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  • 08/22/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Even Scuba Diving certification available

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    "Old Bouncer" or the "kissing bridge" is a cool spot. Passion Puddle is beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    For the $ you spend you would think that the administration would give you a little more time of day when you need something.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty to do for fun. So many clubs to join, events all the time, cool places to hang out on and near campus.

    Food and Dining

    Good food, but long waits in dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    I commute so, I really don't know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overload on classes

    In three sentences

    Horrible Administrative Organization. Broken up large campus, have to take buses. Lots to offer.

  • 05/17/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    food is not so great for vegetarians. although the dining halls frequently have the pizza, sandwhiches, and pasta. food from the campus centers are good like the food from moe grill or burger king. if you order food from restaurants, those food are terrific.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is pretty okay. there are pool tables and fuseball tables in the dorms. there is also a laundry machine where people can wet and dry their clothes.

    Academic Rigor

    academics here is very hard. people can't slack off, take it from me, it would not be pretty. go to the libraries or learning center for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    you should work hard because college is very different than high school. 1st year might be overwhelming but it will get better later on.

    In three sentences

    rutgers is a beautiful campus that has everything that you can think of. college life there is pretty great. rutgers has the best football games.

  • 04/10/2016

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus you'll fall in love with it.

    In three sentences

    i'm not attending rutgers yet but i already love it. it has a great vibe and is very accepting to incoming students.

  • 02/20/2016

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The dining hall I ate at was great with many options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms looked clean and not at all too cramped. There were both mini fridges and microwaves provided.

    In three sentences

    I am a prospective student and I recently visited the campus. There are so many things to do and so many academic opportunities. I am also excited about the Greek life and supporting the sports teams.

  • 02/16/2016

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

    5 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Try and go see the campus. Get a high GPA and SAT score. If the SAT is not for you, then take the ACT, which was what I did.

    In three sentences

    I feel that Rutgers will be a good fit for me because it has an rigorous academic and a lot of extracurricular activities. Also, I like the location of being between two major cities. I plan on visiting there very soon.

  • 11/28/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always on patrol. We get constant alerts through email or text right when an incident occurs. They want to keep us safe. Especially on college avenue, they are there for us since its so close to downtown New Brunswick. The campus police are very efficient and work to make us safe and ultimately feel safe being on campus during the day and night.

    Greek Life

    Not really sure! I know a couple girls who want to be in a sorority and it looks fun. Frats are cool, but some have rude guys. Be careful of going to parties at Frats! They may call you ugly behind your back or right to your face. They are disgusting people. They are just as ugly as they think you are, so its honestly not worth your time to go. But if you are into greek life, go for it!

    Clubs and Activities

    At the beginning of each semester there is an involvement fair to showcase all the clubs and organizations offered by Rutgers! GO TO IT! You won't regret the 2-3 hours spent there! You can get free stuff too! There will be at least one club that you will love and dedicate your time to!

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in research! Rutgers is, I think, the largest research college. This college is not for the lazy types. You need to be SMART, and know when to put down the phone. I have friends who enjoy the Mason Gross Arts program here. I love the nursing program. Athletics here are also great!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Cook/Douglass, there is the passion pond and the notorious kissing bridge. It's cute, but the bridge is a bit sketchy. At the end of Busch, where the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is located, there is Woody's. A delicious food place! It should be closer honestly. As a nursing student, there is a cafe in the nearby hospital that accepts meal swipes. So my friends can get me food lol. Lucy Hall on Livingston is the dumbest building created. It is a labyrinth.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is beautiful! Then there is Federal Pell Grant and HESAA which decrease tuition even more (for me at least since I don't dorm). I'm glad to attend a great university that allows me to not worry too much about student debt after I graduate. If you dorm and got no money, I recommend looking into the living options after freshman year, or applying to scholarships! Out-of-State students, I feel for you.

    What to do for fun

    JOIN CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS! If you don't join, you will regret it. Find friends with the same interests as you! If you don't have time, at least attend RUPA's events! I attended an event with Brandon Stanton, the creator of HONY, and i loved it. But spots for RUPA events can fill up fast. So be quick and smart. Make friends in your major and/or dorm! I love my nursing class! They are amazing people I hope I can stay with for life. If you enjoy the party scene, go for it. It's not as nice as you would think it is. Some people I know regret going to a party.

    Food and Dining

    For commuters without a meal plan: Student centers have good enough food (Wendys, Subway, Moes, Burger King, Sbarro, Dunkin, Currito, etc), but spending can really add up, so I recommend bringing food from home. For commuters with a meal plan: Good idea! For everyone with a meal plan: College Ave-Brower - known as the worst, but it is not bad at all. Just compared to others, its the bottom choice. I actually like their food. I would not call it worst, just mediocre. Busch Dining Hall - Have been there multiple times and their food is nice. Theirs a cooked-to-order pasta line. It's average. Cook/Douglass-Neilson - Have been there multiple times and they have pretty good dinners. I like their pasta, although it is not cooked-to-order. It's average. (Neilson and Busch are switched from being 2nd and 3rd place). Livingston Dining Hall - BEST. DINING. HALL. The dining hall itself is gorgeous and cozy. Food options are similar to the rest, but everything looks nice, new, and clean. I would eat anything on livi. *Do not expect high-quality. Just expect something delightful. *Always greet the dining staff. They love the students who are sweet.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, but I have visited friends in the two following dorms: Honors College on College Avenue and New Gibbons on Cook/Douglass. The Honors College is gorgeous. Amazing interior and the RAs are great. The amenities within the dormitory are one of the best on campus, but nothing will ever beat the Livingston Apartments. New Gibbons is a residence hall that is average. My friend seems to like it, but there is no air conditioning in the building, and its a small dormitory. Overall, it depends on where you live. Here is the layout: College Avenue - Never quiet; party scene; can be scary at night. Busch - Usually calm unless someone throws a party and gets drunk; Asian central; all the engineering majors live here. Livingston - Fancy area; apartments are just where everyone wants to live Cook/Douglass - Silent farmland; Usually agriculture, bio, nutrition majors; Not updated; originally a women's college.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is an institution with a rigorous curriculum. Do not take things lightly here. There are some easy elective classes, but there are some difficult mandatory courses. It all usually depends on the professor. The academic rigor really depends on your major. As a nursing major, freshman year is when they weed out those who are unsure about nursing with the hardest course like at Rutgers: Anatomy & Physiology. But after that, you can only go up.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend prospective students to work hard in getting a high GPA and SAT, so that Rutgers actually offers you some money. Also take advantage of the AP courses and exams, because they can save you from taking electives, and you can sometimes skip courses LIKE EXPOSITORY WRITING. PASS AP ENGLISH LANG OR LIT. AP courses are nothing compared to college classes. Just do it. Attend many events, get to know the people around you and in your major, and have fun. But not too much fun, because I personally study like 20+ hours a week for my classes. You will learn in college that it is not as easy as you think it is. It's only easy if you are a studious student.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University - New Brunswick is a prestigious State University with a valuable reputation, in regards to the athletics, research opportunities, and overall curriculum for all the majors. As a nursing major, I find my curriculum to be amazing and solid for creating the best nurses. Rutgers is a large university that offers lots of opportunities for all the student, our only job is to take the initiative and take advantage of all the opportunities provided.

  • 11/26/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As long as you stay on campus, you'll be unlikely to face any type of harm. However, if you wander off campus, you are susceptible to violence and crime that exists in New Brunswick.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for people you want to be well educated in a diverse social environment. If you love city life and want a new experience with some of the best students in the world, you'll love it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to have a fat sandwich (on college ave) your first year.

    Bang for the buck

    Dining and dorming isn't worth the money, but it's essential to your freshman year for the most part. The education you get is amazing considering the price. However the facilities aren't what you would expect, they could use an update and repair.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from the parties Rutgers is known for, there isn't a lot to do. Clubs and sports are definitely a good choice. Mostly people go out to eat with each other on campus and around New Brunswick.

    Food and Dining

    Weekend dining is a no go, but the week is fine. In order from best to worst (by where I've been) Busch, Livingston, Brower. The staff is incredible and always ready to serve you.

    Dorm Life

    Best dorm is Stonier, heat/ac, private bathrooms, and less than 50 feet from the dining hall all while being on College Ave. Try to choose a roommate and meet them irl before living together, you don't want your freshman year to be awful because of a bad roommate. Maintenance can be spotty, don't take excuses or non-responses, put in request and ensure they take it, you have to stay on top of them or they'll leave you hanging.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on how your high school was, you may or may not be prepared. Expect a lot of writing because of Expository Writing and other basic classes. The classes aren't too hard as long as you show up and put in some effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in anything and everything that interests you, you won't regret it. Use ratemyprofessor for every class. Get the smallest dining plan and don't be stingy you can always add more, but you can't get your money back!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a taste of freedom, city life, and opportunity. The teaching staff is incredible and the students vary from the odd to the incredible. However, most of the time if it doesn't make sense Rutgers is probably doing it.

  • 10/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    At the start of every year, there's a Student Involvement Fair, where College Ave is completely shut down and all the clubs and organizations set up booths so you can find out more info about them. Sign up for the ones that interest you and attend their events! It's really that easy. And you won't have a problem finding one that interests you, in fact, you'll probably find too many that interest you!

    Great for these types of students

    There is so much diversity at Rutgers and so many different majors that Rutgers can be tailored to fit any student's goals, interests, passions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Getting fat sandwiches from the grease trucks!

    What to do for fun

    The fun really never ends at Rutgers. Clubs you probably could never imagine existing are here, there are parties, there are plays you can catch, a movie theatre on campus, there are nature trails to walk, gyms to work out in, restaurants, shopping, games to watch, and events that are programmed by various organizations on campus that are either free or very inexpensive to attend. For example, fall harvest festivals, concerts, movie screenings, art exhibitions, and so many more. You will never be bored at Rutgers if you keep your eyes peeled for fun events that are happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are four dining halls, so you can take your pick and even if you're on a campus that isn't yours, food is never far away. The food isn't bad, and there are certain restaurants and eateries that take meal swipes if you're not feeling dining hall food. It may not be the tastiest food you've ever eaten, but in comparison to most other colleges, we're very spoiled.

    Dorm Life

    I'm one of the lucky freshmen that got placed into College Ave dorms, which is pretty rare since College Ave is the most sought after campus. Of course, Livingston, Busch, Cook and Douglass also have dorms that are just as pretty, but a lot more secluded than the bustle of College Ave and downtown New Brunswick. Some dorms have air conditioning, some don't, some have extra fancy things, some don't. I love dorm life much more than I thought I would, as long as you go into it with a positive attitude and you're kind, you shouldn't have any problem whatsoever with dorming. In fact, you will probably learn to really love it. Living with people just like you and the ability to make friends with people is so beautiful, as is the community aspect of it! Also, if you're in a particular major or have a special interest, there is special interest housing and living/learning communities tailored to what you do. For example, French majors can be placed in an all-french major floor so they can immerse themselves in the language and improve. There are also LGBTQ housing options, housing for female STEM majors, honestly, anything you can name. Dorming is pricey but a very rewarding experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging! Rutgers may have a reputation for being a party school, but everywhere you look there are students poring over their books and typing away at computers. Exams come frequently and essays all over. Rutgers is definitely no joke when it comes to the academia, but don't be worried! With all the tutoring, learning centers, workshops, and advising offices there are you have plenty of resources to help you reach new heights with your studies. As long as you actively seek help if you need it, you'll do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're considering any other colleges, don't look any further. Rutgers has all you need and then some by tenfold, for a reasonable pricetag. While the sheer size of Rutgers is often the deciding factor in why students say no to Rutgers, do not be intimidated. As you get familiarized with the bus system and different campuses, join clubs and make friends, you'll notice you will find familiar faces nearly everywhere you go. Many of my friends regret going to small colleges because the clique aspect is still alive and well in many smaller schools. Well, not here. Everyone is so friendly and willing to adopt you into their friend group. Striking up a conversation with nearly anyone is bound to have favorable results, and with all the clubs and organizations you can join, NOT making friends is virtually impossible. Shy people rejoice! Tips? Challenge yourself academically, be open minded when meeting new people, be kind, and balance work and play in a healthy manner!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers New Brunswick has the prestige of being one of the 8 earliest founded colleges in the nation and is often ranked within the 100 best colleges in the world, for less than half the cost of an Ivy League school. Research opportunities, networking, and rigorous academics are in abundance for those looking for it, and an outstanding social atmosphere here also awaits you - Rutgers is truly one big happy family, and you can sense the unspoken bond all Rutgers students share.

