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  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 out of 42 people found this review useful. 1 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers University is great for many types of people from various education backgrounds to even different personality types. As I had mentioned previously, the school accommodates almost every type of student there is. This school will be more beneficial to those students who can learn in a large classroom setting since some classes range from 200-400 people and some science classes even have 600 people! Don’t let that intimidate you because it really is not that bad and there are office hours that each professor is required to have in case students need additional help or clarification or practice. This school is especially great for those people who intend on meeting very different people. Due to its large population, you meet someone new almost every single day! I honestly think that any one will enjoy this school as much as I do as long as they are open-minded to different people and to different ideas. This is of course the four most important years of our lives!

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the most important tips anyone can give is to wait to buy your text books until class has started. Try to check online websites that offer cheaper prices for books or find students that have taken that class to see if you can either borrow the book or pay a small price to keep the books. If you buy it from the bookstore right away, you will be guaranteed spending nearly $500 when you could have nearly saved $100 to $200. Go to class for the first couple times to see if you even use the book. Another very important advice I can give is to purchase the smallest amount of dining hall plans possible (210 for freshman) because most people still have 30-50 meals left at the end of the semester. This is especially for the students who go home on most weekends. If you do run out, there is the possibility of purchasing more but if you purchase more, you can not refund on what’s left. Also, one of the three biggest tips I attained when I went to school is: GET HELP! Attend office hours (which are outside classroom time with professors or aids) if you need clarification or extra practice. This is the best way to understand the material better because it is one of your only chances of one on one time with the professor. Most classes at Rutgers range from 200-400 students so take advantage of any office hours provided. In general, this is a great school and students will have a lot of fun as well as attain a lot of knowledge.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers University is a highly affordable school for being a widely acclaimed state school. Tuition ranges nearly around $10,000 which when compared to many other schools, seems to be one of the main factors in why students attend this school. For the many resources provided, such as nearly 5 grand libraries, it seems as if we are allowed to get more than what we paid for. The only downside of Rutgers University is that course books and accessories needed are very expensive. You spend nearly $300-$500 a semester on course texts. However, the tuition is very affordable and according to many other friends, the school provides many scholarships. It also allows many loans to be taken out to pay for schooling because that is one of the most convenient ways to temporarily pay for college. Use the resources provided to its full potential and you will realize that we are getting more than what we paid for.

    Am enjoying being here

    Rutgers University is a school in which you are almost guaranteed in finding yourself. With such a large school and vast population, you will find numerous people that are like you and even more students that are very different from you. Due to the very high diversity of people including racially, ethnically, and religiously, every single day at Rutgers is a learning experience about people in general. There are so many different people that it amazes me how everyone can cooperate to make such a big school run efficiently. You will never feel out of place and that is one of the most important reasons that it is so much fun attending Rutgers University. Also, those that are living on campus will experience an even greater form of entertainment because you will gain an irrevocable bond with many of the people in your building that are dissimilar from each other. Late nights, study sessions, going out, are all things you will mostly do with your building that turns into a memory that will last a lifetime. The only thing I do not really enjoy about Rutgers University is the bus system. Since it is such a big school, the only possible way to move from one campus to the other is on busses. Even though they are frequent, sometimes during rush hour, it takes twice as long returning from one campus to another. Sometimes I wish the school campus was smaller and the buildings were closer together so that I could walk from one place to another. Besides the bus system, the school is a very interesting place and I enjoy it fully and believe that anyone else who attends will also feel the same.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers University is an excellent school because it offers various majors and minors to accommodate every student. Their Pharmacy, Engineering, as well as Business schools are widely acclaimed and their challenging programs drastically prepare you for life beyond college. Nearly every class at school is demanding in order for the student to attain the most knowledge and experience they can but it all comes down to the student. Teachers and Professors are available for extra help beyond classroom time in case one needs additional tutoring. However, if the student does not take the class seriously, then they will miss out on many important lessons both academic as well as life. I found it difficult to adjust in the beginning because I thought classes will be as easy as they were in high school, but I quickly learned that I was very wrong. That is why I labeled it as four stars, the missing star is not the school’s fault- but rather, it is mine. It is mine because I was the one who slacked off in the beginning but I cannot put any of the blame on the school’s curriculum. The classes are very doable but the student needs to put in their one hundred percent. It is better to have a demanding school than an easy and lenient one because it will better prepare you for the future and make you into a more highly educated and highly capable student.

  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 25 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 2 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone except lazy students. Rutgers really pays attention to your performance, and you have to be willing to go the extra mile for stellar grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Go to class, even though it's so easy to skip. -Pay attention in class. I would suggest NOT bringing a laptop to take notes, because every single person I've ever seen using one is always goofing off. It's too tempting. And studies have shown that doodling improves information recall! http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/doodlerecall/ http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882127,00.html -Study! You DON'T need to check Facebook at this very moment, you DON'T need to go hang out with friends. Something I learned the hard way is that you CAN say 'sorry, not tonight' to your friends. It's hard, but nothing should come between you and your studies. -Read for pleasure. Take a speed-reading course if you're not confident in your reading ability. You'll do a lot of reading, even in the visual arts program, and stronger skills will help you so much in both the short and long term. -DON'T PLEDGE during your first semester! Watching some of my peers go through pledging was nightmarish- they never slept, became depressed, and their grades dropped. Nothing is wrong with waiting until second semester, or even sophomore year.

    Bang for the buck

    I only give this 4/5 stars because out-of-state tuition blows.

    Am enjoying being here

    Rutgers New Brunswick has such great campuses. I found it hard to choose which clubs to commit my time to, since there are so many exciting ones out there! I'm currently an officer in two- member of three. :) Though I'm not a partier, there are always parties going on. Seriously. Like every night. So if you're into that scene, you'll definitely love it here. Everyone's open-minded and fun; it's great.

    Am learning a lot

    Every professor I've had is brilliant, engaging, and motivating. 3/4 teachers I had for my art foundation classes have been graduate students, though, and they're more hit-or-miss than real professors. Lots of times I got the feeling that they don't really care about helping us develop and improve our artwork, and they're just teaching to get the visual arts practice credits. Don't worry, though! After the foundations year it's all seasoned artists for professors.

  • 08/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 21 people found this review useful. 3 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is literally great for everyone. Im not joking. You may be sitting there thinking this is definitely not the school for me; it's too big, it's not an ivy, I don't know what I want to do etc. etc. STOP! Rutgers has over 200 majors and a similar number of minors, there will ALWAYS be an opportunity for you to get a degree in what interests you. You can even create your OWN major with dean approval. Yes, the school is big, but for the most part you are never on all of the campuses anyway and you get used to the busing system in about 10 days. I am definitely an introvert and I was able to not not only adapt to Rutgers, but also end up loving it within a month of being there. It is great for students who like to be busy, involved, play sports or intramural sports, be in clubs/associations/sororities/or frats, have many people around, want a suburban/city atmosphere, like to live off campus but still be close to school, want extra activities available (dance, art, outdoor, traveling), are interested in study abroad, seeking credited professors, want free academic, physical and psychological services available 24/7, want equal opportunities, want to research with professors, like many large quiet libraries, lounges and computer labs, and take classwork seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont take more then 16-17 credits per semester! You have as much time as you need to finish school. It's better to take your time and do well every year then jam your schedule and have to take the same classes again the next semester because you failed them. Remember! Slow and Steady win the race! Also, make sure that you go to academic advising even if you think you don't need it; You DO! Stay on top of deadlines and make sure come scheduling time that you have three times the amount of classes you really want because most likely you will not get every one you want. (and if you don't get them first off don't panic! Classes constantly change, I had 7 credits going into my second semester and a few weeks before classes started everything fell into place and I had a perfect schedule) Also, do yourself a favor. Don't declare a major before you've even started school. You may think you know what you want to do, but why wouldn't you want to just take some fun classes you are interested in and see where it takes you? You are finally FREE! Give yourself a chance and take classes you WANT to take for once and see where it takes you! Lastly, become a studyblue.com member. Its free and you get rewards for posting your class notes online. Its an awesome site, you can view peoples notes and check on info you don't understand and its always nice to have a little reward incentive :)

    Bang for the buck

    Most don't know that Rutgers was asked to become an ivy league school and turned down the offer. Rutgers wanted to make its resources equally available to all without the expensive private-school price tag. Considering its elite professors and staff, second largest transit system, endless extra curricular and research opportunities, top notch classes, and public school tuition; Rutgers is easily one of the top choice schools for a rock bottom price.

    Am enjoying being here

    The sun never sets on the Rutgers campuses Rutgers is an incredibly diverse and upbeat place. One will always find something to do from rock climbing to dancing, or from singing to sculpture making. Rutgers hosts numerous activities including concerts, football games, marathons, clubs, sports, leagues and intramural games, sororities/frats; you name it, they got it! There are tons of people to meet and even more places to go. This is one area where everyone can find their niche.

    Am learning a lot

    This is one aspect I guarantee you will feel the same way about. Having about 3-5 academic classes and 1-2 seminars per semester allowed me to really focus on the information presented. I found that teachers were incredibly effective and helpful, and I remember sitting in class wondering to myself why my high school teacher couldn't explain the info this way or answer a particular question. Take classes you are interested in! You will always be more likely to understand and pay attention in class because the information relates to you. Honestly, I am very surprised at how much I learned the first year not only in class, but about the school, others and myself.

  • 06/06/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    17 out of 25 people found this review useful. 4 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Diversity lovers and the new agents of change.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and stay involved in extra-curricular activities. Never sell yourself short.

  • 08/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 12 people found this review useful. 5 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing people - there are so many people at school, don't be afraid to introduce yourself. Motivated students - Professors won't stay on you and keep buggin you for late assignments, you NEED to stay on top of things. Time managers - It's easy to get caught up in the social life of Rutgers, so you need to balance your schedule between classes and social events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! I joined club baseball and got to travel to Florida with the team on spring break where we got to play teams from around the country and enjoy our time off at the beach as well. I also pledged Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity and made friends that I know I'll be close with for a lifetime. Rutgers is what you make of it, so get out there, start meeting people, and get involved! Make sure you take care of your work in the classroom too, because it can be tough to find balance being away from home for the first time.

    Bang for the buck

    Only around $12,000 or so for two full semsters in tuition and meals, and you can take up to 18 credits a semester. Factor in another $8,000-$9,000 for room and board, which aren't bad accomodations for a dorm, I loved it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've only been at Rutgers for a year, and I can honestly say I look forward to the school year now more than I do the summer. It's so easy to make friends, considering there are 20,000 people there, and there's always something fun going on when you have down time. Whether it's sporting events, parties, concerts, guest speakers, clubs, intramural sports, etc., there is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    You learn as much as you want, it's all about putting in the effort. Some kids skate by and take advantage of the bigger classes and never really go to lectures or learn much. Others go to every class and every exam and take a lot from it. Just like the rest of college, it is what you make it.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 6 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people with good and bad study habits, high and low GPA's and a lot of ambition. Any major apply, but know that you must be prepared to be challenged and actually learn much more than you thought you could in high school. If a new scene is what you are looking for, you will find it here. There are plenty of different cultures and people of all races here, you will become immersed in diversity and that is from every spectrum, academically, socially, culturally. Prepare to be embraced.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is a challenging place to attend school if you are easily discouraged. As a freshman, I commuted not because I could not afford to live on campus, but because my parents were afraid to let me dorm. This put a tremendous strain on how I experienced college. Yet, it did not stunt my views on college life. Academics at Rutgers if you are an engineering, math, science, nursing, pharmacy, arts major are rigorous. Do not be fooled, partying happens but so does exams that you must prepare for and shops that you have to stay long hours to complete various activities in. All in all, it is a blast. Learning about yourself through the eyes of your peers and those faculty that you become close to, teaches you a lot about who you are. Discouragement and depression about an exam grade or a test scores or even your GPA in your first year at Rutgers is bound to occur. However, at the end of that spring semester, when you look back you will be thankful to have experienced so much, learned so much, and enjoyed your time budding into young adulthood. This school, though not my dream school, nor my first pick has indeed opened my eyes to reality. As a prospective student, strap down and be prepared for a ride.

    Bang for the buck

    Try to get as much government aid as possible, dorm expenses combined with a mandatory meal-plan as a freshman will kill your parents pockets if you are not EOF or are commuting.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have learned to enjoy it much more than I had anticipated. I was all for small universities and colleges, but Rutgers has made a significant affect on my view of college.

    Am learning a lot

    Definitely. You will learn even if you sleep, not just academically, responsibility wise as well. Keep on top of things and sign up for as many possible programs to aid in your transition to college as possible. Make the load that is bound to come, much easier on yourself.

  • 07/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers University offers endless extracurricular opportunities. The Glee Club, Residence Hall Association, and Student Government, are some of the many popular organizations. In this ethically diverse and high-spirited community, students can find also multi-ethnic clubs and organizations. Rutgers University Student who seek to pledge and join a fraternity and sorority are more than welcomed. Networking is the key for any future profession. I find the blend of urban and rural environment very comforting Ultimately, Rutgers is suitable for anyone who strongly believes that education is his or her own creation. Henceforth, Rutgers is a prestigious university that proudly stands by the slogan “Jersey Roots, Global Reach.”

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers University is professionally business-orientated university. I advise prospective students to manage their finances carefully. Students should choose a meal plan that is fitting. If you receive a refund check, consider the costs of books for a semester and any borrowed loans. As for the social atmosphere, keep in mind that time is money. You are now responsible for deciding what classes to take, how to structure your time, and with whom to associate. Leisure time should be expended for studying for first-year students. Freshmen, who work to set the foundation for their graduate studies by establishing a high GPA, are more prone to find success in this university. In addition, never let your ego and confidence take best of you in courses that are not challenging and seemingly a waste of your time. Students on Pre-Med track should consider not taking too many science courses in one term. In addition, I recommend students to utilize tutoring services, such as OADSIS for pre-med students and Writing Centers for specialized writing/research courses, to perform well in class. Most importantly, learn to become an active member of the community fresh and early.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is a state university in New Jersey, so the university receives funds. For low-income students, there is Equal Opportunity Funds (EOF) to earn aid and academic counseling. For the most part, the university offers scholarships for out-of-state students. 80-90% students receive some kind financial aid package based on their FAFSA. As an EOF student, I am receiving some financial aid next year. Students can also apply for Work-Study and work on-campus during the fall and spring terms to cover expenses. I am doing work-study for the entire academic year in order to cut the costs of the Stafford subsidized loan I borrowed. Moreover, the Dean and advisors of each school offer scholarships to students based on their academic credentials.

    Am enjoying being here

    Students have an exciting opportunity to live and explore each of the five campuses (Busch, Livingston, College Ave, Cook, and Douglass). Outside of class, students can socialize with peers and friends in the campus dining halls at any time. Although the food courts get crowded during school days, the food is great and is paid through meal swipes or RU Express. In New Brunswick, the Rutgers bus system is very efficient, arriving every 10 minutes to stops in each campus during weekdays and runs to accommodate students in the weekends as well. Often, the buses get overcrowded during days of severe weather. Students can get free tickets to Rutgers football and basketball games and be part of the Scarlet Fever. In the spring semester, Rutgers Day (April 25th) is an auspicious day which is celebrated in each of the five campuses. Along with students, parents and relatives visit and tour on the campus and engage in many outdoor activities on that day. Rutgersfest is a thrilling event, where concerts take place, there is free food, and a great chance to make new friends. For on-campus housing, students get free wireless internet access in their dormitories/apartments as well as in comfortable study lounges and working areas in libraries. Recreational centers are open in each campus for students to stay in reasonable shape with an in-door pool, basketball courts, and weight rooms.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers University provides a broad range of academic programs and exiting career fields. Students come from all over the world to take part in Rutgers academic tradition that has an educational legacy for over 235 years. The School of Arts and Sciences, School of Pharmacy, School of Engineering, and School of Environmental Sciences are the top schools that interest prospective students. In both classrooms and lecture halls, professors are more than willing to help students after class or during their office hours. Work assignments can be accessed and must be completed online, like Rutgers Sakai during the course of a semester. Learning presents itself outside the university, where students can seize internship and fellowship opportunities in, hospitals, research institutions, non-profit companies etc. Rutgers Career Services is available for students to access and explore career plans, graduate schools, and build strong resumes.

  • 07/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who do not want to be at a school located in the middle of nowhere, but don't want to be in a big city either. People who are looking to explore a variety of interests and areas of study. People who want to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to apply, apply earlier rather than late. The school has probably over 10,000 applicants each year, and you want yours to be read sooner to ensure your spot. While a lot of people have said that anyone in NJ can get into Rutgers, I know people that have gotten rejected because they had one bad grade on their transcript. And write the essay on the application. I know it's optional, but write it anyway. Make sure to visit the campus and see all 3 campuses, so you can get a feel for the school. Also, talk to multiple advisors, because they may have different advice or one may be more knowledgeable about your concern than another.

    Bang for the buck

    I received a scholarship from Rutgers that was granted to me because of a combination of my SAT score and my class ranking/percentile. I also commute from home - about a 40 minute commute - so I only pay a few hundred dollars a year to attend.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are lots of things to do! Rutgers is a big school - a really big school since it spans 2 both New Brunswick and Piscataway. With 3 different campuses to choose from, there are always activities going on. There are events that RUPA organizes, like Hot Dog Day or Rutgersfest, and then there are events hosted by different clubs or sororities/fraternities. Apart from the events, there are gyms on every campus, a golf course on Busch campus, a frisbee track on the Cook/Douglass campus, and much more. Plus, you can always go into New Brunswick or hop on the train to New York, both within walking distance from the College Ave campus.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many opportunities to attend speeches or seminars, practically daily. In class you learn what you are required to in your syllabus, and then you also learn about the professor's research and the field. Every professor is required to have a research project, since Rutgers is a research university, so they are all very knowledgeable on their areas of interest.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers University is great for students who want to get a great education, but don't want to spend all of their time studying and doing school work. Rutgers has great programs for each individual to get involved in, ranging from Greek Life to intramural volleyball, there is something for everyone. Rutgers is also a great school for a student who is going to be active in participation, both within school and outside of school. WIth such a large size, it is easy to get lost amid the myriad of students, so being active and maintaing a strong voice will help each student stand out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers University is a great place to be. Although its large size may seem intimidating, its large student population and vast campus provide for a diverse group of people and endless opportunities. There are always new people to meet and different organizations and groups to get involved in. In addition, the large campus size gives students the chance of experiencing many college settings. Rutgers New Brunswick is divided into five smaller campuses, College Ave., Cook/Douglass, Busch, and Livingston. Bus transportation is provided from campus to campus, which can be hectic and confusing, but works out to give you a unique college experience. While Busch and Livingston are larger, more spread out and rural campuses, a student can simply hop on a bus downtown to College Ave., where the city life provides for numerous eateries and shopping centers. But along with the exciting campus life, the school itself offers great programs in all areas especially Business, Pharmacy, and Engineering. Professors are always helpful, but each student has to make sure that they are active in getting the aid that they need. Rutgers also offers numerous opportunities in areas such as career services and study abroad programs. In any venture, a student must be active in their pursuits. After all your hard work is done, be sure to attend a Rutgers football or basketball game, you will definitely enjoy yourself!

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers University is a state school, but the education you get is much better than that of any regular state school. Rutgers has been asked to be in the Ivy League twice, but has denied the invitation twice, in hopes of remaining a state school that can be afforded by many students. This fact proves to you that at Rutgers, you are getting a terrific education for a good price. In addition, there are always opportunities for scholarships and loans to help pay for school. In essence, Rutgers is a great school for an even greater price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Rutgers University is a great college. With such a diverse student body it is impossible not to meet a group of people that you enjoy spending time with. There is always something to do on campus, from hanging out with friends to a group sponsored dance, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers University offers a variety of programs ranging from subjects in the arts, to science and business classes. Everything you could want is at Rutgers University. The classes are enjoyable, which make it easier to learn. Professors and TA's are always helpful and there to assist your learning in any way possible.

  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, driven to do well (there is a lot of competition, it is hard to do well in large science lectures without studying), and social (there are a lot of ways to have fun) It can take up to 20 minutes to get from one large campus to the other, so students who don't mind walking a bit and riding buses would be good too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind! There are a lot of people at Rutgers, meaning there are a lot of awesome people too! Despite the large population, however, you will ALWAYS meet up with the same people again and again! It's a good idea to branch out and try to meet as many people as possible, that's what college is for. Also, it is always good to be straighforward with your room mate, rather than being passive aggressive, which always leads to problems.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than private schools and such, but tuition rates increase yearly. Then again, most places probably have that problem in this economy. It's a pretty good deal for New Jerseyans, considering the reputation of this school.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a lot of fun! There are so many people, so many things to do, and endless possibilities!

    Am learning a lot

    It can be hard to learn sometimes, just because it is so easy to skip class, and there are so many people that the professor doesn't feel the need to do a good job because even if he does a terrible job, a certain number of people are bound to pass.

  • 08/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types will find a place to call home here, there's lots to do on campus and because we're right next to downtown new brunswick there's even more there. I've seen many different types and the good thing about this school is that even though you see all the different cliques and social groups, there is still a lot of mixing of social classes which I find excellent. In all it's a great school to find people like you, find yourself, or reinvent a whole new you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the school early, stay overnight and follow someone around who not only shows you to their classes but also around campus in general. Cook campus although seemingly in the middle of nowhere has the best dining hall of all of the campuses but the bus system for cook is a little shaky lately (especially during the weekends) so plan your trips (visiting, eating, classes) very wisely. Busch campus has the next best food followed by Livingston and lastly College Ave. For take out food it's pretty much the same order but livingston is better than busch for takeout. Explore the school, get lost and find what works for you.

    Bang for the buck

    First off - you should try to avoid buying things from the bookstore because it tends to be more expensive than anywhere else. The best option after getting your book list is to see if anyone is selling the books you need or check eBay/Barnes and Nobles/Borders for cheaper prices. In some cases the book isn't even necessary so it's also best to check ratemyprofessor to see if the professor's notes are all you'll really need. Some books are also carried in the libraries to loan out so that's a free book that you can borrow for a very long time. Apart from that everything is fairly cheap, most functions have free food, and there's always some restaurant of eatery nearby with cheap food. As for tuition, make sure to complete your financial aid applications early because with all schools there's more money earlier and thus they tend to give out more money than if you turned in your application later and they increase their minimum requirements due to lack of funds.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a fun environment with many different things to do. There are coffee houses, lots of different sporting events, and immense amount of parties and social gatherings that it's difficult not to find your niche and love being here. From day 1, the freshman orientation just kicks everything off nicely with a dorm battle and that fun spirit just continues throughout the school year with bbqs, football games, laser tag, and many other things for personal enjoyment.

    Am learning a lot

    It's a really good and competitive school with great professors who are really willing to stay after and help you out during their office hours. Most have to go through the tortures of expository writing, but in truth it isn't that bad if you work hard at it AND manage your time wisely because if you spend all you time on expos you may end up neglecting some other classes or vice versa. The school is good for all types, because although competitive, people are still really helpful and work together so it's not a cutthroat experience.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 339

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Here are a Few Tips to Follow: -Stay on top of your work -Before your classes start, take a day and bus around the campuses (this way you'll find all of your classes AND you'll learn the bus system) -Go to your Professor's office hours, this will help you get to know your professors and this will be helpful for difficult course material

    Bang for the buck

    This university is most definitely worth the money spent. Everything and everyone at Rutgers makes you feel like you're at home. The quality of the dorms and dining halls are premium...especially on Busch Campus (can't help but to have pride for your campus!! :D) You will never feel gypped at Rutgers!!

    Am enjoying being here

    The five campuses at New Brunswick have so many things to offer. From the Grease Trucks on College Avenue to the Football Field on Busch, there is never a dull moment. Most people are under the common misconception that to have fun at a university warrants frequent trips to the Frat Houses on College Ave. There are a ton of clubs and activities to join in and getting involved with intramural sports is a great way to meet new people.

    Am learning a lot

    All of the classes are well run. However, to maximize the learning experience at Rutgers one should go to all of the lectures and read from the books as much as possible. Anyone who does this will find that they are learning triple of what they did in high school and should find it fairly simple to excel in all of their courses.

  • 08/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 13 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, Hard working, and if you want to have fun go to ru

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school that will get you prepared for the real world.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive for a state school and costs are just going to keep rising

    Am enjoying being here

    Meet a lot of new people. Very diverse campus and lots of fun activities to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Great academics. Resources and help is all over the place.

  • 08/22/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that can handle and enjoy independence will do just fine at Rutgers. They must know how to balance their schoolwork with their social life. If you are a city bumpkin like me, then be prepared for the changes! The grass and trees can be a little shocking!

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the biggest tips I can give to a prospective student is to be prepared for the financial aspects of going to any college, whether it happens to be Rutgers or not. For the best educational experience, always give 100% in every class. Every quiz, exam and essay is important.

    Bang for the buck

    I would have to say that spending 20k for tuition and board was a bad move for my situation. As a student from a family of five with only my father earning a salary and having my twin sister currently attending college as well, I did not think thing through financially. I had expected more help from financial aid and did not have any backup plans. I ended up dealing with most of it through loans that will come to bite me in the future. As much as I enjoyed my Rutgers’ educational experience, I know I can settle for less for a cheaper price.

    Did enjoy being here

    Through my own experiences, I quickly discovered that the Rutgers environment was not suitable to my own habits. I was greatly pleased by the wonderful food at the different dining halls and the handy bus system. Yet, I found myself feeling foreign in the suburban area and among the wild parties. When a person describes Rutgers as being “big,” it is really an understatement. Big, in my case, was not a good thing when it came to finding the right friends.

    Did learn a lot

    When it comes to education, Rutgers excels in providing diverse subjects for its students. With a variety of majors and classes, a freshman can be exposed to many potential fields of study. For example, I was able to discover and enjoy the uniqueness of an Italian Opera course and a class for Samurai Tradition in Literature and Film. While some courses require big lecture halls with over a hundred students, you can still find a comfortable-sized classroom with thirty other pupils. Besides the first-time calculus student aids, Rutgers students will find highly qualified professors, many that are enthusiastic in their work. While many students will have to adapt to different teach methods, they will soon find out that they are receiving a true college learning experience.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    All types who are willing to do what they must to succeed or are looking for the best methods to find who they are.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I encourage you to look not only at what is offered academically, but also how you connect to the actual school and the students you meet. The atmosphere is not just for fun or academics but for the chance to become the best you possible. Look for what suits you, not what suits your parents because they will visit, yes, but they will not live there, grow there, learn there, love and hate, and most importantly become you.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition not only covers the expense for the classes and professors, but also pays for the bus system, which for its flaws is getting better every year, for the CAPS (Counseling and Psychiatric Services) who help with any issues ranging from ADD to depression, for the 3 health centers located on the different campuses, 4 dining halls for you to have the opportunity to see what is around, as well as may libraries with many connections to get the books needed.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am from southern Virginia, so if this school did not offer something of everything, or anything for me, I would not have come here. The students that you become neighbors and friends with help make it worth the while to attend here. The jobs on campus and off allow for interaction with others that you normally would not associate with but still help you grow.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors all have their own styles which make the classes unique. Unlike most high schools though, the learning is a self-driven endeavor; the professor will help those who make an effort and try to do their best. The information that you will learn is not just limited to the classroom, but helps you find who you really are.

  • 01/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Sociable and hardworking students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time well because many people may find the social fun side of Rutgers to welcome many temptations away from work.

    Bang for the buck

    The effort one must put into schoolwork is not immensely considerable so long as one manages time well and puts in studying time enough to understand the material before exams which is equivalent to about an hour everyday.

    Am enjoying being here

    The sociability of Rutgers is much like the city life. Rutgers has four campuses, all of considerable size and diversity so while it may make one feel small, most people who attend Rutgers already have friends attending or are attending with them so most likely one would see friends or make friends easily as Rutgers proves how small the world can be. Meeting people is no problem as people seem to be connected and know each other. Especially if one chooses to live on campus, socializing is very easy in a dorm freshmen year. People are generally very friendly and open to conversations. The friends you make from Rutgers are sure to be great friends who remain close to you as college flies by.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers University has intelligent professors in all fields, some of whom write and use their books for classes so that professors can easily project their ideas to students concisely. There are also Teacher's assistants available for any help whether one needs help during class or after. Teacher's assistants are a great addition to the helpfulness Rutgers has to offer to help one to understand the course material. The classes I have been a part of have all had clear syllabi which gave students an idea of how difficult a class is so students can change their classes accordingly if needed.

  • 05/05/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 339

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    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is a huge school with a lot ot offer. It can be easy to get lost but there is something for everybody so try to get involved in something. This is a great way to make friends, have fun and relax from the school work at times. Explore the city, go to sport games and on campus events. Go to class, have fun, and become an adult.

    Did enjoy being here

    Rutgers is awesome!

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Motivated/hard working students, open-minded students, anyone looking to try new things and establish long-lasting friendships with unique experiences, those looking for a diverse student body, outgoing student leaders willing to make a change and contribute positively to the world, anyone looking for a challenge, people wishing to transform their personalities and own opinions, students looking for top-notch education for cheap, those seeking to invest in research, students interested in being happy, anyone passionate about the perfect college fit; these really are the best four years of your academic life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Don't hesitate to make your Rutgers experience work for you -- tailor fit it to your needs. You will most certainly find your niche faster and better if you expand your horizons to find out likes and dislikes. Work toward your passions. Stay studious -- academics are what you're here for, not a leadership position or to impress potential employers with the amount of work hours you've been putting in at work study. Use your campus map the first few days of campus -- after that, chuck it and take the buses during your free time to explore parts of campus you've never seen! You'll seem much more of a pro to your fellow freshmen and you'll find out things and see a bunch of beautiful scenes you wouldn't have known about otherwise. Meet regularly with advisers to stay on top of your educational goals; do research with a professor if you're planning on entering graduate school, or even if you're just thinking about making a positive change in your educational discourse. Try all the dining halls, student centers, study areas: use your weekends to catch up on studying and to even get ahead in terms of readings. Participate actively in class by staying in the first rows of seats and taking relevant notes. Staying on top of your required readings is key so you don't cram when midterms and finals come around. Introduce yourself to your professor and establish a friendly on-going relationship; you'd be very surprised where this can take you in terms of opportunities and networking. Get involved because there is no reason a student shouldn't -- hundreds of clubs and new ones pop up all the time. Lastly, my most important tip is to be open to change and to never be relenting in the number of questions you ask. There will always be something here that will pique your interest, there will always be something with which you want more information, and there will always be a never ending amount of people that will able to answer those questions. Everyone is outgoing and questions are what establishes friendships and shows the surrounding community that you care.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're a New Jersey resident, this is the absolute best opportunity you can get. The college offers more financial aid than any other post-secondary school out there; the fact that this is the primary state university guarantees such. In state tuition for both on-campus and commuter students is quite flexible. In addition, the Educational Opportunity Fund provides much financial and educational assistance to those who come to the university with such needs. Currently Rutgers degrees have been cited by the The Wall Street Journal as one of the top 25 in the nation that recruiters seek employees from. The experience you get here is long lasting and you won't forget the people you've met and the achievements you've attained. We've been described as a public ivy league for decades and we're always welcoming of students who decide to forgo one of the Ivys for a more financially-minded education. The Career Services department truly serves and helps you find employment during and post-graduation. We're diverse as well; Rutgers is open to out-of-state residents and we are striving to make international students to feel most welcome. Scholarships are numerous and the Financial Aid offices are flexible and very willing to help you with any problems you might have. Resources here are essentially limitless as well; there's more than you could ever possibly want and need. Rutgers goes above and beyond your expected wants for a university.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is huge. But don't let this be a deterrent for you coming here. In reality, think about it from this standpoint -- it's so big that there's something for everyone. It's hard to feel left out here. Rutgers New Brunswick is broken up into 5 smaller campuses divided by one main highway. Buses transport you from one campus to the next with ease. Each campus has its own feel, its own set of departments, its own set of students. Busch and Livingston are more suburban town like settings while Cook/Douglass has a farm and is a little bit past the downtown of New Brunswick. College Avenue is the main campus, the heart of Rutgers New Brunswick. It is a lively ivy college setting in the city. There's much diversity to be found because of these many campuses. Not just in the type of students, but the types of experiences too. Each campus has its own set of libraries, student centers, recreation centers and dining halls. The added bonus of a large school is the extreme ease with making friends. I meet new and fascinating people every single day. There's also over 400 clubs, of which a couple I am quite involved in. The expanse of the whole university truly emits a sense of student independence while at the same time being an active part of a living and highly functioning community. This is as close to the real world as you'll get.

    Am learning a lot

    I am deeply passionate and thankful for my education here at Rutgers. I did not envision upon initial enrollment that my educational opportunities would be anywhere near what I know they are to be now. We have world-renowned faculty; Rutgers boasts many top spots for various programs in a multitude of different ranking systems across the country and world. Furthermore, I love the research component of this institution -- I myself have started research this year (I am only a sophomore) and believe that I get more opportunities to explore and make ground breaking discoveries and add to overall academia than if I went anywhere else. I am a double major, double minor -- completely out of choice and not because I wish to decorate my resume -- and I am fully confident that I will graduate on time with room to enjoy interests here. The university has a liberal arts core; you will find that it is fully recommended to students here that they diversify the courses they take in order to be more a well-rounded citizen overall. The classes are highly engaging, and are as numerous as the number of stars. Professors are quite attainable out of the classroom; simply schedule an appointment or drop by their office hours. They truly are friendly and will most certainly help you if you ask for it. Their personalities are what keeps me talking to 3-4 of my professors, a year after I've had their classes.

  • 02/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for anyone. Yes, although RU is a research university and specializes in a variety of science courses, everything and anything can be found here. Even when you think something, like an academic course or club may not exist, chances are it does. From business and finance to animal science, from biology to performing arts, pretty much anything can be found here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore all your opportunities by taking a variety of classes that are of interest to you your freshman year. You may have an idea of what you want to do, but you may not know all that it takes to get there and therefore you may change your mind. If you have no clue what you want to do, no problem! You do not have to declare your major/field of study immediately. Just start by taking the classes that are of genuine interest to you AND do well in them. It would be strange if you like a class, but do not do well in it. With your classes, expect to study a great deal. It is not high school anymore where you can get away studying the day before your exam and pulling off an A. Study smart! And also, attend class. You are paying for your education (or at least your parent's are, unless you have a full-ride) and you are only hurting yourself by skipping class. Some classes take attendance and other large scale lectures do not. Nonetheless, attend all your classes whether attendance is taken or not. It shows you value your education and your respect your professor or TA enough that you showed up. Your professors could be the most boring in the world, but they appreciate when you come to class. They also appreciate a visit once in awhile in office hours to ask questions or just participating in class. Sometimes, this could be the difference between an A and a B.

    Bang for the buck

    NJ resident student pay at least $11,000 and out-of-state pay about $20.000. Even so, fill out your fafsa and apply for grants and scholarships. You never know how much money you could get because of pursuing higher education.

    Am enjoying being here

    With all the opportunities available, it is hard not to love Rutgers. Even the professors are great and are wonderful intellectuals. Yes, some are boring, but that is inevitable considering your field of study. But, most of the professors are absolutely amazing. Think of the best teacher you have had up to date and then imagine someone even better. I have had my fair share of professors, but thankfully most of them were incredible. They make coming to class and learning fun and exciting. It brings them so much joy when you show a little interest in the course. With all the clubs and organizations out there, you will be surprised what interests you. Take time to sign up for them and get involved. It makes your resume all that more impressive. One of the best parts about Rutgers NB is the 5 different campuses and the intercampus bus system. Rutgers has one of the largest bus systems in NJ. And each campus has its own personality that peaks the interests of different students. If you are more of a city person, College Ave is best for you. If you are urban, Busch and Livingston are probably best for you. And if you are more rural, Cook and Douglass are the best fit, as they are very scenic. Cook is home to the Rutgers farm and Douglass houses the celebrated Women's college. Rutgers is essentially about representing diversity and it is very prominent here, especially since it encompasses all types of living arrangements for any student on its different campuses.

    Am learning a lot

    Making the decision as to what you will do for the rest of your life is not easy. I have changed what I tell people I will become for years, but ever since I came to Rutgers, everything has changed. I have actually been able to explore many options and make a decision about my potential career. Rutgers has so much to offer, being that it is a very prestigious research university and includes the esteemed Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing. You cannot go wrong here. Even if you have to change your major, the support of the Rutgers community is wonderful and the possibilities of classes to take are endless. You will eventually find something that fits your personality and potential. It is also a great place to discover who you are. There are a variety of organizations, clubs, fraternities and sororities, leadership and volunteer opportunities to engage in. Once you find communities to be involved in, or even one community, it enhances your college experience that much more. If you have always been well-rounded, do not stop when you are in college. Keep challenging yourself and growing. That is all a part of learning.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 339

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    Campus Safety

    I would say Rutgers University - New Brunswick is very safe. With all of the crime alerts and stigmas there is definitely a small sense of uneasiness when walking around alone at night in dark areas. However, I never witnessed or was a part of anything unsafe in my four years at RU. I would have no problem recommending this school to even the most paranoid students.

    Clubs and Activities

    For four years I was a part of the Association of Undergraduate Geneticists. It is an interest group that gets together weekly with food and talks about genetics in the news, legends, movies, research, etc. It allows genetics majors and others interested in genetics to network with the faculty and keeps student aware of opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to run outdoors have many options at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. My favorite place to run throughout my four years was at Buccleuch Park, since I lived on College Avenue. It is a hilly course with lots of things to look at. There are usually a lot of people there. I would definitely recommend running here in the daylight. It was very enjoyable!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you have a sweet tooth, the ARC on Busch Campus has a bake sale going on a lot of the time. Different clubs and organizations set up tables in the hallway for students in between classes to raise money for a good cause. If you are in the middle of classes on Busch and need to satisfy that craving I recommend checking it out!

    What to do for fun

    For fun as a freshman I would recommend fraternity parties, clubs, student life events, and FOOTBALL GAMES! There's something to do every night of every week, which could also be a detriment if you are not careful. There are many fun things to do at RU. It is just a matter of picking which activities are best for you!

