all depends on your internet connection but usually everything opens up during add drop and professors are very willing to give out special permission numbers if they know there class is always full.

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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 www.ratemyprofessor.com. 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
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,736
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,009
Total FT Faculty
2,487
Faculty with Terminal Degree
99%
Average Faculty Salary
$107,452
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
11%
Graduation Rate
79%
Programs/Majors Offered
121
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 ratemyprofessor.com 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 347 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 216 responses

Never
Always
  • 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

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 215 responses

  • 17% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 28% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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