  • 10/01/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The area is a little iffy but campus police is very efficient.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm very happy for my decision to come here. Quality education, no debt, great people, fun activities and great networking opportunities!

    What to do for fun

    Many events offered by school organization (especially RUPA). Bars and restaurants in close proxity. Relatively close to NYC and the shore.

    Food and Dining

    I commute but I like to go the the restaurants in the student centers (Wendy's Burger Kind, Pizzerias, greek food, burritos, Dunkin Donuts, quite versitile!). I've heard many good things about the dinning halls although I don't go there as I don't have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Sorry, I commute!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major but you might be surprised. Definitely more difficult than most people think. As a nursing major, classes have been quite difficult, but there's lots of studying resources (tutoring, office hours).

    Tips for prospective students

    Getting in contact with admissions, financial aid office, etc., is difficult so keep harassing them and calling till they have helped you. If you can commute, do it (unless you can afford dorming) because there is so many things to do and events to go to that you will still make friends and meet people with having a huge debt. Although it is sometimes describes as a safety school, the rigor of the classes might surprise you so don't underestimate the difficulty level.

    In three sentences

    Although it's a large University, if you're involved you will meet a lot of people and be able to network. As a nursing student: the building is small and apart from the rest of the university but a short walk from George st. where the campus bus stops. Lots of events offered by many organizations, many are free and extremely fun to go.

  • 07/30/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never had a problem with safety at Rutgers. As a girl, safety is something to always keep in mind, especially when I am alone. I have walked to my dorm late at night from the library by myself and have not had a single problem. There are RUPD patrol cars constantly patrolling campus, especially at night.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not involved in greek life but it s something that is very prominent and popular on campus. I am planning on joining in the spring.

    Clubs and Activities

    At the beginning of the fall semester, Rutgers hosts an involvement where all of the sports teams and club gather on the main campus, College Avenue and display tents. Students can walk up to any tent and ask to join. Here is where you see how involved student life is in coordinating events and organizing all of these clubs. I personally am involved in the volleyball club, the rutgers seeing eye puppy raising club and work a lot on the farm.

    Great for these types of students

    I am not exactly sure what type of students this is referring to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't really seen anything unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    I had a rough time transitioning when I entered as a freshman but after my first semester, I fell in love with my university. There is always something fun to do on campus and I love being a scarlet knight! I wouldn't trade my school for any other. I cannot believe that my freshman year went by so quickly. Sure, as any college student I had my rough times. but Rutgers establishes an atmosphere for student so that they can feel safe and secure.

    What to do for fun

    I personally love being involved in clubs and sports. If there is one thing that Rutgers has a lot of, it's clubs and sports. From Quidditch to puppy club to anything you can imagine, we have it. Even if we don't, you can start a club yourself if you and some friends gather up and create it. I personally play volleyball for Rutgers and adore it. In addition I am very involved with the animal science department and spend a lot of my free time on the farm working in various animal barns. I personally also am a part of the Rutgers seeing eye puppy raising club where we train dogs to becoming guiding dogs for those who are visually impaired. Even when I am not at a club meeting, I am hanging out with my friends or even going to campus events.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning... has it's nights. One thing I love most about the dinning hall is that they host special dinning events fro example for holidays where everything is decorated and the menu for that night corresponds to the holiday. The staff is very welcoming and is able to assist you with anything that you need for example a dietary requirements. The dinning hall always had vegan and vegetarian options for students.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun! My dorm is where I made most of my friends and met my roommates for next year. The RA's work constantly around the clock trying to put together fun and engaging programs for the dorm community. We had a series of RU doge ball, marshmallow wars, movies nights and game nights. These actives make it all easier for us to relieve stress from class. You walk through the dorms and everyone has their dorms open where people are welcoming and want to form relationships with you. Most of my time in my room, I would have a handful of friends just hanging out and/or even studying with me. My closest friends and my main support system are from my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is definitely a challenging academic atmosphere, especially as a BIG 10 school. As an honors student in high school, I thought the transition would be easier. However I found myself getting swamped with work and struggling with study habits. Rutgers is challenging but there is help at any time when needed. The staff and students on campus offer countless tutoring and are there for your help! You just need to make sure you utilize the services and personnel at the university. I have never gotten turned down when I needed help for something at Rutgers. Iit is such a friendly academic atmosphere that engages you to learn and continue to pursue your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    As prospective student, I would definitely recommend taking AP classes or some form of college level classes. Rutgers is a challenging academic atmosphere in a good way but you should be prepared for the work load. Time management is everything!!! In addition begin financing tuition chargers way ahead of time.I waited to the last minute because I was not educated on taking loans out and it didn't do me well. Also I would suggest to begin a little more independent from parents which is a number one rule for all college students. College is a place where students are extremely independent and must act on their own rational decisions. My last piece of advice is to find an activity during the semester where you can escape from academics and other things that will stress you out. I had a lot of trouble adjusting with being away from home and instead of me joining clubs, I stayed in my dorm. The moment I got involved, I fell in love with my college experience.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love being a scarlet knight at Rutgers and being able to pursue my dreams as a wildlife veterinarian. From the moment I got on campus I knew I could call the university a home with a warming and humble student environment. Rutgers as a big ten university offers a challenging academic atmosphere for it's students, pushing them to excel in everything they do. There is always something fun and engaging to do on campus with countless sports, clubs, and student life events. This was my dream school and I love being a current student here.

  • 06/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I think RU is pretty safe. You will receive crime alerts pretty often though. There are blue light systems but I think it sucks because I only notices them around dorm buildings and bus stops. (I'm comparing the blue light system with the ones on UMD campus). Just be careful on off campus college ave because thats where most of the crime alerts crimes take place, especially if you are living off campus. Lots of my friends who lived off campus behind college ave had break ins.

    Greek Life

    I am not in greek life and I dont know if I would ever rush, but it is definitely out there. RU have different ones from professional to cultural to social ones.RU have been receiving some bad rep on its greek life but don't let it stop you from joining if it is what youre interested in. Good luck to everyone who are rushing and pledging.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs, some more well established than others though. But clubs and activities are a great way to meet new people. Join ones that interest you or one that is out of your comfort zone. I recommend attending the involvement fair, especially the fall one.

    Great for these types of students

    Since RU is so big and diverse, anyone will be able to find their own niche. You just have to be open minded and look around!

    Bang for the buck

    For an instate student, RU was my cheapest option which is why I picked RU. It is a good investment because I go to a university that is well-known for a super affordable price. Plus the close location to NYC and the huge alumni network is extremely helpful when it comes to finding a job.

    What to do for fun

    You have access to the train to go into the city or Philly. Also, you can just hang out with friends around RU. you have the Zimmerli Art Museum if that's what youre into, the different scenic places around RU like Passion puddle which is a great place to study for finals spring semester, etc. Don't forget RUPA who will be holding a lot of events so make sure you keep an eye on their facebook page. Additionally, other clubs, especially cultural clubs, will have different fun events too.Then there are the parties on the weekend nights from thurs-sat. There are countless of options.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food isnt bad all the time, sometimes you can get bored of it really quick. But the theme night dinner are the best, but make sure you go early or all the good food would be gone! Also there are a lot of places to go off campus especially down Easton Ave like Stuff Yer Face(for Strombolis), Hansel N' Griddle, Fat sandwiches, etc. Also, definitely get creative with your meal swipes!

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I love dorming and I think that it is extremely helpful in making some friends. A quarter of my friend are from my building, and the rest are from class. But dorming is expensive! Living off campus could be cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are ridiculously hard but every school have those easy A/GPA booster classes. However, those classes still require some effort rather it is memorizing a lot of powerpoint slides to taking four easy quizzes and an essay. Make sure you stay on top of your work because it is easy to fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that you want a big school. RU has really big lecture halls especially for the general science classes. My biggest class so far was 442 students. However, if you're a student who will proactively seek help from your professor or are good at establishing a personal connection with your prof, he or she will really appreciate it and will definitely remember you. Also, due to the huge lecture halls, don't be tempted to skip class if you want to succeed; but skipping class is possible.

    In three sentences

    RU has an extremely diverse population from nationality to economic background. Since it is such a huge school, there are countless of different opportunities for students from organization to people you will meet.

  • 01/13/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 358

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    RUPD makes us feel very safe. They are very present on campus. They also can be called to escort students home when they feel unsafe walking at night.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities at Rutgers. They host many parties on campus. They also perform community service projects on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, cultural clubs, recreational sports, environmental clubs, student government organizations, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, athletic, studious, or part going students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a pond called Passion Puddle. Supposedly if two Rutgers students walk around the pond three times hand in hand, they'll get married. We also have the Kissing Bridge and if two Rutgers students share a kiss on that bridge, they'll be married as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is definitely worth the tuition. Our terrific dining services, convenient bus system, and fun and diverse environment make for an amazing college experience for any student.

    What to do for fun

    There are always parties on campus during the weekends. The football games are also a lot of fun. Also, many of the organizations on campus host events regularly including poetry events, movie nights, and parties at the student center.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Rutgers is amazing! There is such a variety at all times. And, with a menu that changes everyday you never get bored with the food. It's also quality dining.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and very efficient. I remember my heat was broken and I called maintenance expecting them to show up within a few weeks but instead they were there within the hour. Within my dorm we have a very positive relationship with our RA's as well which greatly impacts the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is a very rigorous institution. Though I'm a dance major which most people would probably consider a major with low academic rigor, I've found myself challenged throughout my first semester. But, I don't think the rigor of Rutgers is overwhelming for students. With proper time management students tend to still have an enjoyable experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because Rutgers is such a large institution, do your best to get involved! Attend the involvement fair to learn about clubs and activities you could be interested in. Also use your first few days before class to get acclimated to the bus system and where things are.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a very diverse environment. It's large community of students provide an ideal place for personal and academic growth. It's also rich in resources available to students.

  • 01/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 358

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Rutgers New Brunswick has lots of clubs to get involved in and a beautiful landscape. It has a cinema, frozen yogurt stores and awesome football games!

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED. GET TUTORING! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GYM FACILITIES AND SPORT CLUBS.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a school with a very diverse student body. It is also a well-known institution with great research opportunities available on-campus and off-campus. It offers great resources for students and has MANY different clubs and organizations to get involved in!