    Food and Dining

    I believe Rutgers offered a plethora of food options. I have many different friends with different dietary needs such as lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc. Rutgers provided many options for each of these different students in dining halls and at public food organizations. I enjoyed my dining experience at RU.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was one of my best experiences at RU. I met so many friends that I kept throughout my four years. Dorm life gives students an additional group of friends and a sense of camaraderie. There were many activities organized for students in dorms. It definitely contributed to my loving feeling toward the University.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe Rutgers University is up there with the most difficult schools in the country. Depending on one's major there can be simple classes or extremely difficult classes. I believe the Science department requires an abundance of time and work from its students. The math department is just at a difficult level. The business department contains many deadlines for students. The English department requires an intense reading agenda for students. Finally, the other departments require all of the students to attend classes, get their assignments done, and do well on all of their exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips for prospective students would be to never slack at any point in any semester. Every grade counts. Get involved and make friends! There are so many organizations to join and people to meet! Also, find an activity that will help you manage stress control. You're probably going to need one!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick has been all that I expected in a University and more. It has provided me with many different opportunities such as research and volunteer opportunities to gain experience in my field of interest while attending school. On a scale of one to ten I would give it a nine, because if Rutgers has taught me anything it is that you can always improve!

  • 07/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ready to meet lots of new friends and classmates/study buddies; and also students who don't mind walking a little to get around. Rutgers is also good for people who are ready to seriously put study time and effort into your grades, with a little bit of party. There are also lots of clubs, sports and activities for people to partake in, which are lots of fun, coming from a participant. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your roommate before you get to school to help calm your nerves, it helps a lot. If you are getting any supplies for your room, like a rug or tv, you can split the purcahses with your roommate. Be ready for your diet to change, the food isn't amazing so keep snacks and quick meals in your dorm, they come with fridges and microwaves.

    Am learning a lot

    be sure you are ready to apply yourself to get the great grades

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is a great school for those who want a school that they can afford, while maintaining the prestige of a good name. It is for students who are motivated and like being challenged but not overwhelmed. It is for those who love having a ton of opportunities and love jumping in head first. It is also great for people who are undecided about what they want academic path they want to choose. Rutgers has a cornucopia of classes and majors to choose from, and because it is so large, people switch majors all the time so it is very simple to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    To do well, its important to learn self-discipline. It is easy to go to college and not know how to properly handle all of the freedom. Without your parents/guardians forcing you to go to class, do your homework, stay organized, etc., it is very tempting to sleep through classes that don't take attendance, spend all your time on the computer and with friends, and cram the night before a test rather than studying effectively. To combat these feelings, make sure you get a good nights sleep and wake up for all of your classes. Schedule them at convenient times if you can, do not just roll out of bed for your 8am class and think its beneficial because you will be too busy dozing off to learn. Wake up and get yourself ready! Also, try not to study in your dorm. It is the easiest way to get distracted. Go to the library; seeing others doing their work will motivate you to do yours. It is also a little harder to fall asleep amidst so many people. Manage your time wisely. Do not waste time when you could be getting work done. You will thank yourself later. Many people make schedules for themselves so that they know when they have to study/eat/sleep/shower etc. so that they can leave definite room for schoolwork and free time. Its much easier and more enjoyable to do that than to combine the two by working, then getting distracted, then going back to work.... It happens to all of us, but with a simple tool such as a schedule, and a little motivation, it can be easily prevented. Try to leave room for working and possibly working out. By getting a job it ensures that you will have to be responsible, and you can earn cash while doing good for yourself. Going to the gym will boost your energy and your health. If you cannot fit these into your schedule, don't force it, but they are great for keeping you motivated. To make friends and gain experience and opportunities, it is really important to get involved. At a big school like Rutgers, its easy to become one of the crowd. By getting involved you can find a way to stand out and excel at something particular. Depending on the club, they can even give job opportunities along with the friends and experience they already provide. Lastly, to really excel in your classes, GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSOR. Introduce yourself after class in the beginning of the year, send them an email, show up to office hours, or just do something like answer a question to make yourself stand out. By knowing the professor, you can get extra help in that class AND possibly gain a mentor and/or person who will write a recommendation when you need one. With large class sizes, you need to stand out and be ahead of the game, and getting to know your professor will be the best thing you can do for yourself. Networking in college is key.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is definitely a great value school. It has so much to offer at such a small price, in-state running around $12,600 and out-of-state around $24,500, but they are relatively generous with their financial aid, and almost no one pays the full tuition. Its also really nice that they are a state school because not only do they have a large endowment, but they receive aid from the state on top of that. Rutgers has a great brand name, meaning that other learning institutions and employers respect its reputation. People recognize the name, and they know and trust that people with a degree from Rutgers have learned well. There are rankings to prove it: in 2010 Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick's undergraduate program was ranked #3 by The Wall Street Journal for producing the best graduates according to recruiters in a new ranking The Top 25 Recruiter Picks.” In all, for the price paid, the opportunities and experiences are well worth every single penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am definitely enjoying my time at Rutgers. Most people I've met are very level-headed, motivated, and friendly. The great thing about such a large school is that there is a diverse array of people, so nobody should worry about not being able to meet people they can get along with. Rutgers is the most racially diverse university in the country, so there are many opportunities to grow in knowledge of culture and to be friends with people from all sorts of backgrounds. Also, I love that the campus is interesting. Rutgers, New Brunswick is composed of 4 different campuses - Livingston, College Ave, Cook/Douglass, and Busch, each bearing unique qualities that will always keep you interested in your college. For example, College Avenue is like living in the city- there are plenty of shops and you are right in the heart of New Brunswick. Cook/Douglass, however, is quaint, quiet, and home to the farm on Campus. The Rutgers ecological preserve and the famous Rutgers Gardens are also something to explore. The Fat Sandwiches (sandwiches filled with every food that should not be in a sandwich) from the Grease Trucks are something every student needs to try at least once, and the football games are definitely something all students should go to when they want to feel that little boost of school spirit. The major downfall to Rutgers is the infamous bus system. With all the traffic in New Brunswick is takes much longer than it should to get anywhere. Also, every weekend night the buses are filled with partiers struggling to get to College Ave. This would not be a problem if 1. there weren't so many crowding the bus and 2. they did not throw up on the bus. Long, jolting bus rides mixed with alcohol equals people getting sick more frequently than they should. Buses are always cleaned thoroughly after their nightly route, but don't plan on seeing a clean bus after 10pm on Friday.

    Am learning a lot

    The great thing about Rutgers is that because it is so large, it is equipped with many, many options. There is a class to fulfill any and every student's desire, and they come with knowledgeable professors to boot. Most professors hold their Master's Degree or PhD and went to great schools themselves. As a freshman, my fall semester I had a teacher that went to Yale, a teacher that went to Columbia, and a teacher that won a prize at the International Math Olympiad. All of my teachers were always at office hours, and by a simple email, phone call, or talk after class they were all very willing to personally help me with any problems I faced. My class sizes averaged around 25-30, which was very surprising because the school is so large. The small, yet not too small, class sizes allow you to really connect with not only your professor but your class. Gen Ed classes (such as intro to Biology) are most always going to be in lecture halls, which makes it hard to connect with teachers and students, as there can never really be group discussion in a class of 300+, but my largest class so far has only been around 100, and recitation made that class much more manageable. Overall, the quality of education is very good, the academics are healthily challenging (but not overwhelming) and the teachers are friendly and intelligent.

  • 02/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    multi-culture religious from other countries vibrant backgrounds

    Tips for prospective students

    A huge opportunity to expand your knowledge. Greater chances at a better future so ATTEND!!!

    Bang for the buck

    In state college and very close to home so transportation is easy for me.

    Will enjoy being here

    It is very close to home, all my friends go there.

    Will learn a lot

    Study a lot with my Rutgers college friends in the RU library. I attend the COF (Coptic Orthodox Fellowship) club.

  • 06/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Douglass college is awesome. Apply there if you are interested in staying in an all girl residence hall because they have different programs that will set you on your path.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as much info as you can. Stayed involved. I am going to do this summer program right now and I can't wait. What rocks about Rutgers is that they give you different programs to do during the summer if you don't get into the EOF program. But, the orientation and info session timing sucks.

    Bang for the buck

    One thing I do not like is that the fact that if you get a scholarship and you finish school in Rutgers, they will not give you the money to cash or transfer, they just give it to the next student. It happened to my teacher, but it also makes sense.

    Will enjoy being here

    Rutgers is filled with so many beauty like most schools. The only difference is that you get to enjoy it at a cheaper price. Check out the river, the lovebird bridge by Douglass college

    Will learn a lot

    Different medical programs, good info sessions where you actually interact with the people.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    I would say Rutgers is good for students that did well in high school but were not necessarily engaged with the material out of genuine interest. It bothers me to say that but I often here several of my fellow students mumbling about how they'd rather be doing this, that and the other thing, in class. It's disappointing to be one of two or three students that genuinely cares about the topics we cover but I'm hopeful that more students will learn to appreciate learning because of the Rutgers experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend exploring the website and reading every email you get from Rutgers. There are TONS of opportunities to get your foot into the door of any industry your interested in so it's important to network with professors and look for research opportunities and internships. I recommend getting really engaged with all the material you study (even if you're not necessarily interested in it!) Worst case scenario: you'll learn something new and get a good grade! The other tip I have is also really important. Keep in mind which Graduate School you'd like to attend throughout your undergraduate years. Your undergraduate GPA is so volatile in the first few semesters in college but it sets into a range once you're in your junior year. Try to get at least above Bs in all your classes! Trust me, you'll regret seeing low grades in easy classes later on.

    Bang for the buck

    I have to admit this college hurts the wallet. It used to be the case that Rutgers was the sure fire in-state school to attend if you weren't interested in signing your bank account away but I wouldn't say that's true anymore. With all the tuition hikes and budget cuts from the state, the students here have really suffered. Sure, there's Federal Aid but that only helps so much. You really need to be prepared to have some savings going in or take out loans.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really like the atmosphere at Rutgers. There are a few different campuses which almost fit different personalities quite well. I've lived on Busch (one of the quieter campuses) for quite some time so I prefer it. However, the variety of people to meet and places to go is never ending. And, as an added bonus, there's a train station right in the heart of New Brunswick so you can visit the city whenever.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers is a great school to attend if you're interested in having a broad range of knowledge after college. The SAS requirements specifically for you to take classes from a wide range of disciplines so you're more familiar with fields you may have not studied before. I think that aspect improves character because it allows students to get exposed to and appreciate fields the may not have necessarily always been interested in.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    It's definitely great for the diligent students who are somewhat laid back and wouldn't mind adding a little fun in their college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get your work done on time. I know everyone probably says this but you definitely shouldn't procrastinate because the work piles up very quickly and it would be very difficult to cram for these exams since they cover a lot of material.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes here are wonderful and most of the teachers are really helpful and contribute much time and effort to make sure their students understand the material. So I think this school is definitely worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's really fun here mainly because it's very easy to make friends and there's so much to do. There are tons of clubs and activities.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm in the pharmacy program and there are pretty tough classes but they help you learn a whole lot and they definitely get you prepared educationally. The teachers are also very willing to help.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 339

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    Bang for the buck

    not worth it.

    What to do for fun

    go to parties or go to club events.

    Food and Dining

    food is good at some spots but terrible at others.

    Dorm Life

    always something going on. freshman year is the best.

    Academic Rigor

    not that hard, but professors are not helpful. have to do a lot of work yourself.

    In three sentences

    rutgers is a huge school where you get lost in the shuffle. you are just a number here. teachers are only concerned about their research.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 339

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    Campus Safety

    Never felt unsafe to walk late out at night and RUPD is always available if needed.

    Greek Life

    Don't have any experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many types of clubs allows one to create new friendships and expand.

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded students, Rutgers is able to provide a lot to students.

    What to do for fun

    Grab food on College Ave, enjoy time at the gyms, the Rutgers Zone on Livingston

    Food and Dining

    With multiple dinning halls and various restaurants there is a variety of food always.

    Dorm Life

    A memorable experience and life long worthy relationships made. There is so much to learn from others and so much to share.

    Academic Rigor

    With balance and required time put into school work, anything can be accomplished!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind to people of different ethnicity and embrace the diversity.

    In three sentences

    Attending Rutgers University New Brunswick is a perk of its own. The university provides a vibrant community of students and staff. Professors provide feedback and helpful advice with courses.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 339

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    Campus Safety

    I personally have had no issues with safety, but there are crime alerts issued by the school in which thefts and burglaries have happened in or near the campus. You just have to make sure you travel in groups and don't go too late into the night. We also have a school police force (RUPD) and the Mounted Patrol who ride horses on the Cook campus to keep a lookout for crime.

    Greek Life

    Many sororities and fraternities. There are honor and social ones. I am not currently in one, so I cannot say much about them, but College Ave is full of them. And by that, I mean their houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety and most clubs are very friendly and helpful. You just have to find the one(s) right for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Active, can study on their own, like to get involved in research, like to get to know their professors, prefers to have no classes on Friday, doesn't mind class sizes, likes to get involved in many clubs/activities, likes night life

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Douglass students have a wonderful organization, which provides so many opportunities for women. They also hold a Sacred Path each year for their students. Rutgers University is where the fat sandwiches are at! And they are indeed delicious. Rutgers is also funded by Pepsi, so they sell a lot of pepsi!

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, Rutgers University is a pretty good school for the amount it charges. For out-of-state students, the tuition is about twice as much and they also charge more for other fees such as summer tuition. However, with all the resources available, Rutgers University offers an education for a good price.

    What to do for fun

    Cook/Douglass campus has a farm for Animal Science students to work in for credit. Horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and goats can be seen and sometimes petted. Busch campus has a astrology building where you can apparently view the stars. Clubs are always hosting some sort of presentation and movies are sometimes played during the semester. And of course, there are always parties going on in the sorority and fraternity parties on the College Ave campus.

    Food and Dining

    Each individual campus has one dining hall with the exception of the Cook and Douglass campus, which share one as they are combined together. The food is provided in the form of a buffet. Takeout is also available for a select hours of the day. Meal plans are expensive, but the quality of food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different types of dorms or apartments available to you. Freshmen are usually placed in freshmen dormitories, though some can be combined with upperclassmen. Rutgers provides you with a survey to see what kind of roommate you like by asking you questions such as do you like smoking or are you a early bird or night owl. Dorm life is what you make it to be. Freshmen dormitories come with janitors and lounges, but you are responsible for your own room. Your room usually comes with a 2 long twin sized beds, 2 closets, 2 drawers, and 2 desks. The lounges have a small kitchen with a sink and stove. Bathrooms are located in the hallway and are shared with your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses can be challenging if you do not have the motivation to teach yourself what your professors teach you. As with most teaching styles nowadays, information is presented to you via powerpoint in a lecture based form. The powerpoints are usually posted online, so no actual note-taking is required, but understanding or knowing the information is all up to your own ability to memorize the information. Some teachers go fast, some slow, most have some sort of accent, and some are so involved in their research that they don't really care what information they give you. True learning is ultimately what happens out of class when you are reading your text book or consulting your professor about a question regarding his presentation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all the science AP courses you can if you plan to apply to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences school. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Organic Chemistry are all year long required courses for graduation. Calculus, Psychology, Economics, and an AP English course is also helpful. I also recommend to avoid Expository Writing (Expos) at all costs since the class structure is unlike any other and grading is entirely up to your professor who, often than not, is not an English major/professor.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University has a very large campus made up of 4 smaller, individual campuses and is great for people who enjoy the suburbs and some slight city life. It is a very large school with lots of students, so classes can have 300+ students, but the numbers dwindle down by a lot the more major-specific classes you take. Due to the huge population at Rutgers University, there are often issues such as with financial aid, transfer credit, or courses that take persistant calling and communication to solve over a course of several weeks or months.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 339

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    Campus Safety

    Three types of police protecting campus, hardly hear of a crime it seems like!

    Greek Life

    solid but not necessary to fit in!

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 450 clubs and organizations, it speaks for itself!

    Great for these types of students

    Any. Honestly anyone can fit in here from outgoing athletes, to shy bookworms and so forth.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each campus has its own spot of beauty, find it for yourself! There are so many traditions that come with an almost 250 year old school!

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers does its best to save students their money. As an out of state student they worked with me to get my bill down and everything on campus is generally cheap.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do. From games, to dinner and a show out, Rutgers has it covered. There are constantly events set up and clubs hosting events. On top of that, there are always parties, nights in, and studying to do!

    Food and Dining

    It has its ups and downs...but there are many options so if you're somewhere where the food isn't so great try somewhere new. Each campus has a dining hall so no excuse not to try them all!

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms. Where I live is built to be like a community, and it's great! The rooms are pretty big and everything else is just fine too!

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman my ways of thinking have been challenged and are now more developed....There is a lot of work to do but it is doable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and truly immerse yourself in all Rutgers has to offer!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an amazing place full of opportunities, dreamers, and the ability to not only succeed but lead as well. It is my dream school and my new home. From academics to dorming life Rutgers is top notch.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 339

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    Campus Safety

    For a school so big, they do a great job keeping you safe.

    Greek Life

    Rutgers is not lacking the the Greek Life department...

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options - there's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    All!

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty expensive for a state school.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural and club sports, residence hall hang outs, get food on College Ave, join clubs, go to athletic events...

    Food and Dining

    I'm only giving it a 4 star review because Brower is not up to par with the other 3 dining halls. They're great for a college.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the residence halls are pretty nice, even the first year dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    People may assume it's going to be easy since it's a public university, but don't let that fool you. There's always a lot of work to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a big school, but it can get very small very quickly. Just get involved and don't pass up any opportunities. Also, make lots of friends, you never know when you'll need them.

    In three sentences

    This university is great - it is very diverse, and has many different fields you can study. The professors are all highly qualified for teaching. The social scene is great, too.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 339

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    What to do for fun

    I love going to the movies with my friend.

    Food and Dining

    I did not get the freshmen 15 but I must say that I'am eating a well balanced meal everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Love it! I love meeting new people that live in the same building as me.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay on top of your school work. Nothing work having is easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study smart. A lot of teachers say study hard but the truth is to study hard. Manage your time accordingly. Do not wait until the last minute to get work done. Be happy and love life. You can do it.

    In three sentences

    I love attending Rutger's University. It is filled with many opportunities, a diverse community, and plenty of resources. Best decision I've ever made!

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 339

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    What to do for fun

    Party, go to the gym, hang out at your friends places, movie theater, play sports outside, play video games in your room. Honestly there's always something to do its more of a matter of whether or not you're willing to make the effort.

    Food and Dining

    The food for breakfast is always the same but for lunch an dinner it changes daily. Lately there are more vegan options due to health concerns of some students. The food overall is pretty good but not amazing. There is a suggestion board and if there is anything you would like you can put it on there and if the staff feels that it is doable then they will make it.

    Dorm Life

    I have almost everything I need in my dorm room, it is one of the larger dorms on campus. Lounges provide a great hangout spot, the gym on my campus, Busch, has everything and is not usually too crowded. There will always be parties on Thursday-Saturday on college ave. there is also a movie theater on Livingston campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a major in cell biology and neuroscience and the work load is pretty heavy, but is definitely doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend to learn to time manage because it will be your most valuable asset.

    In three sentences

    The school is academically challenging and the research opportunities are quite competitive, but available. The bus system definitely detracts from time management because sometimes traveling to and from class can take as much time as the class itself. Tuition is cheap, academics are good, bus system is a nuisance, and overall dorm life is fun with a nice party scene.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 339

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    Campus Safety

    It is incredibly safe in the day, and there are many services to keep it safe at night. You can even get a police escort back to your dorm if you think it is necessary.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for anyone and everyone. And if you happen to come up with one that is not available, it is not too hard to suggest a new one.

    Great for these types of students

    This place is amazing for any type of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There have been several waldos from Find Waldo walking around sometimes.

    Bang for the buck

    It is possible to get through the four years without having to get stuck under loans.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless of clubs and events happening daily. By following newsletters, you can keep up to date of knowing whats going on.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, and a wide selection. There are the restaurants in campus centers along with dining halls. Besides that, Rutgers also has their famous Grease Trucks on each campus now.

    Dorm Life

    Great rooms, depending on where you end up.

    Academic Rigor

    There is always the push to get involved and to get out of comfort zones, which really helps with people developing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as much as possible, and you will find friends easily. Explore with the bus system (which can take time to get used to). In classes, do not be afraid to sit in the front.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick is incredibly diverse, making anyone and everyone feel welcome. There is always some sort of event, club meeting, movie showings, game and documentary screenings so there is always something to do to get involved in the community. Rutgers is a gateway to opportunities.

  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 4 people found this review useful. 35 of 339

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    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and get involved

  • 12/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers honestly has something for everyone, but it is especially great for students interested in Philosophy, Engineering, Biological and Environmental Sciences, and Pharmacy. The only type of student it would be especially not good for is someone that priorities a small school in what they are looking for.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any prospective students, come to Rutgers ready to meet people! Don't worry, all the other freshmen are in the same position as you. Simple things like keeping your door open if your saying in the dorm can lead to new friendships.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, the tuition is definitely worth all that I am getting from the University. The tuition covers not only my education but also many free and discounted activities I get to attend as a student, such as free tickets to Rutgers games and discounted tickets when performers come to Rutgers.

    Am enjoying being here

    Rutgers is a big school in campus size and students, but that just means more things to do! I live on the Cook/Douglass Campus and get to enjoy the scenic and smaller campus, but if I want to go out at night I can just hop on a bus to the College Ave. Campus. From Rutgers Football Games to club meetings for Rutgers University Coalition Against Trafficking, I can always find something to do that I am interested in!

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently taking Intro to International Relations, Intro to Philosophy, Nature of Politics, Energy and Society, Community Activism, and Intro to Cultural Anthropology. Most of my classes are 300 student lectures but all my professors are great and I get a more intimate learning experience in recitation with about 20 - 30 students.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 339

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is for students that love to be around a great number of people varying in race and ethnic backgrounds. You also have to be willing to dedicate a lot of time to your studies in order to prosper here.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for a student that intends on attending Rutgers University, is to never take anything or anyone for granted. Rugters has an environment where the student makes their own decisions and is therefore responsible for the choices he makes. This means that more freedoms are presented to each student and it is their choice to attend classes and to make proper use of their time so they do well academically in the long run.

    Bang for the buck

    The amount of money I pay to attend Rutgers University seems to add up to what I am offered here. My classes, meal plan, and room/board are the main things I pay for and the prices for them seem about right. The other additional fees could have been less but there was nothing I could do to challenge them.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy going to Rutgers, because I love the way things function here and all of the opportunities that are available. They give you space to be yourself and to explore new things. They have a countless number of classes that are available to every student and they have clubs and organizations for every area of interest imaginable. If there is an organization or club that you are interested in that you find is not on campus, then you can request to have it available. Rutgers tries to make sure that every student is getting the education that will set them up for the rest of their lives. I love Rutgers because it feels like my second home.

    Am learning a lot

    This being my first semester at Rutgers, I have learned more than I thought possible. My first month there, taught me how to make friends quickly in a totally strange and new environment, along with learning how to navigate around my campus. I also had to figure out how to use the convenient bus system to go to the other campuses and find my classes. I thought I was never going to figure the buses out, but the upper class men there are the nicest people, despite what you may think, and they taught me to not be afraid to speak up. At first i was very nervous to go live in a new place where I had no friends, but the campus staff along with my resident assistant helped me to adjust to my new school. Other than the social aspects of learning, I have been taught new ways to go about learning material from my professors.

  • 01/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers University is great for all types of students. If you are a resident of New Jersey with a bit of a budget then this is the perfect college.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to go to Rutgers. As a resident of New Jersey there seems to be a bit of stigma with Rutgers. It is a wonderful college with so many opportunities!

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers University is a relatively cheap college compared to many of the other schools such as NYU. As a student I found that many people who attend Rutgers are there because of the manageable price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Rutgers University in New Brunswick is a huge campus with many clubs and people. The first hour I was on campus I met so many people who were just trying to make friends too. As the semester progressed I got to know everyone more. Unlike high school, the students here are very sincere and smart.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers University has many accomplished professors who are more than willing to help students. Each professor has a strong grasp on their class subject and is always open to questions. The classes are difficult, but it is very possible to achieve a high grade through hard studying and class participation.

  • 10/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is good for a student who is motivated to do well and exceed.

    Tips for prospective students

    In large lectures, it is sometimes hard to learn, so attend recitations and don't be afraid to ask questions. In college, it is up to you to take care of yourself and ask for help when you need it.

    Bang for the buck

    The benefit of being at a large university is the multitude of possibility. There are so many majors offered here, that if you're unsure of your college path, you have the ability to choose classes of completely different fields. The starving college student does not apply here, since the food is very good. However,many students do not like the livingston dining hall

    Am enjoying being here

    Boring does not exist at Rutgers. There are always organization events occurring on campus, and entertainment (concerts, comedy shows, informational presentations) are always happening. With the hundreds of organizations, it is easy to be involved. And if you dont want to commit time for meetings, there are university wide events, such as the Rutgers Day or Service.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers University is a great school to attend. The courses are challenging, but not impossible. The grades earned are reflected by the effort put into homework and studying. Independent learning outside of the classroom is beneficial and encouraged. Recitation is a great oppertunity to learn more and clarify any confusion of the lecture.

  • 12/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is a great school if you know what you want and need to get there. They have excellent options for internships or connections for possible jobs. Because of the size of the school pretty much anyone could go here if they were determined or even if they weren't. It's a great school for students who both prefer to work alone and those that like to work in small groups because the class sizes vary depending on the class and the major. Rutgers is a well-rounded school and pretty much any type of student can go here.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Many students rejoice in their new-found freedom away from their parents and party a lot. Partying is actually an important component to college, it becomes an outlet for the stress that also comes with being in college. The trick is to know when to stop going to the party's and start focusing on the school work you're actually there for. Balance your fun life with the work that you need to do. - Professors, friends, TA's and other resources are there for a reason. USE THEM. I made the mistake of being overly shy in my first semester and didn't use them and although I didn't do bad, I could have done better if I had told myself to suck it up and go ask for help. Don't go through college only relying on yourself, there are people around to help for a reason and they can sometimes help you more than you know. - Find a way to relax and take a break from life every once in a while - STUDY! Don't skip class because you're too lazy and you just don't want to go, class is important. And don't be checking e-mail or facebook every moment of your life. You're friends will still be there in an hour or two, get your work done first! - Don't overburden yourself with tons of classes, extracurricular activities, and outside work, you'll just drive yourself insane.

    Bang for the buck

    There are thousands of schools who have a lower tuition for in-state students which is one of the things I don't like about New Jersey schools; they're so much more expensive for the students. I could go to a PA school and pay maybe a little more than half of what I am paying now. The tuition is the only thing I'm particularly not happy in but you do learn a great deal of information while at Rutgers. It's an overall good school, having a broad array of majors and minors to choose from adding if one may wish, more than one major or minor. They have the graduate school, as most schools do, which offers many areas to excel in as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    The first two semesters were hard as they usually are being in college for the first time by yourself but you do get used to it. There are thousands of clubs or activities to do here so you can never be bored if you look for things to do. The classes, or the ones you're interested in, will keep you focused and will be enjoyable because most of the professors will go to great lengths to help you do well in the courses that you chose. You meet many people in all your classes so there is a never-ending stream of support and help if you need it.

    Am learning a lot

    This is a very loaded question and it honestly depends on the student and whether or not they are trying. From the classes that I have taken I have learned a great deal. Most of those classes have been science classes and the professors have a ton of information to cover so most of the time they are very quick in the lectures trying to make sure that you get all the information that you need for exams. You are expected to read and learn on your own as well as in the class so through both lectures and your own free study-time, a ton of knowledge and information gets processed in your brain. I'm not going to lie, some information stays better than others just like most things but you get taught a great deal of information here which will only help you in the future.

  • 01/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pharmacy, business, pre-med, and engineers. It is also great for anyone that wants to be in a city like environment. There is a lot to do in New Brunswick. Its also great for those that like to meet new people. The campus is huge. You rarely ever see the same person twice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school. The big campus isnt for everyone. Taking buses from campus to campus can get annoying and is something to factor in. Everything is really spread out. Of course this could be fixed with a certain schedule of classes but that may not always be possible.

    Bang for the buck

    I live in state so it is a really great deal for me. For anyone in New Jersey I would defintiely recommend that you consider rutgers. It is still a nationally known school in New Jersey that you can go to at a real discount when looking at out of state schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    Its a great place to be. Teachers and other students make you feel welcome. You never have to be afraid to ask someone for help if you get lost or something else like that. Rutgers is a pleasent environment to be in.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers offers many different majors and such to chose from. The pharmacy, business, and engineering school are all well known. I am a current economics major and math minor. I have been happy with most of my teacher so far and have learned a lot. The only issue i have had so far is with a writing class that I took. I have not heard a lot of good things about the writing department here at rutgers so I would probably stay away from that if possible. Other than that, every other department I have had a class in has been great.

  • 01/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are open to do alot of things. Students who want to be different than they were in high school. Students who want to meet alot of diverse people and overall just have a good time!

    Tips for prospective students

    New students coming..... Please if you can live on campus in a dorm for your freshman year! It is so important that you do this. During that first year you make all your friends and finally open up and discover stuff about yourself that you never really knew.

    Bang for the buck

    I would have to agree that for this being a State School it is kind of expensive. Even being the fact that I am an In State student and it is still kind of a high price. I do have to say though that no matter how much it is you still graduation with a degree from Rutgers and that is a degree that will get you very far.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here. I love the fact that there is so much to do each night. There are so many clubs to join and events to attend. I feel like each week there is a new comedy show or music event to attend to. It really is very neat. The most important thing here has been all the friends I made and the fact that when you are bored or want to take a break from your homework you can always just walk down the hall to see your friend or take a bus to their dorm. It really is an awesome experience.

    Am learning a lot

    When first entering Rutgers University I was not aware of actually how much I would learn. I came into this school thinking it was just a little step up from High School and would not really care to learn much. Most of the teachers here really make you have to think and really actually get yourself interested in the subject!

  • 02/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is good for any type of student. Just a little piece of advice though: keep an open mind. It'll come in handy, trust me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the Rutgers websites for EVERYTHING - from housing, to meal plans, to transcripts, to bus routes, to anything admission-related or planning-related. Rutgers will most likely not notify you about these things. That's mostly due to it being such a big school. But as a student here, you will have to do a lot for yourself. The administration will not contact you via email about important deadlines and things you will need to do.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're in-state NJ resident, then you'll be paying around $3,000 give-or-take out of your own pocket per semester (tuition + room/board). The rest is usually, you'll find, covered by financial aid (scholarships, grants, sometimes loans) - especially if you're in the honors program here. If you're out-of-state resident, then the costs are higher and you might not get as much of your tuition covered by financial aid. But if you get a 3.5/4.0 GPA then you'll most likely qualify for some scholarship or other from Rutgers. In comparison, however, the cost is much less than private school tuition (~$40,000/year). I pay about $7,000 give-or-take per semester out of my own pocket (tuition + room/board). The rest is covered by scholarships, grants, and loans. Warning to those who are going as out-of-state residents: I am a third-year undergrad student with $21,500 in student loans to pay back, and counting. So take that into consideration. However, the education you get for the price is well worth it, no matter what people say that it's where all NJ residents go.

    Am enjoying being here

    In order to get involved (and please do! studying all the time is no fun and extremely draining - I know 'cause I tried to do that at first), you have to look for clubs and extracurricular activities yourself. No one is going to come look for you - we try, but there are just too many freshmen to track down one-by-one. You have to put yourself out there. So if you're extremely shy, I strongly suggest attending the Involvement Fair held at the beginning of the school year before classes start (plus you'll get lots of free stuff! ^_^) There are clubs ranging from martial arts, to religion, to sports, to philosophy, to culture (lots of Asian clubs here), to mahjong.

    Am learning a lot

    Class sizes can range anywhere from 28 students to over 100. The learning material in most classes that I have been in or heard of from friends is very intensive and quite thorough. Though it is up to the student to do a lot of self-study in order to gain anything from the education here. Most professors here are very open to helping their students understand the material, and there are even some who make the class just that much more fun. Of course, as with every school, there will be the occasional professor that doesn't have the least bit interest or understanding for his/her students. But that's life.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    Everytime I have gone up to Rutgers, whether it be for a tour or for my scheduling day, I have been greeted and welcomed by such kind and helpful students. They welcome you in and make you feel at home, and they are so nice. The campus is gorgeous and really clean. You don't really feel like you're in college, you feel more like you're in a large town just going from place to place. It's such an obliterating experience. I honestly can't wait until I start.

  • 05/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Prospective students, female, male, science, medicine, food, shopping, life, lessons if you have more comments, feel free to contact me at sallyton3@yahoo.com I really hope that helps you in what you are looking for :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Work Hard. You will learn to time manage after your first semester better after your second semester. DO NOT under estimate college. It is not another high school that you are going to. You do get more freedom but do not misuse it. At the same time, have fun and becareful. Many people think you have to drink to have fun, to tell you the truth, that is not true. You don't. The people that you hang out with will be able to understand and if they don't, find another group. You will meet people that you do not life or like you. Just remember stop questioning why they aren't liking you or if they are talking bad about you. As long as you keep a cool head and think logically, remember that let he who has not committed sins, throw the first stone you probably talked bad about someone too. Things pass. Don't worry. If you want to have a social life and a fun safe one at that, you have the power to do that. Open your dorm door when your roommate is there because people will walk by and you want to meet new people. College is a great place to start anew. Start using it! Good Luck

    Bang for the buck

    You pay around 22000 a year (not including financial aid deduction or other things). When you stop being a freshman, you will get a choice of doubles, apartments, suites, off campus etc. they make a difference on your tuition. Where you live has an impact on your money. Credits has an impact on your money, the meal plan has an impact on your money. Meal Plans: You get a set 510 required as a first year. The dining hall isn't great (not home cooked delicious) but it is edible. Tillett dining hall on Livingston is actually switching to Busch (The supposed good food dining hall) and Cook Douglass (my opinion awesome place) style food. Brower has the worst food. (I spoke with the chef so I know my infos are valid minus the self opinion). DCC (douglass campus center has 3 times where you can swipe. breakfast. Limited Lunches and dinner. They are great for clearing out the meal swipes because you will have left over swipes. they will go to waste so USE THEM! The rock cafe in the Livingston Student Center is also good for swipes. The Sbarros after 4:30pm in LSC uses swipes too. Sorry Dunkin Donut does not take swipes :( Besides that, you do get free tickets to football games or any other games. Go to them. They are fun. they are something to do. They are a great way to meet people. The buses are hell though (pardon the language).

    Am enjoying being here

    At first I did not want to go to Rutgers because of its proximity from my home (2 hours), I wanted to go to University of Louisville in Kentucky. However, due to some changes, I changed my mind and went to Rutgers. I am so happy with my my choice. For prospective students living in New Jersey in South jersey or North Jersey, this institution is approximately in the middle so you do not have to fear your parents coming up so often or not at all. Rutgers has a lot to offer, it has the courses and it has the activities. The fun does not stop there. They offer a range of living arrangement from city like to rural. College Ave: you have to admit the party campus. I am not a drinker but definitely a dancer. There are some nice parties. If you are not a partier, there are MANY things you can do. I usually plan shopping trips (Cliquers). There is a wide range of shopping areas in Downtown New Brunswick and you will surely find a place you like. College Ave is a city environment. Cook Douglass is the rural-like campus. I love it here though because of the scenery and peacefulness of it. You are bound to have classes on this campus unless you could do some magical trick to change it. Despite the negativity, I love cook douglass. With your meal swipes, you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Campus Center. Livingston: is a campus. Quieter than Busch and College Ave but a little livelier than Cook Douglass. I love it here. I live here for my freshman year. All the underclassman activities are definately found on Livingston. In addition to that, there is a new student center. They are going to finish the new dining hall by the fall of 2011. By the Fall of 2012 or Spring, they will have new apartments and shopping districts. In conclusion Livingston is growing. HOWEVER YOU WILL NEED FANS!!! A LOT Busch: the science campus. The biggest campus I believe. Many students actually shoot for Busch because they believe its the best. However, where you live and how much fun you have depends on how you make it fun. You meet new people every where you go. I recommend visiting the campuses and asking current student if you can check out the rooms because there ARE differences for each campuses. You do not need a car! Besides the fact that you have to pay a permit fee, you have the buses. They are easy to use at times hard to handle during busy times. However, if you know when classes end or begin, getting on a bus with a guaranteed seat is not difficult.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers is large Institution with many areas of studies. Their science department is very intensive. I am currently a Freshman at this University who is majoring in possibly Genetics, Cell Biology/Neuroscience or Biological Sciences. I am also planning to minor in Philosophy and Latin. Along with those intended majors and minors, I am doing a Pre-Medicine Tract. These combination is hefty. For the classes required for these majors/minors and tract, they range from meeting once to 3 times a week. Each classes span from 55minutes to 3 hours. There are many classes that you do not have to attend class. This can be helpful if you have to study for other classes. However, you should attend classes if you want to learn more. If you know you can catch up missing one or two classes, then go for it even though I would not recommend it. Some professors will understand if you have a valid excuse, but others are merciless. It really depends on who you have. However, if you are someone who is interested in pre-med, engineering, pharmacy, business or law, you should attend your classes. Rutgers offers intensive classes and they are not easy ones either. The majors I am looking at are all credit intensive which means there are many classes that I have to fulfill them to maintain a good gpa. Speaking of GPA, IT IS IMPORTANT. Your GPA is very important if you are looking to get into graduate school or professional school. It is not hard to get a 4.0 GPA nor is it easy. However, this will help many of you let out a sigh of relief, a GPA is not the ONLY thing that is important in going to Medical School (in my case). Another thing that is just as important is how involve you are in what you want to become. For example, Rutgers offer a wide range of extracurricular activities. If they do not have what you want, you can always gather a group of your friends and make one. Rutgers is definitely a place that offers a lot of experiences and things to learn.

  • 05/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    anyone and everyone! like I have already mentioned this school is very diverse so no one has to feel like they wont fit in or meet the standards..

    Tips for prospective students

    Extracurricular activities are extremely important and valued during admissions. Be careful with sharing rooms with friends, ive heard many stories that you realize how many flaws that person has and you slowly drift apart. Focus on your studies, keeping up a good GPA is mandatory! don't slack off during any year! taking summer classes offers the opportunity to accumulate some more credits and your able to get things out of the way which is much better.

    Bang for the buck

    In the tuition, they have all these various things that students have to pay for, but many times they are not needed which just becomes a way to inherit more money for the school. They should provide a detailed description of what exactly the student is paying for. The books are also highly expensive!

