If you want to be drunk from Thursday to Saturday night, Rutgers can be the college for you. Frat parties, bars, and clubs occupy a large majority of the New Brunswick area. However, if you want to be sober, there are many programs, such as RCPC, that host events like psychic night, concerts, open-mic night, and poetry night. Clubs downtown, such as Platinum, are popular spots for people to dance and party at. The best part of Rutgers is that you don't have to pay to party unless you are 21 and going to the bars. Frat parties lose their interest after freshman year when house parties are easier to find. Freshman guys have the worst chance of gaining entrance into parties. Unless you pledge a fraternity in order to get into a frat, you have to be a brother or have multiple girls to accompany you.
Drinking is definitely a part of RU culture, and the police tend to leave you alone unless you are falling over drunk as you walk to your residence hall or house off campus. There's even a drunk bus to take you home after you're done partying. Some students end up failing out because of Rutgers's party scene, which can take over your life if you let it. After a while, the party scene fades as all parties become similar to one another-week after week. Once you turn 21, partying will once again pick up as bars become the new novelty.