  • 01/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 358

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Volunteer! Meet tons of people! Party! Eat!

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter so I'm not sure how the dorm life is! But from the people I've come across, they seem to enjoy it!

    Academic Rigor

    Your paying a lot of money to have a career that will last your whole life. So make sure you study your butt off! Take every class you have seriously, just do your best. There are plenty of tutors around campus that can help with anything that you have problems with! Take advantage of office hours, get to know your professors, you wont regret it! Don't take everything to seriously, just make sure you get your academics done and then you can have fun, join clubs, volunteer, etc. its quite simple but everyone tends to complicate that. I find that all the majors in Rutgers are great! Everyone that I have met enjoy what their doing and what classes there taking. Just work hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved as much as possible! Don't overdue it though because you can end up slacking doing so many things all at once but just make sure you get involved! There are so many organizations and clubs that you will love.

    In three sentences

    Whats great about Rutgers University-New Brunswick is the diversity this school has. You meet so many people along the way especially the wonderful professors they have here. There are so many opportunities for all different subjects, its extremely beneficial.

  • 01/07/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I alway see the poles for emergency and we even have our own police department, but I only hear my friends complaining about tickets.

    Greek Life

    A LOT! THERE ARE ALWAYS PARTIES!You name it there is probably one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to count.

    Great for these types of students

    Social and academic. There's a spot for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mud Run, rootball games, bed races, and passion puddle! A lot of cool places and things.

    Bang for the buck

    I would consider this cheaper than other schools, but I feel like college is just a trend and you're in it for the experience and the paper.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the movies. There are a lot of things to do at Rutgers. There are over 200 clubs on campus. There are plenty of places to go exploring nearby too.

    Food and Dining

    At first, you're like omg dining hall food....then you gradually start to hate it,especially after one semester. Most of it is the same thing over and over and take out gets boring after a while and is unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    It's exciting to meet new people and be away from home, but a lot of the buildings are very old and have mold, no a/c and stink. If you get into the new dorms that are being built or were recently built, then you're in luck!

    Academic Rigor

    I think it's very tough in regards to standards especially if you're majoring in a STEM career,

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Have fun. Explore.

    In three sentences

    It's a very old school but is really tough on academics. Very, very diverse. A totally different environment.

  • 12/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We have our own movie theater where you can watch movies that have been recently released for a discounted rate. We have many cafes and diners on campus as well. Also, most sports tickets are free for students, so it is always fun to go to a major football or basketball ball game. You can always hop on a bus to go the mall which is not far away. We also have our own arcade called the Rutgers Zone and you can buy drinks and snacking because after playing an intense game or air hockey, or singing out your heart in Karaoke, you work up a hunger and thirst.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great at Rutgers. We have our own Food truck that goes around to the campuses. You never know where it is going to be, so it is always a lovely surprise when you come out of class and the food truck is there so you can get a sandwich on the go.

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm experience depends on where you live, meaning which campus. There are 5 mini campuses and each one is different. I live on the college ave campus, and on that campus I feel that I get the true college freshman experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers has many degree programs and it is very likely that they will have the major that you intend to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not wait for any deadline, get all applications in as soon as possible. Also for your first year, do not take more than 16-18 credits and do not get too involved. You want to join clubs and groups, however this is a period for you to transition into college life.

    In three sentences

    This campus is beautiful and big. There are so many opportunites here, and you will never get bored. Most of all, their educational aspects of the university is great.

  • 12/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    - Join a fraternity or sorority, where you can expect to make new friends - Attend a Scarlet Knights football game during the fall semester - Attend Rutgers Homecoming week during the fall semester - Attend Rutgers Day and Rutgers Dance Marathon during the spring semester - Hang out with your friends during your free time on campus - Volunteer for any upcoming Rutgers events or programs

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers dining halls offer a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is all you can eat after you swipe your student ID card. The best dining option is offered at Livingston dining hall. Even though many students disliked the fact that Rutgers eliminated the use of trays in dining halls, this actually helped Rutgers save about $300,000 from food wastes this semester. Each week, I use about five meal swipes for breakfast and lunch before and after class, which kept me full for nearly the whole day.

    Dorm Life

    Rutgers dorm life is one of the best ways to meet new people and make new friends with your roommates. Whether I was finished with my last class or if I needed to study for my exams, my dorm was only a short distance away.

    Academic Rigor

    I really enjoyed most of the classes that I've registered because the professors are caring and helpful by making sure that I really understand the class material and that I was fully interested in the topic. Anytime I had questions or concerns on any class materials, my professors were always there to assist me.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Explore from over 100 different major and minor options offered at Rutgers, especially if you are an undeclared major - Meet with an academic adviser to assist you on major options and academics - Attend every class on time and participate during in class discussions and lectures - Talk with your professor after class or meet with him/her during office hours to discuss about your questions or concerns about the course - Explore clubs and organizations, such as fraternities and/or sororities, internships, and volunteer work - Meet new people or make new friends with your classmates and roommates (if you either live on campus or off campus apartment) - Form study groups with your friends to assist each other with exams, assignments, and group projects at school libraries - Eat healthy - Manage your time - Spend some time at a school gym to relieve from stress - Spend at least one week to prepare and study for exams - Finish and submit assignments and research papers on time to avoid penalties for submitting work late - Keep up with readings and take notes - Do not plagiarize on any assignments or exams - Sleep early, especially on the day before your exams - Spend free time with your friends, such as going shopping, eating at dining halls, or watching movies - Make an appointment at any learning centers for free tutoring on any course or subject that you are having trouble with

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick is definitely the best university for higher education offered in New Jersey. Because Rutgers is a very diverse campus, you can expect to meet new people and make new friends with people that may either share the same or different background as you. Lastly, Rutgers has a ton of activities, clubs and organizations to provide fun and a great campus life for all students every semester.

  • 10/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security and RUPD is everywhere!

    Clubs and Activities

    Club basketball is how I met some of my best friends to this day.

    Bang for the buck

    Most affordable and logical state school in Jersey

    What to do for fun

    Play club sports or intramurals, get a job on campus, and be as outgoing as possible.

    Food and Dining

    Livingston dining hall is wonderful, but Brower is miserable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are where you will meet your closest friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are never easy, so make sure you keep your schedule balanced and stay on top of work. Procrastination will be the death of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore any and all opportunities available to you. College is what you make of it so if you put in no effort, you will see no results.

    In three sentences

    Out of 10, I'd give Rutgers a 7. The academic staff and classes are extremely up to par and I am always learning new and useful material. The social life is unimaginable, as long as you take part in clubs, sports, and other activities. The only criticism I actually have is that the crowded bus system could be worked on.

  • 10/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fair

    Greek Life

    Lots

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots

    Bang for the buck

    The best bang for your buck

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous

    Tips for prospective students

    Must work hard Must develop good study skills

    In three sentences

    A premier academic school The best school for research The best school for engineering

  • 09/22/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    beautiful campus tons to do !

  • 09/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at Rutgers is extemely, but it only gets 4 stars because its repetitive. However, we do have 4 dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    If you go to Rutgers, I highly recommend dorming for the first year or two. While some may be put off about having an RA, the RAs really are there to help you transition into college life. The dorms at Rutgers are amazing for the most part.They have air conditioning and carpets. While this doesn't seem like much, it's amazing when you live there all year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Rutgers are extremely rigorous, especially once you begin to take higher level classes. Professors will not baby you through your classes, but they are also very willing to help out with any problems that you are having.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not overlook Rutgers. If you are looking at it simply as a safety, then that is fine, but Rutgers really has a lot to offer. There are so many people here that everyone will find a group to fit in with. Rutgers also excels in academics and is actually one of the top universities in the nation

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an amazing university and really tries to make you feel like your at home. While Rutgers may seem intimidating to some because of its size, once you are here it really is not that bad. Rutgers has a wide assortment of programs and clubs designed to fit anyone's interest.

  • 07/20/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities to do for fun. From extreme rules dodge ball to rock climbing and quidditch there is a club for all.

    Food and Dining

    Execellent food areas on and around campus. Can use your debit card for certain off campus meals.

    Dorm Life

    Not small. Offers a variety of suites and hall that you can choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    Over 70 minors and majors to choose from, and you can double major or minor for certain areas of focus. The future is limitless and Rutgers is trying to prepare you for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't judge the college before you met the students. Even though it may not be what you want it grows on you.

    In three sentences

    Nice inviting community that allows you to branch out and try new thing without criticism. Offers multiple majors and minors that you can choose from and try out. Something to get excited about.

  • 07/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, fun-loving students who wants to be challenged and achieve they're goals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a mini lake on the Cook/Douglass campus. They call it the Passion Puddle. It's enclosed by a mini park-like scenery. Tradition says that if you walk around it three times while holding the hand of a significant other, you will be together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    There are plenty of places to dine off campus, have fun off campus, but is still in the campus range. Many stores accommodate for the Rutgers students, such as discounts and freebies.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs to choose from, mainly student founded, greek life is rich, and sports galore. There are gyms recreational centers on each campus, and if your too busy for the rigors of a full-time sport, you can join an intramural sport. There's also sport clubs. I don't know about the parties, but there are PLENTY. But don't loose focus on school; manage party time well with academic studying. There are plenty of other things to do, just get involved. Posters are everywhere inviting people to join the fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food in the dining halls changes up every day to fit everyone's eating style. They even have a special place for vegetarians. Some things stay the same however, such as deli meats for sandwiches, basic pizza and the salad station. You can also get food in the student centers. Each student center (one on each campus) has a basic ordering station, but also additional different stations depending on which campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter, so I do not dorm or live on campus. But I have seen the dorms, and they are ok. There are different kind of dorms depending on the campus, some all girls, some guys on one floor, guys on the next, some girls and guys on the same floor. Two per room; some are are lucky to get a full room to themselves. They also have apartments, but those are for sophomores+. In the dorms you get a mini fridge, a desk with lamb, trash cans, mini dresser, a closet (but for one season, don't bring your whole wardrobe), and of course a bed which you can adjust the height if you want.

    Academic Rigor

    It is really a challenge keeping up with the academics here, but that's how it's supposed to be. Rutgers was asked, not once or twice, but three times to become an Ivy league school. So academics here is no joke. However, if you keep trying, the results will definitely pay off. There are also many people to help you be successful, from professors and counselors down to even students who want to bear others up to high goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focus and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. Procrastination is a downfall for many students, and for whatever college you choose it can put you in a difficult position. Manage your time well, despite what others are doing, and choose the college that will benefit you and not your friends.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers U. is a great school for students who wants to be challenged. It's also a great school to have fun and interact with others. Pursuing your life goals can be accomplished here at Rutgers.

  • 06/15/2014

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for housing after acceptance.

    In three sentences

    A great school that is affordable for in-state students. It provides a good education for an okay price. Their financial aid program is not the best, though.

  • 06/10/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    Rutgers Day Rutgers Fest Neptune Night Join a club Go out and volunteer! You'll make a ton of friends. I've done so, not even being a student, and have established some friendships at the university i truly feel i will enjoy and respect for the rest of my life

    In three sentences

    It looks amazing. I believe this school to be my opportunity to enter into a huge world of medicine with the help of the ODASIS program at the school of arts and science. I hope many future applicants consider Rutgers as a prospective choice in their college applications. They will not disappoint!

  • 06/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On the campus itself you should be fine. Downtown New Brunswick is a different story. Be wary if going there at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to name, spread across every campus. If you want to do something, chances are someone else on campus does too.