    Am enjoying being here

    Rutgers has an extremely diverse amount of students. They have many activities that occur throughout the year so that people can become involved in the campus life even if they are not living there. They also have many offices and people that you may speak to if you have any questions etc. however, this also brings some confusion along with it. I have found that many times I have to call various offices to find out information and in the end, my questions are still not answered. I did like the fact that they offer various seminars such as teaching for example so that a freshman interested in becoming a teacher can start knocking out requirements easily -2 birds with one stone analogy. For example the SAS requirements along with the graduate school requirements.

    Am learning a lot

    I have recently finished my first year at Rutgers University. The majority of my classes were in big lecture halls so it makes it a bit difficult to have a more personalized and attentive environment. It may be difficult at times to focus due to distractions that surround you. I do enjoy that there are websites that help you catch up and you can do your work anywhere you choose since it is available online. Learning capacity depends heavily on attendance in class, the information you take from class, and the work and mindset you devote to your studies.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    In most of the classes attendance is not mandatory but recommended. I learned it the hard way.

    Am enjoying being here

    Rutgers is a big school and is very diverse you meet many different people i love being here

    Am learning a lot

    I am an engineering student majoring in electrical and computer engineering. Rutgers is a very good school and has a lot of good programs it trains you for the real world since beginning of your freshmen year.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I would not say that their is a specific type of student. I would say that if you're looking for a small school, this is not the one.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students. I would say that you should bring your winter clothes! All in all Rutgers is an ordinary college experience, but a great experience non the less. You'll have an easy time getting around the campuses on the buses, so cars are not super necessary. Pick a dorm that is near to your classes because its difficult to walk around at 8am. I would say get ready for everything you expected college to be.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is not cheap. But I believe that I'm paying good money for a great education. As an out of state person, I would say make sure your going to school for the right reasons because it is relatively expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying my time. We work hard and play hard here. Being in the acting program we have a built in group of friends. Rutgers is a giant university, and it is understandable that some people feel lost in the main university. But at Rutgers the people are very friendly and you can fall into a group quickly.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently attending, the Mason Gross BFA Acting program. It has been judged as one of the top 5 Acting Programs in the country. That is not an exaggeration. I attended many art schools before this and this is the most intensely rewarding programs I've ever attended. Our day in the acting conservatory day begins at 8:30am and goes relatively non-stop until 6pm. It seems like a lot but it is the best conservatory schedule. We take a morning warm up, voice & speech, movement, and acting. The classes are impossible to describe, but if you want an intense acting program you wouldn't learn more anywhere else. The teachers are some of the most dedicated that I've met. I also have taken the infamous Expository Writing which is required for all the Rutgers. It is a pain, but you get through it and its over before you know it. Its difficult to get the hang of the writing technique but you get it eventually. It really a class to get through.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who are planning on studying pharmacy, engineering, arts, or premed have many resources available at Rutgers. Any one who is independent and likes big settings and seeing new people all of the time will enjoy this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't rely on people you already know who are going there or in the area and don't go home too often if you live close. Don't get caught up in the bureaucracies that some people face- you are only a number if you make yourself one. Get involved in the tons of options available at a big school.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty high for a public school but it does include many perks such as tickets for sporting games, tee shirts, events, fitness centers, etc. Housing fees also include a micro-fridge and some dorms are air-cooled.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do and somebody to meet. Programs are wide ranging and there are events that appeal to most everyone. There is lots of diversity and the ability to be exposed to many different sorts of activities. Being located in New Brunswick, there are many options for local outings.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are great and really interested in what they are teaching. They go above and beyond to answer questions and generate interest in many topics, even those not directly covered in the course.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A diverse group of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school and take the Scarlet Tour which gives you a bus ride through the entire campus, including all five campuses. Also, if you know what you want to major in, find out what school the major is in and take the specific walking tour of that school/campus. And, if you are female and interested in the sciences, I highly recommend looking into the Douglass campus - women's dorms and programs for supporting women in science. You live there first year and have the option to move to another area on campus (co-ed) after that, but still take advantage of the academic and networking support of Douglass.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not so great if you are from out-of-state. A good deal for in-state students though, cuz it's a really good school. Rumor has it that Rutgers was invited to join the Ivy League but turned them down!

    Will enjoy being here

    It's part city, part suburb. The city isn't that big. It's not too far from home - I'm from out-of-state. It's kind of like there is something for everyone here. If you like it really busy and urban, then live in the city. If you like it more relaxed, then live outside of the city. There are LOTS of special learning communities. I think everyone can find a way to enjoy it here.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are friendly, helpful, encouraging, and easy to talk to. Take advantage of their help and you will learn a lot.

  • 06/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, play hard. Find a good balance, dont overdo either.

    Bang for the buck

    State-school prices for quality education is what Rutgers is all about. But like I said before, you have to work to make sure your tuition money used. It's pretty easy to take non-challenging courses and 'coast' through your college years.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life at Rutgers is top-notch. You can easily make friends and there is always something to do. Whether you're into club sports or greek life, you'll definitely be having fun here.

    Am learning a lot

    Like most colleges and universities, it's what you make of it. If you challenge yourself and take difficult and interesting courses, you will learn a lot. Similarly, if you are like some people here and spend hours making sure you pick the easiest classes with the easiest professor, it is likely that you will not learn much.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for students that want to meet new people, become independent, and take on change in an academic environment. It's also excellent for anyone interested in scientific undergraduate research (and especially for me, because it's one of the few colleges on the east coast, along with Johns Hopkins, which has a Genetics department and major).

    Tips for prospective students

    Always leave AT LEAST a half hour before classes, because the bus drivers can be very temperamental. If you're running to a stop and they're leaving, you have about a fifty percent chance of missing it. Also, get on the bus a couple days before class and find where each building is. The buildings generally aren't hard to find, but there's alot of bus stops and Rutgers is huge, so you need to know what stop to get off at ahead of time, if you don't want to be late.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is pretty cheap for in state students, and it's still reasonable for out of state and international students, especially considering the amount of research opportunities Rutgers gives, and the amount of prestige its faculty has.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the Rutgers atmosphere. There's four different campuses: Livingiston, Busch, Douglass/Cook, and College Ave, so you never get tired of being in a certain place. If you're sick of Busch, you can go to College Ave, and etc. It's also really easy to find classes, (except for some parts of Douglass, because it's more rural). The faculty and students are also extremely friendly. I made friends quickly and easily and I only knew one person going into my dorm, so no worries.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers is great for anyone that wants to persue science or english related ventures--those being my majors. Both departments are great. Professors are really ensightful and like to see their students do well. And it's not like High School where you learn lesson after boring lesson. The professors talk to you like you're one of them. They crack jokes and share these insightful little tidbits you never knew, and offer tons of extra help if you're having trouble understand something.

  • 07/23/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    From what I have researched and heard, Rutgers University has one of the highest tuition in the nation. Although, Rutgers is a great school, one that was almost considered to be an Ivy-League school. Going to this school, and paying the tuition, is worth.

    Will enjoy being here

    There is so much to do on, and off campus. Either you are going downtown New Brunswick for shopping and getting together with friends, going down the block for the all-known grease trucks for their notorious fat sandwiches, or even going to the parks. The campus is beautiful so just staying close to it is relaxing.

    Will learn a lot

    I am part of a college prep program on this campus, and have been for 3 years now, and I can honestly tell you that this is a university that I consider everyone to apply for. The college teachers are very proactive and will help guide you along the way.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    for all my athletes, partiers, social butterflies, nerds, people who are unsure of everything, etc this school is for YOU.

    Tips for prospective students

    beware of the infamous RUScrew so get ur FAFSa in ASAP and stay on top of all things financial, medical, housing, etc with the school from the moment you are accepted until the last week before you leave for school.

    Bang for the buck

    its no secret that Rutgers is most definately one of the few schools across the country that Time magazine and NY Post considers to be one of the top schools for getting a bang for your buck.

  • 11/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who likes medium to big sized schools. Also, for anyone who is unsure about what major to pursue. Rutgers NB is a small city in itself, but it is possible to make small communities. Suddenly, it doesn't seem so big. It offers something for everyone, you just have to give it a try. Rutgers is a great school for anyone, expect for those that cannot adjust to a large and who would prefer very small class sizes from the beginning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Makes as many connections as you can! Build a large network of people. It is your key to success. The more people you know translates to the more help available when you really need it. Besides, half of it is who you know. Also, don't forget it's college! Have an enjoyable experience, join clubs, but do not fall behind in your academics( it's the number one reason why you're there).

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers has the prestige of being a top research university and it is very affordable. It is a quality education and considering that they're are over 300,000 living alumni, chances are one will run into a few Rutgers graduates in the real world.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. There is so much to do and a multitude of different scenes. If you like an urban setting, you can always head over to College Ave campus. It is located next to downtown New Brunswick and it has that real city feel. If urban isn't your style, you can always go to Cook/Douglas. It is large and has an abundance natural beauty. Personally, I love Livingston Campus. It is small and tight-knit. The clubs, rec centers, people, and night life are amazing!!!

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers has plethora of majors to choose from. It also has a large number of minors to choose from. Even though Rutgers is a large school, most of the classes are not as large as they are made out to be. Freshman year and part of sophomore year were the years were I had two or three lecture classes. The professors are great and you really learn a lot! Please careful when picking classes though, some are more interesting than others.

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, but Rutgers has amazing science programs, especially for those interested in research or a health profession.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get behind on the readings. Go to office hours and build a relationship with the teacher. Join clubs!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great school considering the tuition. The amount of programs available is phenomenal.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's so many students that there's always someone new to meet. It's a lot more diverse than some other schools. Get involved! College is what you make of it.

    Am learning a lot

    Though some professors are better than others, all professors care and you will learn so much in each lecture. The amount of knowledge that they know is outstanding and you will learn a lot if you really listen. With that said, you will need to teach yourself a lot to understand the content (which will more than likely be on the exam).

  • 12/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Pre-med, sciences, marine biology, business, Mason Grove School of the Arts. I work in the theater as a carpenter and it's amazing how intricate and precise the theater kids are in designing the play sets, costumes and props. No matter what type of personality you have you'll ALWAYS find someone you get along with great! Whether you're a partier or very studious (or both!) you'll find everything you want at Rutgers. It is rather large, but there are around 50 deans and you can find help everywhere

    Tips for prospective students

    Planning ahead is on of the most important things in college. Making a chart for when assignments are due, researching possible schedules and keeping in touch with teachers and fellow students makes things less chaotic. Also make sure to relax and have a good time. no regrets I always say. Also anything worth doing is worth doing well so put in your full effort and it will pay off!

    Bang for the buck

    You can't ask for a better education from a state school and It's definitely worth the investment. Rutgers would be a terrific stepping stone towards graduate school and professors, alumni and current students have all found their place at Rutgers.

    Am enjoying being here

    Since coming here I've become much more outgoing, talkative and focused on my goals. The faculty and administration really create a positive environment and I made friends with everyone on my floor on day 1. The buses work well, especially for a city and you'll be guaranteed to find a party. (either having a ratio of girls:guys or giving $5). I've had some good times at the parties, maybe too good of a time, but if you're not into that sort of thing Rutgers programs are always going on from concerts, open mike night, movie showings, comedy shows, live bands, sporting events and. trips to the city/target/six flags. You'll also get a terrific athletic program here as well as organized clubs and D1 football and basketball games. ALso the dining halls are fantastic, Cook/Douglass campus is close to college avenue (classes and parties) has the feel of a smaller college which is great.

    Am learning a lot

    The science program is top notch here at Rutgers. Rutgers offers you 1 credit classes that help you learn your way around from websites to scheduling to networking with teachers. One of these included the director for the Center of Energy, Economic and environmental policy! As a freshman you will learn everything you need to be successful you will get a better idea of what you want to study. In every area of study Rutgers has highly respected professors and nationally ranked programs whether it's math or theater, business or pharmacy.

  • 12/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I just got accepted to Rutgers today, and I am so excited!

  • 12/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types! There are so many different clubs, groups, types of people, majors, etc. Rutgers is such a huge school. Each campus is like a whole new town, and each is great in its own way. Students who always want to be on the social scene, going out to restaurants and (if you are old enough!) parties or bars can live on College Ave. Students who want a more nature-y feel can live on Cook/ Douglass, which has a farm and lots of scenery. Busch is very spacious and Livingston has brand new dining services and dorms currently being built. The social student, the quiet studious student, and the average joe will all fit in and have an amazing time at Rutgers, and they can all find the campus that feels most like home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do well on your SATs, because a score of 1950 opens up more scholarship opportunities and honors classes for incoming students. Also, make sure you study and do all of your homework. I know it's common sense, but a lot of people do not realize how different college really is from high school, so be sure to stay on top of everything. Most professors will not offer extra credit! Also, when dealing with financial aid or student employment DEFINITELY stay on top of it all. Opportunities are always there but are usually nabbed up within the first few weeks of the semester. If you have an issue with anything related to aid or whatnot, be sure to handle it right away.

    Bang for the buck

    I would definitely say that Rutgers is worth the money spent on tuition and other expenses. You really get a lot! Meal plans, printing plans, and so many resources are all included in tuition. Not to mention the experience is truly worth the cost. Getting financial aid was not difficult at all, and there are many oncampus jobs and payment plans to make financing that much easier.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people I have met so far are great. You meet tons of people from all different parts of New Jersey (sure, there are plenty of people from other states, but a majority are New Jersey born and raised!) You will be surprised with how many people you will meet from your area and from the high schools nearby. But at the same time there are so many people that you will always run into someone new! The social life is great; different clubs and groups and Student Life are always planning fun community events to get you involved, such as bringing LMFAO and the Cataracs to campus, or youtube sensation Karmin. Other events include hot air balloon rides, volleyball tournaments, recreational sports competitions, and soo much more!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at Rutgers that I have had the pleasure of working with are really nice and helpful. They want you to do well, and are always available whether it is during their office hours, after class, or via email. They make the material interesting which really helps the students to learn. I have had nothing but positive experiences so far.

  • 12/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Volunteers, Leaders, Go-getters, Scientifically inclined, Intrested in Women and Gender Studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T TAKE PRE-CALC 115. READER BEWARE TAKE PRE-CALC 111 AND 112. I don't care how good you are at math or if you took this course before in high school. This course is designed to flunk people. And if you don't believe me make sure this is your only hard science course. Don't do Chem+115+Expos+Bio or something like that. Choose two and stick to it. And ratemyprofessor will be your best friend!

    Bang for the buck

    It is not cheap but they don't offer cheap services. Like the bus is free. You just get on and it's pretty reliable. The other stuff you have to go out and find.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm part of the DRC and I love it. If you are a girl be part of Douglas. I don't know what I would've done without a PAL (Peer Academic Leader) during registration. Trust me do it! And try no to party too hard your freshman year and if you do keep it on your campus. You don't want to find yourself alone at night with no idea what to do and drunk.

    Am learning a lot

    Rutgers is hardcore with learning sometimes. And by that I mean cramming a lot into one session (i.e. Pre-calc 115) or killing you in expos. Not studying for these classes will land you a failing grade. Then you have to complete the SAS core curriculum, or SEBS thingy if you're going there. There's a lot to study for! GO TO THE CLASSES PROFESSORS WILL HELP YOU IF YOU ARE.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is a place for people who are independent or want to become independent. In highschool, I was told that I would hate Rutgers University because it has such a large number of students, and it was known as a party school, yet I still chose to attend and I love it. So, I would say that Rutgers is a place for many different types of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say enjoy your time at college, because it's going to be one of the only times where you can live with people of your own age, and you have the liberty to do as you please. However, be wise in your decisions, only because you have many liberties doesn't mean you can forget the reason you are in college; to get an education.

    Bang for the buck

    It isn't the most expensive college, however, I believe that things such as meals are extremely overpriced.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy living here because of the many activities that are available to me. Rutgers is a very interesting place to live in! During midterms and finals, there are many places to study, and that is very important for a university.

    Am learning a lot

    At Rutgers University I'm learning about the topics that I am interested in and learning more about myself in the process. I have taken several courses that are useful for my intended major, and have taken electives, such as Consumer Media Culture, that have opened my eyes further.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I honestly can't pinpoint a distinct type of student Rutgers would be best for. The diversity allows a welcome environment for all. Entering a new place in general, you'll find yourself being more open and conversing with people you might not have during High School. Rutgers really is a great place for all kinds of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get involved! Not only is it a great way to make friends but it's an opportunity to find activities you enjoy and become a more rounded person. 2. Take Classes you find interesting especially in your first year, before you declare a major. 3. Learn the bus route before your classes start. Trust me it'll save you a lot of frustration! It'll also help to locate the buildings you'll have your classes in beforehand as well. 4. Take advantage of all the learning programs. It may take up time you could use to party but it WILL help in the long run. Some may also give you stipends for textbooks. 5. Wait till you go to a few classes before you buy your textbooks as some professors may not require you to use them. Also it's best to buy your books online(eg. Uloop, Amazon, Ebay) or from previous students rather than at the University bookstore. 6. Take part in the summer programs offered such as Summer Bridge or EOF. You'll be able to make friends before college actually starts and the credits you earn will allow you to take higher level courses in your fall semester.

    Bang for the buck

    3/5 stars because of the expensive housing and out-of-state tuition. Besides that the resources are phenomenal when it comes to availability of information with one of the largest databases and 5 libraries to choose from.

    Am enjoying being here

    There’s always something happening at Rutgers to keep you preoccupied; there are concerts, theatre productions,’ ice-cream nights’, rock climbing, club-held water balloon fights and much more activities you’ve possibly never heard of. If you’re a person of the night, you’re in luck because the fraternities host parties almost every day of the week. The food at Rutgers is a major part of the reason why I gave 5 stars. In the several dining halls, you’re offered a broad range of food. From sushi to custom omelets to all the baked delicacies you can think of- Rutgers has it all. However, if you ever feel the need for a break from the dining hall food, a variety of restaurants are in walking distance of the campuses. For those like me, who appreciate nature, the suburban campuses flourish during spring and give you a sight to behold during fall. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see a fox or two as well as other wildlife. The farm on Cook campus allows you to get on an even more personal level with animals.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only have I learnt a great deal academically, but I've learnt a lot about myself in the process. The majority of the professors are knowledgeable, approachable, patient and always helpful with my studies, especially during their office hours. With the university being large, however, it did prove difficult at times to find the right lecture hall or classrooms: but a quick overview of the Campus maps online as well as a helpful passerby will get you through. The rooms themselves are clean and comfortable: Perhaps too comfortable at times, as one tends to fall asleep. Rutgers offers great diversity and with that I’ve learnt about people and their various cultures. I wouldn’t necessarily say every acquaintance I’ve made was positive, but with every person I met, I at least learnt a new way to approach different situations or to view things in a different light. Being a new resident of New Jersey I’ve also been given the opportunity to learn about the state itself. The grounds of Rutgers alone hold intriguing history. There are also a number of programs Rutgers offers like AIMS, ODASIS and LSAMP that help you to succeed academically. I gave Rutgers 5 stars in this aspect particularly because of all the opportunities offered for students to succeed. However, it’s up to you whether or not to make use of them.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great if you can work hard. If you did well in high school, Rutgers won't be too bad. If you procrastinate, then things might get a little rough, but there's also plenty of free time of hangout with friends and even take a day trip to New York every once in a while!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to choose a dorm that's close to where you need to go (dining hall, classes, computer labs, etc.) because in the winter you won't mind leaving your dorm so much!

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are pretty great, but there's always that one boring class you don't like. Just have to get through it! But there's the dining hall which is like an all you can eat buffet every day for every meal! Everything at Rutgers makes the tuition price worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Rutgers because I'm always close to my friends, you can go out whenever you want, it's fun to go to the dining hall with your friends, and the campus centers have plenty of games to play!

    Am learning a lot

    I always learn so much in my classes! From my major related classes to my electives I'm always learning and meeting new people.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving, hard workers, studious, not too serious- Rutgers has something for everyone, it's very easy to find a place where you belong when there's so many great options.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is a party school, but only if you decide to make it one. Get your work done first and then party later- by Sunday afternoon you won't want to do anything but zone out. Also, make sure that you're aware of the Core requirements for ALL Undergrads- even if you fulfill all your major requirements, you can't graduate until these are done.

    Bang for the buck

    DO NOT buy your books from the campus bookstores unless you absolutely have to. Try amazon.com or various other sites before turning to the campus stores- you'll save big and maybe even make a profit at the end of the semester when you sell your books back.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is a great school for out-going, hardworking students. Those receptive to criticism as a way of learning, large class sizes, and competition in the classroom will definitely do well here..

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is an amazing school. The people here are great. You quickly realize your professors are the best of the best and if you succeed here you can succeed in the real world. However, it's not a school for the timid. Crazy bus systems, daunting amounts of work and studying, and huge class sizes mean that you must be able to make yourself known to your professors and TAs. However, if you do that they are extremely accommodating and knowledgable.

    Bang for the buck

    College is way over priced across the board. Being that I stayed in state, I saved a lot. Rutgers, is also one of the highest priced in state schools though. If you live in New Jersey I definitely suggest applying to Rutgers. It's a great education, a great name, and a bargain compared to out of state schools. But, it's still not cheap.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it at Rutgers! The people I've met here so far are great. I love my roommate, where I live, the food, I actually don't mind the buses (but that's rare). I never wanted to go to Rutgers either. I always wanted to go out of state to somewhere new. But, after the first few days of first semester I definitely knew I was in the right place.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Rutgers are great. Classes taken as a freshmen or early within a major are often very large. However, if a student isn't afraid to ask questions, position themselves towards the front of the room (or where they can be seen/heard) and become known to their professor, the size of the class doesn't affect much. The work is hard, but unlike high school it is often thought provoking in an interesting way that intrigues the student and keeps their attention.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As much as the police tries, Rutgers is still in the middle of New Brunswick which is not the best area. Although not in a good area, there are few assaults or break ins to speak of if the house is taken care of.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of different frats and sororities to get involved in. The Greek life is involved in community service and are very welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs to get involved in. There is something for everyone for sure.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student. Everyone fits in at Rutgers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The entire campus is unusual because there are 5 of them all with unique vibes. The grease trucks are another unique and famous Rutgers location.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is affordable and is also sympathetic with financial aid situations. You can't beat what you get for the price.

    What to do for fun

    The night life is really fun because there are both frats and house parties. There are also museums and the downtown New Brunswick area where you can go shopping or go out to eat with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average. It depend what campus you are on, but overall the food is good and they give a lot of options usually. There are also many off campus dining options because you will be in the center of New Brunswick.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really fun for the first year. It allows you to meet new people and get friends because everyone else is new as well and are open to new friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is not too hard to handle if you were accepted to Rutgers. If you were on the fence of acceptance, you're going to have to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think you should definitely work hard in school to be able to attend Rutgers because it does not get easier from high school. But, once you d get in it will be an amazing experience from the academics to the night life.

    In three sentences

    I think Rutgers university is an amazing place to receive schooling. The people are very friendly and the work load is not that bad if you were smart enough to get admission. Everyone also has a lot of school spirit and pride in Rutgers.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You get e-mails whenever the On Campus Police finds itself against something peculiar--you also get updates on certain situations or warnings.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a Midnight Breakfast before Finals that is great. They also have Bed Races where Rutgers' students race decorated hospital beds down the street. There are so many fun traditions!

    What to do for fun

    The College Ave Campus branches out into downtown New Brunswick so there is always a cute place to eat or shop. Besides that, the university itself is constantly holding multiple events a day--it's all on you to pick and choose what you'd like to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check it out and visit for yourself. Make sure that you research each individual campus because anyone can fit into at least one of the different atmospheres. Ask tons of questions and do not hesitate in contacting a student that is already enrolled--everyone is extremely friendly.

    In three sentences

    It is an incredibly diverse university. It features programs and majors ranging from all sides of the spectrum. It is a big school that can feel like a small home.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    rupd is always around

    Greek Life

    great connections

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of them

    Great for these types of students

    clubs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    football games

    Bang for the buck

    books are cheap, the mini stores always have what you are looking for at good prices, and there is always something to do for very little money.

    What to do for fun

    partying

    Food and Dining

    good and delicious

    Dorm Life

    great and exciting

    Academic Rigor

    fun and do able

    Tips for prospective students

    before coming make sure to have gone to at least one orientation during the summer that way the campuses won't look completely strange to you and you won't get lost.

    In three sentences

    so far my experience has been great since i started school here at rutgers. the professors and student body are so welcoming and it is really easy to ask for help when i have problems with classes. scheduling classes couldn't be easier ant the classes are always fun and exciting.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i go out with my friends during the weekend.

    In three sentences

    rutgers staff and students are really nice; they greet you with warmth. i love the campus and the everything about rutgers!

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    basketball is free unless you want to build your own team then there is a slight fee but otherwise it is a great way to make new friends and enjoy working out.

    What to do for fun

    recreational sports are everywhere. there is everything, from inner-tube water polo to basketball. there is always something fun and exciting to do,

    Food and Dining

    here on the livingston campus the food is absolutely incredible. i advise everyone to come dine here and enjoy an all you can eat buffet with a burger bar on the side.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is extremely fun and exciting. with all sorts of activities, floor meetings, and social activities you are bound to have a great time and give your roommate a chance. he is not as bad as you think!

    Academic Rigor

    it may seem difficult at first but once you maintain a good work habit and make a schedule you will be well on your way to making a's

    Tips for prospective students

    try to figure out your major within the first year and also get involved. make sure your name is out there. oh and make sure you sleep!

    In three sentences

    rutgers university is definitely one of the top schools in new jersey. rutgers gives you the ability to use your knowledge to assert yourself into the real world. it is also a great school that challenges you to be a better person and help you achieve goals for the future.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    if you love research.

    What to do for fun

    check out the recreation center!

    Food and Dining

    most of the dining halls are pretty normal. the new dining hall on livingston campus (part of rutgers), is amazing!

    Tips for prospective students

    there's a wide range of majors to choose from, even if you are undecided, there is bound to be something here for you.

    In three sentences

    it is a huge campus with wonderful faculty and students. there are so many research opportunities, but you have to find it on your own. there are so many majors to choose from.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    rupd is quick to respond and i've never felt unsafe at rutgers. mounted patrol (volunteers who patrol on horseback at night on certain campuses) are not only a comfort but very nice people who make night life that much safer.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to count, but two that i've found to be very welcoming are the queer student alliance (qsa) and the rutgers university seeing eye puppy raising club. there is truly something here for everyone, hundreds of organizations to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    students who enjoy a fast paced kind of school with lots of people and an urban sort of feel

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    passion puddle is quite a known spot around campus, it is said that if you and your partner walk around the puddle three times you will be together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    i am so thankful for the opportunities that rutgers offers through the many unique clubs/associations/affiliations that they offer. this is also very much a college town with discounts, benefits and privileges bestowed upon fellow students throughout the neighboring community.

    What to do for fun

    i absolutely adore and recommend the rutgers university seeing eye puppy raising club, it's a beautiful opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary community service of raising service dogs and it's the greatest stress reliever our there!

    Food and Dining

    personally not the dining hall's number one fan, being that i'm a vegetarian and i don't find as many options as i would like that coincide with my meat-free lifestyle

    Dorm Life

    the rooms (at least on livingston) are a nice size compared to most schools. closet size is respectable, bathrooms are easily accessible and clean. laundry rooms are a bit of a walk but connected to the building.

    Academic Rigor

    classes require hours of studying and prep outside of lectures and recitations, but help is readily available if you need it so take advantage!

    Tips for prospective students

    it's very easy to get lost here; in work, school, stress, fun, all of it. the biggest thing you have to remember is school needs the most attention, prioritizing is key. make lists, set schedules, ask for help if you need it, falling behind in the beginning of the semester will do you no good.

    In three sentences

    there is never a dull moment at rutgers! the eclectic mix of people here have really made it feel special and the experiences i've had my freshman year have truly made me a better person. it's easy to get caught up in this big school but the greatest gift it has given me is profound independence.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the school has a large public safety force to handle the large campus and they can be seen patrolling all over campus throughout the day and night. i feel very safe here.

    Greek Life

    on the new brunswick campus there are over 80 fraternities and sororities ranging from the traditional to historically african-american, latino/a, multicultural and asian-interest. you'll find opportunities to live in a chapter house and you'll also find opportunities for friendship and academic support.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are clubs and activities such as academic, religious, performing arts, cultural, political, social, athletic and greek. the number available are too many to mention.

    Great for these types of students

    it's a great place for students who are comfortable in large populations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    at commencement the breaking of clay pipes over the class of 1877 cannon monument takes place to symbolize the breaking of ties with the college. the school is steeped in tradition since it is one of first nine colleges founded in the united states.

    Bang for the buck

    with the rising cost of a college education, rutgers offers a great deal for the money along with being a state college. the price tag is lower than private schools and ranks as high if not higher than the top notch expensive universities.

    What to do for fun

    with sporting events, parties, sorority and fraternity organizations and the close proximity to new york the options are plentiful.

    Food and Dining

    i have no complaints about the many dining options or the great food you get to choose from. just watch out for the freshman 15 because it is easy to gain with all delicious options that are offered.

    Dorm Life

    dorms range from average to great.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are challenging and to get in, you have to be at the top of your game in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved with all the opportunities the college offers. there are many clubs, sports and various entertainment options available. take advantage of all that the school offers and you will have a wonderful college experience.

    In three sentences

    i am so glad i picked rutgers, new brunswick to attend. yes, it is a huge campus, but it offers so much to all students and gives you the opportunity to interact with a very diverse student body. instructors are hands-on and accommodating to students.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    excellent.

    Greek Life

    thriving.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to name!

    Great for these types of students

    serious students who also enjoy a fun social scene. student who know how to balance both worlds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    fat sandwiches

    Bang for the buck

    i love my experience here at rutgers. i am looking forward to pursuing my career, but i will definitely miss the experiences i had here. college years are truly the years of self-discovery.

    What to do for fun

    there is an excellent socal scene here considering the school runs through the city of new brunswick. there is a lot of food and entertainment for all ages.

    Food and Dining

    college food is never great, but we have pretty great food despite that fact.

    Dorm Life

    there are excellent dorming options, and residence life is more than cooperative.

    Academic Rigor

    it is efficient in educating while still giving those who struggle the opportunity to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    get started on your major and school requirements right away so you do not fall behind!

    In three sentences

    rutgers university provides excellent academic and career opportunities. they provide you with not only academic knowledge, but provide you with networking tools to help connect you to your career. it's diverse student body also provides you with a rich cultural experience.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    the police of the university is trained by the state

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 400 clubs

    Great for these types of students

    innovative leader students looking to succeed

    What to do for fun

    anything very huge campuses

    Food and Dining

    awesome food and restaurants

    Dorm Life

    very comfortable rooms and friendly roomates

    In three sentences

    is an awesome, huge and intriguing university. it looks for the student best wishes. they support you with anything you need.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are tons of things to do at ru. given its location, you have easy access to public transportation (namely the nb trainstation and bus system), and it's quite easy to get to nyc and philly. you can always join clubs or sports teams, get into greek life, community service, and more!

    Food and Dining

    i gave them a 3 for this because some of their dining halls are spectacular, some are highly lacking. new livingston commons, busch dining hall, and nielson are all pretty good. brower commons on the other hand is sorely lacking and reminds me of a high school cafeteria (though they do have the largest selection of ice cream!)

    Dorm Life

    dorm life at ru-nb is awesome.. there are so many different types of housing to choose from (apartments, suites, regular dorms, singles, etc) and different campuses, it's really unique. for two years i have participated in their living-learning communities, which have helped me greatly.

    Academic Rigor

    most of my professors received their education (and phd's) from top notch schools and ivy leagues. there's no question that next to princeton, an education from rutgers new brunswick is the best you can receive in new jersey. i've never come across a professor that did not know their subjects inside and out, and most really know how to teach as well, which is not always the case with professors in general.

    Tips for prospective students

    join a club!! ru-nb offers hundreds of clubs, activities, job opportunities, and community service options to choose from. joining a club or activity of some sort is a really easy way to make friends while acclimating to ru-nb your first year. while rutgers is a big school, it won't feel so big when you start to meet more and more people!

    In three sentences

    one of the best things about ru-new brunswick is its 5-campus system. every campus has its own unique personality, so prospective students can find the living environment that suits them. each campus is a short bus ride away, and it really helps create a small-college feel, even though ru-nb is a huge school...you'll never really feel lost in the crowd here!

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there is always security around anytime of the day or night. also, there are emails sent to us every time something bad happens at school or in the new brunswick community.

    Greek Life

    there are tons of sororities and fraternities to join, that do a lot of advertising. however, i am not interested in this.

    Clubs and Activities

    being a commuter, it is hard for me to find out about clubs and activities so i wish they would advertise this more. however, my friend who dorms is in multiple clubs and really enjoys them.

    Great for these types of students

    diverse, motivated, hard working, outgoing and patient.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none that i am aware of yet, since i am still new.

    Bang for the buck

    rutgers is a very competitive school to be accepted into, and has a great reputation. the state school price is very cheap compared to other schools, while still having just as good of a reputation.

    What to do for fun

    the famous grease trucks, fitness classes offered at the school, going to the gym, activities at the dorms, going out on george street, join a fraternity or sorority, take the train to nyc which isn't too far.

    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good. they have a wide variety for everyone. however, without a food plan it can be a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    i currently do not dorm, since i came in as a transfer i wasn't into the dorm experience. however, my friends have informed me of all of the great ways dorm life helps you make friends and get involved with the community. there are always fun activities happening at the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    attendance policy at rutgers is very strict. for most classes, if you miss more than four classes you automatically fail. therefore, you must be dedicated and motivated. classes vary on assignments and level, it usually depends on the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are planning on driving, you must get a parking permit or there is no where on campus to park and you will get a ticket. this school is very spread out and big, so may not be good for someone who isn't ready for this atmosphere. make sure you are motivated to attend your classes, therefore, register early to get times you will be sure to get to.

    In three sentences

    rutgers is a very diverse community with many difference races. the campus is huge and traveling to classes can sometimes be a hassle with the buses and amount of people going to school here. although, the school is huge they still manage to stay very organized.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    well depends on what you like to do. i personally love going to the gym and swimming. it's so relaxing!

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard, party less.

    In three sentences

    rutgers university is a huge school. the students are really nice here and there is a ton of diversity. what can i say rutgers is a way of life.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    people who always wanted to go to state...

    What to do for fun

    people go to parties/frats, get drunk and hook up. the more cultured of us have few choices, although mason gross has some good shows. d

    Food and Dining

    the food is good.

    Dorm Life

    do not live in the towers. it's super loud and everyone who lives there are irresponsible, immature, jerks.

    Academic Rigor

    it's super easy; for some reason people always freak out around midterms and finals but it's really easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    brace yourselves.

    In three sentences

    people like to party too much. it's very relaxed and not very academically rigorous. the food is good though.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the fat sandwiches sold on college ave campus with french fries, cheese burger, and many other things all in one sandwich...

    What to do for fun

    it's about a half hour bus ride to get to the shopping mall. many restaurants on college ave. (well, if you don't have a budget)

    Food and Dining

    foods in the dinning hall are nice, just nice. but there are only one dinning hall on each campus so if your dorm is far away from it you better not take any meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms on the two older campus (i won't say which two, google your self) are all kind of old and dusty, but if you are looking for new england style they could be nice. all dorms are closed during holidays, so it could be hard for international students.

    Academic Rigor

    professors (well, at least for my major) are all very informed and welling to help students. many chances for students to do independent study and achieve your own academic goal. also many great opportunities for students to go on study abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    lots of things need to be done on the internet but somehow it's not easy to find what you want on the school website. be sure to talk to every dean and adviser you can before trying to get things done on your own computer.

    In three sentences

    a nice university with a good location and great resources.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is a safe environment. of course, it is not smart to walk outside alone at three in the morning because the school is located in a city. however, there are police officers and rutgers police that have been trained by the new jersey police department always on campus patrolling for the students' safety.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are many great places to eat on college ave, on easton ave or george street. there are many affordable places that have great food and plenty of bars along easton ave.

    What to do for fun

    there is always something going on at rutgers. clubs and organizations always have meetings and events throughout the semester. there are also many events on campus such as movie showings, football games, and various guest speakers.

    Food and Dining

    there are four different dining halls, one on each campus, and many other places to eat on each campus. each dining hall has top chiefs working with a great staff. there is a variety of food at each location, and they accommodate people with special dietary needs, such as vegetarian or kosher meals.

    Dorm Life

    dorming is definitely part of the college experience. the dorms at rutgers are nicer than ones that i have seen at other schools. now, there are new on campus apartments that are fully equipped with dish washers, tv's, fridges, and anything a student could need.

    Academic Rigor

    i have taken a variety of classes at rutgers university and must say that science classes are challenging for the student. they prepare a student on how to do intense studying, which is key when applying to medical school or any competitive graduate program. the classes are enjoyable and taught by professors who love what they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of all the opportunities available at this school. there are hundreds of clubs and organizations as well as greek life, so everyone can find something that they enjoy. it is also a nation-renowned research institute. research is a great way to get hands-on experience with professors who are top professionals in their fields. there are many things to do at rutgers and new students will never be bored!

    In three sentences

    rutgers university has a lot to offer as a large state school. it has reasonable in-state tuition and is a great research institute. there are many programs, clubs, and organizations that any person can find for their liking.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    rupd are always around and there are emergency boxes to contact them at every bus stop.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many.

    Great for these types of students

    they have so many majors and minors and they give opportunities for minor or double major options

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    football games are so much fun, it is just crazy and there are just so many kids in the student section

    Bang for the buck

    it is pretty expensive and the dorms kind of suck. you pay a lot for food and it usually is not that great.

    What to do for fun

    you can go into new brunswick and the state theater plus a lot of nice places to eat. there are always things going on around the school in different campus centers.

    Food and Dining

    their grilled chicken is usually raw, i like the cook/douglass dining hall best, but busch is also nice.

    Dorm Life

    i lived on douglass bunting-cobb and i made lots of friends and it was just a lot of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    look at every campus and douglass if you are a girl because they have a lot of benefits. buses kind of suck now because it is a new company. livingston campus is overcrowded even though they have new apartments, so people will push and shove you to get onto a bus.

    In three sentences

    there are always bus stops and buses everywhere. food always available in student centers, dining halls, and takeout. so many places to go and study or use computers.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at Rutger's from joining a club to signing up for a gym class or even just walking around campus. college ave and downtown New Brunswick are filled with fun places to eat with your friends and all there is always an event to go to. Livingston's Rutgers Zone holds daily events and gives out free Thomas Sweets Ice Cream which if you don't know already is AMAZING.