    Great for these types of students

    There are quiet bookworms, loud party-goers, and people in the middle. Whoever you are, you'll find other like you here.

    What to do for fun

    Find some friends! They'll make your time at college unforgettable. Join a club. You'll make more friends, and get to do some neat stuff. With the right people, every weekend can be an adventure!

    Food and Dining

    The food exceeded my expectations. The Livingston dining hall was excellent, and Busch and Neilson are both good as well. I haven't been to Brower, as I've heard it is terrible. The Rock Cafe, and it's equivalents on other campuses, is a solid choice for food as well. Take Out options are pretty decent too. There is always something good to eat somewhere.

    Dorm Life

    The best part of my experience was the dorm life. The dorm itself wasn't anything special, but the people I've met are now some of my best friends. Don't be afraid to knock on your neighbors door, they may end up being a great pal!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very hard, some are very easy, and some are in between. I've experienced some in each category, but for the most part the courses are in between, right where they should be. You'll know quickly how much you'll need to study for each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Do your homework. Make sure to find time to relax: join a club, or make one! Find a professor you like and become their friend.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a big school, but don't let that intimidate you. A bigger school means that there's more people to be friends with, and more opportunities to take advantage of. There's something for everyone here.

  • 05/31/2014

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on the studies is of course the most important goal. Many people can become distracted by what the campus can have to offer. For those trying to enroll continue to place a focal point on academics and extracurricular before and even after admission.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers New Brunswick is among the top colleges of New Jersey, and moreover in the United States. It has a vast campus with a large diversity in the ethnicity and background of its students. It is well known for its challenging work and its vibrant campus life.

  • 05/23/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Easton Avenue bars and restaurants, George Street restaurants

    What to do for fun

    I go for runs around the beautiful campus, go out to bars on friday nights on Easton avenue, cook/bake, draw, hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Rutgers is outstanding and the dining halls are friendly and clean. My favorite dining hall is Neilson on cook campus, the food has always been delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Rutgers is great. The facilities are clean and comfortable and you have the opportunity to meet a ton of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Rutgers are intense, especially if you plan on majoring in science. I was a nutritional sciences major and I took premedical courses to satisfy my graduate school prerequisites. My classes were very hard but I learned an incredibly amount. My professors were outstanding and helpful. I was able to graduate with a 3.8 GPA through hard work!

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips: after registering for classes, find out which professors are teaching your courses. Go to ratemyprofessors.com and make sure the professor you have is highly rated. Then, search the professor's email on google and email the professor and ask what textbooks are needed for the semester. Once they respond, ask them if an old edition of the text is okay. Then do a search on ebay/amazon and purchase an older edition (if the professor said it was okay) and purchase it for an incredibly cheap price. At the end of the semester, re-sell your books on amazon/ebay and make equivalent to or more than what you bought the textbook for.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is an incredibly college, with outstanding academics and excellent faculty. I would not change the experience I had here the past four years; it was without a doubt the best four years of my life. Rutgers has opened up a number of doors for me and has led me onto a path of success.

  • 05/14/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    Yoga, join a club, intramural sports, arts, take walks around campus or even take the train to New York City!

    Food and Dining

    Great food, tons of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Average dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Very good academic standing!

    Tips for prospective students

    File the application on time, complete the FAFSA and apply for housing fast.

    In three sentences

    It is a great and diverse school. The campus is very active and it is a research- intensive university that provides many opportunities to its students.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You have so many options that it is impossible to be bored on campus. We have concerts at the RAC, plays downtown, frat parties every night, and so many other interesting and fun activities that you will never experience a dull moment

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers has so much to offer - between the dining halls, on-campus and off-campus restaurants, as well as the downtown area, you will never go hungry! Also, we are famous for our grease trucks. It's a sin if you graduate and don't even experience a fat sandwich (I recommend the Fat Darrel :))

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here definitely has its ups and downs, and where you live greatly depends on a bogus system made up by our Residence Life Department. However, dorm life is how I met my closest friends, so I truly did enjoy it, though sometimes the quality was subpar.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the courses here are challenging - as college should be.

    Tips for prospective students

    FIND YOURSELF! There's so much to do, see, be, enjoy, attend, and immerse yourself in at this university that it may seem challenging to focus on your personal identity! However, it is important, at such a large school like this one, to find your niche, your own being so that you stand out among all the others.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has so much to offer that I feel that my four years here will not just be focused on education, but also on personal development through all of the resources here. It is a great school to attend, although the size may be daunting. However, every student here has the potential to be great because RU tries its very hardest to ensure that for all of its students.

  • 03/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD- rutgers university police department is found all over campuses, and can be reached at anytime to help!!

    Greek Life

    HUNDREDSSSS!!! within different majours, there are 'professional' fraternities. Ie. in pharmacy, there are 2, and then there are also general fraternities that one can join.

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERYTHING; cultural groups, sects, religious organizations, sports, interests, majours. There's always a group for someone!

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!

    Bang for the buck

    'Poor man's Ivy league'. For a reasonable tuition, you get an amazing education from a well known institution.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is one of the best places to have fun! With an arcade and a movie theatre on the Livingston campus, most students don't even have to leave school grounds to have a good time! There's always parties and different places to eat, and there's always events being held by organizations which end up being loads of fun! During warmer weather, students play outside with footballs and soccerballs... people have barbeques. It's just an overall welcoming atmosphere.

    Food and Dining

    With hundreds of options, Rutgers dining always has SOMETHING you want to eat. With the 5 campuses, each having some food different then the next, food is never dull. Students with meal plans can also have access to the dining hall, a buffet of hundreds of different foods, from breakfast to dessert at any time of the day!

    Dorm Life

    Dorming ends up being a convenience because the school is HUGE! having to live on a campus most of your classes are in, allows for time saving commutes to class. Furthermore, its a great way to meet new people, and connect with various people from all over.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, this is no Princeton, but Rutgers at one point in history, denied ivy league status. Because of it's mild prestige, Rutgers academics maintain quality education by keeping most curriculums tough to aid in the success of students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for meeting new people constantly, and don't be afraid to get lost. With the numerous bus routes and hundreds of buildings, its almost impossible to know your way the first time around. After getting used to being crammed in busses, and taking exams with hundreds of other students, Rutgers is the best possible option for a great school, with reasonable tuition costs.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers university is one of the best schools in the nation. Not only is it recognized nationally for it's athletics, it has departments like business and pharmacy which are ranked nationally. It's a huge school that's sure to have you fit right in anywhere!

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    This is definitely the best state school in New Jersey. There is no reason to pay the same amount and go to a state school that is less reputable than Rutgers.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do here at Rutgers. There are so many clubs to join. There are many slam poetry clubs, activist groups, greek life, and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    With a total of four different dining halls, you will not get bored of swiping in! Livingston is often considered the best of the dining halls - and the Mongolian Grill really does make it an optimal contender - but, Neilson and Busch are equally plentiful and nutritious. Brower is the only dining hall I do not like. There are also many many other options on each campus for food. Livingston has a diner, a Qdoba, and a 16 Handles (frozen yogurt!) Each campus center has more places to purchase food. On Busch there is a Moes! And downtown in New Brunswick there numerous food establishments.

    Dorm Life

    The quality of each dormitory or apartment complex differs, but overall, it is an average campus with an average dorm life!

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers definitely has a reputation as a great school, and this is the truth! There are definitely some hard mandatory classes, and Rutgers has recitations which means any large intro lectures you take to fulfill requirements will have smaller sections to discuss the lecture, so there is a bit of work. Rutgers also makes students take 120 credits, which means you will have to take classes outside of your major. This is to make you a well-rounded person after graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared of the size of Rutgers - once you become used to it (which will take a few weeks) you will appreciate it. There are so many interesting people, so many clubs, so many opportunities that you have because of the size!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is home to a wonderful, friendly, open-minded student body. There is so much history and fun customs to learn! The school is also a great place of education.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are always things to do around the New Brunswick campus. Sororities/fraternities and extracurriculars are always in front of the student center, there are always some sort of fair going on, when the weather is nice everyone and their mothers are out, there is a park nearby where students love to go and bring their dogs. parties

    Food and Dining

    Livi dining hall. enough said. and the rock cafe .. a hidden gem on livingston

    Dorm Life

    You either luck out with a dorm full of vibrant, friendly people who are constantly interacting, or you get stuck with a weird roommate and a bunch of hermits.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is very hard if you do not apply yourself. Keep reminding yourself that you have an amazing opportunity in front of you after being accepted into this school and take it serioursly. There are SO many people that would do anything to be in your spot right now.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus system early, understand that you are going to a very prestigious institute and partying isn't everything, stay focused

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an amazing school full of people excited and eager to pursue their dreams. You will always meet someone who is willing to help. It's a big university with a very close atmosphere.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any kind, Rutgers is very diverse

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grease Trucks

    What to do for fun

    College Ave!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay Calm! Make as many friends as you can when your a Freshman.

    In three sentences

    These years will probably be my best years. Never have I ever had the opportunity to express myself and learn to the degree that I have at Rutgers. I love Rutgers and I never want to leave!

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It's college food. That being said, Rutgers isnt doing that bad of a job aha.

    Dorm Life

    At the end of the day dorming is what you make it, but Rutgers dorming definitely helps people find their friends and develop genuine relationships

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you're not sure what you wanna do and don't be afraid to change things up. Rutgers has a lot to offer and there are tons of people willing to help you figure out your path.

    In three sentences

    They many opportunities for anyone in any major to be successful. The people and the environment are really welcoming even though its such a big school. The are many clubs and activities for students to be involved in.

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many different things a person can do for fun around Rutgers. There are literally hundreds of student organizations and teams you can join, then there's downtown New Brunswick and the night life that offers, as well as several parks extremely close by.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers has 4 different dining halls and 3 out of 4 of them serve delicious food, so for the most part the dining experience is probably much better than many other schools.

    Dorm Life

    This is another aspect that can vary very much from person to person. Rutgers has so much housing that its hard to group it all together. In terms of building conditions, they vary greatly from brand new dorms to 50-60 year old dorms. the people and atmospheres are very fun and welcoming though.

    Academic Rigor

    This is obviously something that is going to vary depending on what you're studying, but on the whole Rutgers does have a fairly high academic expectation for its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to move out of your comfort zone and try new things. Rutgers is such a large school so it can be easy to feel lost in the crowd however if you take the time to get involved with one or two of the various student organizations it can seem much smaller and friendlier.

    In three sentences

    The student body and life is great, and its a lot of fun. The academics are for the most part very good. The university staff however are not very kind of helpful particularly when it has anything to do with money.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I currently work and attend school, so I haven't had much fun time . However, There are many extra-curricula activities to be a part of as well as clubs and organizarions.... and depending on what Rutgers Campus you are attending , you will find sports bar venues and such on its surroundings.

    Food and Dining

    I eat off campus, But do know that there are dinning halls on each campus ,fast food restaurants, markets, convenience stores and coffee shops all around the institution.

    Dorm Life

    Sorry, I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers Educators expect students to be able to handle any and all course work; and its a lot of work! As I transfer student from a community college I never expected to have to read an average of five books per class , atop of additional course readings and the homework assignments that accompany the each reading. Punctuality, homework quality and participation are critical factors one should push to excel and accomplish all of them in order to pass all classes. GPA!! Its what makes you or breaks you in this institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is a full time institution and as such it expects students to be involved in all student affairs ( academic or not) full time; leaving little to no time to juggle work and school. I recommend to all prospect students to keep this in mind. If you plan to work while attending Rutgers University, I would encourage further consideration of another school.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a Culturally Diverse institution with rigorous curriculum(s) that establishes high expectations for it's students.It offers a wide range of courses , internships and research opportunities that widen the learning experience and enriches life experiences.

  • 02/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of little places for food on college ave, gyms on every campus, and a lot of activities that are often open for students to attend like yoga. There's usually an event going on somewhere on campus, it just takes a little effort to go find them!

    Food and Dining

    Livingston dining hall is definitely the best, but the other dining halls don't fall too far behind. There are plenty of other options other than dining halls and all are worth checking out, especially those on college ave!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life really depends on where you live as well as who you live with and around. Some places are quieter than others, but I think once you get to know your neighbors, it can be really fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging enough to keep you busy but isn't ridiculously demanding that you'll have a hard time managing your time and work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be too nervous about the bus system because it only takes a few days to get used to them. Go to the involvement fairs to help find the club or organization for you! Take the time to explore all the campuses because each one is different and unique.

    In three sentences

    There is a club for everyone, but you have to go out to find them. People are always willing to help, whether it be fellow students or staff members or just people you run into. The size of the school makes it feel like you're really on your own at college, making your own decisions.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Please use the resources that the school provides for you and don't be afraid to talk to professors and other students! You'll only gain good things if you do. You need to be proactive throughout college to make opportunities happen, YOU have to make it happen.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a large diverse school that provides plenty of choices to decide what you want to do with your academic career. The different schools and campuses within Rutgers may seem intimidating, but you'll come to realize there is still a unified Rutgers spirit that you'll share with your fellow classmates. Not only will you invest in your academics, but the people and experience here will teach you lifelong lessons that go will further than your diploma.

  • 02/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a separate Rutgers Police Department. They are usually always patrolling around. They are also usually fast to respond. Each bus stop has a blue light emergency button that you can press for help. You can call RUPD for anything that you need from medical attention or just for a ride if you are scared. Also, especially with the snow, Rutgers is quick to always clean sidewalks and roads and salt them down to keep it safe.

    Greek Life

    Rutgers has many Greek chapters. And these frats/sororities can and do have parties on any day from Thursday to Sunday. They are nice if you have to have a brother/sisterhood. There are also professional frats that help you get a job after you graduate. However, remember, these frats can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars a year!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 organizations on Rutgers ranging from religious to sports to community service, and academic. There is bound to be a club that you are going to like and should join!

    Great for these types of students

    It is good for studious students as there are many challenging courses that require studying. However, people do have a social life. Every Thursday to Sunday, usually, there is a frat party. So if you do like partying there is a lot! It is also a little secluded and not too much to do, so if you like just being with friends, its great.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, it is definitely worth going to. Rutgers is getting more competitive to get into and its only $25,000, which is more than half less than most colleges. You get professors who are really educated and have probably done research or work in that field.

    What to do for fun

    There is not too much to do besides eating. You can get coffee with friends on Livi or college ave. You can also order basically everything there. It is basically a place where you can hang out with your friends. There are parties Thursday to Sunday. The college ave buses are always packed then.

    Food and Dining

    All freshmen are given a 210 meal plan for each semester. Many freshmen have leftover swipes by the end of the year. The dining hall food is done buffet style and is actually pretty good. You can get your own pasta made on Douglass, Busch, and Livi. College Ave has 16 ice cream flavors! Cook does not have a dining hall as it has closed down. There are also many places on campus that you can eat that takes meal swipes-- Woody's (Busch), Rock Cafe (Livi), Douglass Cafe and Pizza Place. There are also many restaurants and College Ave that people enjoy going to. If you take a bus to downtown New Brunswick, you can have Chipotle, Pho, and Burger King. Livingston also has a diner right under the apartments as well as Qudobas, starbucks, and froyo. Each student center also has restaurants like Wendy's. Subway, and Pizza places.

    Dorm Life

    There are 5 different campuses-- Douglass-Cook (many consider it one campus), College Ave, Busch, and Livingston (south to north). With that being said, there are many different dorms. All freshmen are giving housing. Livingston houses most of the freshmen in their the North/South Tower or one of the three Quads. None of these buildings have air-conditioning. Also, as of now, there is no wi-fi in the Towers. Best houses many of the science and math students, but usually for freshmen, it doesn't matter. There is the BAMM complex that house most freshmen. These building have ac and wifi. BAMM stands for the building, Barr, Allen, Mattia (all male), and Metzger. There is also BEST (the best dorms for freshmen). The rooms are twice the size and you have a personal bathroom--suite style with three other people. There is also Davidson (four buildings). College Ave has a few dorms for freshmen that do not have ac, but this is where most frat houses are. Douglass/Cook is the most isolated from the three campuses. Most their dorms have AC and definitely have wifi.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you take the time to study any and everything that was assigned to you. Also, now that you are in college, attendance is usually not counted. However, despite this fact, attempt to go to every class that you can. Many professors base their tests off of material that was gone over in class. Remember to study-- that is what you are in college for. If you do that, you should be fine. Also, Rutgers is a RESEARCH college! This means that you could do research under a reputable professor/college with funding!

    Tips for prospective students

    Because Rutgers is such a big school, make sure that you take the initiative to seek out help when you need it. No one is going to reach out to you first. Also, there are so many different types of people and organizations. Try to go and find a club that fits you, and your first year, try to make as many new friends, both upperclassmen and freshmen-- they can end up being a connection in the future. Enjoy your time because you now have a new freedom, but remember to keep in mind that you are paying 25,000 or 48,000 dollars for an education.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a huge school, spread apart on five total campuses, which are separated by highways-- this means that the tens of thousands of students have to take a bus to travel between campuses. Because it is such a big school with many people, there are over 400 student run organizations. There are also a variety classes from expos to a class on Beyonce that has anywhere from 12 students to over 300 students!

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends a lot, maybe go to the gym

    Academic Rigor

    All depends on what classes you take

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to take care of any registering and work as soon as you can because it can start to pile uo

    In three sentences

    Very well rounded school. Classes are good but big. huge spectrum of classes and majors so it is good for most anyone.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Has its own bus system as well as cameras all around the town and campus. Cameras are even in the buses

    Greek Life

    There are over 40 fraternities and sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many and if there isnt one you like, You can start your own

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to meet people from various backgrounds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Love pond- It is believed that couples who walk around it holding hands will be together forever.

    Bang for the buck

    The money is worth it. They give away so much free stuff. Food and all that you definitely see what the money is used for.

    What to do for fun

    There are recreation centers on every campus. From hitting the gym to playing arcade games.

    Food and Dining

    Food options are endless.

    Dorm Life

    There are many to choose from. Those for first year. transfers and the like. Those depending on major, and you will be will like minds , as well as other diverse groups

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely no joke. The work can be done, but you need to put ur A game in, study, plan , be progressive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep Checking the offices Be flexible Study hard Be resilient

    In three sentences

    This school is great for those who want to do research. The administrative services are a bit outdated in my opinion. But the education is exceptional.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is located in the middle of New Brunswick so there are tons of things around to do. Plus since the train station is on campus 's easy to get into the NYC for a fun time out.

    Food and Dining

    4 campuses with 4 dining halls...need I say more?

    Dorm Life

    RAs are great and there are good options for housing although some of the freshman dorms don't have AC. this can be a pain in the Summer

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers has a great mix of GPA booster classes and classes where you're looking for a challenge

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club early and stick with it for as long as possible. Grad schools and employers look for consistency. Also don't be afraid to reach out for help if you're falling behind because it's easy to get lost at such a large institution.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is one of the most diverse institutions in not only NJ but the nation as well. It has so many graduate and job opportunities. It's the place to go if you want a great education for an affordable price.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lots of clubs that suits anyone's interest, The nightlife is very fun because of the variety of places to hang out and relax, and if you don't want to go out you can still enjoy hanging out with your friends in the lobby or basement depending on which dorm you will be living in.

    Food and Dining

    The Livingston Dining Hall is the newest dining commons built. Freshman are able to indulge themselves in vast arrays of food at a very short and convenient location.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet a whole array of people with different interests and hobbies that it is near impossible to not find a friend. Someone in your dorm is bound to be a friend of yours; if not, you can still meet and hang out with the guys or gals the next floor up.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers has both easy and very intense courses. Freshman courses are quite easy to follow along because of the professor's and TA (teacher assistance) willingness to listen and change. However effort is needed in order to achieve anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the floor meetings and early freshman events in order to introduce yourself to your floor mates and future friends.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a very big and diverse school that can help anyone's desired degree and career. Rutgers also has a vibrant night life because of its urban surrounding and its vast array of places to relax and have fun. In all Rutgers is able to teach any on coming and current students the requirements needed to succeed in the workforce with other dedicated and outgoing students.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to partake in.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a traditional college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Costs a little too much

    What to do for fun

    Visit friends on other campuses, go to the gym.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is a work hard, play hard school. Be ready to balance out a lot of school work with a social life.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an amazing school that provides a quality education. Also, it is diverse and makes anyone feel welcomed. Any student will be proud to attend it.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    3 words: Livi dining hall. Don't settle for Brower.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Honors housing (Busch campus, McCormick suites) which had its pros and cons. Pros: Having my own bathroom and vanity was a major plus since I'm a girl. The rooms are also bigger and carpeted, as well as air conditioned. The people in the halls tend to be quieter and more studious so there's not as much wildness as there is in C. Ave. dorms but this makes it easier especially around finals when you're trying to study. Cons: Busch is full of people who mainly keep to themselves which made it hard for me as a freshman to make new friends on my campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers University carries a weaker reputation in the state of New Jersey than it does outside, and as a result most people underestimate the academics here. Don't do this, after fall semester 3 of my close friends were already placed on academic probation. The work you're assigned requires effort and a good sense of time management, but it is by no means impossible to complete.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities that RU has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I can give a prospective student is read before you get to class on the subject that is being taught, especially science majors.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school, but the class sizes are extremely large. Rutgers provides many opportunities for students to get involved on campus. I would give this school a 4 out of 5

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As dangerous as any other downtown city. On campus is fine but off-campus housing and restaurants are very popular. Travel in groups and do not walk alone at night. Busy streets are well-lit but residential streets can get very dark.

    Greek Life

    Lots of greek life!

    Clubs and Activities

    Even on your graduation day, there will be clubs you've never even heard of. So much to choose from. Take advantage!

    Great for these types of students

    Any type. Friendly and outgoing people do well and quieter and less social people become more comfortable with the huge population. Despite its size, Rutgers can feel small. You will run into people you know all the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to a football game. You will not regret it.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is a fantastic deal! Out-of-state is still cheaper than most Private colleges. Great value! I am an out-of-state student and I love it and the best part is, my parents can afford it!

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has a large greek life population. There is a lot of partying, but there are plenty of other things to do. The arcade on Livingston campus, the Rock Wall at College Ave gym, the Drama and Musical productions on Cook/Douglass, not to mention concerts and programs by RUPA. Football and other sports games are a must!

    Food and Dining

    Just like any cafeteria, the food can be bad. Find the good choices. Plenty of different types of food: sushi, salad bar, deli line, pasta stations, pizza stations, and ice cream!