    Food and Dining

    Rutger's food ranges form terrible to delectable depending on which campus you are eating on. My recommendation is to avoid Brower, the College Ave dining hall, at all costs unless you're craving one of their twelve ice cream flavors. Livingston is the best with it's brand new facilities and awesome food selections. Busch is second best but first in the pasta cook to order department. It's delicious and worth the wait. Besides the dining halls there are a bunch of other places to eat in the student centers and around college ave, all of which are good and most of which are cheap. Best part is they all accept RU Express.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorm options at Rutger's such as regular dorms, Suites, Apartments, etc. Each has a different atmosphere but one thing is the same for most dorms, especially freshman ones. Come Thursday night the hallways will be loud, very loud, no matter what time of the year it is. Other than that the dorms range from being terrible, like the Towers on Livingston that don't have air conditioning and feel like an oven, to wonderful like Stonier which is an air-conditioned dorm with bathrooms in every room.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take the classes can be quite challenging, especially in the sciences. 101 classes aren't as bad and some can be considered an easy A, except for Expos which is very tough, but once you get into your major classes the professors crack down and you must work hard or risk failing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up and don't slack off senior year. While Rutger's has a reputation for being an easy school because it's a state institution their standards are rising every year and if you don't work hard you might not get accepted.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers prides itself on being a diverse community and does a pretty good job of keeping to their word. There are so many opportunities to choose from and people to meet that no two Rutger's experiences are alike but they are all enriching and fun. The one downside to Rutger's is the buses because they are terrible but that is a small price to pay for having so many awesome campus options.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I had my bike stolen once, but they caught the guy... so it's pretty good? I've never felt unsafe on campus before.

    Greek Life

    Not really an expert on this, but there are A LOT of frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY CHOICES. you really just have to go to the involvement fair and see what you want to do. Rutgers has a LOT of clubs. you just have to get out there and attend some meetings.

    Great for these types of students

    Really anyone, I feel like you just have to be ok with the bus system and be willing to make friends.

    What to do for fun

    People do party a lot, not going to lie. But I would say there's definitely other things to do. If you have a friend with a car you have some extra freedom. Otherwise you can get roundtrip bus tickets to NYC for $15, which I always find really fun.

    Food and Dining

    Again, really depends on your campus. College Ave Dining I would give a 1.5, Busch a 3, Livingston and Cook/Doug a 4.

    Dorm Life

    I have to be fair and say it really depends on where you live. I didn't reallly like my dorm this year that much, but I've visited other people before who really love theirs. As a freshman, you won't have any choice beyond requesting a campus, but there is a possibility of switching if you really hate it.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say 3.5, classes (at least at the level I have taken) aren't that bad. Some are more rigorous than others, but they do require some degree of effort. If you feel really lost in a class a think you might fail, GET HELP. I made this mistake and ended up failing because I didn't find a tutor or talk to my profesor. It's hard in such a large lecture, but really try.

    Tips for prospective students

    LIVE WHERE YOUR CLASSES WILL BE. Taking the bus to every single one of your classes will drive you insane. Math/Pharm/Engineering= Busch, Life sciences/music= Cook-Douglas, Business= Livingston, Humanities= College Ave. Not all of your classes will be there obviously, but it will make your life SO much easier if you live near your area of interest/ major classes. Also if you think you will be tempted to party very often, don't live on college ave, it will impede your academics.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is educationally a very good school. I feel that I am getting a quality education. The layout of the school however, keeps me from really liking it.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. There is constantly RU Police patrolling the campus and each student is sent a crime alert in the event that a crime has occurred.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life but many of my friends are and say it was the best decision they ever made.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of great clubs to choose from. You can join multiple clubs for your major or find something that is purely for enjoyment. Many intramural and club sports for people who enjoy sports but do not want the commitment of a Division 3 Level.

    Great for these types of students

    Realistically, there is something for EVERYONE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All of the dining halls have specialty nights. My favorite is King Neptune night. All you can eat lobster, crab, and other types of fish just for a meal swipe!

    Bang for the buck

    Good education for an in-state price.

    What to do for fun

    There are 5 fitness centers, great night life, and plenty of people to hang out with.

    Food and Dining

    There are 4 dining halls to choose from and places to get food all over the main campus. You will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm was the best year of my life!

    Academic Rigor

    Your major really will determine how hard your classes are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! You will make new friends, focus on something other than school work, and build up your resume. Also, when classes get tough, don't forget to leave some time for fun.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers an extremely diverse school with great school spirit. The extra-curricular activities offered are endless and there is something for everyone. Lastly, it is a very good school, academically.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go the events held by the organizations to meet new people and mingle. Become involved in an organization worth your time and that makes you happy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize all of your resources! There are so many that can be taken advantage of, to get you a more fulfilling, enriching education.

    In three sentences

    The education Rutgers provides is an excellent one. Is it a rather large school, and something is always going on here. On campus, we enjoy a camaraderie with one another, we are like a close family.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Learn your way around the whole campus, even if you are not attending class there--you might find a better dining hall, restaurant, club, group, church, party, etc.

    In three sentences

    The campus is good combination of busy city streets and quite country. There are tons of different types of people so you can always find someone like-minded. Good location for easy travelling.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    New Brunswick isn't the safest neighborhood, so you must be smart about what you do and when you do it. The campus police aren't always there and though studying late seems like a great idea, you should really consider that when you're heading home after 10pm. There have been many robbery incidents and even shootings at Rutgers, which have to do (sometimes) with the residents of New Brunswick. So think twice about roaming George Street by yourself at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is serious at Rutgers and philanthropy is the name of the game! Though, at times, Rutgers has experienced shutting down a few sororities and fraternities, there is a bevy of different cultural, academic or just fun Greek organizations that diversify your college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers has an amazing amount of student organizations that cater to just about any student and they often acquaint you with other students and possible new friends!

    Bang for the buck

    Considering the fact that I lived on a dorm, I thought I fared pretty well. However, I was an out-of-state student so tuition was still expensive. In comparison to Ivy League schools and private institutions, you do save a lot for the same quality of education.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has an amazing nightlife, from house and frat parties to a good selection of bars. Also New Brunswick has three amazing theaters that show musicals and plays. It's like being on Broadway, but for way cheaper. Also the school often has concerts featuring famous artists. I have seen 112, Trey Songz, Common, Ginuwine, NERD, Fabolous, The Roots and even Pitbull while attending Rutgers.

    Food and Dining

    As I had mentioned in the dorm life, the food experience is diverse! The best dining halls are Nelson and Busch. The dining halls are offer special events that all the students know and love, including King Neptune Night (Seafood, all day) and MidKnight Breakfast (which is always around finals time!). Off campus food is definitely a high point, Rutgers is infamous for their Fat Sandwiches which could be bought off of a stationary truck that offer all different types of fried goods in one sandwich. The first time I had a fat sandwich was my freshman year and I loved the Fat Mojo, which was chicken fingers, mozzerella sticks, french fries and honey mustard all jammed in between a nice bread roll. Amazing! Also a lot of restaurants on Easton Avenue and George Street offered diverse food selection at affordable prices.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is absolutely one of the best experiences I've had at Rutgers. New Brunswick is comprised of 5 different campus, which were once separate institutions of their own, and all of them have a different culture. For the students that love convenience, and prefer being close to the nightlife, College Avenue is your best bet. College Ave has access to all the surrounding campuses and it is basically where the party lives. For the laid back types who appreciate being around nature, then Cook and/or Douglass is for you. The dorms aren't the best, in comparison to the luxury dorms on George Street, but they are pretty spacious and often a variety. Also hands down, the Nelson dining hall is by far the BEST dining hall at Rutgers New Brunswick. Take out is more appetizing and the food selection is vast. The classroom buildings are surrounded by vast grassy lands as you go further into the campus. At the tip, closer to College Avenue, you get more of a small-town feel. These campuses are considered quieter and easier to find a night of silence, especially if you need to study. Livingston used to be the least desirable campus, with the worst dining hall and even worse residence halls. However now Livingston is going through a beautification project that is aimed at attracting more students. Back when, all the campuses were colleges, Livingston was indeed the easiest to get into. Now lastly, Busch is one of the biggest campuses that is far too confusing for me. It was geared towards the science, math or engineering students because all of those departments are usually based on this particular campus. It has a more suburban feel, but the dorms are comfortable. Also the dining hall is ALMOST as good as the one on Douglass/Cook campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the rating can be completely different. However, even the simplest classes can challenge you. I don't think there is a class that is deemed an easy A. Every class requires tons of work OUTSIDE of the classroom. If you should have any issues with your assignments, be sure to contact your professor and show that you are more than willing to learn. He or she might boost your grade just by knowing your name.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and get a feel for the student life and the academics. Rutgers University, though, it may be a state university can get expensive when you choose to live on campus, so visit the financial aid office often and ask about federal aid options. Also come to the school with an open mind, this campus is filled with tons of people from different backgrounds and have different ideals.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is amazing university for an affordable price. Though it may cost more than a CUNY, the experience surpassed my expectations. This particular campus offers plenty of options for a student unsure of what to study.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    not as healthy, you will be gaining weight

    Dorm Life

    Not the cleaniest

    Academic Rigor

    Many resources to take advantage of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded

    In three sentences

    Rutgers teach students a different perspective on education because it is a research college. Every professor there are scholars and have accomplished amazing findings. However, tuition and books is very expensive.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you aren't very foolish (dumb), then you will be safe. There will always be people in life who get themselves into trouble though.

    Greek Life

    In my personal opinion, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs has been too strict and constricting on Greek Life, especially in recent years.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've already said before, clubs here are active and display great variety.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the social student who likes lots of friends. Also great for athletes. There is a campus for the more quiet type of student on Cook, which is secluded in a woodsy area. The hardcore nerd types will be at home on Busch. It's a huge school, there's a niche for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We sometimes steal a cannon from Princeton and they steal it back, but they put it in cement. The football games have some traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    I think academically the school is still very strong for what it costs...with one caveat. I think this school is NOT worth the cost if you're paying out of state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is a club for just about any hobby/activity. Sports are big if you like spectating or playing. The social scene is great as well. I'd give it 5 stars if I had a rating section for this part.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food is better than I expected but it gets old fast, even though the dining staff clearly tries very hard to make meals fresh, new, and pretty tasty. Livingston Dining Hall is brand new and worth the trip while Brower on the College Ave. Campus is awful. Busch and Nielson are in between.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fine. Certain dorms are great and certain dorms are not. I think most generic dorms are par for the course based on what I have seen nationwide while some are absolutely excellent. The B.E.S.T. Hall dorms (Busch Engineering Science and Technology) are awesome, as are the Livingston Apartments. If you do your research and apply early you can get a great dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Class is tough, especially engineering classes. There should be no doubt that employers will recognize you went to an academically rigorous school. However, this isn't an Ivy League (as much as some would like to say it is) and certainly isn't Stanford or MIT, etc. so I can't in good faith give it 5 stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can certainly have fun here, but this is also a school where you can get a great education and be well on your way to an excellent career if you choose to take advantage of even a fraction of what's available to you.

    In three sentences

    The school is huge and has a large student body. Nearly anything is available for you to do, both in the classroom and outside the classroom. Sometimes the school can feel a little impersonal.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    It is a huge school; it is easy to get lost in the crowd, but it's also easy to find pretty much anything you want to get involved with. It's also very diverse.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers is by New Brunswick which is a pretty sketchy area.

    Greek Life

    It's there if you want it, but if you're not part of it, it's no big deal. The frats are constantly throwing parties!

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club/activity you can imagine!

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stan The Motivational Bus Driver- he preaches to and praises all the students on his bus!

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is pretty expensive, but probably less than a private university.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is a large university so there is something fun for everyone! There are parties every weekend, but there are other things to do for people who aren't into partying.

    Food and Dining

    I really like all the dining halls except for Brower (College Ave).

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is the best choice especially for freshman. While not all the dorms may be air conditioned, it's still an experience that every freshman should go through!

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is a world renowned university and the classes are tough! There are many amazing professors here, many of them who do research and will allow you to assist them in their research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on Livingston as a freshman! Some people may tell you that Livingston is bad, but it has been one of the best experiences I've had here! Livingston is full of freshman so everyone is in the same boat.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has the best of everything: we are close to a city, but we also have a farm on campus! We are very school spirited and like to have fun, but we also know when to buckle down and study! It's the perfect choice for everyone because there are so many options.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Organization are the best place to start your networking and a way to get to know people on campus. Get involved and explore your options!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is good, love the pizza and cook to order pasta! They have a wide variety and dining halls on each campus which are brand spanking new!!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms for me were always cool! I lived 5 minutes from my classes and my roommates are lifetime friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Chemistry and Calculus is hard, but I got through it. Just be consistent and go to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared for a challenge. Move at your own pace and follow your true passion and dreams. Rutgers has a program for any and everything!

    In three sentences

    R...U... Rahhhhhh Rahhhhh!!! I have the Red, White, and Black fever!! Absolutely love this place!!!

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    don't walk around at night on cook or douglass--you'll get mugged

    Greek Life

    a big part of college ave campus and of rutgers

    Clubs and Activities

    there's A LOT to do here, what's hard is choosing what club you want to join

    Great for these types of students

    study-a-holics

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    if you walk around passion puddle 3 times with you're significant other, it's said you'll get married. Only works with a Cook boy and a Douglass girl

    What to do for fun

    Grease trucks, partying, George Street,

    Tips for prospective students

    Work as much as possible before coming here so that you can try to afford it. Seek academic advising from day 1 don't wait until you're a senior.

    In three sentences

    It an amazing school, but expensive. Rutgers loves to charge for whatever they can and it's a huge school so if you want individual attention then this is not the school for you.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for all types of students. The campus is huge but you will make friends and enjoy it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the tillet circle where you can relax outside on a nice day and also the student centers have turned into hangout spots.

    Bang for the buck

    The price that Rutgers charges is not that much. It was offered the chance to become a ivy league school but turned it down to stay affordable for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    You can do anything, There are movie theaters, restaurants and then on campus activities. We have a mini arcade, different org do something almost every single night. So there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are awesome. There's always something new and they really cater to everyone's food preferences. Whether you're vegan, lactose and tolerate etc There will always be something for you to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun. I have been here for almost for years now and i have live in a dorm and now in an apartment. There's wifi everywhere and the bus stops are right outside your room.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are manageable depending on how much effort you put into them. I believe in attending daily and just getting the work done.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about attending Rutgers University, be prepared to work with the best of the best. This is not a school to slack off in. Be ready to have a great experience but also getting prepared for the real world.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is among the top 50 research universities in the country. It is diverse, full of different organizations and will always have you busy. RUTGERS RULES!!!!

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    You can join a club :)

    Food and Dining

    Too much food.

    Dorm Life

    FUN! If you have a good roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    First year just push through the tough times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but focus.

    In three sentences

    This school is affordable. I can't wait to come to Rutgers and meet new people. There are also many clubs to join!

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Lots of greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers has EVERY CLUB

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who likes to party would be great at Rutgers. Also, anyone who is really really serious about school. Not much for people in between.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is a private school education for a public school price.

    What to do for fun

    Frat parties and bars.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what path you want to take and definitely take advantage of advising.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a great school academically, it has a really rigorous science program. If you like to party rutgers is definitely for you. Also, don't go here if you grew up in NJ and don't want to see all your own high school friends.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Crime alerts.

    Greek Life

    Good. Very active.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intervaristy is a great Christian group on campus. We have over 400 clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion puddle.

    Bang for the buck

    All four year schools are a little over priced.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Livingston Dining Hall is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and classes college can be easier or harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live at school. Take classes you like. Take a fun minor.

    In three sentences

    IT's a huge school with many opportunities. Has many class and major options. Dorming is okay.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers tries its best to keep its students safe. There are times where people will be beaten up, assaulted, and burglaries, but safety relies on common sense and knowing when to call for the authorities. Don't walk around by yourself or even just one other person. Have a group of people with you (3 or 4 other people). Keep your personal belongings secure. Lock your doors and actually use the peep holes to see who is outside the door. If you can't see out of your peep hole, ask who is out there to confirm. If the person is unfamiliar in voice or simply unexpected, call the RA on duty (if you have the number) or RUPD if you don't feel safe. Safety goes both ways. The university will do their best but it also relies on you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Physics and Astronomy building is open on the first Thursday night of the month to go on the roof and go stargazing. It's free and quite enjoyable, but make sure to dress warmly. The Charity Bedrace is an event where students can decorate a bed and actually race it against other teams. It's a really good cause and loads of fun, either participating or watching.

    What to do for fun

    There are recreational activities like kendo, ballroom dancing, yoga, tae kwan do, and more. It does cost some money, but it is worth it to do something and to meet new people. The Rutgers Zone is a great place for ice cream, games, and watching sports. Sometimes, there are even film festivals taking place. All it takes is just some looking around and keeping an ear out for this stuff.

    Food and Dining

    People will say that Brower Commons (College Ave) is disgusting. To be honest, getting lunch there is not that bad. It can be disgusting with the appearance of the dining hall, but it's manageable. Busch is quite good with the food, especially getting the cooked-to-serve pasta. However, the pasta line can get really long. Livingston, with its new dining hall, is pretty great, especially the pub area where you can order a burger with fries and some other additions on the computers. At Cook/Douglass, you can go spend your meal swipes to get sandwiches and it has pretty good food.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes, the hallways will be loud after quiet hours, especially when people come back from parties. Sometimes, the bathrooms will be a mess or feel uncomfortable. You won't always like the people on your floor. However, the dorms aren't that bad. Like any other place, it just takes time to get used to things. Dorms are honestly the best way to get to know people and find common areas of studies to get help in.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics will be hard. Pre-calculus is hard unless you really go for help and practice the problems. The sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) are also hard unless you really do the work. Make sure you really develop on time management skills because it really does help with keeping track of classes and allows for better retention on the material being learned.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you take your placement exams, take them seriously as they really do affect what math and English class you receive. Try your best to begin preparing for time management skills for studying, doing homework, and making time for friends. Prepare to get used to large lecture halls with 300+ students, but also try to get to know some. Those people can help you with assignments and in study groups. Like in high school, try to build a relationship with a professor for recommendation letters and for advice for your future.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a large university, and honestly, not always the best for everybody as each person is different from one another. However, Rutgers slowly can become a home away from home with new friends and experiences. The campus itself is beautiful, but can be dangerous like every other place in the world.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs, gyms, and events all year around. Getting involved helps you make a lot of friends and have fun while learning.

    Food and Dining

    There are a good amount of choices and selections but after a year you get used to it too much.

    Dorm Life

    I prefer not to live in a dorm unless i have to.

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes things can get tough and they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a diverse community with various opportunities and students amongst its environment. I have found that being at Rutgers has taught me a lot about how to be involved in more than just my community but my state. Rutgers overall has given me that chance to fulfill my goals with one step at a time.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always present for students. You can always see them patrolling around in their cars and making sure people are behaving. Also, whenever there's a crime, you are always notified by a crime alert email, which gives details about the crime and also tips on how to stay safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is there for people who wish to join, and also is not in your face all the time if you don't particularly care for it. For those who are interested, Greek life is something that many people see as something to be proud of when pledging and becoming a member, and also help your future by helping you connect to others. The Greek life on campus is pretty great with many different types of fraternities and sororities for different types of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities for students to join on campus. Some types of clubs and activities include a capella groups, dance teams, Christian organizations, ethnic-interest clubs, plays, 5-k runs, and dance marathons.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for all types of students, with people who enjoy studies and also for people who enjoy social activities more than just their studies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some unusual locations on campus are the squeaky circles. On campus, there are pathways with circles in the path, and most of the time, if you clap in the circle, you'll hear a squeak.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, Rutgers is pretty expensive, compared to what other in-state students pay for their state colleges in other states, and for out of state students, it's pretty cheap compared to other state colleges. However, it's pretty easy to get financial aid and work-study programs. Also, there are many job opportunities on and around campus so there's always a way to get money. And Rutgers isn't bad for the price you pay.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of things to do on and around campus for fun. There's movie theaters near campus, bowling alleys, malls, and fast food restaurants. There's a lot of restaurants on College Avenue, so if you get tired of dining hall food, you can eat there. Also, Greek Row is on College Avenue, so if the fraternities and sororities throw a BBQ or something to get to know the brothers and sisters, you can always go to see if Greek life is for you. Also, there's going to be a movie theater on Livingston campus so if you want to go watch a movie, there's always that. Also, inside many of the freshmen dorms, there are pool tables, ping pong tables, and foosball tables. There's a lot of things to do on and around Rutgers campuses, it's just what you want to do that makes your college experience.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall on each campus all differ when compared to each other in taste. The new dining hall on Livingston campus is probably the best dining hall that's close to other campuses but the Cook/Douglass dining hall might be the best over all. The worst dining hall is the one on College Avenue, and the one that's not great but it isn't horrible is the dining hall on Busch.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is extremely fun. Living on campus for freshman year opened up a lot of opportunities and enabled me to have a very large group of friends. Keeping your door open and just saying hi to everybody you see allows you to have a fun time. They'll never let you get bored since there's always something to do and so many people to get to know.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor isn't too strenuous as long as you can manage your time well and you don't waste your time when it comes to schoolwork. Of course you're going to have to spend time at school doing schoolwork, but you won't spend more time than is necessary as long as you stay on top of your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, be yourself, join clubs, and enjoy college, but don't forget to go to class! Don't skip classes, don't procrastinate homework to do something fun with your friends when you know you won't have time later, and always keep in mind your prerequisite classes when registering for classes.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is one of the best choices I've made in my life. It's fun, energetic, enjoyable, and everything you want it to be. You can do whatever you want and like whenever you want to, just because there's so many things to do on and around campus at all times of the day.

  • 05/13/2012

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    What to do for fun

    People sometimes go to parties for fun. There's also various club meetings to get involved. There are various events year round: Dance Marathon, Rutgers Day, Club DM, Relay for life walk-a-thon.

    Food and Dining

    Food offered on campus depends on meal swipes. YOU NEED MEAL SWIPES to go to the dining hall (unless a friend guest swipes you in). The dining hall offers a variety, all-you-can-eat environment: salad, deli, pasta/pizza, chinese food, dessert. You can also study there too!

    Dorm Life

    It's great to be able to live with friends and have an independent life away from your parents for a few months. It gives an advantage for those who want to have a fun social life because your friend (or even roommate) is so close by.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a huge variety of courses available for students. Of course, the higher classes (300-400 levels) are more difficult than the introductory 100-200 level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to know what you want to do early. That way, you won't have to be in school for many years -- and it will save you money!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has a wide variety of options for various, diverse students. Housing is offered in four different campuses and there are different options available as well. You can also live off-campus if you want to save money too. The food is great because it's all-you-can-eat in the dining hall.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a gym which is very well equipped. The campus is beautiful so enjoy that. Join the clubs.

    Food and Dining

    I keep kosher so there are not many options for kosher food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The education is on a very high level. The professors really know there material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work tends to pile up so do not leave everything for the last minute. Come prepared for class so that it is easier to follow. Enjoy all the extra curricular activities Rutgers has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a phenomenal school. The education is on a very high level. The professors are there to help and guide you so that you can succeed academically.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that you study diligently and become familiar with your professors. If you intend to become involved in certain organizations on campus, fill certain positions, or apply for certain scholarships you will need the recommendations of staff. Take your education seriously! This is a major university and being a part of such a demanding academic atmosphere will speak volumes for you later in life. Don't take this opportunity for granted. This university can make you very marketable to other universities and graduate schools as well.

    In three sentences

    When I initially began attending Rutgers I was overwhelmed by the size of the university and I felt terribly alone and insignificant. Having always attended smaller schools, including my previous college, the change was frightening. Now that I have met a few kind people, I have learned that Rutgers University is a community, and everyone from staff to alumni cares to aid in the success of the students.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Plenty of clubs and student organizations holding on-campus events. Lots of places to go to eat, drink, and hang out throughout New Brunswick as well.

    Food and Dining

    Good selection in dining hall. Certain theme nights throughout the week. Plenty of places nearby off-campus as well.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not always easy. The workload can be overwhelming around mid-terms/finals, but it all really depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get familiar with the bus system prior to day one of classes. Get involved on campus, whether it's within your dorm, athletics, club, or a student organization.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a very diverse college community with a wide selection of course offerings. Campus life is extensive and active. Location is ideal for off-campus activities as well.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers has it's own police department, it doesn't rely on New Brunswick PD. RUPD is very vigilant when it comes to crime prevention and its presence around Rutgers is made known. The officers are very friendly and willing to help students out when needed, and make student safety their top priority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers offers many different types of clubs, ranging from academic to hobby interests. If Rutgers doesn't have the club you're looking for, it's very easy to start your own.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers offers a top-notch private school education for a public school price, it's an offer than can't be beat.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Rutgers is a lot better than food at most other colleges. They have a wide array of options that can satisfy individual cravings. Also, on nights when you're too busy to sit down and eat, the dining halls offer takeout--a luxury that is unique to Rutgers.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is a very rewarding experience. ResLife takes great care of its students, scheduling lots of fun events and really striving to create a the feeling of a tight-knit community.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Rutgers are challenging, but totally conquerable--as long as you're willing to put in the effort to get the good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, take college seriously, and don't forget to take time to relax.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers provides an education that will challenge its students. The running joke is that Rutgers provides an Ivy League education at a fraction of the cost, and I've come to believe that. It won't be easy (nothing worth attaining ever is), but the satisfaction in getting that degree will be worth it.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fat sandwiches are a must to try at least once. But eat at your own risk.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of parties, basement shows, etc. if that's what you're into. There are lots of other activities if that's not what your into such as plays, weekend excursions, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food is amazing at Rutgers New Brunswick. Every meal is an all-you-can-eat buffet and every campus has it's own dining hall. The cooks really know what they are doing and there is great variety.

    Dorm Life

    For the most part, dorms are a party scene. They are clean and well-kept.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies among departments, professors, etc. For the most part, the school provides what you need to excel, so long as you utilize those resources provided. The opportunities are there to learn an incredible amount on just about any topic you'd like. The topics for classes are especially creative.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus is not for everyone and commuting is no easy feat either. You have to be very passionate about what you are looking to do at this school. The first year is difficult, getting acclimated to the campus and the ins and outs of being a Rutgers student, but the overall experience is worth the initial struggle.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has a huge selection of academics and boasts incredibly qualified and interesting professors. There are plentiful research and volunteer opportunities. Depending on how you utilize what Rutgers has to offer, you can have literally any sort of college experience you could ask for.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a little controversial. There are crime alerts every week, sent to your email without your subscription and your phone if you subscribe, about someone getting jumped or someone blowing something up. Two of them have involved two of my friends, that's how many have happened. Keep in mind that the campus is located in New Brunswick, and a handful of students come from street life. Not criticizing the streets, I'm familiar with them myself. It's just something to be aware of when you come to this college. On the other hand, I walk around by myself at night, through the woods and all that, and I'm always fine, thank God. It's a big campus and anything can happen, so just be on your toes and don't hang around late at night with people you don't know (common sense stuff, but trust me I know people who forget these little things. it's so true in real life). But you have a higher change of being in risk when you go to a party than when you walk down the street at night though, so keep that in mind as well-- danger is everywhere, so be alert, but don't be paranoid either and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    More objective opinion: Greek Life is semi-big on campus. Almost all the houses are on College Ave. Greek parties from what I've heard are very difficult to get into. Initiation often involves violent stuff like punching bricks (my friend joined a frat) or playing cruel pranks. Personal opinion: Wouldn't recommend Greek Life. It's enough to join clubs or join a community, Greek Life just seems unnecessary for social life. in fact, most of the people I know in sororities and frats don't really talk to people outside of their circles, which I think defeats the point of any community.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs. So many activities. Have fun choosing which party you want to go to, or which fellowship you want to go to, or which ice cream party/free pizza event you want to go to. There are so many things happening at the same time. You will never have nothing to do.

    Great for these types of students

    You can be athletic and outgoing or shy and reserved. Cliche, but Rutgers really is for diverse types of people. It's one of those big but rare colleges that have so many little communities in it that change people for life. If you have Jersey pride, you'll like Rutgers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle-- kiss somewhere here and you will get married Rutgers Garden-- it's hidden somewhere near Cook, maybe you will find this secret garden

    Bang for the buck

    Same undergraduate education as Ivies, 1/3 the tuition. I know because I talk to people who go to Cornell and Yale, and it's the same thing. It is true that personal attention may be less, but that changes as you progress to upperclassmen classes.

    What to do for fun

    There's over 100+ student organizations and there's always a party or campus show or fellowship or movie (like i mentioned before, there's a Livingston movie theater being built right now as I type this in 2012) going on somewhere, anywhere, at any time on all the campuses. Vague, but once you get here, you'll see what I mean. You will not be bored.

    Food and Dining

    I'll be really detailed on this one because food is important to a lot of incoming freshmen. The food is good in my opinion, fresh on some nights, like steak and mashed potatoes, chicken marsala. The breads and other kinds of carbs are sometimes dry, but the microwaves and toasters and panini presses will easily fix that by bringing out their original flavors. will satisfy your culinary tastes. It is buffet style. There are stations called Mediterranean Grills which are made-to-order. The staff are friendly, and if they are not, please be nice to them because most students are disrespectful to them. You will find that they will appreciate and reciprocate kindness. I realized I receive significantly larger portions of food simply by smiling at the staff. Overall, the dining hall food is repetitive because you will be there all year round, so depending on your liking towards variety the dining halls may please you or annoy you on some days more than most. The Livingston and Douglass dining halls are the best ones. There are many, many options outside of the dining halls, however, in the New Brunswick area; chinese food, viet, sushi, Mexican, fast food, grills, Dunkin Donuts, etc. You will not starve, ever.

    Dorm Life

    The reason I give my dorm life a 4 star has to do with where I live, on Douglass campus, in a first year all girls dorm. Sounds lame, I know, but it's actually really awesome living with girls that become like your sisters. I've polled the majority of my friends as well, who live on Busch, Livingston, and College Ave. The dorms are all clean and moderately new, but I would avoid College Ave, I never hear anything positive about that campus' dorms. Dorm life varies depending on your preference for silence or noise, but when you are accepted to Rutgers, you can easily choose those options when selecting a roommate. Dorm life for freshmen often consist of something called floor meetings, which you will be required to attend, but they're generally quick, about 15 minutes, and cover basic information like academics, floor rules, and events that will be happening near where you live, so it's useful to attend as well. My advice about dorm life, if you want it to be the best, is simply to leave your door open or stop by other people's dorms to say hi. It isn't as intimidating as it sounds, it's actually very simple and allows you to get to know other people. Also, the Livingston Campus is almost done with their newly build apartments, plaza, and movie theater, so if you live on Livi you will be in the center of a new hotspot as well.

    Academic Rigor

    I give this a 3-star because I want you to weigh 3 things: Level of difficulty- 3 out of 5, as in moderate; you can take that well or badly depending on how easy you like your classes to be. Level of cohesiveness- 3 out of 5; the way that the professors teach often does not flow, but comes in chunks of information that you are meant to dissect on your own. Level of integrity- 2 out of 5. People here cheat, especially in the business school. But more than that is the fact that people here do not have a very sharp desire to actually LEARN. At least, that's what it seems like in the business school; that they just want to get As or Cs depending on their agendas and get out of here as fast as possible. That has a toll on the academic culture here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a Jersey student considering Rutgers for its cheap value, then your consideration is wise. This is the New Jersey school for decent academic opportunities at a low cost, especially if you are an undergraduate student seeking to enroll in the sciences, business, or any research/technical field of study. I would not choose this school if money or proximity is not an issue for you, and you value the prestigious Ivy names out there. Undergrad $ saver = Rutgers. If you consider Rutgers your dream school, please weigh carefully the academic pros and cons of coming here before you imagine something that is beyond the reality. There are definite cons to coming to such a large school, like the bureacracy of how things are done during registration or trying to get some time with advisors. Do not expect personal attention from the faculty here, it is not common. Just know that as far as undergraduate degrees go, Rutgers really is a top value as rated by many publisher. Make sure that you get APs or college-level credits in, especially if you are from NJ. They generally count towards your undergraduate study, so that you can save 1-3 semesters of tuition based on how many AP or college-level credits you can get approved. Make sure your guidance counselor informs you on how to contact the advisors at Rutgers, because the credits will be impeccable to you once you arrive here and realize that you could have saved semesters by cracking down on those AP credits.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is undoubtedly the hotspot of diversity, where local and international students congregate together in one school, making social life a booming culture. Academics vary depending on the professors that you come in contact with, most are generally more focused on their research, which can be good for their knowledge in teaching, but bad for their personal attention to students. Football and drinking is the mainstream, academics is just a fish in the stream (meaning social life takes precedence over academics)

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are well-kept. The food is tolerable. Rutgers does offer a wide variety of food and caters to all types of diets.

    Dorm Life

    Rutgers dorm life is great. A person can meet so many different people within the four years there. Long lasting friendships can be made because of dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe Rutgers has a rigorous, yet manageable work load. The one great thing is that I do not think it favors one field of work over another. There is not more emphasis on one profession than another.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not ever feel like a small fish in a big sea. Rutgers University has so much to offer and has a place for everyone. Even though it may take a little time to find that spot for you, once you find it--and you certainly will, you will not have any regrets.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University offers a plethora of career options to its students. It is relatively affordable and although it is a research-based school, it has so much to offer. The diversity is refreshing and I think Rutgers graduates will have great things to offer the world.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many different opportunities to get involved at this university. If you decide to get involved in clubs, student government, or sports you will never be bored. Getting involved helps to get accustomed to such a large school and make friends. There are also a lot of different volunteering opportunities on campus and in the surrounding communities in the New Brunswick area.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different meal plan options at Rutgers, and there are many places you can use meal swipes. Student centers and campus centers all have different choices for food including major restaurant chains such as Wendy's, Sbarro Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, and many more. They even have meal plan options for students that live off campus and even commuters.

    Dorm Life

    Residence Life at Rutgers is probably my favorite part of my college experience. I just got hired as a resident assistant so I know from experience that they go out their way to make sure students have a great time. They plan many different programs which always include free food and are always fun. They do strongly enforce the policies which include drug and alcohol policy, however it is for everyone's safety. Overall, I feel that dorm life at Rutgers is a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is a challenging university so you will have to attend all classes, do required readings, and study hard throughout the semester and not just before the exams. Classes are usually larger, with up to a couple hundred students per class, therefore you have to make sure you pay attention to the syllabus and have a planner to keep tract of due dates. Professors will usually remind you of due dates the day before a paper or assignment is due, if they decide to remind you at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most classes are lectures, which means you will have to force yourself to go to class. Make sure that you actually go because it will make all the difference in your final grade. Also, make connections with the professors they are very approachable and most of them truly enjoy the subject they are teaching. They love talking to students about the material, helping prepare for exams, and their research projects. Once you make these connections they are more than willing to write letters of recommendation for you. Going up to them can definitely be intimidating, but step out of your comfort zone and do it because it will help you in the end.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a very diverse campus with tons of different things to do. You will never be bored on this campus, I can guarantee this. You will have to work hard, but you will definitely be challenged and learn while at Rutgers which is the most important part.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be careful walking the streets of downtown NB at night!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    In-state.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Club Alex - the college avenue library.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of bars to go to if you are over 21, if you are younger you can start off going to frat/house parties.

    Food and Dining

    Brower Commons is the most terrible dining hall out there, but the other campuses have okay food.

    Dorm Life

    Live in Demarest Hall!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all of your core requirements out of the way first, even if the deans advise against it.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a diverse and academically challenging university. If you are in-state then it is definitely worth it. If you are international or out of state, stay away because they are out for your money.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I Don't Really Know Much but they have really fun parties, just make sure you do not go alone for safety purposes, but that's for any college's greek life parties.

    Great for these types of students

    Sociable Students as well as very Focused Students, Great for all types of Students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely try at least one fat sandwich from the grease trucks located on college avenue across near the Scott Hall Bus Stop.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown New Brunswick: State Theater, Shopping, Parks, Soon to be Theater on Livington Campus, Rutgers Football & Basketball Games, New Brunswick Town Events, Greek Festival

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard your first semester because the adjustment can be difficult.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an Excellent School! Its campuses are very diverse and there are a lot of new things coming to and happening to the campus. Rutgers is very organized school with tons of things to do & is great for all majors offered.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Shows at Starland Ballroom. RUzone on Livingston. Easton Ave. for late night fun. George St. for great restaurants. Rutgers Gardens is amazing in the spring. Football games in the fall!

    Food and Dining

    Livingston and Busch Dining halls are outstanding. New Brunswick offers a plethora of different and diverse restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't lived in dorms, can't comment.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers University is a challenging institution. Keep up on your school work, plan ahead, and you'll do just fine. Talk with your professors or take advantage of the wealth of student programs available if you are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus schedule. Be prepared for class (that means read ahead and keep ahead!). Eat at the grease trucks. Explore New Brunswick.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a diverse, sprawling campus. The professors are amazing and the classes are very challenging. The perfect place to get a quality, inexpensive education!

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    DO NOT walk alone during night time especially on college ave. it is a very dangerous place at night! always walk with friends!

    Greek Life

    alot of frats and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are looking for a in state - cheaper college and like to challenging course work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ABP cafe on college ave is a very nice place

    What to do for fun

    go out with your friends to fraternity parties.

    Food and Dining

    They just built a new dining hall at livingston campus. but it is often crowded and the line is long! I personally like busch campus dinning hall because it is more relaxed and the line is not long.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live. I lived in a traditional freshman dorm ( resident hall) I met alot of friends there. However one of my friends lived in a suite ( non traditional resident hall meant for upper-class) She hated her social life because the only people she talked to are her suite mates ( you share your space with your suitemates)

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance your social and academic life. I have witness many of my fellow students failed miserably during their freshman due to lack of focus for their course work

    In three sentences

    It is a very large college with many social, academic, research opportunities.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out and enjoy the great night life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and play harder. Don't allow the party lifestyle to derail your studies. Be studious and serious about school as if it was a job.

    In three sentences

    A great mix of academics and campus life. I could not imagine myself at another university. I love it here.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since College Avenue campus is near Downtown New Brunswick it is prone to few crime events. However most of them occurs between 12 am to 5am. So if you travel or walk around college avenue be careful walk in groups, know where the emergency phones are and know where you are going. Most of the crimes occurs in Friday and weekends. All other campuses are pretty safe and sound.