    Dorm Life

    Be friendly- making friends freshman year is the easiest. Upperclassmen dorms are not as social. Smile at people in the hallway, leave your door open, do homework in the lounges.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the major and your own skills. Some classes that you expected to be easy can really challenge you. Time management is a must.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club/organization or get a part-time job. They are the easiest way to make friends. Take electives that interest you- they usually end up being preferable to the easy-A courses. Do not overload your semesters with major course requirements- spread out your classes and workload. Meet with an academic advisor. Become friendly with your professors.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is full of opportunities in not just classes but clubs and organizations, research positions, and internships. Despite being a big school, it is not overwhelming. You will learn a great deal and be challenged but many professors make the workload enjoyable.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers public safety is one phone call away. I never feel uncomfortable and threatened on campus, even at night. Mounted patrols also roam the Cook Douglass campus, which makes it feel more safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Some clubs I am participating in are the Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club and the Veterinary Science Club. They both are great to participate in to extend knowledge in the Animal Science field.

    Food and Dining

    A variety of food places and dining halls offers convenience and good meals to students, both on-the-go and leisure students.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to make long-lasting friends! Don't be shy. Step out of your bubble to meet different people.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses challenge students to extend their knowledge past their boundaries.

    Tips for prospective students

    Strive for smaller goals that lead up to larger goals.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University challenges your capabilities and knowledge. The academics push students to do better than they anticipate. Also, professors and students are readily available to help improve any areas of difficulty.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Some parts of campus are better than others, but Rutgers is very careful and has taken many safety precautions. You just have to be smart!

    Greek Life

    I am personally not a part of greek life, but it is a big community at Rutgers. However, most of my friends are not affiliated with a fraternity or sorority, so it is not necessary to join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is really something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE! Seriously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rutgers is famous for many quirks: the grease trucks, the bed races, the Tent State campout, and many, many others. I feel like every weekend when I am walking around campus, I see some unusual traditions or activities going on.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially if you live in state, Rutgers is a great deal! I have worked all through college to pay my tuition, and I can say I feel that I am getting a good bang for my buck.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers extracurriculars are as diverse as its student body. Whatever you are interested in, there is a very good chance you can find other students who share your hobbies. There is seriously a club for everything!

    Food and Dining

    Like any school, Rutgers has a lot of different choices for food, so it is difficult to generalize. Most of the dining halls have been recently renovated and have many options of good food. One of the main dining halls is pretty stuck in the past, but I believe it is going to be renovated soon, and will be on par with the rest.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different options of dorms at Rutgers! Double rooms, suites, apartments, of all styles and in all different locations are available. I really enjoyed living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor certainly depends on your major at Rutgers. I have basically completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and I found the Psychology program to be fairly easy. When I took classes in other departments, however, I found that they were far more challenging and demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seriously consider whether or not you are self-motivated. As a freshman at Rutgers, you will likely have a lot of lecture-style classes, and it is easy to slack off and get behind on work because no one is holding your hand. I found that I needed to be very self-motivated to succeed in these classes.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an extremely large, diverse school. Like any school, there are frustrations that make attending the school difficult. However, I love going to Rutgers because it is affordable, close to home, and I feel that I am getting a high-quality education.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a multitude of activities to do for fun, you just have to find what is best for you. There are many gyms around campus, basketball courts, swimming pools, etc. That is, if athletics are your thing. There is also a place on Livingston campus with arcade games and ice cream called the Rutgers Zone. Those are just a select few things students can do for fun on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Rutgers is quite good for dining hall food. Rutgers dining halls, especially the one on Livingston campus, have many options and made-to-order foods. Also, they are very accommodating to people with allergies, I have a severe peanut allergy, and they accommodate me by making my own food in the back of the kitchen where it cannot be contaminated with anything else.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't exactly the best way of living, but as a Freshman in college, it was the best experience I had. I got to meet new people, and all of my friends lived in the same building. As I got older, though, dorm life was not for me. I highly recommend it for all incoming Freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a science major, so I believe the academics are rigorous, but not to the point where it is no longer enjoyable to learn. Some classes are easier than others, but I personally find some of the more difficult courses more enjoyable because of the content that I've learned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the bus routes asap. Without them, you will be lost and unable to get to your classes on time. Don't fret, though. It doesn't take long to learn. After a week it becomes second nature. I would also recommend joining clubs and doing extracurricular activities because that is where you meet life-long friends.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is quite a large school and a small world at the same time. Even though a new student may be intimidated by it's size, it becomes like home in a week or less of arrival. Rutgers is a great academic university for not only education in the classroom, but research as well, and was the greatest decision I ever made.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers is huge on campus safety and security. They have their own separate police station that patrols the campuses in a timely manner and separate hotline so a person can call if they have an emergency. As well, Rutgers has their own fire department, ambulance, and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital is not too far from Rutgers. The police are very involved with their job and they DO NOT PLAY. If any emergency comes up, they are there within less than 4 minutes. They truly care about the well being and safety of all students and any threat or remark is documented.

    Greek Life

    There is a strong presence of Greek Life at Rutgers. There are many fraternities and sororities to look at and become involved in. One can join one of these organizations by signing up during their usual rush period, where they get people interested and informed on what their specific group is about. During this period, there is a lot of getting involved activities that bring people to officially become a part of their group. This is one surefire way to meet new and interesting people and make new friends that will stay throughout your college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and all vary according to what they do. Student life serves over 400 organizations/clubs. They range from all sorts of topics like: academics, business, leisure, community service, cultural, religious..ect. There are many options to choose from! There is no shortage of clubs, organizations, and fraternities/sororities. Any student can actually come up with their own club if he or she do not see one of interest.

    Great for these types of students

    1) Students who want to get a great education but pay little for it. 2) Students who want to further their careers with opportunities that are available. 3) Students who are go-getters and will take the opportunities they get. 4) Students who want to learn more about what they are interested in and apply their knowledge to real life situations. 5) Students who enjoy huge areas with tons of people (this is Rutgers-huge campuses, thousands of students, and tons of professors)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Must attend at least ONE football game to get the feeling of love that generates from the Rutgers students. When you attend a game, you can feel the deep passion and love for the school as spread throughout the stadium. There you truly feel like you belong to the university and see everyone else express their deep love for Rutgers. The buses are also something to note! Most of the time, the buses are always packed with students all trying to get somewhere they need to go. Embrace the little space that you'll get when stepping on a bus and scream thanks when you actually get a seat on the bus! There is a lake where couples walk around and they will supposedly stay together forever; walk around it and look at each others reflections in the mirror and finally laugh at the fact that you walked around a lake but smile that you spent time doing it TOGETHER.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers University is unique in that it is not incredibly high in tuition and every students tuition varies according to what the state provides (if in state student) but as well out state tuition is not as much compared to other universities in other states. The teachers are well educated and genuinely interested in their students well being and education. For low tuition, this school has a lot of things to offer including clubs, sports, internship/job/volunteering/research opportunities, and plenty of activities and such to get students involved. The school is huge in size and huge in all the wonderful aspects it provides.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun: 1) hang out with your new friends 2) go to the student center that has many activities, like pool, air hockey�¢�?�¦ect. 3) join some interesting clubs and/or sororities/fraternities that you like. Get involved! 4) volunteering/internship/job opportunities are present for students 5) explore the campuses (there is overall 4 campuses) take the time to walk and familiarize yourself with some aspects of each. 6) sometimes, just plain get lost. this will help with starting conversations with others & it gets you out of the dorm room!

    Food and Dining

    The Livingston dining area is the absolute best! There are many types of food choices to pick, including hamburgers done by cooks! They have a variety of food choices from all races and they do keep in mind the students wants/needs. The food is well prepared and no one is really disappointed when they go to eat a meal. There are also healthy meal choices for those who are interested in that type of food. Besides that, a majority of the food it good although the meal swipes plans are a pain in the butt sometimes!

    Dorm Life

    Personally, living in the dorms is the best way to get to know other interesting people in life. You start to make new friends and hang out daily. You also learn to develop high tolerance and patience with others because you are surrounded by many different yet unique individuals. Dorm life in a sense, is the best to reach out, show your true personality to others, and become more social. By the way, huge chance you will have at least 8-10 people on one floor, sharing 2 showers, 2 bathrooms, and 2 sinks! By the end of the semester, you will know your floor mates pretty well. You may or may not know your room mate well (depending on his/her schedule and yours).

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are somewhat challenging depending on what you plan to study/major in. Many of the courses do challenge students to think in broad and out side the box perspectives, but it makes the students aware of everything around them. As well, the teachers are well equipped and prepared to teach the courses the best way possible. Many of the teachers are highly known for the manner in which they teach because students get the best education for a low price.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard for the first semester and keep an open mind to what you may interested in further pursuing. Start developing time management skills with a calendar that tells all the assignments, classes, when due, and ect. This will help to keep grades up, good sleep schedule, and getting to classes on time. The most important thing to establish when getting to college is time management, sleep schedule, and time for relaxing/studying. Learn that every choice you make will somehow, someway, effect your future. If an opportunity arises, TAKE IT without question. Do not hesitate or wait for an opportunity to come-create your own!

    In three sentences

    This university gives an absolutely excellent education for the low prices that it asks. The teachers are well educated in their respective fields and they show enthusiasm in teaching subjects. As well, students learn a lot of new, important, and interesting information that they use to further their studies. Rutgers is a place where amongst tons of people, a person is able to discover their true identity and develop great skills/qualities that will help later on in life. It is a place where students can fulfill their dreams and expand on their full potential of learning. Besides the low price and good education, students will essentially grow into the people that they really are while, at the same time, becoming experts in their fields. Students will enjoy that they are able to make their own distinct choices that will impact their futures with some guidance along the way.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you can imagine :)

    Food and Dining

    Each campus has different dining opportunities, so you need to find the dining hall that best accommodates your tastes.

    Dorm Life

    I found the ideal dorm for myself with incredible people in it. I love every minute of being with my dormmates and in my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging, but if you find courses you are interested in, it will be fun as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your financial aid and any other official business you might have with the college.

    In three sentences

    The spirit of Rutgers is apparent in absolutely everything you do and everywhere you go. There are a multitude of ways for anyone to get involved.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a number of activities available both on and off campus. A vast number of fraternities and sororities offer a valuable social life and college ave campus of Rutgers New Brunswick is city type. You can just take a bus from any campus to college ave and there is a lot to do there from parties to shopping malls. Football game every saturday in High Point Solutions stadium adds to the fun of it.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is just as a student expects college dining to be. You have a variety of options from burgers to tacos, from Italian to Thai everyday so that you don't get bored of a single thing. Desserts are always an attraction of the dining hall and of course the ice-cream.

    Dorm Life

    I was very tensed the first day of my on-campus life. I still remember how I couldn't eat on my move-in just because i wasn't feeling hungry. Dorm life proved itself to be awesome and now I don't want to come home because I feel like Rutgers is my home.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is not an easy party-hard school at all. I am a pre-med student here who really puts effort into her work and still it is difficult to pull up a 4.0 . I am not saying it is impossible. Of course there are some lazy figures who just drift in and then out without anyone noticing them, but if you want to be the one going to the heights of glory, Rutgers is a place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Retake your SAT if your score is not high enough because if you don't, then maybe you get admission here but you will miss the presidential scholarship which is the most prestigious scholarship at Rutgers.

    In three sentences

    A great university providing a valuable degree at an affordable price. Pre-med and engineering students have to work really hard to get good results but it is possible to ace your exams if you put effort into it.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CAN'T WALK ALONE AT NIGHT

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some area is not that safe, better have friend when walks at night. Don't go alone.

    Bang for the buck

    Ok for academics.

    What to do for fun

    Close to NYC, so that is pretty good.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good in Livingston Campus

    Dorm Life

    Never attended dorm,but a friend who did said it was awesome. Especially the new apartment building in Livingston campus.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best in New Jersey.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like to be around people this would be the best school for you.

    In three sentences

    Very Diverse school

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus anywhere I am. There are cameras and security posts stationed all over the campus ensuring maximum safety. Being a guy I am not nearly as worried about walking alone at night as a young woman may be, but even after leaving a late night class I see girls walking by themselves frequently. The campus is quiet friendly overall.

    Greek Life

    I must say I have not gotten involved in Greek life yet as I just finished my first semester as a freshman but I have been around enough to know that it is certainly a fun experience. That is, if you have the money and time to dedicate to your frat/sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    I myself have not delved into the world of clubs at Rutgers but I have seen an abundance of them. Anywhere you go there are groups of students at stands encouraging you to get involved. They also throw a huge event in the beginning of the semester to introduce all of the different clubs available.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for anyone who wants to get a great education and have a fun time. The school is diverse with a variety of cultures which I personally enjoy very much because you get to meet and learn about so many types of religions and ethnicities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am still a first year student and haven't even grazed the surface of all that Rutgers has to offer yet, but I am certain that I will shortly discover some bizarre traditions and events that take place at Rutgers.

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers offers an excellent education, a great diversity of intellectuals and artists, and most of all a life changing experience all for a great price. The cost is outweighed by the amount of knowledge and fun you will have at Rutgers.

    What to do for fun

    TONS OF STUFF! Every college student will have at least one crazy party story to tell you but what you don't hear about is all of the other fun things going on at school. There are soccer fields, basketball courts, hockey rings and so much more if you enjoy sports. They have pool and air hockey in the community center and there is a huge smart TV in the main lounge and typically in every main lounge. If you can't find something fun and creative to do with all of the awesome people you are likely to meet, go see a movie at the movie theater on campus or hang out at the coffee shop. If you like fitness, hit up the gym or take a dip in the pool. After your workout go loosen up the muscles in the sauna or the steamer. Everything you need, Rutgers has.

    Food and Dining

    Again, not a perfect rating but the food is pretty good. 9 times out of 10 I find at least one thing that I like at the dining hall, normally I find more than one though. There is always a variety of dishes available for all times of the day as well as a broad range of juices, teas, and sodas.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm and all of the people who live there with me. It has been such a great experience to meet all of the people I now call my good friends. The only thing that could make dorm life better would be if the rooms were slightly bigger but what can I expect as a first year student.

    Academic Rigor

    You will not have a good time at Rutgers if you do not put your school work first. Studying and showing up for class is essential because certain classes can be quite rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    -College is harder than high school, no one is holding your hand. -STUDY, STUDY, STUDY! -Partying is fun but it can also destroy your grades. Do not sacrifice your education and money for a social life. -Do not leave assignments until the last minute. -Have fun, but stay focused!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is an excellent place for young people to obtain an excellent education. Not only does Rutgers challenge you but it assures that you have an amazing college experience. I would give Rutgers a solid 8/10 and I am only a first year student; who knows what surprises await me in the next few years.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    4 stars except in New Brunswick.

    Greek Life

    Don't join a frat.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot to do but there just isn't good advertisement.

    Great for these types of students

    Party goers, Nerds

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stan the man was the best thing that ever happened to Rutgers, sad to see him go. Otherwise, there was the red banana kid.

    Bang for the buck

    Livingston Apartment Movie Theater is cheaper than going elsewhere. Stay in campus.

    What to do for fun

    Menlo Mall is 20 minutes away. There are a lot of parties on College Avenue. A lot of things to eat in College Avenue.

    Food and Dining

    All you can eat, but everything is bad.

    Dorm Life

    Anywhere that isn't in Busch isn't air conditioned unless you live in the Livingston Apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, it can be either the easiest thing in the world (Psychology) or make you want to kill yourself (Pharmacy).

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Make friends with upper classmen 2) Schedule what you want to do before you go to school. 3) Don't stick with your high school friends. 4) Be happy

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is one of the most diverse campuses that you will ever go to. You will be able to befriend people from all different backgrounds. However, since it is so big, it is very difficult to accommodate everybody in the University, therefore many people get screwed over.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Just like the different dormitories, each campus' dining hall has its own reputation. Livingston is usually agreed to be superior to the others, while Brower Commons is looked down upon. All it comes down to is personal taste and preference. There is a wide assortment of food served at the dining hall every day, as well as a take out option to take food back to your room or wherever you want. You can definitely choose to eat healthy if so desired, and Rutgers will help accommodate any eating preferences that you might have. The staff at the dining halls are always extremely kind and hard-working. I took off a star only due to a mix-up this year, in where Rutgers decided to close the dining halls an hour earlier than always, effectively preventing a great deal of people from not being able to eat due to class/work conflicts. They recently reverted this policy due to student outrage, but it was just an unpleasant situation overall.

    Dorm Life

    Save for the all-male engineering dorm, I have rarely heard any complaints about on-campus housing. I can only speak for my experiences, but each year I have lived in a dorm that completely bonded and became an inseparable family. The social aspect is definitely there, as well as the opportunity to easily make a good deal of new friends - especially for freshmen. Dorms are clean and well maintained - if anything is wrong, a maintenance request can take care of it quickly. Each dormitory carries its own reputation alongside with it, creating a unique variance of living styles. Dorm life here at Rutgers is definitely superb, and a great experience to be lived.

    Academic Rigor

    It's college, what do you expect? I can't even count the number of people who decided to skip General Chemistry lectures because I took AP Chem in high school. Courses at Rutgers will be much more rigorous and demanding than anything you took in high school, so it is important that you do not underestimate the amount of work and studying that you will do. However, almost all of the professors I have had have been some of the most helpful and passionate people I've ever met, who were adamant in ensuring that their students understood the material. Get ready for some long, sleepless nights (I'm looking at you Expository Writing), but moreover, prepare to be rewarded for the hard work that you put into your schooling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is home to a plethora of students - over 30,000 in fact. So, it's quite clear that this is a pretty big school. As many will warn you, it is easy to get lost in the maelstrom of student activity that is seemingly always going on around you. Be active! Get involved with any number of the hundreds of clubs and organizations that Rutgers has to offer. You'll create friendships, connections, and feel overall satisfaction for participating in your school. There is literally a club for almost anything you can think of; if not - no problem! Find some friends and start a club of your very own.

    In three sentences

    Don't let Rutgers' reputation in New Jersey give you even one second of apprehension. I have never regretted my choice to come, and I am happier than I have ever been. This is a school where anyone can find their little niche.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is alot to choose from, you can never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    this is more than i expected

    Dorm Life

    i heard its great, although i am not dorming

    Academic Rigor

    Public Health

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to challenge yourself and never thing any program is a drive by or walk in the park

    In three sentences

    as a research instutite, the diversity is outstanding and i will always be proud that i am a part of this community. here is where dreams are made and come true if you work hard.

  • 11/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are games like ping pong and pool available in the student centers as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pools, soccer fields and recreation centers for exercise and fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dinning halls within walking distance and the food is great. They also have takeout available at all times for students who have no time to sit and eat.

    Dorm Life

    There is order in each floor; an RA is in charge of keeping everything under control and there are many fun activities. They also have quite hours for those who need to study and sleep for early classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Like i said, the services are really helpful and there is always help available to allow you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend to study hard and take classes seriously. There are many services that help students develop better study habits and present necessary information, take advantage of those services.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers presents you with many opportunities and a choice of large and small classes. There are a variety of helpful student services that lead you in the right direction for graduating. This school is very broad and open to many people with different interest and goals.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you look on www.getinvolved.rutgers.edu, you will be able to view a huge variety of events, clubs, and activities you can engage in as a student, depending on your academia, religion, culture, or general interests.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans may be a little expensive, but it's definitely a buffet every meal. You can stay there for as long as you want, and they provide a delicious variety of foods, based on your religion, culture, allergic reactions, and dietary reasons.

    Dorm Life

    With private bathrooms and a huge room as a freshman, I was very satisfied in my dorm, gaining a suite my first year.

    Academic Rigor

    In engineering, the professors will push students to the limit of their knowledge, preparing them to apply this rigorous amount of ideas and topics to the real-life world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for your classes beforehand, as they can be very challenging depending on the professor; also, take summer classes. It will save you a lot of time and money, and it will also ensure you a better grade.

    In three sentences

    A very diverse college with numerous activities and fields of study, Rutgers has students from all over the world engaging in various academic and extracurricular events. The education is amazing, as most if not all of the professors can actively interact and lecture their ideas of the subject with the students. Every campus gives you a feel of a different area, where one can live a rural life in Cook/Douglass or a urban life in College Avenue.

  • 10/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe here on campus! The RUPD is always there and on duty and it is an environment where I feel safe walking to the library at night!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do here at Rutgers. There is no excuse to be in your room bored! There are so many clubs, sports and events to go to like comedy shows or book signings of your favorite authors! Rutgers is a fast-paced and fun environment so take advantage of all these opportunities before their gone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The oddest myth I've heard is if a couple walks around Passion Puddle (a beautiful puddle found on Douglass Campus) three times, the couple will get married and be together basically for the rest of their lives!

    What to do for fun

    There is more to do than anyone can imagine here at Rutgers. There are many, many sports and clubs to joins, there are events happening almost everyday that are usually free, there are parks to go to, restaurants, stores, you never get bored at Rutgers!

    Food and Dining

    I love to eat and Rutgers offers a variety if food choices for every meal and accommodate as much as they can to everyone's needs. The quality is excellent and I always look forwards to breakfast, lunch and dinner time!

    Dorm Life

    I love where I live! I am in Katzenbach (an all girls first-year dorm). Here, they really do make you feel like you're at home and it is in general in an environment where I feel safe and cared for!

    Academic Rigor

    I definitely feel challenged academically here at Rutgers. Especially in the infamous Expository Writing 101, but there are always resources for you for help. Professors are great about their office hours and extremely helpful. I enjoy what I am learning and love the challenges the course work poses to me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet new people. Making connections in college are very important so don't hold back and do things that interest you. There are so many resources at Rutgers (writing centers, tutoring, libraries, recreation centers, etc) utilize what is being offered to you!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is an amzing and thriving college. The staff and students are the best possible people to be around and connect with. The size of the school can be intimidating but it only allows for further growth as not only student but a person as well.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We have so many clubs, it's overwhelming. There's Greek Life which is big on campus but then we have other clubs, both academic and just to get involved. Also, when school begins in the fall, football games is always fun to show your Scarlet Knights pride!

    Food and Dining

    Brower is the worse dining hall, I warned you.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived there so I'm not sure.

    Academic Rigor

    This school definitely challenges you. As a freshman, a lot of your classes are going to be lecture halls (300+ students) but just because it's easy to skip, you should always go. Many professors upload their lectures online but the most important things are the things they say in person.

    In three sentences

    You must know that this school is huge! But it is also welcoming. We have all types of settings here, from farms to a busy downtown environment.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I personally got my laptop stolen last year and Rutgers police did a terrible job to track it down. I never got it back. A bunch of things get stolen here so be careful with your belongings.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs at Rutgers. If you can't find one, you can make one.