    Greek Life

    I am not very familiar with Greek Life. But I have seen frat houses in college avenue. Although there are so many fraternities and sororities, Greek Life is not very popular in Rutgers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 400 clubs and societies. For example student governments, cultural and religious socities, professional societies, fraternities and sororities. Try to be part of at least one professional that is related to your academic major and any other societies. There are varsity sports, intramural, gyms in all campuses. There will be so many activities going on throughout the year. Charity events, networking, Dance Marathon,Rutgers Day are few of them

    Great for these types of students

    Science and engineering students. People who love travelling to NYC. Nature and animal lovers. Business minded students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an observatory in the physics building. This only opens on first and third Thursday, it is a great experience to have a look at the sky on nights. In college Avenue you will have unusual traditions but I am not very used to it.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so much to explore. But it is all up to you to search. Make friends with upperclassmen they will help you a lot.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities going around in campus. You can take part in any socities and organizations. There are numerous intramural sports, all campuses have big gyms with many equipment and swimming pools. Downtown New Brunswick has many restaurants and shops that you can visit. New York City is just 40 minutes away. Train ride from New Brunswick to NYC is a great experience. Cook-Douglas campus has natural scenaries and farms with pigs, cows, horses etc. If you are a nature lover you can go there and volunteer their. There will be so many charity events 9/11 memorial charity, charity bed race, dance marathon, big chill (A marathon in December first week), Rutgers Day etc.

    Food and Dining

    You will love the food for first few months after that it will start to get boring. They have built new dining halls. Livingston and Busch are the new dining halls. Those are the dining halls that have good food. There are differnt kinds of meal plans. If you live on campus you have to have a meal plan. First years should have a 210 or higher meal plan, others should have 105 or higher meal plan (Numbers represents the number of meals you can have). Try to choose 210, because if you miss any meal swipes they don't pass it to the next semester. Also not everyday you are going to go to dining halls. There are also cook to order pasta and omlet. There are healthy options but most of them are hidden, it is up to you to find and eat them. Except for subs and salads take out doesn't have healthy options most of them are oily, sugary and unhealthy foods. Therefore avoid take outs as much as you can.

    Dorm Life

    If you can get into a housing that is related to your academics. SAS Honors students, engineering students, cook college students have their own housing, it will not only help you in academics but also make connections with people who can help you out in the future. Even RAs you get also will be pursuing same kind of degrees in these housing so they can be mentor to you. There are gyms near most of the housings. Dining halls are also not far away from housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Science and engineering courses in Rutgers are very rigorous. You need to pay attention and understand the concepts. You can still pass the course without understanding concepts but advanced courses assume that you already have the idea so they go very quickly. Upper Level engineering courses have project and presentations. Arts and humanities courses are not very hard but still you have to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships very early, since this is a state university applying early makes you be in the front of the race. Pay the housing deposit on time otherwise you will endup in different campuses than you have classes on. Although campus buses are there, it will still be a hassle. If you are science or engineering major choose Busch campus. Get to know your professors and TAs early on they will be a great asset if you use them from the beginning.

    In three sentences

    Very diverse environment with different kind of people. Although the university itself is bigger small schools and smaller departments make it feels like a small state school. Numerous activities and interactive get togethers.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Being situated in the city New Brunswick, there is no shortage of activities to keep one busy. New Brunswick is home to many bars, restaurants, shops and even the state theater to keep the large student body occupied. The Busch Campus contains the football stadium where a majority of the students attend to watch the Scarlet Knights play in the fall while the Livingston Campus houses the Athletic Center, which is packed during basketball games in the winter. Additionally, the College Ave. campus is the center for most student run activities, such as concerts, club meetings, events and most importantly, parties.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls at Rutgers are very straightforward. There is one hall that is brand new, accompanied with different stations based on cuisines and is unanimously rated with the best food offerings. The other 3 dining halls are not as new or have as much selection, but still are more than satisfactory when unable to make it to the brand new hall.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Rutgers University is based on a lottery system and could mean staying at a brand new dorm building one year and switching to some of the oldest dorms on campus the next. Luckily, the upperclassman do receive priority so dorm life often gets better. The newest dorms and apartment buildings are among the nicest, as they are filled with brand new technologies and modern furnishings. Unfortunately, if one's lottery number is too high, they may be stuck to stay at the older dorm buildings which seems to only contain the bare minimum amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    If students wish to truly be challenged at Rutgers University, they can undoubtedly be. The Honors programs provided in most majors can be brutal and expectations are always high. The classes will indeed keep you busy and as you progress, the work will only get harder. If the honors program seems like something one would like to take part in, I would advise to stay in the honors housing for at least one year. The moral and academic support given out from like-minded students only helps you to succeed in the difficult classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many freshman and transfers are overwhelmed by the large student body combined with the 4 distinct campus spread around New Brunswick. Yet, they must realize that all the upperclassmen were in the very same position as well and actually enjoy helping others sort out their schedule and find the right classroom. It is also important to know that no matter the size of your class, the professor and the Teaching Assistants are invaluable resources to receiving a excellent grade in the class and that no individual should be afraid to approach them. Additionally, prospective students should take advantage of the many services, clubs and opportunities a large state school, such as Rutgers, offers.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is an extremely rewarding and enjoyable school to attend. It is a school that excellently mixes the partying and fun side of college with strict and demanding academics. The sheer size of the school helps to facilitate both a busy social life and numerous job and internship opportunities present both before and after graduation.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD is on top of things. And yes, they are a real police department.

    Greek Life

    Awesome experience, wish I had done it sooner

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of a club or activity, Rutgers has it

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are improving- Livi is awesome

    Dorm Life

    Definitely experience the dorms freshman year. It's worth it, even if you live close.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, your courses can be extremely difficult or easy. It's all up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your college plans. So often students complain about the RU Screw. This does not really happen if you are responsible and self-sufficient. Rutgers is huge- they don't have the time to baby you and tell you step by step what you need to do to graduate. You are treated like an adult, and expected to act that way.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is underrated - New Jersey residents forget about it because we live right here, but it is an amazing university. Not only are you challenged academically, but you are exposed to a diverse student body with various interests. No matter what your interest, you will find someone at Rutgers who shares it.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful campuses and convenient bus system in the heart of New Brunswick and Piscataway. Many major/minor options and specialized schools within the University offer diversity among student body.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While we do have the occasional problems on campus (mostly on college ave, meaning it may not be students but locals). We always receive fast-as detailed as possible email so that we know what's going on.

    Greek Life

    While I am not personally involved in any fraternity, the friends that I have who are in them enjoy them a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally 100's of groups and organizations for you to choose from, if you have a particular interest pretty sure Rutgers has it covered. There's also always some event going on on at least one of the 4 campuses everyday.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to work hard and play hard. If you're outgoing and love getting involved you'll love. And even if you're more of a shy kid like me, you will still love it and meet awesome people who'll become like a second family.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well we have a statue named William the Silent on College Avenue, the joke is that the statue whistles anytime a virgin walks by, and in all the time the statues been there it hasn't. There's also Passion Puddle which legend has it that if you walk around it with your significant other you will get married.

    Bang for the buck

    I have to say Rutgers is just such a huge place that you can always just go out and find somewhere to explore or something to. There's great people, great food (all the good places are on Easton Avenue, right off of college ave and if you go to Rutgers you will at some point eat at one of these places). There's beautiful scenery, and we're always adding more.

    What to do for fun

    Join and club or group, take up a dancing class taught on campus, party on College Avenue. Participate in sports in the fall or spring.

    Food and Dining

    Go to Busch, Livingston, or Neilson Dining Halls and you will not be disappointed. Avoid Brower (on College Avenue campus) as much as possible. Besides the dining halls there are also restaurants on Easton Avenue which is right off College Ave. As well as all the usual fast food places in our student centers located on every campus.

    Dorm Life

    It can be great, and it can also suck. It really depends on who you are living with, and where. Regular dorms are somewhat small, but the apartments that we have are really, really great, there even adding more for Fall Semester 2012.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be really easy and they can be really tough. Teachers can seem really mean. But you just have to be willing to put in that extra effort and extra time when necessary and you will do fine. There are office hours for professors and TA's, there are hotlines, and you've also got your friends, and upperclassmen. Rutgers has the resources for you to succeed you just have to use them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard, especially if you're going into the sciences like Biology, etc (9pm exams are just not for me). But also take time out to have fun at one of our many events all over campus. Talk to your RA's they are a great source of information, and always ask for help when you need it (you'll especially need help when it comes to buildings and which buses to take during your first couple of weeks).

    In three sentences

    It has an enormous amount of activities to get involved in outside of the classroom. There are great teachers, who in my experience are always there when you need help. There's also a great student body, including kids like me :).

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Honestly, a lot of crime does happen on campus but it is like being anywhere else. Never be alone at night. Rutgers doesn't hide what happens; they keep their students alert and aware.

    Greek Life

    Rutgers has a lot more greek life than most of other schools. This is also a great way to meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't even start naming the clubs and activities Rutgers has available. There are so many. Its nearly impossible not to be able to find one.

    Great for these types of students

    Just find what you're good at.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going to football games is the biggest tradition of all. That is always fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, especially like going downtown. There is a hangout spot any and everywhere. Just hang out with the right people.

    Food and Dining

    So many choices and campuses to choose from. Therefore, your bound to find a variety of foods you like.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is ehhh ok as a first year, but as you move to a higher level it gets better. The good thing is that the first year housing that is available allows you to meet so many new faces, which is what freshman year is all about.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd be lying if I said it is not rigorous on an academic level.....it is. There's no time to slack off. Every bit of effort counts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let your first year just past you by. There's so many clubs, sororities, and fraternities......Join them!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a great school for those who aren't afraid to think BIG. Although it is large, do not let the size intimidate you. Once you find your niche and make this school your own, you'll be fine.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers is a safe campus except for the those bad apples that come along but it happens.

    Greek Life

    From my campus visit, there are several sororities and fraternities located on College Ave Campus and they are all very nice looking.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers have SO many clubs and activities, it's hard to look through all of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for every student because there is every type of student at Rutgers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Romantic spots - Passion Puddle and Kissing Bridge. Both have cute stories around them.

    Bang for the buck

    For such a good school, and as an in state student, it only costs 10k for tuition, and a little more for room and board. However, for that price it is amazing for such an education.

    What to do for fun

    There are COUNTLESS amounts of clubs, groups, and sports in Rutgers. It is highly recommended that you attend at least one Rutgers football game. School spirit is flooding, everyone is cheering, and at every touchdown, a cannon is fired - Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

    Food and Dining

    Because it is so diverse, Rutgers has cafeterias and centers around each campus and have different types of foods for every ethnicity. If you're tired of the food at the campuses, there is always the option to eat out and order in. Rutgers allows you to put money into your RU card which works as a debit card and can be refilled at any time.

    Dorm Life

    There are five campuses at Rutgers New Brunswick and several dorms in each one. Dorm sizes are like every other school but for honor students or students in learning living communities, special housing is provided and especially nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't attended classes yet but from what I've heard, science courses and exams are difficult but well worth the time and effort to succeed later on in life, such as medical school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the college and see which campus you want to be in. Rutgers have campuses that are very nature oriented, as well as very urban oriented.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a big campus with so much diversity and you can find anything you want there. The campus is extremely clean and the school pride at the school is outrageous. The faculty were helpful in the fact that they'll answer every question you have, no matter how many.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Because it's such a big university, there are more people and therefore a higher amount of incidents possible. I've never felt unsafe at Rutgers, but Camden is the safest Rutgers campus if safety is of the highest importance to you.

    Greek Life

    There's a strong greek life, if that's what you're interested in, but it's really not required. I'm not personally attracted to it, but they do add to the campus I would say and to the party scene.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to not find something you're interested in. After going to the first involvement fair, I came out having had signed up for at least 30 different clubs, the only problem there was picking between them.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great if you're undecided, interested in trying new different things, or adventurous.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to mention, that's the thing about such a big university, there are always more things to discover. I love that about it.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an in state student, so I'm getting a Rutgers degree at the lowest price and it is definitively worth that. A Rutgers degree is something that people have heard about across the country, so it's probably even worth the out of state cost.

    What to do for fun

    Because Rutgers is such a big school, you will have an array of activities to take part in on the weekends or during the week. If you're into the party scene or are interested in trying it out, there's something for you there while there are various school associated buildings where you can just chill with friends. There are too many clubs to go through if you're interested in getting involved as well.

    Food and Dining

    With the new Livingston Dining Hall, there's really only one with a bad rep (Brower). The dining halls balance change by keeping some things consistent and others fluid. If you don't feel like doing the buffet style thing, you can also use swipes at the Douglass Student Center and The Rock in the Livingston student center.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life in my experience was colorful and eye opening. While Rutgers is a big school, not all of the residents halls are big, so you may have a very close knit community in your hall. The various campuses attract various different kinds of people so that you should be able to find whatever it is you're looking for in a dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is tough. It's a very good school, so the classes will challenge you, but there are always tools to find less challenging classes to balance out your schedule so that you're not pulling out your hair each week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore, explore, explore. Rutgers is a huge pool of all different types of people and activities, so make sure to look around and see whats out there.

    In three sentences

    It's perfect for those interested in aspects available at a big university- diversity among students (ethnically and in personality), a large amount of degrees and programs to look into and many opportunities to get involved. Its a wonderful school academically with a much lower cost for New Jersey residents. This school can open you up in ways that small liberal arts colleges can not.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers University takes campus safety very seriously. In fact, the campus holds three police stations, one being unaffiliated from the city of New Brunswick. There is the Rutgers University Police, Piscataway Police, and the New Brunswick Police. Also, unfortunately if a crime does happen to occur, every Rutgers student is sent an email called a Crime Alert detailing the crime that took place, as well as methods to prevent a similar situation from happening to you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual, but highly popular tradition that is also a location on the New Brunswick campus is the 'Fat Sandwich.' The fat sandwich is a scrumptious sandwich that is a staple of Rutgers University. In fact, the Fat Darrel, one of the many sandwiches offered at the famous Greece Trucks was named the number one sandwich in the country! Even if you are not able to become a student at the university in its entirety, I highly recommend stopping by to pick up one of these delicious treats that are also a bang for your buck, pricing at $5.50.

    What to do for fun

    Fun is a very large component that makes up the definition of Rutgers University in my opinion. Rutgers' campus contains approximately fifty thousand students in total, and there is at least one thing that every student on campus can find enjoyable from working out and swimming at the Werblin Recreation center to walking the streets of the high paced, brightly lit Easton Avenue. Also, Rutgers has an astounding number of 300 student organizations, and the best part of all is that if a student happens to not find anything suitable for them, they are more than welcome to invent their own club!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is a fun and exciting experience on the campus of Rutgers University. There are a total of four dining halls- that in itself says a lot about the dining experience. Most food in the dining halls is custom made to order, and Rutgers does extremely well in maintaining its dining facilities to always make sure that they are always clean and a pleasant spot for students to eat or just sit down and relax after a long day of classes. The food is quite exceptional. There are foods from various cultures, and everyday there is something new.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Rutgers is one of my favorite qualities about this institution of higher learning. Dorm life is always bright, joyful, and displays an atmosphere of dedicated students as well as outgoing and young teens. Dorm life at Rutgers is guaranteed to be in itself a life time experience where you will meet friends that you will have for the rest of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers University is a very academically rigorous school. Since Rutgers admits only the best and brightest amongst its campus', professors accept nothing less than high quality performance in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students are virtually unlimited, however, there are a few key factors that can help in determining the success rate of one's college career. Number one, always manage your time. Without efficient time management skills, as a student, you will constantly feel overwhelmed and stress, and that is not what the college experience is about. Learn how to balance all of your extra curricular activities and academics. Number two, be accepting of things that you're not accustomed to. College isn't just about learning academically. It also involves learning about the world around you and the people in it. Therefore, make friends from different backgrounds then yours, and you will learn more about the world without knowingly doing so. Finally, always be determined and motivated. Without these two qualities, it will be impossible for one to be successful in a productive college atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a superb institution of higher learning. Rutgers is constantly thriving with bright, talented, and dedicated students that are bound to leave a large impact on the world. Finally, Rutgers University is a home away from home.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of parties and the night life on college avenue is great.

    Food and Dining

    Yum.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm but I here it's great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Read reviews of teachers and check the syllabi before signing up for a class. Also, make use of the add/drop period.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers New Brunswick is a fun school. The campuses are beautiful. The students are friendly.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    too expensive for out of state students like me.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, hang out with people, join clubs, try greek life, extracurricular activities and sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is not cheap!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is great for research, being that most professors do research for our school. Rutgers is a large university. Rutgers has great integrative programs.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are concerts, a museum that's free for students, parties on Greek Row, clubs with activities, tons of event nights, so basically you can find something cool to do any day at Rutgers.

    Food and Dining

    Brower is not very good but all the dining halls are decent compared to other schools. There's also local places to order from if you need a break from school food. Definitely make it out to the newly redone Livingston Dining Hall.

    Dorm Life

    You can be as involved in dorm life as you let yourself, whether or not you choose to participate in dorm activities. It's also pretty easy to switch if you don't like your dorm/roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a broad range of classes, so take the ones that fit with your needs and abilities. Don't be afraid to ask for help, there are dozens of academic resources at Rutgers because they want their students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of what the school has to offer. There are literally hundreds of clubs, organizations and events. The more involved you get, the more memorable you're college experience will be.

    In three sentences

    I've really found my home at Rutgers. It's a diverse place full of opportunities. I find the perfect combination of academics and social life at Rutgers and I'd recommend it to anyone.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers is integrated into the city of New Brunswick, and so it is wise to be aware of your surroundings at all the times, even when on campus. Because it is a public university, the public has access to many of its buildings and resources, and so you are never really secluded from the real world. Do not be alarmed, Rutgers has an excellent police force and all campuses are well lit at night. The key is to never travel alone late at night and to always watch out for yourself, as you should anywhere. You can always call RUPD for a ride home!

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a firm stand at Rutgers, but not an overwhelming one. There's a large amount of fraternities and sororities available to get involved with, including honors chapters, business chapters, and LGBTQ chapters. Those who do not wish to be involved with Greek life will not feel influenced in the slightest by those who do or by their activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers has a huge amount of clubs. Discovering these clubs can be difficult at first, but attending fairs held each semesters allows exposure to organizations like the Academic Bowl team, the Rutgers Equestrian Team, Boardgame Club, Astronomy Club, and more. If a student cannot find a club to join, it's easy to make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for one type of student specifically: ANY student. Rutgers is really a place for everyone and anyone, you will always find your niche at the university. It would be hard not to, it's one of the most diverse universities in the country!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rutgers Grease Trucks are a fun, albeit fattening, dining tradition for students. Many a late night is made better when biting into a delicious sandwich containing everything-fried imaginable.

    Bang for the buck

    If Rutgers is anything, it's a good deal. Internationally renowned, Rutgers provides an Ivy-League education for the public school price with top-notch programs and professors. Students at all levels are able to conduct research with a professor or receive money for research on their own. Also, Rutgers is centrally located, giving you access to places like Philadelphia, New York City, and the Jersey Shore.

    What to do for fun

    Fun is defined differently by certain people: some find partying fun, some like sports, and some like music. Rutgers offers an exorbitant amount of things to do; if you think there's nothing to do, you're wrong. Go to a concert at a basement show or at the Mason Gross School of Arts, explore the shops and restaurants on Easton Ave and George Street, go to the gym with friends or play a game of frisbee. Now going to the movies on campus is even possible, with special movie screenings in campus centers and the newly built Livingston Movie Theatre, playing first-run movies on three screens!

    Food and Dining

    With the new Livingston Dining Hall, Rutgers dining experience just leveled up. All four campuses have a dining hall, with the best being Livingston, followed by Cook/Douglass, Busch, and College Ave. Most often the food is great, but sometimes it can be disappointing, as anyplace will be. Don't worry, you'll never go hungry. Along with dining halls Rutgers New Brunswick offers PLENTY of options in their campus centers as well as the many places off-campus in New Brunswick and Highland Park (and many places deliver for FREE!).

    Dorm Life

    Rutgers dorm life heavily depends on chance. Depending on which dorm you are placed in may or may not dictate what sort of experience you will have. Some dorms are simply more fun than others! Just remember you can ALWAYS change your living situation and move if you don't like it.

    Academic Rigor

    At Rutgers you should learn to balance work with play. Rutgers has some of the hardest courses in the US (the chemistry department has the 3rd hardest program!) and if you wish to excel you need to learn how to have the right amount of fun with the right amount of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to do something you've never done before. Know that communication is key, and doors can be opened by simply seeing a professor or making a phone call or writing an email. Understand that your first semester is not an accurate way to gauge your new life at school.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a university which offers something for everyone. You can be outgoing or shy, a partier or a studier, you will always find something to do and someone to do it with. Rutgers has a misconception of being too big, but in reality it's up to you how big or small you make it.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe, but I don't go to the shady parts of Rutgers.

    Greek Life

    It all depends. Greek life is big at Rutgers, but that doesn't mean if you're not in Greek you won't have fun. However, for big events it is fun to be with your fraternity or sorority. Sucks for guys not in fraternities, a lot harder to get into parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sometimes a little too overwhelming and disorganized. But if you search and take action the clubs can be amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who always want something to do, either Greek Life, RUSA, RUPA, clubs for anyone and everyone. But expect a big school, and a lot of people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk through the Old Queens gates, you won't graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Eh as as in state student the prices are annoyingly high. Other states have way lower tuition for in-staters. Ridiculous.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! Go to parties! Sit in the lounges with friends! Anything you want

    Food and Dining

    Eh, typical cafeteria food. Get up early for omelets! And King Neptune night, if you like seafood, is the best! Otherwise you got the cereal, the pasta, pizza, and salad, typical.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms may not be spectacular but I loved my freshman year in the dorms! You can always find people awake, no matter what time, and if you choose to be you never have to be alone. Can get very distracting but amazingly fun. My RA literally was never there so we did anything we wanted, but some RAs are stricter.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes were difficult if you didn't study or waited until last minute. You can't expect amazing grades if you don't study here. However, the classes are not impossible. All about the balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance! The classes and parties can both be done, but prioritize. I learned not to waste going out on a night I was not really feeling it just to be with friends, after the first couple months you learn to stay in some nights and have just as much fun studying with friends. But don't skip out on too many parties! Also join as many clubs as you can fit, You meet the best, and most interesting, people this way.

    In three sentences

    There is constantly something to do, between the gym, clubs, events, and parties you literally can never be bored. Yes, classes can be difficult, but no more difficult than anywhere else if you put in the time and effort. And even though it may not seem like it the professors and academic advisors will help you out in any way they can.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a urban city in certain parts. Keep that in mind.

    Greek Life

    Attended WVU before RU, so I was able to see the difference in Greek Life. Greek Life is apparent on campus, but unlike WVU it does not dominate the school. You make connections through Greek Life, but you do not need to be apart of them to flourish here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers has everything you can possibly want in clubs and activities. It is a 'large state school.'

    Great for these types of students

    People who are over-achievers and just want the full college experience. Rutgers will challenge you and those who excel will be rewarded greatly in the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cook Campus. Nicest campus here. Period.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheapest schools in NJ. Of course other states are cheaper, but New Jersey is not one of those.

    What to do for fun

    Read. Hang out with friends, go to class. Fraternity. Socialize and play sports.

    Food and Dining

    Some food is good, also certain campuses are good. Livingston just built a new dining hall, so that is by far the best one on campus. Do not be afraid to try new food; you will be surprised.

    Dorm Life

    It is what you make of it. Very diverse environment. Large ability to network and make friends, even life-long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are tough; this is not an easy pass. Professors are there for you when you need them. Sure, there are TA's, but this does not take away from the academic integrity of the school; they are very intelligent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand that Rutgers has everything to offer and more. Do not be afraid of diversity; it is around you everywhere. Rutgers is a state school, but that does not mean it is a pushover.

    In three sentences

    Much diversity within the student population, classes offered, extracurriculars, and professors. Through Rutgers University you will be able to attain your goals while you are a current student and after you graduate. The connections you make through Rutgers, whether they are friends, colleagues, or professors will greatly benefit you while you are enrolled and after you graduate.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    very diverse and different fraternities. some are professional and some are social.

    Great for these types of students

    students who prefer diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    kissing bridge on cook/ douglass

    What to do for fun

    so many clubs and fraternities and many free shows and such.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study very hard and do not wait till the night before to study for any exam. Start few days early.

    In three sentences

    It might seem that Rutgers is easy to get in, but maintaining a good GPA is very difficult especially students pursuing anything related to science.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun is the question. One can join a sorority or fraternity, or one can join one of hundreds of clubs available, or hang out with friends at the Rutgers student centers.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers Food and Dining is excellent especially the new Livingston dining hall, Rutgers really tries to be the best for it's students.

    Dorm Life

    Rutgers has so many dorm choices, and they are all make you feel right at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers academics are extraordinary, one will feel like they learned everything once they go to Rutgers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, there are tons of people just like you waiting to meet new people and get involved!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a dream school, it has everything one could ever want and by the time you finish one will feel as if they are ready for the real world. Rutgers University is such a unique school to attend, and it comes with tons of unique people, so there is always room to make friends. It is the best University by far.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have felt quite safe walking around campus in the two years I have been there. As a female, you're often worried to walk alone or late at night and I've not had issues yet walking to and from my dorm in the dark. Knowing the location of an emergency call button is a good idea and walking with friends is the only way to ensure safety. I get crime alert e-mails quite regularly but as long as I stay where the paths are lit, and with a friend, I know that I'll be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to choose from that at first it seems overwhelming. I would suggest going to the fair that is hosted in the beginning of a semester is a great start. That allows you to browse each of the offered activities efficiently and quickly. Then from there, you can make your own decisions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle holds a legend that if a male from Cook and a female from Douglass walk around the lake hand in hand then they'll be married in the future. It seems like a strange idea but it is still one that is talked about today.

    Bang for the buck

    I've found higher education to be rather expensive but Rutgers does try to give you the most for your money. I think it's on a student to really get their bang for the buck though. If you lie down and let college experience pass you by then you'll certainly think you didn't get all you paid for.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a nightlife at Rutgers but don't be fooled into only sticking to the party scene because there is so much more to university than drinking and dancing. The recreational activities as well as the numerous clubs are the fun things to do. It's also a really great way to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are surprisingly good compared to other universities I have visited. I would avoid Brower Hall if possible because it is now one of the outdated halls. Being employed by Rutgers Dining Services has given me a greater appreciation for the hard work that goes into serving delicious meals for students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet new people. Coming in as a freshman and living in a dorm, I established great friendships with the people on my floor which allowed me to feel comfortable with the transition from home to university.

    Academic Rigor

    As a science major, I've found the academics to be quite challenging. That is helped, however, by the support systems put in place for struggling students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise getting to know the layout of the university a little bit before you arrive. The bus system alone can take a while to understand. Don't be afraid to ask questions to anyone, whether they be professors, or fellow students. And get involved with the campus life.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a really great university because of the diversity aspect, I've managed to meet people from all races, sexual orientations and countries. Although the campus is very large and you can often feel lost in the crowds, finding a group that suits you is not difficult. I've felt so accepted and supported by Rutgers and it's made my university experience really great so far.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers prides itself on keeping its students safe at all times. There are emergency buttons at every bus stop and there are cameras everywhere. Rutgers has its own police department and also parters with the New Brunswick PD and Piscataway PD for extra safety.

    Greek Life

    Only 10% of Rutgers is Greek. If that is what you want to be a part of go for it. There are a lot of great sororities and fraternities to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers has over 500 clubs to target all interests. It isn't that hard to start a new club if what you are looking for isn't available.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Rutgers Zone is where students get together to hang out eat food, play arcade games, or even watch a sports game on the huge flat screen TVs. We even have a bar style lounge where students can order appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks of course.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is great and you know you are working hard to get a career in something you love. It's all worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties but fun can be had by joining a club. There are so many to choose from and they target all kinds of interests.

    Food and Dining

    All the campuses have great dining halls and the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    You meet so many new people of all different backgrounds. Rutgers is extremely diverse.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging and fun. If you don't like it you won't do good. Do what you love.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on the major you would like to do. Sit in on a class to see if the major is right for you. Look into all the clubs to find what fits your interests.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is very student oriented. It has over 500 clubs and activities. The curriculum is challenging and rewarding for all majors.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    The pharmacy program is the most competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus to get a feel for it. Speak to the deans and professors (at info sessions) if you can!

    In three sentences

    It's a large community, so you're bound to find friends and clubs that you'll like. It has many opportunities for those living on dorms as well as commuters. Rutgers also has a lot of resources, making it one of the best research universities.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops and public safety officers are always accessible to us. The bus drivers have direct communication with them and if there was ever a problem there are emergency buttons all around campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally involved in greek life, but I do have a lot of friends in fraternities and sororities. Anyone that I have encountered, loves the greek life and loves the frat or sorority they chose.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs, ranging from frats and sororites to professional committees, RA association, event planning associations, healty dining team, and almost every major has a club of some sort. There is definitely something for EVERYONE

    Great for these types of students

    fun, outgoing, smart students who are looking to experience the best years of your life!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many traditions at Rutgers! Especially at the football games. There are some fun songs that the entire stadium sings when certain things happen during the game. There are plenty of other traditions having to do with the Douglass College for Women as well.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a little pricey for out of state students, however, if you are in state, it is a reasonably priced university.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, basketball games (all sports events are great!)night life, great restaurants, movie theatres relatively close to campus, lots of campus activities with hundreds of organizations

    Food and Dining

    There are 4 dining halls, 5 campus centers, and plenty of restaurants all around the campus. The dining hall food is great- buffet style & plenty of variety. The campus centers have a few fast food restaurants, convenience store and a bakery. The food is one of the best parts about this university.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is great - there are so many options. There are regular dorm rooms - communal bathrooms or personal. There are also on campus suites and apartments. The majority of the dorms are really nice and clean and are relatively new.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student at Rutgers, my curriculum is extremely hard and demanding- as are most majors at Rutgers. Rutgers takes a lot of pride in the research and honors that students and professors receives, making schoolwork and rigor a top priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a small, close-knit school, this is not the school for you. If you are looking for a exciting time with thousands of people, then it is. It is a beautiful campus, great people, and the city of New Brunswick is a great place to hang out.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a very big and exciting school. If you want the cliche college experience - football, basketball games, lots of activities daily going on at school Rutgers is definitely the right choice. I have made the greatest friends and connections with professors, it was a great choice for what I was looking for in a university. Rutgers is an awesome school to attend. There is always something going on around campus, there are so many new people to meet, and they give everyone a great opportunity to do amazing things.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You should always be aware of your surroundings. Rutgers is a huge school so you never know what can happen. Also always look after your belongings no matter where you go.

    Greek Life

    There is an abundance of Greek organizations. If someone is interested in these things they just have to find the one that best suits them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs people can join. There is a club for basically anything people have interest in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that do not mind a big campus or traveling, and a diverse community Rutgers is perfect for them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I enjoy a nice ride so sometimes I just sit on the bus while it drives around and enjoy the scenery.

    Bang for the buck

    The value menu at Wendy's in the student center.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has an enormous variety of clubs and events that you can join or get involved with. Along with multiple recreational centers that contain wight rooms, pools, basketball courts, with many other things, its hard not to find anything to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are one of the best things at Rutgers. There are so many options and it is always something different. But beware, if you are not careful the pounds will sneak up on you

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun and entertaining, but it is very easy to get distracted in that sort of environment. So you will need lots of will power for your studies.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not that hard ONLY if you attend class and do all assignments. If you do not the work will overwhelm you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class even if it is in a huge lecture hall that does not take attendance.

    In three sentences

    A well respected college to attend. Many degrees offered in a wide range of categories. Very diverse with a huge community.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security cameras and police everywhere when you're in need.

    What to do for fun

    This box is too small to explain. Football games, parties, going out to eat, a quick bus ride to the city, dorm life, orientations, plays, rec sports, everything.

    Food and Dining

    The meals are excellent, just watch out for Freshman 15 because the food is THAT good. Plus there's grease trucks, you should allow only one for every holiday, really.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is what you make of it. The only complaint people have are the showers, but if you figure out a way to get clean before others, you shouldn't worry too much.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are either difficult or easy depending on your courses, and like always, it's college. Your academic results only come out well depending on the amount of effort you decide to put in there. Before you go to party, finish that essay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have an idea of which career field you see yourself going into; with such a large campus, narrowing down your choices can also help you narrow down where you will get your head start. Also, figure out the bus schedule online prior to actually waiting on the bus stop! It's very convenient. Most of all, have fun and stay serious about your education.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University offers a large diversity in people whether it comes to culture, athletics, socializing, and education. This institution offers an experience of a lifetime, with no opportunity to miss out on a single event. From the first steps you take here, you feel yourself cheering with pride for the Scarlet Knights.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good campus safety

    Greek Life

    A lot of different frats and sororities for anyone

    Clubs and Activities

    Decent amount of places to go out.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, open to diversity, city kids.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a New Jersey resident it is really good.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is in the middle of a lot. The beach is super close and there is much to do in a 10 mile radius.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awesome at the new Livingston dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small but spacious enough.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard first year students have a hard time only because of how different things are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get your housing applications in and check out each campus at your location. Each campus has its' own personality.

    In three sentences

    I love the environment and the friendly faces. The campus is huge and there are so much diversity.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    PARTY.

    Food and Dining

    Neilson dining hall has good food compared to the Busch dining hall. But the new Livingston dining hall has the best one...until Rutgers decides to re-do one of the older dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is actually pretty awesome. I didn't give all five stars because upperclassmen dorms are much more quiet and less fun than freshman dorms most of the time.

    Academic Rigor

    Not all professors are great, so with the help of current students and ratemyprofessors.com, it's pretty easy to figure out who to take and who to steer clear away from. Take classes that are Easy A's and fun - there are a lot to choose from. There's a lot of lecture hall style classes so if big classes don't work for you then, maybe Rutgers might not be the choice for you. But then again, there are recitations for the important classes so no worries.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe walking on any part of the campus at any time. Although it's not recommended, I've been alone on College Ave at night and felt totally safe. Everywhere is well-lit, there's almost always other people around, the bus stops have cameras, and the police are easy to get in touch with. There have been occasional incidents, but we're kept informed of them via email and text.

    Greek Life

    There are so many fraternities and sororities that if you're looking to get involved, you'll find one that's perfect for you. The people are friendly and open to you getting involved, and Rutgers is against hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every kind of club imaginable, and if there isn't one, it's really easy to make your own. You can join as many as you want, and most of them require little to no responsibility or commitment to be a member. Plus, most events and activities organized by various clubs are open to everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! Here are the stereotypes: Busch is for the nerds and academic types; Livingston is for the business-oriented; College Ave is for fun and partying; Cook/Douglass is for the unique and artsy. Although these are simply stereotypes, there is a measure of truth. Simply put, there literally is something and somewhere for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The grease trucks on College Ave make delicious fat sandwiches. My favorite has French fries, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, ketchup, and honey mustard--all INSIDE the sandwich. There's a beautiful spot on Douglass called passion puddle where you're supposed to walk around it three times with the person you love, or something like that. There's a spa on Livingston where students can get massages for really cheap.

    Bang for the buck

    There is no beating the price. The price for in-state students, especially commuters is probably the lowest for a four-year school. Plus, there are so many things included in that low price, like the newspapers, transportation, computer labs, printing, sports events, and the free stuff they're always giving out on campus. It's easy to find financial aid. The price is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The Daily Targum will keep you informed on tons of events, and something is bound to peak your interest. There are plenty of clubs and organizations, and some things that have been planned in the past were hot air balloon rides, concerts, movie screenings, and trips to Broadway. Students get free tickets to athletic events, and there's a museum on College Ave. Also on College Ave are tons of different parties on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    If you have access to the dining halls, they're fantastic. Each dining hall is beautiful and different, and there's one on each campus, so if you get tired of yours, you can try the food on another. As far as prices for meal plans, it's kind of a rip off. It comes to about $14 per meal (or so I've been told), and that money goes to waste if you don't use all of your meal swipes by the end of the semester. While the variety within the dining halls is fantastic, there is little to no variety at takeout. The system is efficient and convenient, but it's pretty much the same food every week, the quality is not always good (the takeout pizza tastes like cardboard while the dining hall pizza tastes delicious), and the meals are not necessarily balanced or healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen tend to get stuck with the worst dorms, but after freshman year, dorm choices are done by a lottery. The lower your number is, the sooner you get to choose. These numbers are given at random, which many upperclassmen view as unfair. The dorms themselves are nice, clean, and full of life. Each has its own personality, and sometimes RA's will plan fun events. You're likely to become good friends with the people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the engineering program, and I feel like I'm getting the same quality of education as any other school. It's easy to think that the state university will have sub-par academics, but I feel thoroughly challenged without being overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become acquainted with maps of each campus and the bus routes. This school is big, and you'll thank yourself later for mentally tracing out your route before leaving home. Don't limit yourself to your home campus; go exploring! Otherwise, you'll accidentally come across something amazing later on and wish you had discovered it sooner. Read The Daily Targum; you wouldn't believe all the places where there's free foods, free stuff, and free or inexpensive activities.

    In three sentences

    It's such a great school because there's something here for everyone. It's divided into five mini-campuses, each with their own flavor, personality, culture, and academic specialization, so no matter what a person's interests, they can find a home. There's so much to do and this wonderful pride and sense of community that's it's almost impossible to be bored or lonely.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Alot, New Brunswick has alot to offer especially from Thursday to Sunday.

    Food and Dining

    Avoid Brower Commons.

    Dorm Life

    Again , have an open mind.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged, trust.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind

    In three sentences

    Its an experience. The school is filled with tons of opportunity , you just need to find them. Rutgers like many other things in life is what you make of it.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe in Rutgers

    Greek Life

    not yet

    Great for these types of students

    anyone

    What to do for fun

    read, party, hang out with your friends in the lounge and do silly pranks.

    Food and Dining

    The food was good

    Dorm Life

    I love dorming here because it was a new, fun and exciting experience where i got to meet new friends, and follow my dreams. Rutgers has 4 beautiful campuses that you can call your home. Once you dorm, you are going to fall in love with college.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and dedication you are going to find the classes a breeze or challenging. I am a cell biology major and i find the classes very challenging.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a great school where you get to expand your interests, meet different people and learn more about yourself. Since there is so much diversity you will find your niche no matter what. And we are also a proud school.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Other than attending the several museums that are on the Rutgers campus, Students can visit New York or Philadelphia which are only an hour away. The students can even take a trip to the Jersey Shore or Six Flags and have a blast.

    Food and Dining

    Because Rutgers is a large university, it has many restaurants that serve top notch food such as On The Border or Hotoke. There is also the famous Grease Trucks that serves delicious fat sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is one of the most exciting and fun things about Rutgers. You get to meet and live with a lot of people that have come from different areas and cultures. It is seen as a truly wonderful experience. Living in a dorm not only allows you to make many friends but it also allows you to have another family.

    Academic Rigor

    Though i have yet to attend Rutgers, I can most definitely say that it has a rigorous academic life. But in the end it is definitely worth it because the rigor will allow you to handle any situation in the future whether you decide to work out of college or proceed to get another degree

    Tips for prospective students

    All the prospective students need to know that Rutgers is truly worth it. Rutgers is not only a learning institution but also a life experience. From it's diversity to it's division I sports, it has everything

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a great institution of higher learning. It has always been a dream to attend here and now it is coming true. This is a diverse and caring college that will help provide a foundation for the future.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things, such as getting involved on campus and partying if that's what you like.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, but it depends which campus you are on.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is an amazing social experience!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an open mind when choosing the school you want to attend. What does this school have to offer?

    In three sentences

    It's a great school. There are many opportunities for students who want to engage in research. It's also a great social experience.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pay attention to the email updates on crimes reported in the area and stay away from those streets, especially late at night. Be smart, it's a city.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you look for it, it's there. There's a Chop Club for people who like to chop wood.

    Great for these types of students

    Like to party, like urban life, don't mind taking buses.

    Bang for the buck

    Living in the area is not cheap but tuition is relatively low for the level of education.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of restaurants and bars on George Street and check out the State Theater for some live entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    It seems average for a college campus, but again, I don't live on campus, so I'm not the best judge. If you love junk food, you won't have a problem.

    Dorm Life

    Can't say. I've never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the program, so the level of demand varies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus and try out the bus system to give you an idea of where the different buildings are before signing up for classes.

    In three sentences

    It has a wide variety of majors and has a lot to offer on campus. Commuting is not reccommended. Professors are mostly very helpful if you seek their help.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always walk with someone at night. They had buses that are available until three am, and little buses available 3 am-6am M-F.

    Greek Life

    They have events and parties that are enjoyable, but becareful!.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ive joined baking club, and it's amazing, make food, leftovers for you to keep.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone seeking a new adventure

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Anywhere to study=NOT YOUR ROOM; Douglass campus library is beautiful and has quiet areas to study.

    Bang for the buck

    Try to not work so much the first year, enjoy it because it tends to be the funnest year out of the four.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities that occur in the school, makes people lively and very enjoyable. Also, Rutgers University- NB, is near some outlets, and close to Woodbridge Mall, a bus drive away.

    Food and Dining

    Avoid Dining hall, same food, different day; But if you do not have time to cook , then best option.

    Dorm Life

    AMAZING!, depending on your dorm. People are very social, but there are some who are quieter than others. Rules are places, but only for one's good, no curfew so becareful.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult, but nothing anyone can't manage, just learn how to focus. Look at ratemyprofessor.com to get a sense who your professor is and whether or not you should stick to them , or drop them. Study weeks before exam, it is not a waste of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Room with a stranger and be completely honest on your living situation, do not be afraid that your soon-to-be roomate will take offense, let them know what's what so you can avoid future drama. Learn how to balance school work, and socializing; there are time for everything but some more than others. Learn why you are in school, to study or socialize; to study than focus on your work, to socialize, you might not be in Rutgers for so long. Hard work is were all the successful people arise.

    In three sentences

    The diversity of the University is phenomenal, where different cultures are surrounded everywhere. Rutgers University coursework is vigorous and time consuming, but is the answer to a bright future. The campus is enormous,food, festivities, where people will most likely will not be bored.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    If you don't want the bland cafeteria food, there are plenty of restaurants surrounding the New Brunswick campus, ranging from Chinese to Thai to Italian to Mexican.

    Dorm Life

    If you're lucky, you will be assigned to dorm room in a new housing building. However, if you're stuck with the old dorm rooms, you're going to have to suffer through the heat during the summer since there is no air conditioning. The rooms are a bit on the small side (if you're doubling), but manageable.

    Academic Rigor

    The work depends on what type of student you are. If you are dedicated, school work won't seem to challenging. However, if you spend all your time hanging out with friends, the work is going to seem impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're comfortable with a largely populated school, want a variety of majors to choose from, or live in New Jersey, then Rutgers is the perfect university to attend.

    In three sentences

    Because it is a large university, Rutgers holds several majors and research opportunities, giving everyone the chance to explore academic fields. Not only that, the campus is lively since it's located in a city. After studying, students will always have something to do here at Rutgers!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Livingston and Busch are safe campuses because they are in Piscataway and separate from College Avenue and Cook Douglass, which is in New Brunswick, and where most of the crimes take place (and also where many frats and frat parties and thus crimes take place).

    Greek Life

    I'm not and don't plan on joining a Greek organization. Some greeks are very good, and some are bad.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and associations to join! Professional associations, cultural and religious, special interest, science and technology, and people trying to make a difference. Take your pick!

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters: even if you're commuting, you'll still feel pretty good on campus. Lots of study lounges, and commuter resources associations. Liberal arts students and people who appreciate learning. Also good for the party type people. Police aren't too stringent on cracking down on underage drinking and smoking, so if that's your thing, then Rutgers is the right place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the Charity Bed Race where greeks, clubs, etc race down College Avenue on mattresses. On Cook/Douglass, there are Mounties (police on horseback) that patrol the campus at night. There's the new giant fountain on Livingston campus. Sometimes you'll see people running through the fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    If you want to cut corners on spending, food and dining is a good place to start. Freshman can only go as low as 210 meals a semester, so USE YOUR MEAL SWIPES. Try not to eat out as much and spend unnecessary dollars. But if you want to splurge a bit, there's may eateries that have punch card programs where you get a free meal/drink after buying 10 meals/drinks. Parking is supposedly a nightmare, beware the RUPD and RUDOTS! They tend to ticket a lot of people! Be mindful of where you're allowed to park to avoid extremely high parking fines.

    What to do for fun

    You can join club or intramural sports, join other extracurriculars, go to the gym/recreation center, take rec center fitness classes, have get togethers with friends (eating, movie nights, etc).

    Food and Dining

    Off campus eateries (Downtown new Brunswick) are the best, lots of pizza, bagels, and restaurants. But if you want to make good use of your meal swipes, the dining halls are a good option! Livingston is the newest dining hall, and by far the best! Busch and Cook/Douglass are a close second. All have a healthy variety of food options! Many people don't like Brower because their food is of lesser quality and it's true that they have less options than other dining halls. Plus, Brower is a VERY large and spread out room. But I think it's okay!

    Dorm Life

    Some people have great dorm experiences, others have terrible dorm experiences. There's 2 factors for this: what you make of your environment and the people around you AND your environment and the people around you (this includes roommates too!). In general, if you're friendly and sincere, you'll have a pretty good dorm experience. Sometimes though, the people in your dorm will be unbearably annoying or just, unbearable! If you really hate your dorm, you can move out. On a side note, there's always RA run dorm activities, so that depends on if your RA takes their job seriously and tries to foster and improve dorm life by hosting activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty levels vary depending on if you're in the honors program or not, what school you get into (what your major is), which professors you have, and what classes you take. The honors program (I'm not in it) is very rigorous I'm sure, but the regular track is pretty demanding as well. There is no such thing as easy. It also depends on what your major is. Pharmacy majors have a much more rigorous curriculum than literature or communications majors. Choose your major wisely, and be prepared to work extremely hard to reach your goals if need be! And finally, rigor depends on which class you're taking. General Biology is way harder than Comparative Literature, so be mindful of that. Also, professors run their classes differently than other professors, so be aware of that as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    After you begin the enrollment process, begin looking at the requirements and course track for your school, major etc. See what kinds of classes you have to take or have to option of taking if you're working on fulfilling requirements. Afterwards, read up on course descriptions, professor syllabi, textbooks needed, and student reviews on courses and professors. My tip is BUY TEXTBOOKS EARLY, aka, get em while they're cheap. Get a sense of which classes you're not going to drop out of and then buy the textbooks for those classes. Get them way before the fall semester begins, at least 1 to 2 months before. (Same goes for the spring semester, buy books during winter break). This will save you a lot of money!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers New-Brunswick is a unique school for a liberal arts education because its general education requirements aren't subject areas, they're skills. Some of these skills include: 21st Century Challenges, Cognitive Skills and Processes, and Areas of Inquiry (the last two having more sub-requirements). Rutgers, while it has very good goals for its students, has a ways to go before becoming a super top notch university that prepares students to face today's world.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is very reliable becuase the police department is always active. One thing that caught my attention was their importance of safety because if you ever need to go back to your dorm during the night, there are escorts that can bring you back.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing! I went for orientation and the Livingston campus has the best student center because of the buffet dining. It was a great experience overall.

    Dorm Life

    For the 3 days I spent at the Rutgers Orientation, it completely opened my eyes. The dorming experience was amazing! At first, I was supposed to be a commuter but by the time I got home, I wanted to dorm so badly.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is a very well-developed school which has many programs and campuses that allows students to pursue many different careers. They have a wide variety of academic clubs and extracurricular clubs, which also shows how diverse the university is.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports events, dances, Rutgers day, etc.

    Food and Dining

    I really liked the multiple dinning halls and how they host different dinning events for different occasions!

    Dorm Life

    There is a lot of options regarding housing at Rutgers. Rutgers New Brunswick has three separate campuses, so there are plenty of housing options you can choose from!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major(s), some coursework may be fairly challenging. Rutgers has really amazing and rigorous health and science programs that will challenge and enhance your academic performance.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is very big and may seem intimidating at first but don't be be scared! I was originally from out of state, but it was really easy to adapt to life at Rutgers.

    In three sentences

    I love the college atmosphere here at Rutgers! It's very lively and exciting. This is definitely the place to come if you're looking to expand and explore your many interest after high school!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers has essentially 3 police forces monitoring the area because of its unique location. They also have a neighborhood watch and a BlueLight System. Basically they're poles with a button on them (and a blue light on top) and you press it when you feel unsafe and you will be connected to someone immediately. Press it twice and someone will be sent out to help. The poles work with GPS and have cameras for surveillance. However, because the campus is so large and spread out, you should keep your wits about you at night.

    Greek Life

    Huge in Rutgers! If you walk around Busch Campus you can see all of the greek housing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers has several organizations students can join and are encouraged to start their own if they can't find something that interests them.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and motivated students. People who enjoy being in a urban area/college town.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The on campus chapel has over 120 weddings a year and many Rutgers couples book a date years in advance. Rutgers is also known for breaking a few world records, for example having the most people dressed as Waldo at one time.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is not cheap but for the facilities and resources it has, it seems well worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is known for its football games and these are free to students. The campus also has several pools and gym facilities that are open to students whenever. There is a train station nearby, and many go into NYC or Philly for the day or weekend. There are bike paths, plays and movies, and the surrounding area is full of shops.

    Food and Dining

    From the famous grease trucks off campus to the several campus diners and dining halls in the residential areas of campus, Rutgers has options for everyone. The meal plan allows for two meals a day, but is buffet style and more than enough.

    Dorm Life

    Housing is guaranteed and even the smallest rooms for freshmen, are clean and come with two desks, a dresser, two closets, and two beds that can be made into bunks. These doubles have communal bathrooms at the end of the hall. All dorm buildings have small lounge areas. Some dorms are coed while others are single-sex. Upperclassmen have the choice of living in campus apartments, and a new complex is being built now, and will be open in the Fall of this year. There are themed buildings students can choose from and even have their choice of who they dorm with.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics vary from school to school. For example, the Arts and Sciences school has a more open and liberal curriculum while the school for Biological and Environmental Sciences is more serious and focused on the maths and sciences. Most majors and areas of study have distinguished professors and staff. You will have some classes that will be taught by TAs but this is rare and will be once a week if at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as possible because although housing is guaranteed all the best rooms fill quickly. Also, their Early Decision is non-binding, so it doesn't hurt to get ahead of the game!

    In three sentences

    The campus is large and there are several facilities open to students. There is wide variety when it comes to majors, and several helpful services and departments available to students. Overall welcoming atmosphere.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Unfortunately there are a lot of unsafe spots to walk at night in one of the campuses.

    Greek Life

    Can be a little too much fun and take away from academics.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have just about every club you can think of ranging form video games to martial arts and many more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of ultimate Frisbee after midnight when everyone is done with classes and studying.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition was already a high amount when I started but is becoming more expensive for a State School and I don't know if I will be able to keep paying for it.

    What to do for fun

    Endless amounts of entertainment ranging from sports to clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Food gets old fast because of a limited choices in the dining hall but with 4 different dining halls you have plenty to choice from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is the best time as a freshmen in a living learning community especially when every is the same major as you.

    Academic Rigor

    Professor except you to learn different ways of approaching situations in order to solve them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and do your work in advance. The best way to achieve this is to make a time management schedule.

    In three sentences

    Best time of your life. Very academically dependent. Hard balance between friends and school.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk alone at night in New Brunswick. Usually the campuses are safe because there are always students walking around even at night.

    Greek Life

    Lots of parties.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of parties if you are under 21, if you are over 21 there are a lot of bars in NB that you can go to. There is a mall and a movie theatre about 10 min away from campus. Six flags is about an hour away and the train station is literally right across the street from college ave campus if you want to explore and go to NYC or Phili.

    Food and Dining

    Food is really delicious especially the new dining hall in Livi.

    Dorm Life

    This is where you will meet all your friends. People here are really friendly so always keep your door open and be social.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on a student's major. A student does need to study to get an A and it honestly really depends on the professor on how difficult the subject will be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. It's a large campus and there are so many different things students can become involved in so definitely join a club/sport/etc.

    In three sentences

    The school atmosphere is amazing. It's very diverse and every student has the opportunity to learn a lot about people completely different from them. Academic wise, the classes are very interesting and the professors are very knowledgeable about their subject.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you want, there's always stuff going on

    Food and Dining

    College food, pretty mediocre. But the resteraunts off campus are amazing

    Academic Rigor

    It is a Public Ivy, and is also the only school ever to say no to joining the Ivy League.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're self motivated because no one is going to baby you here

    In three sentences

    A excellent education value. Highly ranked because of academics, as well as opportunities afforded by its location and faculty. Student life is awesome, something here for everyone.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is difficult to monitor at such a large school, however, most of the time if you are directly on campus near the main buildings it is usually safe. Downtown areas and in the dorms are where normally people may get hurt.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big at Rutgers! But you can still have fun without being in them!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different organizations for various majors and hobbies as well as activism and community service groups!

    Great for these types of students

    Independent students will do great at Rutgers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Douglass College of Rutgers has many of its very own traditions!

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is huge! You need to make the effort to see who you want and when otherwise you may never will. There are so many opportunities as well but you have to research and seek them out yourself.

    What to do for fun

    You can take the bus or train to the city. You can go out to parties. You can go to numerous types of school events! You can chill with your friends right at school.

    Food and Dining

    Can't complain! Better than most places. And if you want to eat out there is so much close by!

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are fun but others are too quiet! Some dorms are beautiful or average but some need serious renovation!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class and the professor, some classes are very rigorous and others are pretty easy going.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your work early! Go to class and pay attention and keep up with all of your work so that you can also have fun!

    In three sentences

    There is so much to offer at this school. No matter how different you are you will be able to find people, events, and departments related to your interests. There is plenty to enjoy and discover!

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bad things happen everywhere Rutgers is no exception, but there are ways to stay safe. Know which numbers you should call for each situation.

    Greek Life

    Our greek like is huge, there are so many different varieties of greek like from social to academics. Also a few of my friends were founding sister of a sorority, so you can start your own chapter at Rutgers if you don't find what you need.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many clubs on campus you can join, and if you can't find one that fits your interest you can create a clube too!

    Great for these types of students

    All students! We have such a large diverse group everyone will be able to find their groups. The only people I do not recommend this college to are people looking for a small college where you will know everyone by face.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The grease trucks are a must for a Rutgers or even visiters to grab. Get a Fat Cat or Fat Knight.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many opportunities, and resources that are there for you to use and under your tuition. You have to actively search for these opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    We have activity centers where you can play games, also we hit the gym with friends for a game of racket ball or swimming. There are typical parties on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Also there are many eateries along Eastern Avenue, and George Street. NYC is $16 round trip when you buy the tickets from Rutgers. Lastly my favorite you can explore each campus; there are so many interesting views and scenic places on each campus.

    Food and Dining

    We have four dining halls, so you are not stuck with one choice. I would recommend Livingston Dining hall they have a Burger Bar! Also take-out is included in your meal plan and runs until 12:00 for thous late night classes or study sessions.

    Dorm Life

    Some floors have a great bond where they go about and all talk to one another, but there also are floors where people keep to themselves. Your dorm experience is what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult, but when they are go see your professors for office hours! They are there to help you. Take classes you are interested in not classes just because you hear it's easy or it's required your first and second semester. You will do better in the class if you enjoy the material being taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but don't forget to keep up with your studies. Visit your professor durring office hours, and create a great relationship with them.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a very large and diverse school. Everyone can find their own place here. Your experience will be what you make of it.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs! You can hit the gym or relax anywhere on campus.

    Food and Dining

    They do try to have healthier choices but there are a lot of junk food. You have to discipline yourself.

    Dorm Life

    This depends strongly where you chose to live. I have had both good and bad experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    My science classes do challenge me but my other classes are fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers does have big lecture halls but we also have class size of tens or less. Explore, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Try not to be another number.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University can be challenging. You can be lost in lecture halls but most professors try to reach to each student. There is always help on campus but you just have to look.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers is a very safe campus! I feel so secure when walking down the streets at night time. Although the surrounding city is not the safest city to be at, Rutgers University Police Department makes sure all the students are safe and do not get harmed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle is an excellent spot located on the Cook/Douglass campus. This place is beautiful during the spring/summer time and is a great place to chill and relax during the day or night time.

    Bang for the buck

    I love Rutgers and I am so grateful for choosing this school. But, due to tuition hikes Rutgers is getting a little too expensive for me and my family. The education is worth the money ,but due to financial circumstances it has become a financial burden to attend Rutgers.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has a huge variety of activities of things to do. But, what I do for fun is go to football games, go on runs throughout the campus, hang with friends at the restaurants on college ave, or go partying on college ave.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers has a HUGE variety of food. There are four operational dining halls. The best one is Livingston Dining Hall located at the Livingston Campus. The food doesn't even taste like dining hall food!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life really depends on where you live at Rutgers. The living learning communities are good communities where you meet like-minded individuals with similar interests. The regular housing can give you a variety of people that will give you a small taste of the diversity of Rutgers. In all, the resident assistants make living at Rutgers a home away from home. The events are fun and you do crazy and silly things with your floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    As a science major I have never been this challenged in my life. Rutgers science classes are no joke and you must put in the hours to see the results! By no means is it an easy school when it comes to the science and math classes. Be prepared to put in a ton of work and extra hours in order to excel in these classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Network early! Make sure you talk to everyone that can help you with scholarships, tutoring, classes, and everything you could possibly need to excel at Rutgers. Make sure to establish relationships with a helpful upperclassmen ,so that you can ask them about how to survive at Rutgers. Join clubs and organizations that allow you to be yourself!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a school known for it's diversity that allows me to excel and challenge me in my education and life. I love Rutgers because of the many different opportunities and experiences that I have received . Not only is Rutgers a good school ,but I have made such good friends that have supported me through it all.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although I get crime alerts sent to me as e-mails just to be on the safe side, the majority of crime reports are typically minor thefts. For the most part these thefts can be avoided by staying in large groups with friends and/or peers and by avoiding being alone at night time on campus. The crime alerts are a great safety option and there are campus police officers and security who patrol - especially in the parking lots.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is everywhere but you do not necessarily have to be involved in Greek Life to have a great time. I personally have not pledged and I still find that there are many other activities outside of Greek Life as well which I think makes Rutgers more diverse than other colleges and universities with Greek Life. It is nice to have the option!

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is about $13,000 per year for commuters and about $22,000 for those who live on campus. Compared to many other universities and colleges, especially in New Jersey, this is exponentially cheaper. You definitely get your bang for your buck at Rutgers University!

    What to do for fun

    There are many places on and off campus for fun. Rutgers has numerous groups and organizations - probably more than one could count! There are nearby restaurants, shops, lounges, bars and much more.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places on and off cases to eat and dine with friends, family or even by yourself while working on assignments and studying. Every student gets an RU Express Account which is their ID card and it can be used at many places on and off campus. Let's not forget that as fattening as they are, the Grease Trucks are amazing - in moderation!

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm so I can not say much about the dorm life at Rutgers University. However, I do know that many freshman and sophomore students dorm and even though there is plenty of space for juniors and seniors to dorm many upper classmen live nearby but off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Rutgers University are highly competitive. The university prides itself on excellent and very knowledgable professors. I recommend getting involved, so that you distinguish yourself from your fellow classmates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the size of the school intimidate you. I originally applied here and denied my acceptance because I was intimidated by the size, however, after transferring twice I finally opened my eyes and realized this had been the perfect university for me all along.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a large school with a very diverse population. Even though the size may be overwhelming at first, it is definitely something you can get used to and it gives you a great deal of independence. The professors are all extremely knowledgable in their field of study.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a main priority. They always send out warnings if anything happens to occur and the campus police are everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is extensive at Rutgers. There is a full street that houses greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a full list on Rutgers website, and if you are unsure if one actually exist, you can sure look it up on Facebook.

    Great for these types of students

    All types! You are sure to find your niche at Rutgesr

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The RU Chant!! And the annual Blackout! :)

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on if you are in-state or out-of-state, the price can range.

    What to do for fun

    From dance clubs to free ice cream, Rutgers rarely doesn't have something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The new dining hall just makes the food amazing!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, the dorms range from decent to amazing; including the new Livingston Apartments which come with their own gym.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course there are easy classes, but the tough classes are the classes that will help you succeed in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mange your time so that you have enough time to do everything you want.

    In three sentences

    A diverse campus with many different clubs and activities to attend. Not only that, students have a great school pride. There is always something going on on campus regardless of where you live.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There aren't any security guards at the dorms or anything, but we do have campus police and buses for night transportation. Campuses like douglass and college ave that are in the heart of new brunswick and exposed to city civilians, if you live there you have to be more cautious than living on the other campuses.

    Greek Life

    There are a bunch of sororities and fraternities if that interests you.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have to find a club that does something you love. I am apart of M.E.E.T and I love what it stands for and the people in it.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that like a big atmosphere. Rutgers is like its own city. There are about 40,000 students on the new brunswick campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's 4/5 campuses at Rutgers New Brunswick. There's cook/douglass, college ave, busch, and livingston.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is a prestigious school, and yes the education is rigorous, but I feel the tuition is a little steep.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has everything! There is an organization for anything you can think of, and if there isn't, you can start your own club. If crocheting interests you, you can find a bunch of people on campus that love it too. If you enjoy partying, there's plenty of that.

    Food and Dining

    It depends which dining hall you go to. I personally like Neilson dining hall the best, and many students enjoy livingston dining hall. Occasionally there's seafood night, or midknight breakfast, etc. I love the mashed potatoes.

    Dorm Life

    The students are friendly. Everything is close by; the dining hall, classrooms, dorms, etc. There's no curfew to be back at your dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    I am majoring in mechanical engineering and I find all of the engineering classes to be rigorous, especially because I do not have a background in any of the classes so its all new to me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to as many scholarships as you can. Go to office hours and get to know your professors! Join an organization where you are surrounded with people that can be your support system (people of your major, interest, etc).

    In three sentences

    The location is great; it's like city mixed with suburban. The people are very friendly. The cost of tuition is not so friendly. The education is challenging; great school, ridiculous tuition for well off students.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's New Brunswick, it gets a bad rap for this issue, but honestly just don't walk alone in a sketchy place at 3 in the morning and you'll be fine. Also, Rutgers has police everywhere to accommodate you and keep a look out for anything suspicious. ( and to give a zillion parking tickets, but hey that's their job TO TAKE YOUR MONEY and protect you...but mostly to take your money in my opinion.

    Greek Life

    Eh. I'm not part of any. But I hear the parties are crazyyyyy

    Clubs and Activities

    BILLIONS OF CLUBS. They even have two college radio stations I think that you don't need to have experience to join(but you do have to take a test if you want to be on air). THEY WILL HAVE YOUR CLUB OF INTEREST I PROMISE YOU.(unless you're interested in something illegal. which they most likely won't have)

    Great for these types of students

    its so diverse, i think it would accommodate any type of student really. Social Butterflies will have no problem here and even the awkward kid that doesn't want to talk to anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Eh. We got lots. I don't usually attend though. But a couple of traditions are Rutgers Fest(it's ridiculously crazy) they usually have a-list singers perform there and such like pitbull.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is pretty up there when it comes to return investment, because its not a private school it costs about 14 grand to go, but you know there are payment plans and such so you don't end up in debt. Not only that, but the opportunities you get for the amount you pay is awesome.

    What to do for fun

    There's alot to do here, because there's so many people! So alot of events are organized and Rutgers Zone is also a great place to chill. It all depends on you, and what you consider 'fun'. But believe me, Rutgers probably has it.

    Food and Dining

    This place is so diverse, you'll find a variety of places to dine. From Asian to Middleastern it's all there! And don't forget the famous grease trucks!

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm. But I know the rooms are tiny on some campuses it depends really on the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    In my opinion the academics here are great, the professors on average are okay(at least the ones without the accents) and the Teacher assistants are usually very helpful. The curriculum is very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely work on your SAT scores when applying to this school because non-need based financial aid is extremely difficult to get if you don't have at least a 1950. But, to actually get into the school SAT scores shouldn't usually be a problem(for certain schools). It really matters for the business, engineering, and pharmacy school.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an awesome School. The social life here is great. The school is also number one for diversity!

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutger's have their own police on campus 24 hours a day.

    Greek Life

    Any greek organization you want they have.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutger's are known for their sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutger's is known for their Diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am starting Rutger's in September.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers University is by far the most diverse institution that I have researched as of yet. The University has diversity in its majors, clubs, and most notably, in its student body. Diversity in the student body portrays equal opportunity, and a warm, lively environment which can provide a socio-cultural education along with the education received in the classroom.

    What to do for fun

    Rutger's is a large college with many activities.

    Food and Dining

    Rutger's have penty of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    This will be my first year come this September.

    Academic Rigor

    I came to Rutgers knowing the opportunities for research were there, and not just in the science and math fields but many many other areas of research.

    Tips for prospective students

    College cost is high but don't give up.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers was my first choice for college. It is close to home, and the quality education is a great value. Rutgers also offers a vast number of opportunities to develop your career.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though part of our campus integrates with actual city bearings, campus safety is top notch and Rutgers does its best to keep the student body's safety NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing but not for anyone. Explore your options!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many ethnically based clubs and activities as well as academically based clubs! Choices are endless.

    Great for these types of students

    Ethnically diverse, shy, LGBT, athletic, smart, sassy, outgoing, adventurous, urban, rural, playful, mature and immature at times!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The woods near Livingston Campus is a great hang out spot, and an even greater study spot with friends!

    Bang for the buck

    Although Rutgers is an unprecedented school with amazing qualifications, tuition costs are rising and financial aid is plentiful for the resourceful.

    What to do for fun

    From swimming to rock climbing, you can have it all at rutgers. There is swimming, gym workout, basketball courts, volleyball courts (with real sand), yoga, spa treatment, jogging, rutgers gaming areas, New Brunswick Night life*.

    Food and Dining

    Their buffet styled dining halls have on the spot cooking preparations and vary in cooking styles while maintaining restaurant star quality flavored meals!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. You live with your friends in a home type environment and the extracurricular resources are endless. There is never a dull time in dorm life. However, maintain your discipline to focus on studies!

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is an extremely academically advanced school. Its academics have undivided rigor, however faculty has a positive way of keeping the student involved in their academics while growing an acute understanding for any subject matter related or unrelated to your specific major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your discipline for studies on check. Play hard, Work harder. Be social. Be optimistic. Utilize resources!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an undoubtedly diverse student and faculty community that excels with ivy-league standards in their shared academics. Although Rutgers is an academically rich school, Rutgers life is even richer, the range in landscape for campuses, housing options, extracurricular activities and rutgers inspired community events are sure to lead you straight to this fine University.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I'm part of a whole bunch of organizations and sports at Rutgers. Also, the parties are fun.

    Food and Dining

    Brower could be better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and you'll do great!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is an amazing school. It allows its students to go at their own pace, but challenging them to do their best.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Stay away from downtown New Brunswick if you're by yourself. Always travel in groups to be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Recreational classes are really fun

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to try or learn new things, Rutgers has many clubs, rec classes, and classes in general.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    About half a mile away from Livingston campus is some part of Rutgers, but it looks like a warehouse.. Supposedly tech people?

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers seems underrated to NJ folks, but honestly, it is a good school. Not the best, but good enough, since you're paying less than 20K per year (tuition only). The gyms are pretty awesome here so check them out!!

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls aren't all that great, but they have variety. I recommend the Livingston one. Also check out the special dining days!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't great. I'd rather live at home. But hanging out with your friends all the time are a huge plus.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging, unless you already know the material. Study and don't fall behind on readings!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask questions if you have them. Teachers don't mind helping you clarify a point. However, you need to ask them.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a well rounded school with a diverse student body and many activities available to students. While some teachers aren't very effective teachers, all of them will be more than willing to help if you ask.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great school if you live in NJ. It's not a top school but it is getting better and better as more and more NJ students who are academically advanced are applying there due to the poor economy.

  • 08/25/2012

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    In three sentences

    Loved the atmosphere and from what I have seen, there is many clubs to join so you always have something to do.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On college ave they have the pretty popular food trucks that serve fast food right by the bus station. Its a good place to stop while waiting for a bus, running to a class, and lunch time during placement testing.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun in the school and in New Brunswick, Piscataway, and other nearby cities. Rutgers provides non credit fitness classes like swimming, Zumba,salsa dancing(for a fee of like$25 for 8 classes), sports. Outside RU there is shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, and more.

    Food and Dining

    Good food but still be careful and look for healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I think they are building new dorms , so those should be really nice. Take a tour on the campus that interests you most.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the campuses if possible because what you see going on may effect your decision. Go online and look around the site, and request booklets on classes, financial aid etc.

    In three sentences

    Large school with a lot of places to go many, things to do, and many options for classes, activities, and more.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many things to do. Sports, clubs, parties, organizations.

    Food and Dining

    There are Dining hall's on every campus. They all have great food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is very fun and you meet people that you will remember for life.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the school of engineering, and it is one of the hardest things I have ever done academically. Wasn't used to studying and doing much work through high school, but since then I've realized you can't get by in College doing those things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but also work hard. There is so much to do and learn. Also make sure to stay on top of your things when it comes to applying and financial aid because there are so many students that if you don't do it, they won't do things for you. Other then that it's a great school and worth the money.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a very interesting school. There is so much to do all the time, so you are never bored. Also very well recognized nationally.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You get a Crime alert like every week or so, campus is safe, just dont do anything you wouldn't at home, like wander through the streets by yourself at night or open the door to ruffian looking people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Look hard enough and you'll find a club you like. If not, well then, make it!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student really, even the lazy ones (assuming your not trying to become a doctor/engineer)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fat sandwiches, need I say more?

    Bang for the buck

    Cost of Attendance is pretty low compared to other NJ schools, but unless you have scholarships or grants/financial aid, prepare for some debt-inducing loans.

    Food and Dining

    Its getting better, but back in the day it was pretty notorious.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the suites my first two yrs and apartments my junior year, cant really complain except for the occasional maintenance request.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering is tough, there's no way goin around that. It might be frustrating seeing Communication majors or Art breezing aroung with 3.8s but in the end, all the tough classes are worth in.

    In three sentences

    Fun. Hard. Worth it.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    People often forget that Rutgers is in the middle of a city, so you should act accordingly. But there are campus police all over, and areas are always well lit.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything, and if there isn't, Rutgers will let you start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are comfortable in a large school, who like excitement, and those who want a school that balances school and social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you walk around Passion Puddle with your significant other 3 times, they say you will get married to each other.

    What to do for fun

    The list is endless! You can walk around College Ave, take in a football game on Busch or a basketball game on Livingston. Not to mention the various clubs and organizations on campus and the vibrant night life.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers New Brunswick has 4 different dining halls, and MANY other places to buy food on campus, so there is always a place to eat close by.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorms to choose from, so there is something to fit everyone. There are also many different fun activities to do all week long.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is different in every course, but the classes tend to go through material very quickly, making it a little hard to keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on top of ALL your work, its really easy to fall behind at such a fast paced school. Also, be sure to take advantage of all the wonderful resources here, such as tutors and academic help centers.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe campus ! Rutgers University Police Department are always out patrolling. They keep the campus safe and under control at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    AWESOME ! There is mostly likely a group to deal with every major. Its good to get involved and do community service and to join pwople who have the same goals and ambitions as you.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do everyday. Parties and social gatherings are common at Rutgers. Events are also very common , there is never a dull day with social events and gatherings going on.

    Food and Dining

    Livingston Dining Hall is the newest dining hall out of all the campuses and it has excellent food !

    Dorm Life

    I currently commute. But I've heard horror stories, just like I've heard success stories about living in dorms. I'm guessing dorm life is how you make it. It will have its ups and downs, but if you are eager to make friends, your dorm mate will most likely be your first friend on campus, so make the best of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes are challenging depending on your major or what classes you are taking. Rutgers will challenge you academically, but you must be willing to learn, and in the end you will feel proud of your accomplishments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on a school and visit the campus. Rutgers has a lot to offer. Always talk to an academic adviser. Also, get involved in different with different organizations on campus. Its the best way to get to know people as well as making an impact on your society.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University New Brunswick Campus is one of the best campuses on the east coast. They are ethnically diverse and accepting of all types of people from different backgrounds. Rutgers will challenge you academically, but in the end it will be worth it.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus not only has the Rutgers Police Department on campus 24/7 but also join forces with the New Brunswick and Piscataway Police Departments to cover more ground and protect the students on campus. Crime on campus is very minimal.

    Greek Life

    Over 80 Greek letter organizations to choose from! I guarantee you will find the Greek org that best suits you and what you are trying to accomplish and gain.

    Clubs and Activities

    Countless student organizations, clubs, programs, and events are on and take place at Rutgers. There are over 400 student organizations at Rutgers University keeping the Rutgers Community busy and active.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is a school that, because of such a vast pool of diversity, make sure that it caters to a wide variety of students. Whatever your nationality, background, up bringing, style, interest, or focus, Rutgers University will have something to help facilitate a great on campus experience. And if there isn't something you like, the opportunity to start it (club, organization, etc) is available and easy for students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing unusual about this campus. Though Rutgers takes pride of it's log history in New Jersey, it is a school that keeps up to date and current with the world around it.

    Bang for the buck

    For the cost of tuition today, this school is the best overall for education and social life!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening at Rutgers University. From concerts, fairs, programs, sports, students organizations, fraternities/sororities, Rutgers University has something going on everyday.

    Food and Dining

    The school has 5 separate dinning halls along with many, many other eating establishment built in and around the school. You can always find something new to eat everyday because of the amount of access to food in and around campus

    Dorm Life

    The student life at Rutgers is one of the best. Filled with a melting pot of students from around the nation and world, there are always new people to meet and new facilities being built to make all students feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Although a state university with a lot of students, the academic staff is one of the best with people who really know their field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to utilize the services that Rutgers has to offer; whether tutoring, career services, or academic assistance, these services will help you get ahead of the curb and set you up for a life post graduation

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is school full of diversity Rutgers University is

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Just always use the buddy system at night, and take of your self at the weekend, as it tends to get wild

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for any type of student. From the jock, geek, punk, or the laid back scholar. All type of students can find their pace at Rutgers because you can accommodate a schedule to your liking.

    What to do for fun

    The question is what not do for fun. There are so many groups, clubs, intramurals and or recreational activities to get involved. Rutgers bosts over 250 clubs ranging from knitting to rugby. Anything you could think you can do at Rutgers University.

    Food and Dining

    The Food Dining hall is a little lukewarm at times. Although for the most times it gets the job done. I will say that the cranberry juice is squeezed from heaven.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm life is very fun and exciting. It will for most college students be the first time they have been separated from their parents for an extended period. You meet new friends can get involved in dorm government, and just have a complete college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The grading system differs for each class. The generic A to F scale may not be used in all of your courses, so know what the teachers uses and get comfortable with it so you always now where you stand.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Always Go to your proffesors office hours' 2. DEADLINES are final do not take them lightly. 3. Take notes whenever you read. 4. Network and create study groups for all your classes.

    In three sentences

    RUTGERS is the state university of a New Jersey operating at the level of an Ivy League school. The school has it made exceptionally way of make the transition from high school student to college scholar. It had a great environment and I am happy I made this choice.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent campus safety. The orientation process does an excellent job of informing freshman of this also.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each campus has its own different atmosphere. I believe they are all equally beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    The meal swipe options are really good at the different campus centers. For example I got a burger a soda and french toast sticks for a meal swipe and .04 cents!

    What to do for fun

    There is every club imaginable here including under water basket weaving. It is impossible to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    I was pleasantly surprised I enjoy the food. There's not only a lot of options at the dining hall but also a lot of options besides the dinning hall.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are not that great but the apartment choices for upperclassmen are amazing!!!

    Academic Rigor

    The class work is pretty challenging but manageable. I learned quickly that I can not go out every night that I want to. You are given just enough work that you have to put an extra effort but not too much to the point where it breaks you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be overwhelmed by the size, I came in thinking that it was a large university and a week into class I saw familiar faces already. Also this school is very adaptable to each individual so if you have one idea about this school going in, once you get here your mind can completely change.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a school that gives it students the opportunity to make their college experience the best it can possibly be. The way that this university does that is if you want some thing done that is not available, someone here will make it available to you. Nothing is too small or large for this university.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are great and very visible.

    Greek Life

    I do belong to a frat. It has been a great experience for me. I have made so many friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    I really enjoy going to the gym. Tailgating is great.

    Bang for the buck

    I compared Rutgers to other big schools and this is the best deal around. Some of my friends are paying double what I pay for tuition.

    What to do for fun

    I hang with my frat brothers. I exercise at the gym .

    Food and Dining

    All the food on and off campus is great. I do cook also in my frat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for the freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    I am working very hard. The professors here are great. I've learned so much. Rutgers has a great challenging science program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Hit the library often. Take good notes. Have fun . Stay on track.

    In three sentences

    I love Rutgers. It was the best choice for me. I have learned so much.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    RHA (Residence Hall assistance) Hall trips and events! There are various cultural groups, dance groups, choral groups and sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated & motivated but yet friendly and open. Even those who are not open socially or dedicated educationally will find their place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rutgers chant (RU-rah-rah). Get used to it now. Football games and the Grease Trucks afterwards!

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition has increased, Rutgers gives a quality education which is worth the money and time. If you have an idea of where you want to go afterwards or are still deciding then Rutgers is the right place.

    What to do for fun

    I reside on Cook campus. Although many see its compiled of only green fields, there are many weekly events both campus wide and dorm wide. The campus centers are the perfects places to hang with friends and then after study as they have both game rooms and study rooms and cafes with great food. Downtown New Brunswick is the perfect city place to hang.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply on time. But before coming to Rutgers in the fall try to attend an orientation to find which campus would suit you best.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers gives a quality education especially in the Arts and various sciences such as chemistry, biology and music. Not only is there good education but the city environment that it is based in is very convenient for students and friendly. What makes Rutgers even special is its variety of clubs and the various communities one can join making it easy to have a balanced social life.

  • 11/03/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This seems like a great school. I have taken part in many of the programs that they offer high school students and it seems like a great learning environment. There are so many resources available in this college.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Your in a city that is home to the largest University in the state of NJ. Whether you take the 40 minute train ride into the city, or walk around the corner to the grease trucks. There is always something to do off-campus. On campus there are over 400 student lead groups ranging from culture and business leadership groups, to juggling and theatrical groups. I can guarantee you will find something you like to do if you look hard enough. Finally there are over 100 events ever semester by the various programming boards on campus, they're fun, and often free.

    Food and Dining

    The old dining halls taste like old dining halls. The food can be cold on occasion, and sometimes you just can't eat it. But the new dining halls are again phenomenal (sense a pattern yet?). From custom grilled to order burgers to sushi, everything you can want I bet you can find on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old. Can't lie about that, but the new dorms are absolutely phenomenal. After quality, the people that you will meet on your floor will become friends for the rest of your life, I almost guarantee it. Whether or not you talk to them on a daily basis, whenever you bump into them on campus you will always stop and talk.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses are hard and require a lot of work, actually almost all courses demand it. If you are going to succeed you are going to have to learn time management really quickly, because homework seems to all but just grow right out of the ground around here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework, so to speak. Look at all your options, don't gloss over the fact that you might have lectures of 400 or 500 people and your professor (or even your TA) might not know your name. If you come from a small area, going to a small school is going to be tough.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers gives you the benefit of a large school, with large school support, while providing the opportunities of a small school. The saying around here goes, the university is as small or large as you want it to be. Everything that I have encountered, echos that saying.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Being wealthy helps if you go here lol.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers football games!

    Food and Dining

    I do not have a food plan, I pack lunch and dinner.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, I do not know much about dorm living.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically classes present a challenge for you, but you do learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't commute if your further than 40 minutes away. Get as much financial aid as possible. Get a parking permit before you start to get tickets.

    In three sentences

    Dont seem to work with the students much here. Challenging classes no matter what the class it is. Parking=impossible.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD is always on duty, which makes me feel safe. I have a lot of classes that take part later in the day, but I never feel threatened (but I am always aware of my surroundings!)

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm so busy with school work that I haven't had time to join any, but Rutgers has a plethora of student clubs that you can join, some you may have never even thought of before!

    Great for these types of students

    People who love: diversity, a large campus, occasional loud noises, parties on weekends, a rigorous curriculum, meeting new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At Rutgers, we have this thing called Bed Races, where people from different residence halls compete for charity. How it works is that there's a street closed off for the racing. One person on the team lays on the bed, while two or three people push them down the street. Whoever gets to the finish line first wins!

    Bang for the buck

    Since I'm from New Jersey, the tuition is extremely reasonable. Plus the fact that they offer good financial hand so you hardly have to take out a lot of loans.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of people like to go to College Ave, which really has all the great spots. You could go to the movies, or the mall. A couple of weeks go my friend and I went to the State Theatre to see Tracy Morgan perform, which was a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    For anyone planning to attend Rutgers, my best advice would be to bring snacks for those nights that you don't wanna go out to the dining halls and get food. Also, the Cafes at each campus also accept meal plans as a form of payment so you don't have to pay out of pocket. On College Ave., for those days you don't want anything from the Dining Hall of the cafe, there are a lot of great eating spots to go to for a good price (ex. Qdoba, Chipotle). As for meal swipes, make sure you know how much you're going to be eating. If you're not a big eater, don't assume that you're going to eat three meals a day and get the largest meal plan. I'm usually lucky if I have time to sit down and eat breakfast once a week.

    Dorm Life

    I think I got lucky because I decided to room with one of my friends from high school. Although our friendship didn't guarantee that we'd be good roommates, were on the same page most of the time. We don't have to ask each other to take out the trash or vacuum or clean the fridge, we just know it needs to be done and share the responsibility equally. The dorm room itself is ok once you put your stuff in it and liven it up. All in all, I'm pretty content with my dorm accommodations.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Pre-Med major, the classes that I take are very demanding. General Biology is a very good course though, but I don't care much for Calculus I. Expository Writing is ok as long as you're not afraid to go to your teacher's office hours and get their input. Also, make sure not to go to college with the high school mindset. You're not going to pass the final cramming the night before. Take a little time out of each day to study for your class, maybe spend a Saturday or Sunday reviewing with a friend, and go to your teacher to clarify, and you're golden!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus routes before you start classes. People can immediately tell who the freshman are when they arrive 30 minutes late to class. Also, make sure to always have a friend with so you're not on your own!

    In three sentences

    Large open campus full of diversity. Trees, trees everywhere! Studying till the sun comes up through my little dorm window.....

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not only does Rutgers have the New Brunswick/Piscataway police on speed dial, it also has its own police force. There is blue light safety systems everywhere you turn so safety on campus is never a problem.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for any type fo student. It is such a diverse school that any type of person will easily fit in and feel comfortable in their surroundings.

    Bang for the buck

    With all of the resources Rutgers has, you definitely get your money's worth. It's amazing that Rutgers is so cheap as compared to other schools that cost double and don't even offer have of the amenities that Rutgers does.

    What to do for fun

    There is Menlo Park Mall and other clothing stores within a 15 minute drive. Otherwise, Rutgers offers many fun activities such as dodge ball, paint balling, concerts, fashion shows, and much more at a reasonable cost, if not free!

    Food and Dining

    Hands down, Rutgers gets an A+ when it comes to dining. Each campus has a dining hall so there is always a variety. Plus, each campus center has lots of restaurants that accept either meal swipes or RU Express.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is very complex especially if you choose to do random assignment like I did. I ended up having to switch rooms, but nonetheless, everyone is so friendly and generous. RA's are always available and dorming has created a lot of friendships and study buddies. Also, the facilities are cleaned regularly and kept appealing.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any school, college is totally different than high school so adjusting to the schoolwork is a challenge. But Rutgers has tons of resources and faculty eager to aid in one's success. Failure is only a product of laziness. Rutgers gets a A from me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Get involved in as much as you can prior to applying: volunteering, working, school clubs, sports, etc. Rutgers loves diversity and well-rounded students. Learn all you can about your major before hand! Attend RU events (open house, orientation, etc)

    In three sentences

    Prior to attending Rutgers, I hated the fact that I was being forced to go here do to its closeness to home, but now I am absolutely in love with everything that has to do with Rutgers. In all aspects, Rutgers has surpassed my expectations on what a college should provide/how college should feel. Rutgers is simply an astonishing school to attend.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There could be an entire TV series based off of the amount of murders and crimes that occur in the area. Luckily, majority of the murders have no relation to college students.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities are great. Sororities are fake.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anyone can get involved and the people are very open and friendly

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you live on College Ave, Busch and Cook Douglass are both within walking distance.

    Bang for the buck

    Your degree is worth a lot more than what you pay for

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sports, volunteer work, greek life

    Academic Rigor

    Fair

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't listen to any of the advisors if you want to graduate on time. Take 15 credits a semester no matter what year you are. Don't let the uncredited prerequisites keep you from graduating on time.

    In three sentences

    Your degree has value but it takes a lot of work to get there. It is a competitive and challenging school.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have got 6 crime alerts this semester...

    What to do for fun

    Join different clubs and go to parties here.

    Food and Dining

    Food is very good. But dining service closes too early at night.

    Dorm Life

    There are many little bugs on campus, and they do not provide cleaning service in the apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Frequent midterms force you to study every week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your class schedule is not too intense because it take some time to commute between different campuses. If you like music, there are many musical instrument practice room here.

    In three sentences

    This is a large college with many different extracurricular activities to enrich students' life. The professors are responsible. The dorms are homy.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't walk alone on Easton Ave at night

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot.... But it's hard to work into a schedule with classes and a job

    Great for these types of students

    Party students, studious students, quiet people, people who like people, basically everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle

    Bang for the buck

    Good tuition if you're in state

    What to do for fun

    Go to NYC (just a train ride away), attend sporting events

    Food and Dining

    With different dining halls on each campus and cafes and stuff, there is always something good to eat! Only thing that stinks is that your meal plans don't carry over from semester to semester.

    Dorm Life

    Find a dorm that is right for you (living-learning community, regular dorm, suites, etc.) so that you're with people like you. Wanting to study and having a bunch of partiers on your floor is not a good mix.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are a lot more difficult than you think!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think that just because it is a state school that it will be easy... It is college! Classes are difficult, but studying can be very rewarding.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a school that forces you to become independent. There is a lot to do, but nobody is going to hold your hand. It is great.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games!

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to upperclassmen! You can gain so much knowledge that academic advisors cant tell you.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers Univeristy is an amazing school with tons of diveristy. The classes are challenging, and there is something for everyone. If you love school spirit, and a diverse community with 4 different campuses Rutgers is for you.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Sigma Pi

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternity brother & chairperson

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who doesn't mind waiting for the buses

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Grease Trucks! Scarlet Knights Football Games

    Bang for the buck

    The Grease Trucks! Work out @ the gym. The Planetarium. Go for Pizza.

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL!

    Tips for prospective students

    No Procrastination!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers- New Brunswick has everything! Culture, food, and sports.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have there own state police on campus

    Greek Life

    Plenty of them

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of them too many to choose.

    Great for these types of students

    Love a challenge, might consider ivy league without the price, good student life.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap for residents with a very good education

    What to do for fun

    You can go to frat parties, hike, see football games, do crew on the river, night clubs, go see the comedy club, the theater district, and pretty much anything in the city of New Brunswick.

    Food and Dining

    Food is edible but there are plenty of restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Co-ed dorms and pretty roomy

    Academic Rigor

    You will have study like you've never done before in High school or any other college. There is a lot of help though

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professor for help or to just let them know who you are.

    In three sentences

    A school that is a great learning institution while having plenty of activities to do. Classes are challenging but worthwhile Professors are knowledgeable and helpful

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD does a great job at making every student feel safe on campus at all times. The security around campus is always on the lookout and the crime rates are very very low. One of the best services offered is the walking service. If at night you feel uncomfortable walking by yourself, you can call RUPD and they will send an officer to walk you back to your room.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL types of students! Rutgers has every imaginable major, every type of campus, clubs that anyone can enjoy, great sports atmosphere, LOADS of school spirit- there's something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rutgers Univeristy was in the first ten universities founded in America, before the Revolutionary War. There has been plenty of time for traditions to form and locations to become famous. The Grease Trucks offer students sandwiches with an entire fast food meal (fries, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, etc.) on a roll. The Homecoming Bed Races- groups of students get together and decorate rolling beds however they want. Then one night, they all race down College Avenue and get judged on creativity. And any football game being spent in the student section is a must have experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially for in-state students, the amount you take away from Rutgers with the tuition you pay can't be beat.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is a train ride away from several major cities, making it possible to go to NYC or Philly for a day trip. Closer to school, downtown New Brunswick offers restaurants, shops, theaters etc. On campus, there is always some club offering an event. There's always something happening.

    Food and Dining

    Each campus has a dining hall plus other chain restaurants. The dining hall has good quality and variety of food each day, but it can get tiring after weeks of what seems to be a cycle of food where the same meals are served on certain days each week. There are a lot of restaurants in the area that accept RU express a preloaded card with credit a student can put onto their card. There is great variety of food throughout the campuses.

    Dorm Life

    The varied campuses allow for different dorming options available to every type of person. There are dorms, apartments, suites etc. The first year dorms tend to be very social and are a great way of meeting one another. Some dorm facilities are nicer than others but overall the quality of dorm life on campus is quite enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers professors have great backgrounds in the fields and are very knowledgeable. Rutgers is not a joke school. The people who come out of Rutgers are some of the most successful in the world. The curriculum is not impossible, but you will certainly be challenged in your courses. Rutgers has so many majors that it is possible to pick up a few classes in almost any field imaginable. Your courses are tailored to your interests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Especially in state, Rutgers is often viewed in a negative light. But to out of state students, acceptance into Rutgers is comparable to acceptance into the highest ranked universities in the country. Don't let other people make you feel like Rutgers isn't good enough. You'll receive more for your money than you think. Don't be afraid to get involved. It's a great way to meet people of all types and make many friends. Many first-year classes have lectures of hundreds of students. Don't feel like you are being drowned out. By just introducing yourself to the professor, you can make yourself known. The bus system isn't nearly as bad as everyone says. It doesn't have to be a huge part of your campus life.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a you make it school. You can make and shape your experience however you would like based on the opportunities the university gives to you. Whatever you'd like to see in your college experience you can find in Rutgers.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not everywhere is safe in the world as we all know. Rutgers on the other hand makes sure that it's students are a safe as can be. RU has it's own police force that works with the local police department in New Brunswick and Piscataway. There are always available should you maybe lock yourself out of your car or need an escort to take you back to your dorm after a late night library study session.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've met so many of my friends and found a lot of new interests because of the clubs here. Like horses? There is a club for people who like to ride and for those who just like to admire. Like to dance? Pick your style, there is so much out there that it is hard to keep up with it. Into the sciences? Have trying to pick just one or even two to stay in. You will wish you can do it all!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're the kind of person that needs noise in order to study, there's a place for. Need complete quiet? There's a place for you. Something in between? There is a spot for you too. You can pretty much study where ever you want. For people who like to greet the weekend with a bang there is always something going on on College Avenue on Frat Row.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    So there is this great event called the Bed Races here at RU New Brunswick. You or a group get a bed, decorate it, and race it down the street of College Avenue Campus. This is so much of an annual Rutgers tradition that the streets are blocked off for the safety of the racers and other students. Just one of the many fun things here.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that tuition could be a lot cheaper, but you really do get so much for what you pay for. Rutgers has it's own bus system that students do not have to pay for during the semester. So getting from one campus to another is a breeze. Just be weary of peak times when things get busy and on game days.

    What to do for fun

    There are many, many, MANY activities to do here. Most of them are free which is a plus for the typical college student. There are so many clubs and organizations to join that you will more than likely want to do them all and then some. The best thing to do is maybe pick three to do and see how you like them. Don't overload yourself with activities and forget about school work! Overall, it's really easy to find somewhere to have some down time with fun.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly the food is not bad here. But there are better dining halls then others. And if you are not feeling the dining hall mood, go out to eat! There are pretty nice places to eat that vary from Japanese to Italian,bubble tea to frozen yogurt! You'll find your craving somewhere.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life is pretty much how I imagined it would be: amazing. I met so many cool people who I can now say are my friends and an awesome support system for when I have might have a day that was not as awesome. The showers are not the horror scene that you would see on a stereotypical college movie. So you can wipe the sweat off your brow in case you were worried about that!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are meant to challenge you, you very rarely get a class that you don't have to work hard in. Even though it is hard work, there are professors who love what they are teaching and do want to make sure you get what they're talking about. However, like everywhere, some people are not the perfect teachers so be sure to ask current or former students about their teachers to get a heads up about who to take for what class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions both in class and on campus. If you don't know or understand, speak up! Also, there may be times when you have to take the initiative in order to make sure things get done, whether it be making sure your financial aid gets through, or that a professor makes to get back to you on important information.

    In three sentences

    Going to school at Rutgers can be both very rewarding yet very frustrating at times. You gain so many new experiences and skills here that I feel would not have happened at another university. I don't regret coming to Rutgers, in fact I feel prepared to take on graduate school!

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe when on campus, and the police are constantly around.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek life, but there are tons of fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone at Rutgers.

    Great for these types of students

    I honestly think everyone can find something they love about Rutgers. I know so many kinds of people that are completely different from me, and they love Rutgers as well. The school is so big that everyone can find something they love.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love that every campus has its own personality. College Ave is in the city of New Brunswick, Cook/Douglass is very pretty and natural, Busch is very scientific with lots of labs, and Livingston has a lot of housing and a more secluded feel. The quads (on Livingston) are resident halls for freshman and upperclassmen. There are three quads. Each one is made up of 10 or so houses, each house being five floors and having a single RA. All of the houses of a particular quad are actually connected by tunnels! It's really cool and a much easier way to visit your friends when it's cold out and you don't want to go outside!

    Bang for the buck

    I think I'm getting a great education for what I'm paying. The cost of college in general is ridiculous, so I couldn't imagine paying any more for a lesser education. All of the teachers are also professionals in their field, and most of them are involved with their own research projects.

    What to do for fun

    Oh my, there is so much to do at Rutgers! You can go to one of the many sporting events during every season. The football games are my favorite. You can go to the gym; every campus has their own. You can hang out with friends, go for a walk on one of the beautiful campuses, or explore one of the libraries. The clubs are always running events and hosting things to do, as well.

    Food and Dining

    I live where the best dining hall is, but all of the other ones are not that great. I mean, they're good for dining hall food, but nothing beats any kind of cooking you do yourself. Even if your mom or dad can't cook, you'll learn to appreciate any kind of home cooked meal!

    Dorm Life

    I love where I live! There are so many different options for how to live at Rutgers. Dorms aren't the most fun places to live, but everyone needs to experience it once. My best friends are the girls I live with, and I love all the people in my building.

    Academic Rigor

    I just finished my first semester, and I took Chemistry, Calculus, Biology, and Expository Writing. It was very difficult and work intensive, but I passed everything! Don't think just because you're coming to a public school that it's going to be easy because it's not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be overwhelmed by the size of this school. Wherever you go, you always see at least one person you've seen before. I run into people all the time, and I don't even know that many people!

    In three sentences

    I love Rutgers! The football games and extracurriculars are fantastic, and there is something for every kind of person. I've met so many great people.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers campus has police on campus that check each campus 24/7. Safety is not a big issue at Rutgers but I would recommend always being aware of your surroundings especially at night just to be extra safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is popular at Rutgers, and if you're interested definitely check out all of them before joining because there's many of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's over hundreds of clubs and activities offered in Rutgers University.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers puts on many great plays at their theater. For those students who enjoy plays I recommend checking out the theaters in each campus. For those students who are athletic I recommend checking out the Rutgers recreation center where there's various sports and activities that the students can part take in. There's also a indoor swimming pool for those who enjoy swimming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rutgers has the Grease Trucks where you can make the fattiest sandwich of your choice. Most students go the grease at least once to experience the fat sandwich; it's a lot of calories but it's delicious! Other tradition includes, every semester the daily targum ( Rutgers newspaper) play s a huge prank on all the students, the last one included that the Rutgers registration web had crashed and everyone had to re-register again.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers University is a great University, especially if you are looking for a school that is diverse. Everyone is friendly and accepting of others and their differences. There are endless amounts of learning opportunities at Rutgers that also offer internships and job opportunities. Best of all, you get a great education and a living experience for a very small price.

    What to do for fun

    Each campus at Rutgers has a students activity center where students can go and play sports and work out. There's various events that occur every week at different campuses that keep students busy whike having fun. I recommend joining a club or being a part of the residence hall association because they always plan fun events for the students. I recommend reading the Rutgers daily targum, that's where the upcoming events are posted. For those who likes gamea, there's usually football games in the weekends and for those that like plays can but a ticket to any of the Rutgers theater and watch a play with their friends. Fun activieties are endless at Rutgers, you just have to plan accordingly.

    Food and Dining

    There are four dining halls and the newest dining hall is at the Livingston campus which is fairly new. It has the best menu and the food quality is great! The other three dining halls are great as well and usually serve various menus to keep students happy. Each dining hall has a an all you can eat ice cream machine and bakery that most student looks forward to.

    Dorm Life

    I love Rutgers Dorm life because it spacious and offers many facilities within the residence hall. As a science major I chose a residence hall that's stricly for science majors and it offers a library and a computer lab to make easy acces to anything the students may need. There's also tutoring for all the science majors in the residence hall. Besides my own residence hall, Rutgers has many residence hall that are beautiful and spacious that also offer nice lounges and quiet rooms for students to study or relax.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers University is the state university of New Jersey and it's academic curriculum is more difficult over the years. A more challenging curriculum shows that it is a good university. The classroom sizes are small and the lectures are medium sized which allows you to ask questions and have one on one with professors at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you chose to live on campus make sure to pick the smallest or at least the second smallest meal plan. The large meal plans are very costly and usually the students at the end of their semester have many food swipes left over that are wasted away. Most incoming freshmen do not know which to pick because it's their first year so they end up chosing the larger meal plans which is very costly and not useful. I recommend getting the small meal plan; it will save you money and you won't be wasting aways meal swipes.

    In three sentences

    I am a freshmen at Rutgers University and so far picking Rutgers was one of the best decisions I've made. Rutgers offers various programs and learning opportunities for students who want to explore college and make it their new home. Students can get a lot out of Rutgers for a very small price.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get out and explore the campus. Go to RUPA-sponsored events and concerts. Meet new people and get to know them. It is much too easy to wave off socializing as a distraction, but make time in the week for it. You will always be glad you did.

    Food and Dining

    Don't bother buying a meal plan, or if you do, get the 5-meal blocks. It will help you save money in the long run.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the best and worst people you will meet live in these dorms. Make friends with everyone and then weed out the people you don't like, in that order.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes start out easy in first year, but get much harder as you progress. These professors do not joke around. If you are averse to working really hard for a long time and perhaps not as much immediate payoff as you'd like, engineering is definitely not for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be to take every class seriously, no matter how easy it might seem. The material will always get harder as you get farther into the year. If you are having trouble in class, talk to the professors or TAs and ask for help. Always remember, the worst-case scenario in this situation is that they can't help you and you have to find someone else--they will love that you actually cared enough to ask them. Also, cultivate relationships with your professors to get recommendation letters at the end of the semester

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a great school. The students in engineering are friendly if somewhat withdrawn, but the faculty can be aloof or unhelpful at times. There are plenty of distractions on all campuses, but it is very easy to find places to do work on campus.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe if you do not wander alone or into dangerous areas

    Greek Life

    Very strong at Rutgers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Kappa Sigma, RU Big Buddy, Rutgers College Republicans, all great organizations doing great things to benefit the community

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grease Trucks, Taverns

    Bang for the buck

    Very great atmosphere, great people, and great professors.

    What to do for fun

    College Ave, Easton, and a lot of other benefits of being in a city.

    Food and Dining

    New dining hall, great food and only increasing in greatness

    Dorm Life

    The Residence Life staff make many opportunities for all their residents and the connections you make are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, the classes could be very difficult, but that only goes to show the quality of the education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once at a University I highly recommend Greek Life, specifically the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Joining Greek Life has been the most enriching experience at Rutgers for me due to the lessons I have learned, and the situations I have managed. Joining Greek Life is just like joining and running a business and some aspects and the experience is invaluable.

    In three sentences

    I believe Rutgers University is far underrated by students in New Jersey, but is by-far a very great institution to attend for a multitude of majors, reasons, and connections. Being one of the oldest institutions in America, Rutgers has had many brilliant minds teach there and graduate from there

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's just fine on campus, but it gets a bit sketchy late at night around New Brunswick

    Clubs and Activities

    Think of any activity, there probably is a club here for it

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of students. This school is literally a wonderful melting pot of all sorts of different kinds of people. It's not JUST a party school - there are plenty of the more introverted and studious types here too

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Grease Trucks! Get yourself a Fat Sandwich before they get moved!

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get a lot of opportunities for your future and for your social life, considering the cheaper-than-most public school tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Sports events; a vast amount of clubs and recreation classes to meet all sorts of people

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are open all hours of the day. The food is hit or miss, depending on your tastes. I'm not a picky eater at all, so I've always enjoyed the dining hall food.

    Dorm Life

    Leave your door open when you're in your room - it's one of the easiest ways to socialize with people in your dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    If you're studying popular subjects like Biology or Psychology, you'll be in massive classes of over a thousand students. Interact with your professors!!!! Otherwise, be very disciplined in studying because you're just a faceless number.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers Police is everywhere. All students are notified of crimes committed on campus, and the police don't bother us for the most part at parties, but they do keep us safe.

    Greek Life

    I am actually pledging to a fraternity next semester. There are numerous fraternities on campus with houses, and they have a huge week called Rush Week were you can meet and become close with all of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can make this short and simple. Anything you want to do at Rutgers you can do. You can even organize your own club or activity.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. Honestly I have met people of all ethnicities, cultures, and interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fat sandwiches you must have one at Rutgers.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty expensive but much less than other institutions of Rutgers stature. However it is completely worth it, this semester was the best time of my life.

    What to do for fun

    Plethora of things to do for fun. Arcades and shopping on George street. Recreation centers and leagues. Sporting events and other campus activities. Parties, shows, etc. You should never be bored at Rutgers.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good at the dining hall, however it does get old. However there are many other places where you can get food such as in the student centers and campus centers. Or you can deliver. Most places accept RU express which you will understand if you go to Rutgers.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are decent nothing too extravagant but they are fine for me. Everyone is in the same situation as you going in, so its easy to bond with one another.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes you take. Classes like expos aren't difficult but they are very time consuming. It all depends on the effort you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    High school and college are completely different. You have t study in college. You must be able to manage your time.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is an all-around great university and academic institution. While the work and criteria is a lot at times, you really learn a lot as well. The social life is great, and everyone, including the professors are friendly and eager to help.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Every kind of student, except those who don't care about their education or their futures.

    What to do for fun

    Participate in extra activities, clubs, organizations. Relax and get some take out! Hang out with the people near you, whether in a dorm or oncampus apartment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come in thinking Rutgers is an easy, back-up school. It's not. Even if it wasn't your first, second or third choice, don't be too resentful, Rutgers is an amazing school and is the best of what you make it. If you treat it like a cruddy school, you're going to be miserable. Realize that even though it's a state school, its one of the finest in America, and the world

    In three sentences

    A vast welcoming network of diverse students, faculty, and staff. A university that works hard to help their students succeed and to supply them with as many opportunities as possible in education, internships, research, and much more. Has a a plethora of groups, clubs, sports, and activities to participate in!

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is said to be about 10% of the student population.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs for people to join. There's also sports, volunteering, and many events to attend.

    Bang for the buck

    Very over-priced for an in-state school. Also, the meal plans can be very expensive so avoid them if you can.

    What to do for fun

    There's something for everyone on campus. There's a ton of parties, sports, events, concerts, opportunities for volunteering, and many other experiences available.

    Food and Dining

    There's dining halls on every campus, however, the dining halls do vary. For instance, Livingston's dining hall is completely new and always has the best foods while College Avenue's dining hall is very old and tends to have gross food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely worth experiencing. I think it's an opportunity that every one should take. It definitely was an amazing experience and allowed me to meet various people that I wouldn't have known so well if I didn't live there.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers classes are no joke. While there may be some easy classes, such as dance appreciation, the major classes are very challenging and demanding. While they can be difficult, you definitely learn a lot and can make it through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try researching scholarships early on. The costs of the school add up very quickly and it is best to seek any additional money as soon as possible.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a place that meets every need you could ever want. There's truly something for everyone at this diverse school. There's something for everyone at this truly diverse school.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very efficient campus safety, Rutgers has its own police department and there are these security telephones all around campus where you can call the police directly.

    Greek Life

    Is very vibrant at Rutgers especially on the college avenue campus. The go to social events during the weekends are frat parties and throughout the week it is not uncommon to see greek organizations of the steps of brower commons doing some form of fund raising.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers offers a wide array of clubs and organizations and if they don't have it you can always start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are open to new experiences and new people from all over America and the world at large. Great for students who prefer city living over surburban living.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The grease trucks are an amazing rutgers tradition-indulge in it! The farm on cook campus is a magical place

    What to do for fun

    -Frat Parties -Join clubs - Events on campus - Explore New Brunswick

    Food and Dining

    Dining quality varies by campus, for the best dining experience go to livingston campus. You can eat on any camous even if you don't live there so this should not be an issue. There is also a wide array of restaurants and pig out spots in the new brunswick area.

    Dorm Life

    Can be annoying but if you have the right roommate/floormates it can be a lot of fun. Most dorms have AC but there are some that don't and this can be a huge problem in the summer months.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and most professors do all they can to make sure you are learning the material. Expect quizzes, tests etc on even the easiest classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know how you're going to pay for college before you enroll. Look for clubs, events, and devour all the opportunities you can find. Don't get caught up in partying or greek life.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers offers a lot of oppourtunities, you just have to go out and seek them. Top notch professors are expected for most courses who care deeply about the material they teach. Tuition is expensive for a state school.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    More or less complete safety everywhere but College Avenue (where parties happen). Even in college avenue, you should be fine as long as you don't do dumb things. Regular crime alerts whenever crime occurs. Extremely good police coverage.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most of the things you want to do will have a club, though sometimes getting to them can be somewhat tricky.

    Great for these types of students

    People who seek out opportunities, and don't wait for them to come to them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Avoiding the RU SCREW by staying organized and on your toes. Also, fat sandwiches - sandwiches containing mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, hamburger, cheese. french fries, and the like.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially if you live in NJ, this is extremely good value. Go here for undergrad, and then do grad school somewhere else to save quite a bit of cash.

    What to do for fun

    Depends on who you hang out with. Its a large enough university, that you can find a group of people who share your interests no matter what they are.

    Food and Dining

    Though a bit bland at times, has enough variety and breadth of options to remain quite manageable. Try to avoid the dead hours which happen between breakfast and lunch and you should be fine. I discovered a new favorite food - palak paneer - while here.

    Dorm Life

    I have never met a group of people with whom i have had greater synergy with than the people on the floor of my dorm. The student population is pretty great. Dorms themselves vary because of the sheer number of various housing available. Some are a bit dingy, but thats par for the course at college.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors tend to assign grades based on a curve, but this is not always the case, and some professors use the standard flat rates of 90 for A etc, for grades. All in all, professors tend to be high quality (though some may be slightly hard to understand), and classes are equally up to par, if not better than average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that it is a large school with many opportunities - if you tend to be passive you may not see the full potential of this school. Always remember that rutgers does have some organization problems, so proper organization on your part is key to avoid the infamous 'RU SCREW'

    In three sentences

    Substantially better than you might think if you are from NJ, as the opinion of it here isn't too great. If you are not from NJ, then know that while not the best in any one area, it is on a relatively high level in every area, and is extremely well rounded. As a large school it offers plenty of opportunities to those who would seek them.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. Rutgers has its own police, which you can easily contact from anywhere. Also there are emergency polls by every bus stop.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are many options to choose from depending on what your interests are. In my case i play a club sport and also do volunteer work. Rutgers has lots of clubs and activities for all students to be apart of that there is definitely something for everyone. Also attending football games is another thing to do for fun especially at such a big football school such as Rutgers.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining are not bad. The dinning halls could add more variety to their menus and the cafes could let you use your meal swipes for more things, but other than that the food is great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life was a great experience. The room was very spacious and nice to live in The whole environment is nice and helps with the transition from home to school very well. Also, the activities that the dorms do to meet new people is fun as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers academics are very challenging and the classes require a lot of work. Many hours of work and studying must go into each class if a student wishes to do well. These classes challenge you and really push you to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not under estimate Rutgers. May students apply here as a safe school and think it will be easy, but it is not, Rutgers is a very challenging University and many students learn that the hard way.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers New Brunswick is a great learning facility. This school provides a very challenging a rigorous academic programs, but the one downside is Rutgers is trying to compete with other highly accredited schools that they do not notice how they are hurting the students academically. Stress is very high amongst the students over poor grades, but other than that Rutgers is a great college and has been a wonderful experience thus far.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers is pretty safe as long as you have common sense. There are usually police everywhere and you can even find them on horses roaming around Cook/Douglass campus.

    Greek Life

    There is a wide variety among the types of sororities and fraternities found at Rutgers. There are many that are cultural as well as business fraternities and others of that nature.

    Clubs and Activities

    You will not find better diversity in clubs and activities anywhere but Rutgers.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone can find their own niche at Rutgers, but it is a great school for anyone who is looking for a large school. Engineering majors, any type of science major, and psychology majors should all consider Rutgers, as well as business majors especially considering the school's proximity to New York City.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Need I say more than Grease Trucks?

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is a very good and very well-known school. If you live in-state it's absolutely crazy not to to Rutgers if you are not going Ivy League. Out-of-State tuition is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are opportunities for every kind of person at Rutgers to have fun. Clubs range from quidditch to underwater basket weaving and there is intramural or club teams for practically every sport. The football games are also a lot of fun and there is a great deal of school spirit.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the dining halls at Rutgers New Brunswick have recently been re-done and are great. There's only one out of four dining halls that you should look out for. There are also many places on campus that will take meal swipes and RU Express so you will not ever have to worry about not finding a good place to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Not all of the first year dorms are what you would call luxury, but they all come stocked with a microwave and mini fridge. People tend to be e really friendly with their floors and the Resident Assistants are nice and very helpful. There is also hall government opportunities where you can get involved and change things that you may not like about the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers will definitely not leave you bored. The classes are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not ignore the of buying an umbrella that comes on the dorm packing list. You'll need it! Also, get involved in some way. The orientation leaders and speakers will all stress that point and they are right.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a unique school in that it has so much diversity not only among the academic opportunities that it provides, but also with clubs and within the student body. Because of its size, Rutgers New Brunswick has five sub-campuses and students have to take buses to and from class. The academics can be challenging, but you will definitely see your hard work pay off.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    if you are on campus you are safe. don't wander into new brunswick

    Greek Life

    SIG EP!!!!!!!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Kind of hard to find out when what is happening

    What to do for fun

    Sleep, Frats, chill

    Food and Dining

    Livingston Dinning-hall is incredibly. Busch okay. other two suck

    Dorm Life

    Busch Campus is terrible for freshman guys. Live on college ave! or Livingston!

    Academic Rigor

    Its pretty easy but I'm also a freshman

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can manage your time well you'll have a blast.

    In three sentences

    Work Hard, Plat Hard.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be very careful when walking alone in College Ave Campus and George Street past midnight.

    What to do for fun

    Recreation centers are nice, especially the one in Busch Campus Center.

    Food and Dining

    No need to buy too many meal plans. 210 or less is good enough.

    Dorm Life

    Apartments are comfortable. Can meet many people if living in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Policies are very strict. Attendance sometimes are very important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy or rent used textbooks online. New textbooks are extremely expensive.

    In three sentences

    Science and Engineering majors are competitive. Rutgers is a very large, diverse school. Many research opportunities.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is managed very well at Rutgers University. They send you constant emails with any Rutgers Alerts, they have their own police department, and the ensure that your safety is always maintained.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at Rutgers University, and it is well-known for its Greek like houses on College Ave. Between hosting academic programs, to getting involved in community service, Greek life at Rutgers is huge and offers numerous opportunities. You can list it on a job application, and build relationships that will carry on even after college.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for outgoing types of students, or even students who want to become more outgoing. Rutgers offers so many opportunities to socialize and get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a great smoothie place on Easton Ave, where you can find the best bubble tea's, smoothies, and milkshakes.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many options of extra curricular activities at Rutgers. They offer a variety of clubs, community service activities, and are very well-known for their Greek life. Everything associated with these three types of activities, along with random activities you can find in your dorm hall, or campus, keep students constantly engaged at Rutgers.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Rutgers is always diverse and ethnic. Their creativity in the kitchen allows them to please students of all different cultures. Their dining services are also eccentric, and offer many healthy varieties as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very exciting at Rutgers, and allows you to build great relationships with your peers. It allows you to make new friendships, socialize, and find those who will also help you succeed academically. Dorm life also helps you learn the In's and Out's of the campus, find your classes, and get the overall college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is a pretty competitive and difficult school. Work is demanding and consistent, but all good things come to those who work hard. Persistence and a positive attitude, along with a little help and luck from teachers and peers comes a long way at Rutgers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for perspective students are just to stay focused in school, stay determined, and work hard. Meeting with academic advisers, and teachers is essential and more beneficial then may seem. Build connections with those around you, and get involved in as much as you can handle because clubs are such a major part of the Rutgers campus life.

    In three sentences

    It is a culturally diverse institution that provides numerous opportunities in education, and in extra-curricular activities. It is enriched with striving students, and committing and eager teachers. Rutgers university is a great school to build communications, join clubs, earn a great education, and grow as an individual.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as you don't go out late at night, the campuses are safe. There is a Knight bus that would escort you when it's really late back to wherever you want them to drop you off and there are police officers patrolling.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot of clubs that you can join. Seriously. Think up of any club and Rutgers will definitely have it. If not, it's in the process of becoming a club.

    What to do for fun

    Get lost with your friends on campus. It's one of the easiest and best ways to find new places to explore and get to know your school.

    Food and Dining

    I have only tried Neilson and Livingston but I love it! I just wish that there were healthier options for take-out.

    Dorm Life

    I am living in a residence hall and I love how I can meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Currently, I'm only taking introductory courses but even with these courses, you need to show up in the and be willing to do the work. The first semester should be your trial-and-error period.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your financial aid and don't be scared because of the size of Rutgers. After freshmen year, Rutgers will fit the palm of your hand.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is very diverse. You may know 5 different people with the same name from 5 different campuses. This is where you can thrive and further your education.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers is a relatively safe place on campus. There have been some incidences of small crime but they usually happen where there is no Rutgers affiliation.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a huge part of Rutgers and there are many to choose from. There are many different ones so choose one based on your interests. You can always check the different fraternities and sororities through their RUSH Week in the fall and spring, so don't be shy!

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities no matter what you're in to! Even if Rutgers doesn't have one, you can make one up! (If you have 10 members) There is always so much to do and there are so many ways to get involved - from the Salsa Club to the debate club.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love volunteering or being involved, Rutgers is a great place. If you are more focused on school, it also good for you because Rutgers has an awesome academic program. I feel like any student would love Rutgers because there is something about the school that has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Grease Trucks! Fat Sandwiches are a huge tradition at Rutgers New Brunswick and you are not a true Scarlet Knight if you've never had one!

    Bang for the buck

    Not exactly sure what this means, but Rutgers is definitely worth it and it has made my college experience one to remember.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers New Brunswick has many bars around the area and it also has the trains station where you can catch the train to the city! There are also many events that RUPA brings to Rutgers such as concerts, marathons, etc. There are also many volunteer opportunities you can find at Rutgers.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are great. Some more than others but overall, Rutgers does a great job in accommodating many diets of students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to meet new people. They are located conveniently on campus and have great lounges to study and socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college! You will face more challenges but you will overcome them. Make sure to study hard and don't take any classes for granted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! Many students really have no idea how big Rutgers is. Get involved! There are so many clubs and organizations here and you can always make up one up yourself. Work hard! Rutgers may have tons of parties but academics is whats it's all about. Make sure you do well and keep up in good academic standing.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has many opportunities to get involved and it is a great place to meet new people. Although the campus is huge, it gives students many options for going out and seeing what every campus has to offer. Even though it is a large school, Rutgers New Brunswick does a great job in making everyone feel like a community.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They do have the blue lights stations, where you can call for help. But College Ave is essentially the campus with the most crimes since that is where the majority of parties happen.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea about this but on College Ave, they are everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to count. There is a club for everything, and if you want to create one you are welcomed to do so.

    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated and is able to be in large class rooms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    King Neptune nght, a day of serving sea food. Breakfast at mid night the night before finals start.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it is a good bang especially if you commute. But its pretty good quality for a state university.

    What to do for fun

    Go to New Brunswick, somerset, and highland park to try out some restaurants. If you drive you can go bowling, to the mall, ice skating, and so forth.

    Food and Dining

    Overall the food is good, if you lack self control with food. Oh man, your going to be in trouble. But the food is good, at Busch they make pasta for you and it is excellent and Livingston Dinning isn't bad at all. There is always plenty of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed on the dorm but I would visit a friend at her dorm once in a while. It's not bad at all. There are lounges for you to relax at with televisions.

    Academic Rigor

    I rate it 3 out of 5 because this depends on one's major. If you are majoring in statistics, geology, Africana studies. Its not that rigorous at all. Conversely, majoring in Engineering, Math, Biology and so forth is very rigorouos and challenging. So it depends.

    Tips for prospective students

    As previously stated, research is a much on what classes you should take, it can impact the grade you get or how much you enjoy it. Stay in the loop so that you know whats going on, so that you don't get impacted negatively. Get to know your professor well, and go to office hours so that they can see how hard you try.

    In three sentences

    I would say that Rutgers University is a pretty good school. The quality of education is decent, there is a mixture of good professors and horrible so research on professors is essential to enjoying your experience here. As for the social life Rutgers has plenty of that, you won't be bored.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Once again, this is an awesome environment, and i wouldn't go anywhere else right now.

    What to do for fun

    You will find out the fun part when you start attending the school.

    Food and Dining

    The variety of food is pretty good, but i'm not going to lie, it gets a little boring after a while. LOL

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are wonderful, way more than what i expected. The people are great, no better environment for an incoming college student.

    Academic Rigor

    Always do your homework ON TIME! At first, PROCRASTINATION is going to be your best friend, but you have to find a way to fight through the harsh times, and everything will be an amazing experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be focus in whatever you want to do, because college can only be fun as long as you are living the best of both worlds.

    In three sentences

    This was hands down, the best decision i made in my life. Rutgers is a great learning environment, and it feels like your home away from home. Here, with one of the best faculty in the world, one finds himself surrounded with all that is needed to become successful in any field.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I wouldn't consider New Brunswick a safe city but there are safety in numbers. It's hard to commit a crime when there are hundreds of witnesses. The campus is huge so you don't see too much of a presence of security guards but there are so many students that it seems safe to me.

    Greek Life

    Rutgers of course has the fraternities and sororities. There are many here, from just crazy party ones to special interest ones. If you are interested in Greek life, you should have no problem with that here.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of an activity or club, Rutgers has it. If the slim chance they don't. you can create one. There are more clubs then can fit on the front side of a piece of paper.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for all types of students. If you are a studious person and want good grades and a good education then Rutgers will do. If you just want to party and skim through college, you can party at Rutgers. If you are a college athlete and want to participate with the best, we are in the big ten now.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fat sandwiches! Got to love them. I think they should put in a law that you have to have at least one fat sandwich while you are at Rutgers (although I don't think they ever would have to do this because everyone has one!)

    Bang for the buck

    Great prestigious school, public ivy, well known, big ten all at a public state school price. The main reason I chose Rutgers is because the cost of it compared to the others on my list. In state, it is a great price but out of state you might find some other schools with more bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do? There are clubs for whatever you could possibly think of. There are parties every night somewhere. There are intramurals and events every day as well, it is impossible to not be able to find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is very good. If you don't want to eat in the dining hall there are hundreds of other places to eat and grocery stores all around. Every fast food chain is within a few miles. Also, don't forget to stop at the grease trucks on college ave!

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms but I stayed with my friend in an on campus apartment and visited dorms a couple times. These are loud, just like very other college. The cinder block walls feel like jail cells so make sure you bring posters or something.

    Academic Rigor

    I transferred here from community college expecting a ridiculously difficult school. Tests are definitely harder but most of my classes have homework and other forms of grades to make up for the few points you lose on the harder exams (compared to an easier one).

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus routes and buildings ahead of time. Don't be afraid to ask anyone, almost everyone will help if they can. Lastly, don't get caught up with the wrong group.

    In three sentences

    All in all, not too bad of a school. Very hard for newcomers with the buses, many buildings and new style/technology for classes. It's a great school but has 'several bumps in the road'.

  • 03/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Most don't know that Rutgers was asked to become an ivy league school and turned down the offer. Rutgers wanted to make its resources equally available to all without the expensive private-school price tag. Considering its elite professors and staff, second largest transit system, endless extra curricular and research opportunities, top notch classes, and public school tuition; Rutgers is easily one of the top choice schools for a rock bottom price.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games, extracurricular clubs/organizations, greek life, movie theater on campus, student zones with arcades, nightlife and more,

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers just built a new dining hall on the Livingston campus which is better than the others, but overall the food is mediocre for students with a meal plan. Restaurants in New Brunswick, however, are great.

    Dorm Life

    Campus life is so much fun.

    Academic Rigor

    It's easy to get lost during your first couple of years but after sophomore year, the classes will get smaller and more intimate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to familiarize yourself with the campus. Also, prepare yourself for 300 person lectures your first year.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a large, diverse campus with a great location and campus atmosphere. If you are looking for a city campus with a community vibe to it, Rutgers is your university. Also, if football games and local concerts aren't enough, Rutgers is also a train ride away from New York City!

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    as long as you have a good academic profile, you'll probably get considerable scholarships

    What to do for fun

    go to church, hang out with friends

    Food and Dining

    Asian food life provided nearby

    Tips for prospective students

    Good tuition if you're in state Go if you like REALLY big campuses You'd have to ride a bus to everywhere. The food is better than most colleges. Diverse populance.

    In three sentences

    really huge

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good school for in state tuition price. Teachers are very aware of how expensive textbooks are and make every effort to offer scanned copies of readings so you don't have to spend money.

    What to do for fun

    There are like 5 different gyms at Rutgers that all offer something different!

    Food and Dining

    Food at Rutgers is excellent everywhere except for Brower, not so good, but still decent.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely dorm. Dorming is awesome and crucial for making new friends.

    In three sentences

    Has a smaller feel than you would imagine for such a large school. Has great facilities and the different campuses allow you to get many different options and experiences. Great food!

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I've been to the campus, and it seems like a great school. However, it it a LARGE campus, so you should really consider that factor when thinking about attending Rutgers New Brunswick.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is Rutgers police everywhere to assure our safety.

    Greek Life

    Very bonding and important!

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs and activities than you can imagine!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have many campuses and cook douglass is pretty unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    Highest return on investment! The price you pay is the best around and the education you get is unbeatable!

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals, clubs, and other academic organizations.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is amazing on livingston campus. Brand new building with delicious food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing! My floor mates are awesome and we really connect!

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult classes but if you put in the work then you'll do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy and learn a lot in high school and then apply it in college.

    In three sentences

    The best decision I made in my life. The school is amazing and has an ample amount of opportunities. Don't regret a single thing.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    This also depends on where you are. Of all of the campuses, Livingston provides the best variety in my opinion. Some will say Cook/douglass or Busch. But eating the same food over and over again will get boring, so if you are willing to pay, you can head over to College ave and try out some of the many eateries there.

    Dorm Life

    This depends on where you are dorming. Busch is the main campus for engineers and I hear that it can get boring at times. But some of the freshman dorms there have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    From an engineering stand point, the classes are rigorous, and demand most of your attention and time. Some classes it is difficult to follow what is going on, while in other classes it is not too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    For engineers, know what tract you want to major in because you will have to declare your major when you register for classes for your sophomore year. For others, you will not have to declare your major until the end of your sophomore year so you will have time to decide.

    In three sentences

    Wide variety of classes, extra-curricular activities and people. Well structured in some areas(such as a well laid out curriculum for engineers) , but lacking structure in other areas ( such as applying to housing)

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is huge with so many students with an incredible variety of interests. There is an art museum, plays to go see (Cabaret Theatre), a new movie theatre on Livingston Campus, or just hanging out with friends. There is always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers food is pretty good compared to many other schools. I give it a B.

    Dorm Life

    There's a chance you take living in a close-knit community but there are definitely more success stories than nightmares. Mine was great!

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is not a joke!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be on top of your game!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has been a wonderful experience for me. I fully believe that anyone can find there place here because there is absolutely something for everyone. I would strongly recommend it as an option for your college career.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    To call the Rutgers P.D. campus police is a bit of a misnomer. They resemble an actual police force more often than not. They have a strong presence around campus. Overall, if you stay out of the bad areas of New Brunswick, you are safe. And, the occasional drunk frat guy, but they're pretty avoidable. The most trouble on campus is at the big football games.

    Greek Life

    Don't partake in that.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide breadth of clubs, almost any interest or hobby has a club. Great opportunities to be involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-workers, those who dislike isolation, students planning to enter STEM fields, outgoing students.

    Bang for the buck

    Speaking personally, they really do have an excellent math program, if that is what a student is interested in. Professors from other departments really do seem knowledgeable, but the courses seem fairly easy, once all of the stress is looked past. Overall, they can provide great opportunities for people looking to be professionals, and provide career services that seem very thorough and useful.

    What to do for fun

    School clubs, the music clubs in New Brunswick, working out/exercising, and different events like dances, lectures about special topics, coffee houses, etc., and different venues and places around New Brunswick.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know about the commons, but the regular eating establishments in and around the campus are top notch. George Street is of particular notice.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus, so this rating doesn't really mean anything.

    Academic Rigor

    In terms of quality, tests tend to be very conceptual and fairly involved, requiring good understanding at a deep level; at least in higher-level courses, and in math courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get acquainted with the university--getting around can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. Attend the involvement fair, it's a great way to meet people and enhance the quality of your college experience. And don't get too stressed out, the workload is tolerable for most people, who don't commute and work.

    In three sentences

    Great math program with brilliant, helpful professors. A lot of interesting programs and courses offered in a variety of fields. Very demanding, to a point of excess, with their core curriculum.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crime tends to happen quite often on college avenue. Don't roam the streets at night by yourself.

    Greek Life

    Tons of frats and sororities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ton of clubs and activities you can find on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, spontaneous, adventurous

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion puddle.

    Bang for the buck

    Good prestige for a state university and relatively cheap for an in-state student.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends. Not much to do in the city of New Brunswick without a car.

    Food and Dining

    Can choose to eat at 4 different dining halls with varying food quality.

    Dorm Life

    Students have a huge selection of where they want to live and can control what scenery they want to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    The science majors at Rutgers is very competitive. A lot of ambitious students which leads to high averages.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is a huge school, if you are looking for a small school, this isn't the school for you. You need to make effort in order to make close friends, otherwise you will end up being lonely and left out.

    In three sentences

    You get the experience the full college life at Rutgers University New Brunswick. It has 4 different campuses which offers a lot of options for dorming and a huge student body with great athletics. The student-teacher ratio isn't too great but help can be found with student teaching groups.

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is pretty safe despite some incidents happening late at night, but no one needs to be walking the street after 2am

    What to do for fun

    Go to sports events. Various departments and clubs are always holding events. Try something new or obscure (like dropping in on an Asian Culture Expo in the student center). Some good places to eat and go out on George Street. The State theater is right in town too.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, the food is not as bad as you would think. Sure it's not home cooking, but it's pretty tasty with lots of variety and healthy options as well.

    Dorm Life

    Fun!

    Academic Rigor

    While it depends on the major, all sciences majors and almost all liberal arts majors are very challenging and hold high standards

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the extra curricular opportunities! Join a club or a team. There's something for everybody and it's a great way to connect to people in such a large school

    In three sentences

    A great university with so much to offer. It's a big school, so there are many opportunities and resources available. Great diversity

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much you can do, catch a game, go out to eat, watch a movie etc. Rutgers has it all.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is good for the first month, and then you miss home.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great because of the people you are surrounded with. The dorm facilities are a bit outdated for freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    The sciences at Rutgers as well as engineering are very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work, and don't expect special treatment; everyone is equal at Rutgers.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers university is a great place to learn independence due to how large the school is. It has a lot to offer its students in terms of academia and life outside of the classroom. If you're looking for a great education and a happy college experience, come to Rutgers.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out every night that you can. There are always parties, go to them. Two dollar tuesdays are the best.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers Dining services has improved so much since I got here as a freshman. if you have a meal plan, eat at the Livingston dining hall. its delicious and really nice. There is also now a food truck that accepts meal swipes.

    Dorm Life

    Become friends with your RA, and then your life will be less miserable. Enjoy your roommate and friends down the hall. Make the best of every experience and opportunity.

    Academic Rigor

    Intro classes like gen chem and gen bio are 300 person lecture halls. They are difficult and I have heard that they are meant to weed out students who cannot handle RU. Once you get into your major classes, they are enjoyable, but not easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get organized. RU is a huge university, so if you want to make the most of it, make yourself known, for good reasons of course.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers was not my first choice, but I could not have asked for a better experience. I feel that I received the best education, engaged in on campus activities, and had the best time socially. I've met great friends who have become colleagues and professors who would help me with anything.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good, Campus PD is present at all times in on every campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value..

    What to do for fun

    too much to list..have to see for yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great. Diverse options for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough, challenging and rewarding. with world class professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is a great University to learn about the challenges of the real world, and become a well rounded individual.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is awesome. It is fun and challenging with a diverse student body that is incredibly intelligent.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally almost a club for everything and if there isn't, you can create one. In my opinion, this is honestly one of the best aspects at any college or university.

    Bang for the buck

    As most students fall into the category of 'broke college students', its tougher to find places and things to do that won't spend so much money. But, many places in downtown New Brunswick offer student discounts which is always helpful.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something you can do because Rutgers is located in downtown New Brunswick. There are always parties on weekends and places to go out and eat. On Livingston campus there is also the movie theater and new stores being built.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, the food at Rutgers is pretty good, especially at the Livingston Dining Hall. They try to change up the menus everyday and the quality of the food for the most part is generally good. If your a vegetarian or vegan however, the options are pretty slim.

    Dorm Life

    It very much depends where you live. Believe it or not, the crappier the dorm, the better relationships you have with the other people who live there. The nicest dorms, suites, and apartments tend to have little interactions between the people that live there whereas if you lived in a regular dorm, you generally have a blast and easily make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers University is a well-ranked school and provides the needed challenges for students academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most students coming in are from Jersey and don't want to be here. But, honestly, if you allow yourself to experience everything it offers its one of the best places to be.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has a very large and diverse feel. There are many different types of students, classes, and extracurriculars available enabling each student to have his/her interests explored.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is safer on Livingston Campus and Busch. Cook/Douglas is very dark at night and has seen some robberies. College ave has a large amount of intoxicated people on the weekends.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any types of students looking to get an affordable, recognized education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cook/Douglas looks beautiful in the snow. Bring a date! He/she will love it!

    Bang for the buck

    Relatively speaking, it is a good in-state school, and if commuting can be very affordable. However, on-campus housing is a rip-off.

    Food and Dining

    Livingston campus has the best dining hall and cafe. Busch has a decent dining hall. Other dining halls, however, will make you sick.

    Dorm Life

    It is over-priced. Also, depending on where you live, it may look like it is a horror movie in the making.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of difficulty of the school varies greatly. Many classes are incredibly difficult, but there are some that by simply reading the book one can pass (without attending class, either)

    In three sentences

    It is decent. It isn't terrible, but it isn't wonderfully recognized for its academia. But, it is an affordable undergrad school.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    During the day it is completely fine. At night, there are a few areas (it's a city) that are sketchy and rather dangerous. Best not to leave valuable electronics unattended at the libraries either.

    Greek Life

    Lots of it for both women and men. Rushing can be quite rigorous but plenty of people do it and get in.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have over 200 clubs that touch on every field of study and all sorts of unique interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Party lovers, artsy people, political junkies, jocks, skaters, punks, people who are 'hip' but don't like being called hipsters (especially them), Jews (seriously, there is a large Jewish community), and there are a lot of Asians/Indians too (no offense, just observations).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Souper Van goes around campus, and for every meal you buy there you feed a homeless person in New Brunswick.

    Bang for the buck

    For what I am getting at such a prestigious place, it is a solid deal. Rutgers has everything in terms of kinds of people, places, studies, food, and if you want it and are determined you can probably find it. They don't hand things to you and you have to be an adult though.

    What to do for fun

    There are more than 200 organizations to join, which is probably where you might find your friends and future dates. Rutgers has events every week and even has a few bands come perform. It's a wet campus with lots of parties and drinking at parties and in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options covering a range of different cuisines. The quality wasn't always great but good enough. On College Ave is a place that has all kosher meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    During my freshman year I had a fantastic experience at Vorhees on Cook campus. My peers were chill and it felt safe. I've heard from other people that their dorms were boring and were lousy places to live, so there is luck involved.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on one's major and the specific course. Some courses have a forty percent failure rate because of the intensity while some of the courses I have taken have been relaxed and manageable. If you aren't in science, expect to write many papers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join multiple clubs and organizations to get a feel for what's out there. Visit your professors at their office hours as it can make a world of difference. They are paid to be there and help you.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers offers a solid and meaningful education for a reasonable cost. There are plenty of organizations and events. What makes it unique is its massive size and vast diversity of every creed, color, style, ideology, and background.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is out and about on campus. Urgent calling stations are near dorms for when a public safety officer is needed.

    Greek Life

    Libraries are big, and there are plenty of computer labs available for those who wish to get work done.

    Clubs and Activities

    Large variety, with great time accommodation.

    Great for these types of students

    Possibilities are grand for students who are interested in research, community service, and other clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One day out of the year the school news paper has a spoof with funny yet ridiculous articles.

    Bang for the buck

    Bang for buck in dinging places. Great meals for $5!

    What to do for fun

    Campus is filled with beautiful natural outdoor life to enjoy. Downtown offers nightlife with vary of bars and clubs. Gyms are equipped with many vary activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining places within campus and on the outskirts. There is a large variety for ones appetite.

    Dorm Life

    Although I personally do not dorm, I have plenty of friends that do. Dorms are clean and safe from what I have encountered.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as one is on top of their school work, everything will be fine. Academically the curriculum can be challenging, but professors are will to extend themselves for a students understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are many events and clubs aside from core curriculum that spark new interest and add on to existing. It is a great way to meet new people and make new academic possibilities.

    In three sentences

    It offers a wide range in all areas of studies accompanied by clubs and activities. Students, faculty, and staff are just as diverse as what Rutgers has to offer. Rutgers is the beginning of a great career and life.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    New Brunswick offers many things from food, parks, and clubs. It is also near a train station, so a trip to NYC, Philly, and anywhere else in the tri-state area is within reach.

    Food and Dining

    By far, the best place to dine is the Livingston Dining Commons, it's new and offers a variety of food, as well as make your own/freshly cooked food bars.

    Dorm Life

    New apartments located on the Livingston are to die for, other apartments are still decent. Other Rutgers affiliated housing is a great place to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any college, it really depends on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is possible to party every weekend, but don't get caught up in it and make sure you finish your work first, otherwise it's really stressful come Sunday night.

    In three sentences

    A really diverse school in terms of what's available educational programs, extracurricular activities, and the people that are part of the Rutgers community. We also have a wonderful athletic program and our football team is now part of the Big 10. Rutgers is a great place for undergrad.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Full time RUPD staff are a call away if needed as a security escort or for any other issues.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle on Douglass Campus is one of the most serene locations in New Brunswick. Go there if you want to get away and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you put into the experience. Work hard and play your cards right.

    What to do for fun

    Literally minutes away from downtown New Brunswick, where students can find bars (of age of course), restaurants, and dessert shops. There are also many different activities going on campus. With the induction of Rutgers into the Big Ten, one can expect the football games to be a notch higher on the intensity level..

    Food and Dining

    Livingston Dining Hall is a state of the art facility that offers a wide array of culinary delights from many different ethnic backgrounds. Overall, the Dining hall experience at Rutgers is very accommodating, and provide a spectrum of food choices.

    Dorm Life

    With new on-campus apartments springing up on the newly minted Livingston campus, the Rutgers dorm life has been seriously upgraded. The new dorms offer a movie theatre, full kitchen facilities, as well as a gym.

    Academic Rigor

    There are literally hundreds of different programs at Rutgers University. However, Rutgers also has great professors that are quite challenging in some cases. The pre-med track is a difficult, but rewarding track.

    Tips for prospective students

    This tip is for all college students. Work hard and it will pay off in the end. Make a conscious effort to work during your first hear, to avoid the low GP whole many kids tend to fall into.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University- New Brunswick is best characterized as a city within a city. It is also a largely diverse school, and meeting people with various religious, ethnic, and national backgrounds is effortless. The campus is also one of the most visually pleasing campuses in the US with its natural and man made aesthetics.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's not really an unusual tradition, but go to at least one of the Rutgers football games! It is the home of college football! And it's so much fun to chant with the crowd!

    Bang for the buck

    Use the bus app for Rutgers! You wouldn't want to be late or miss the last bus of the night!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! I joined an academic club, and a fun club (salsa). Weekend nights, there is usually something to do on College Avenue, but during the week hanging out with friends, going to comedy shows, performances, and clubs should be as fun! There are a lot of things to do, but unfortunately they aren't advertised the best.

    Food and Dining

    I'm used to my Latin food so I wasn't super impressed or delighted with the food at Rutgers. It's good, but definitely not as good as my home food. The dining halls, for me at least are rated as follows: 1) Livingston 2) Busch, 3)College Avenue 4) Douglas/Cook. I do recommend going to the Rock Cafe on the Livingston campus though! It's yummy, along with trying something from the Knight Wagon!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is a lot of fun at Rutgers. Your floor becomes your family if you interact with them that is. I lived on the Livingston Campus, floor 3 and my floor was very open and welcoming which I loved. Roommate wise, it's 50/50. I've met people who really got along with their roommates and I've met others who didn't at all. It's a risk you take, unless you go in with someone.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the rigor may be tougher. I'm a business major, and the Rutgers business school is no joke. The professors, mostly if it's a 300 student lecture, will not take the time necessary to make sure everyone gets it which is why my biggest tip is to make a rapport with the professors because then you'll be able to ask for help and not get lost in the crowd.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips to prospective students would be don't trust rate my professor too much, try to buy your books somewhere other than the Rutgers Book store, and try out new classes. Yes your GPA does matter, but don't waste your time taking classes that are easy but that you will gain nothing from. Find interesting classes that may not be related to your major, you might realize you want to minor in it. Also, one of the most important tips I could give is to make a rapport with a professor. You never know when you'll need help or a recommendation even an internship.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a diverse, huge, energetic school. Most of the professors here, as far as I've experienced are very good, and there is a sense of family with the people you meet at Rutgers. If you're looking to widen your cultural experience along with your brain Rutgers is definitely the place to go.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I heard Livingston Campus is very safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse population.

    Bang for the buck

    Good bang for the buck for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Make friends and sports.

    Food and Dining

    I went to Livingston Campus for breakfast and lunch and the food was very good.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter. No experience on that.

    Academic Rigor

    If you got good grades you can qualify for scholarships.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good education for the right price if you are in-state.

    In three sentences

    Be prepare to ride the bus all the day long. Feel enthusiastic about school. Don't feel stress out.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Depending on the campus, crime is low to nonexistent. On College Avenue, there is a fair share f crime, but Busch and Livingston are rather quiet.

    What to do for fun

    College Avenue has many restaurants and stores. It also has a book store and a mall nearby.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad, but it is nothing like home cooking. depending on the campus, the quality of the food will improve.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fine; however, some of them do not have AC, which can get pretty uncomfortable as the weather changes.

    Academic Rigor

    There are classes that are very simple; however, as a science major, the classes I take are rather difficult. These classes can be passed; however, not without a fair amount of dedication from the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important to take your first year seriously. Doing badly your first year can set you back a couple of semesters.

    In three sentences

    RU is a very large and diverse place with an environment that can cater to all people. Its campuses all give off a different feel and environment, which students can easily adapt to. There is also a large array of classes for the different tastes in education.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun. There are frat parties to attend, clubs to join and the school is big so there are ample chances to meet new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind.

    In three sentences

    I think that Rutgers is overall a good school. It's very research based which offers a lot of opportunities for students. It's also in a very convenient location in New Jersey.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Piscataway relatively safe compared to New Brunswick. Fall 2012 we averaged a crime alert every 1-2 weeks for minor assault or theft. Nonetheless the campus is safe, but just watch your back and travel in groups.

    Greek Life

    Often labeled as Frat Bros or hated because its hard to get into their parties if you're a guy. Usually chill and laid back and give back to the community. And of course you have your meaty frat bro who isn't liked. But nonetheless give it a try during rush week and see if you find your niche.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you may be interested is available to join

    Great for these types of students

    diversity - you won't feel left out sports - you'll be guaranteed to join any intramural sport great fitness facilities quiet, nerd, geeky, bro, hipster, black, asian, hispanic. We're all here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rutgers Fest - now canceled but throughout the university because of its diversity - there are many traditions and customs celebrated

    Bang for the buck

    dining hall swipes - expensive in state tuition - cheap out of staters - pay a lot but worth it dorming - a little more expensive than off campus but totally worth it

    What to do for fun

    Frat parties - keep in mind they require girl-to-guy ratio. Fair ones are usually from 3-5 for every 1 guy. Exaggerated ones can range from 10-20 girls per guy. Get to meet some girls. Bars if you're over 21

    Food and Dining

    You'll enjoy the meals in the first couple of months then after it gets repetitive. and meal swipes are very expensive. Livingston Dining Hall - The best Neilson on Douglass - second best Busch - close third and right behind Neilson Bower on college ave - worst - staty way

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a hit or miss. You will be guaranteed to make friends if you throw yourself out there. Some nights can be fun while others can be disappointing.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes only require to study. Others require 3 - 10 pg essays for the semester, and others have weekly homework assignments due. It is well balanced to keep your workload relatively challenging if you give it time, you'll be stress free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and complete work before your social life

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University in NB offers top notch education in all fields. Although not in the best location it doesn't undermine the intelligent professors this university contains. After a long week of studying, working on hw problems, and finishing essays, the weekends are filled with many parties.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD is great. The public safety buildings are located on either side of Commercial Ave.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are awesome, friendly, and caring. The Black frat members are very handsome! Sadly there are no Delta's or a line for Q's etc

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to choose from. I guarantee that there is something out there for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for any type of student. It's diversity is out of this world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    3rd down during football games are the best. Everybody raises there hands and form an okie-dokie type sign, signaling 3rd down and along to the beat of a rock song we pretend to play the guitar as we wave our hands to the beat. It's better when seen in person lol

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely a good price for all of the qualities the school contains and everything it offers.

    What to do for fun

    Endless events, parties, clubs, activities. It's never boring.

    Food and Dining

    The food is beyond excellent. So many choices, especially at Livingston Dining Commons.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are decent. Some of them have community bathrooms, but it's not bad at all.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are tough here and won't deal with any nonsense. They will not hesitate to fail you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in the party life because there's a new house party every week from Thursday-Saturday. It's not a big deal if you miss a couple, it's the same thing every time. Make sure your GPA is on point! Never get comfortable, Rutgers is hard.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is the best school in NJ. It is unique and diverse. The food is great and there's always something to do so you'll never be bored.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    It is great from what I've been hearing

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities on campus. People like to party every once and a while. Many different clubs for each student. The lounges are a great way to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food is just great food to eat. It varies everyday and it taste great! I just love it!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life are good as I visited my friends a couple times. The rooms are spacious and bathroom are large as well. The buildings are not far apart from each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on who you are as a student. It varies from the classes and professors. Class sizes are a tad bit big

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in the library while having a social life. It is always good to have your mind on tight to not get too distracted. You do not want to be the loner because you are not social.

    In three sentences

    I love the school and the people there. The school provides many of their students opportunities to become successful. The vibe and atmosphere is great !

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD does a great job but the city of New Brunswick is still a residential city. All cities have crime, which may sometimes affect students but Rutgers does a great job in protecting their students. If your from the city, this campus will be like the suburbs to you lol.

    Greek Life

    I'm in a fraternity so i know the DL(Down Low) on this subject. Greek life is strong on the campus. But a lot of people join frats and sororities for the wrong reason. Please do your research. There is Greek life available for every background and nationality.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many clubs and activities! You can literally find a club for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Every student of every background will find a home at Rutgers guaranteed. The campus is very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grease Trucks!!! Rutgers favorite pig out spot.

    Bang for the buck

    The Rutgers degree is worth it. This schools prestige is very known on the east coast and united states.

    What to do for fun

    The possibilities to have fun are endless at Rutgers- New Brunswick. You literally gonna want days where you can just chill and do nothing because its so much to do at Rutgers everyday.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great. You have many options and places to dine.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on your taste. each campus has superb dorms, then some have really crappy ones.

    Academic Rigor

    Its depends on your major and class. You can have a easy course load as an art major freshmen then get harder as you become a senior; rather than being a bio major starting off hard then getting easier as you become a senior

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on coming to Rutgers definitely do your research on the campus you want to live on. The New Brunswick campus, which is the best campus is huge. Some better than others but that goes down to personal taste. This campus is so big your going to have to stay grounded do you don't get lost in the sauce.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a great community for people of all races and backgrounds. Facilities could be better on some campuses but overall good. My experience here so far has been awesome.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For an in-state university, Rutgers is a little on the expensive side especially for some schools with extra fees like SEBS, and SOE which are approaching $30,000 a year (26k). A Rutgers education is already highly respected by employers and graduate schools, but it's your job to find the things which stand out at Rutgers that make it worth it to YOU. I gave 3 stars because naturally I'd love to be paying less, but in reality I do feel like it will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    If you like sports, you have big Division 1 Football games. Basketball games are great too! If you like theater, you have productions by The Livingston Theater Company and Cabaret Theater. There's an on-campus movie theater! There's also a geology museum and The Zimmerli Art Museum. There's campus events and special guest speakers very often. Dorm life is fun to begin with (my floormates and I had movie marathons until 3 in the morning). And yes, there's a good party scene. You're also 45 minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure. There's many other things and Rutgers is what you make of it.

    Food and Dining

    Not gonna lie all the food is GREAT in your first 2-3 weeks because it's all you can eat, it's different, and honestly it is good. However, it starts to get repetitive and boring after a few weeks, so I recommend changing it up a little bit with the dining halls as each one is different and has its own meals.

    Dorm Life

    A few of the dorms are not the best as many are old and lack air conditioning, but each has its own character to it and the friends you make in your dorm make it your home.

    Academic Rigor

    While every school has its easy GPA boosting classes, most of the classes at Rutgers require a lot of work, focus, and time. I even know people who failed GPA boosting classes. If you put in the effort that these classes require you will do fine, and you can still have a social life and have a fun academic experience!

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Join a club as soon as you get to campus!!! You get a totally different and even better college experience if you participate in a club or activity with people who share a similar interest. 2) As soon as you get your syllabus, create a study schedule and MAKE TIME for your academics. At Rutgers when you fall behind work-wise it's difficult to recover. 3) Go to all campus events like sports games, plays, concerts, fundraisers, cultural days, etc... Do NOT be one of those people who sits in their dorm room all day. 4) Definitely have a general idea of what you want to major in. Don't be undecided for too long.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is everything you could want in a college. The school's many elements some of which are athletics, science and engineering, the arts, cultural events, and a tight-nit community all make this great university one of the most awesome places you could imagine. The hugeness of the campus, made up of 5 smaller campuses gives Rutgers a truly unique and different feel as compared to other colleges. RU is AWESOME.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's over 300 clubs and organizations on campus and at the beginning of every semester there is a involvement fair where these groups and organizations highlight all of the positives of their group and recruit members. If for some reason there is not a club for you, all you need is three members and an advisor and you can get your own started.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle - On Douglass campus if you walk around the puddle three times holding the hand of your partner it is superstition that you will be married.

    Food and Dining

    With four dining halls on campus it is possible to get almost every type of food you've ever wanted from sushi, chicken, pizza, pasta, stir fry, and even lobster on one of the biggest speciality days all year King Neptune Night.

    Dorm Life

    While the residence halls are not perfect and some are a little more spectacular than others, if a student has the opportunity to live on campus for at least one year they should do it. Student live together, bond together, learn lessons and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is definitely a school that is rigorous but Rutgers offers so many opportunities and resources to its students that any student can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, and get involved early. Many people believe that you cannot get involved on campus until you are a junior or senior when its completely the opposite. With over 300 clubs and organizations you can get involved the second you step on campus. Whether you're getting involved in greek life, student life, an academic club, your residence all or somewhere else branch out and meet people, do things you always loved or always have wanted to do.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University in New Brunswick is an once in a life time experience that honestly has a place for everyone. It is impossible to make a small school large but you can always make a large school small and Rutgers is a great example of that.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    make friends, attend activites

    Food and Dining

    one dining hall is amazing, rest crap

    Dorm Life

    most dorms are old

    Academic Rigor

    Was in line to be an ivy league

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont part too much. Dont take drugs. Study.

    In three sentences

    Pretty good. Education is fairly recognized, big campus, activites, tuition is fair. Diverse and pretty open students. Too much partying though.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Off college ave can be dangerous at night if you stray off campus.

    Greek Life

    Popular but not necessary to join for friends and fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots available but hard to find out meeting times, and coordinating them with classes.

    Great for these types of students

    Want a private school education at a public school cost.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle. Grease Trucks.

    Bang for the buck

    State School tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Sleep in all honesty. Very demanding course-load. There are numerous clubs/activities and gyms.

    Food and Dining

    Wish there was more of a variety with the meal plan. Dining hall is average.

    Dorm Life

    I got the pleasure of living in the new Livingston Apartments which were beautiful. Would live there every year if I could.

    Academic Rigor

    Varies from class to class. Upper level classes have been amazing. Lower level tend to bore easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to catch buses. Choose your classes as soon as it is available to you. Refer to the degree navigator website. And if you have a smartphone, download the Rutgers app.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers New Brunswick is a huge university! It has the space and opportunity to help any young person find who they are and discover the field they want to work in. Although the size maybe overwhelming, the friendly people and excellent professors provide an environment in which developing your social and academic self is simply inevitable.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is alot to do on and off campus, the greek life usually has some event going on on College ave that anyone can attend, where they have free food and such, and there are so many clubs, organizations, as well as sports teams and stuff to do in New Brunswick that you will never be bored. And the train station in right tin town so New York City is very close.

    Food and Dining

    I loved the dining options available to me, each campus has their own dining hall with their own unique style, so you never really get bored. Livingston campus just opened their new dining hall, complete with its own burger station where you can create your own burger. Yum!

    Dorm Life

    I only dormed my freshman year but I had an overall pleasant experience, communal bathrooms kind of sucked, but the people you meet and the excitement of living with your friends makes it a memorable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here should be taken seriously and require you to be an attentive learning individual. Do not skip classes, you will fail. Teachers are helpful and want to see you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet new people, put yourself out there, an try alot of different things. Take a class you are interested in even if it does not line up with your major. Explore.

    In three sentences

    The best college to attend. There is such a variety in people, settings, opportunities and classes offered. Truly the best education for a successful future.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Freshman 15 is not a joke! They provide a buffet type dining hall daily and, on occasions, a theme with decorations, ice sculptors...etc. The last week we had a carnival theme with cotton candy, candy apples, snow cones, etc. AND a new addition is the Knight Wagon which is a truck at which you can swipe for burgers, fries, chicken fingers and lots more.

    Dorm Life

    Along with independence, Rutgers's dorm life provides a lot of variety on each of its campuses, a lot of fun activities throughout the year and people to bond with.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, all of the classes that I've taken, I've been interested in so I enjoyed them, except Chemistry, which was difficult. The sciences at Rutgers are designed to be hard so that only the students that work hard and put in effort will do well. To succeed, you must put in the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming students, I advise you to get connected on social networks to meet peers before you even get to campus. Also, make sure you have a map or access to an online map at all times because you will get lost and someone will ask you for directions.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a place of vast opportunities. The advantage of having such a big school is that it is very diverse which results in a variety of things to do on campus. You cannot be bored.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the Cook/Douglass campus, there is a little pond called Passion Puddle. The legend is that if a Cook guy and a Douglass girl walk around the pond three times, they will be destined to be married.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at Rutgers. We have a rock gym, multiple parks and athletic fields for student use, a new cinema, and so much more. The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) puts on many different events each semester, including indoor ice skating, concerts, crafts, and workshops. There is never a dull moment here.

    Food and Dining

    Again, as there are four campuses there are four dining halls, each that has its own personality and flair. All the campus centers also boast multiple eating establishments such as Dunkin Donuts, cafes, etc. Being in New Brunswick, we also get access to all the great eating establishments downtown.

    Dorm Life

    There are four campuses at Rutgers, and there are many options for students to choose all four years. However, the school recently implemented a new point system for housing which in my opinion is not that effective. There are two sets of points, one for apartments and one for dorms/suites. For apartments, seniors are worth 4 points, juniors 3, and so on, and the reverse is true for dorm/suites where rising sophomores get 4, juniors 3, etc... This system results in juniors never receiving priority for any kind of housing. I understand the logic behind this system, but to me it makes little sense.

    Academic Rigor

    While I have very little experience with any liberal arts classes, the science courses at Rutgers are very rigorous and force students to really try. Professors want students to do their best, and will help them do so. The scien