    Bang for the buck

    Most places on campus are a bit pricey, but Rutgers is very close to restaurants with great-priced food. Go to skinny vinnie's for inexpensive sushi!

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has a bunch of 5k runs going on like color run, mud run, illuminate the knight. There are also flex passes at the gym so you can take different kinds of yoga, dance, pilates or zumba classes. Football games are great too. College avenue on weekends are always eventful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study your butt off because some classes here have normal exam averages in the 30s. Rutgers offers A LOT of services and activities and help, so take advantage of them ALL. Enjoy the Knightwagon which is greasetruck food from the Gods.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is awesome for any kind of education, but it's a lot more challenging than most schools. They take in a lot more students than they can manage so registering classes are very tough. There are some amazing food places around here, the campus is nice depending where you are, and the faculty here ranges from poop to demi-gods so it's all luck.

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are in New Brunswick, so things do happen. But I find that it is overall a very safe school. Just don't be roaming the streets of New Brunswick alone at night and you will be perfectly fine. I always feel safe here.

    Greek Life

    Even though I do not participate in Greek life, it is vibrant at Rutgers. So if that is something you want to become involved with, Rutgers is the place to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to count!

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student!

    Bang for the buck

    This is an amazing education for what you are paying, hands down. Few universities can offer all the opportunities that Rutgers does in terms of research and career opportunities. Also, Rutgers is a respected name to have on your degree when looking for a job after college.

    What to do for fun

    There are too many things to even list! There are special events happening every single day at Rutgers along with Greek life, club meetings, parties, fitness classes at the gym facilities and many other things that I probably don't even know about. I have to stress that Rutgers truly is a university that has something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food overall is pretty good. Rutgers has four dining halls and they all have their hit and miss days, but you can almost always find something you like. There are a ton of options at the dining halls and each one serves something different. Also, there are vegan options offered at every dining hall for lunch and dinner. I often eat the vegan food just to try it and I find it to be good most of the time.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is awesome! Because Rutgers is so large, there is always something to do or somewhere to go. Living on campus allows you to take full advantage of these opportunities that you would otherwise miss by commuting. The vibe of the dorms is also great. It's lively and there are so many friendly people. But the best thing is that if you ever need quiet you can just shut your door and enjoy the tranquility of your room.

    Academic Rigor

    How challenging and time consuming your course work is all depends on your major. Students in math, science, and engineering tend to have alot more work than all the other students at Rutgers. Overall though, there is no reason to worry about the course load. It should be an easy transition from high school to college as long as you challenged yourself by taking AP and honors courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed by the size of Rutgers. Even though it may seem like a giant maze on your first visit, just know that the school can be as big or as small as you want it to be. There are a lot of special living learning communities to choose from for housing that can make it feel like a small school. Also, Rutgers offers the Douglass Program for women which can open amazing opportunities for future internships, externships, and research. The best advice that I can give is to make sure you take the AP English exam and get a 4 or a 5 because that exempts you from expository writing at Rutgers. It's a hard and time consuming class that I am glad I avoided with my AP credits. In addition, if you are going into a major that has a high level math requirement, try to get a 4 or 5 on the Clac BC exam. This exempts you from Calc 1 and 2, which is a blessing because clac 2 at Rutgers is really challenging. It will be much easier to start with cal 3.

    In three sentences

    I love the diversity of this school! There is something here for everyone, including endless opportunities. We have every club imaginable, tons of research opportunities, and both staff and students that will make sure you get the help you need.

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    popin

    What to do for fun

    Party and study. Meet new people when your cramped on the bus. Join a club- there are over 400..

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good. Some places have really good food, other places have decent food. GREASE TRUCKS!- MUST TRY AT LEAST ONCE.

    Dorm Life

    Very few nice looking dorms- the ones that are, are MAJORLY expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Hardest college i've been to. i've been to three in my undergraduate career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get overwhelmed. Stay focused and organized with your work. Keep a friendly attitude.

    In three sentences

    Taking the bus to get anywhere suck. The campus is huge. The education is great.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's parties everywhere. And if you're not a party person (like me) there's plenty of other non alcoholic things to do on campus! Something every week - get involved!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options - the Cook Campus Center is the best! Though I'm in an apartment, I still have a meal plan!

    Dorm Life

    Love my roommates and I have a great apartment - lucky with my lottery number though and SEBS priority.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm constantly challenged in my science classes (especially organic chemistry)

    Tips for prospective students

    Study up for those midterms. I'm still not really sure how I study best so figure that out fast!

    In three sentences

    I love it - big campus, tons of great people and professors! Close to home, but tough classes...

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though Rutgers is located partially in the city of New Brunswick, the Rutgers Police Department ensures the safety of its students at all times. It's easy to feel safe even though you're at such a big place.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is actually good for any type of student. That's the great thing about it being such a big school -- there's so many things for so many different types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grease trucks are must here at Rutgers. Even people who've never even visited the college know and love the grease trucks. You can come try a famous fat sandwich which has more calories than you can count, but satisfies you for days.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers is definitely a school that caters to its students. No matter where you are or what time it is, there's something going on for you to go enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers is a diverse school, even in terms of dining. Their food is consistently fresh and there's many options, especially once you learn to become creative with what dining halls give you. The dining staff works especially hard to make sure you're always provided with a great meal. Not only that, but there are SO many places to eat around campus that you'll never go hungry. From Chinese, to American, Spanish, Indian, Thai, Japanese. It's all here!

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is one of the best kinds of experiences college can offer. You're finally on your own away from home, but you've still got a great support system around you. Many dorms are where people find their closest friends and the people they stick with throughout their years here at Rutgers. The RAs are also great resources to help you out no matter what year you are. Rutgers Residence Life is always trying to become better and help out the students.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is definitely rigorous in many aspects. However, it's not a school that will kick your butt and leave you there to fail. While it does challenge you and force you to buckle down and become a serious student, there are countless resources available in order to help you succeed. Talking to your Professors, TAs, other students, Learning Centers, study groups, there are so many ways to find help and be sure to get that A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the fact that Rutgers is a big school. Although there are thousands of students, it so easy to find your own group of people. In fact, it's even more likely because there's so many different kinds of people. As long as you take the first step, whether it's in your social or academic life, Rutgers will meet you halfway.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a place where you find so many opportunities floating around you. Within the people, the classes, the professors, the majors, the clubs, the organizations -- there's an infinite number of things to help you grow as an individual and shape your path for the future.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For in state, you cannot beat the price to education ratio. Out of state is a little much, but if you are applying to Mason Gross or Ernst Mario School of Pharmacy it may be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has a ton of activities, all the time. There are many clubs, facilities, and the area has much to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls are great, and there are plenty of great places to eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Lively and fun. Living in a dorm is one of the key aspects of college so make the best of it. Try to get into the Newell apartments if you can.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is strict, but the professors are willing to work with you if you give them notice and time.

    Tips for prospective students

    When registering for classes, don't just look at times. Look at the campuses as well. Try to get them in the same campus as your housing. If you are unable to do so, when you get to school familiarize yourself with the campus to campus transportation. Take it easy your first semester here. Don't go overboard with classes. Figuring everything out (financial aid, rooming, transportation, etc) will be stressful and can be overwhelming with classes.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are excellent. The most intimidating aspect of the school is it's size and the transportation between campuses. The dorms are nice for the most part.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Each dorm complex has its one pool table and ping pong table. There are soccer fields and gyms. There are also plenty of restaurants around and recently they made a theater on campus.There are always events and even parties.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Halls are amazing! There are so many choices and my favorite Dining Hall is the Livingston Campus one. It's the newest dining hall and there is great food and each campus has a salad bar. They are clean and they are even great places to study in.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm Life at Rutgers can be really fun and interesting. There are many activities that occur at the dorms and people are always moving about. There is always something to do and someone to talk to. It may take some people out of there comfort zone when rooming with others, but it is definitely a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are not use to pushing yourself to study then there will be a chance that you won't get above a C. The work load can be overbearing and it is important to make sure you sit down and study if you want to keep your GPA up. The teachers are very nice and understanding, but some will not be so lenient when it comes to absences and late assignments. If you just do the necessary work required then everything should go fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to study more and party less. Get active and join clubs so you can meet new people which will make your college life more enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has a beautiful and large campus. There are many friendly people in different clubs and classes. The teachers are great and there are many different class experiences depending on your major.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD! The homies! I feel safe. You will to!

    Greek Life

    There is a large selection of frats and sor, so you should be able to find the one the one that fits you and what you are looking for.

    Bang for the buck

    School is expensive anywhere you go. Truth is it depends on your financial status.

    What to do for fun

    So many events happen at the student centers on each campus! Almost everyday you can be a part of something new. Also playing pool in your dorm lounge has been a good stress reliever.

    Food and Dining

    LIVINGSTON DINING HALL. NEW. THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!

    Dorm Life

    I met amazing friends that I will have forever. And the Livingston Quads are not bad as they seem, once you get pass the no air condition part.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a challenge. Rutgers makes you think and find your strengths and weaknesses. What you are weak at, the professors help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Realize what you are getting into. It is a big school, so think about the sizes of the classes, the attention you need, and the attention you will get. Make sure you are known by your professors. It helps.

    In three sentences

    The most revealing experience, where you learn about your morals and your ability to live on your own. You learn where you may fit in, and its special. For a big school, you get to create families.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a busy and productive community,but wonderful and vast community. There are numerous opportunities from academics, athletics, recreations, to career paths. Faculty is supportive and concise, intent on providing easy navigation through the college process.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as you're careful, campuses are safe. Follow general common sense (don't walk alone, at night, in poorly-lit areas) and you'll be fine. Rutgers also does have phones to campus police all over each campus, so if you ever feel unsafe, you can go to one of those phones for help. Also, I believe you can get rides at night if you feel unsafe, though I've never done it myself, so I'm not 100% sure of that.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you want to do, they have! Sports, recreational, career-focused, just for fun... they really have just about anything and it's really easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    SEBS (the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) is really great for anyone interested in the biological sciences. The classes and professors are amazing. And for the Pre-Veterinary Medicine track of the Animal Science department, you probably won't find many other programs with anywhere near as high an acceptance rate into Vet school after your undergraduate degree (the national average is somewhere around 25% acceptance whereas Rutgers is 90-100%, depending on the class year)!

    Bang for the buck

    If you live in NJ, definitely do it! It's a really good school with lots of activities and good teachers. If you're not from NJ, I'd consider all of your options. However, even though it's more expensive than in-state tuition, Rutgers is still, definitely, a good school and well worth the consideration!

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do! There are hundreds of clubs, rec centers at each campus with gym equipment, pools, and even more classes, events going on all the time, and then everything you can do off-campus, as well, not that you ever need to leave campus to find something to do. If you're interested in it, Rutgers probably has a club or activity for it!

    Food and Dining

    I've only eaten at the cafeterias on campus during orientation and similar situations because I commute, but from what I've heard, they seem to be your average college dining services: a bit overpriced, but if you work your meal plans properly, you can get a lot out of it.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say anything on dorm life, as I commute and have only seen the dorms in passing when I did the school tours. From what I've heard, though, they seem good.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not sure about SAS (School of Arts & Sciences) classes, but the SEBS (School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) classes are very thorough. It can be a little intense, especially past the 100-level classes and it will require a lot of effort, but you learn a lot from the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at all of the majors and choose what you're most interested. And then make sure to go to class, join clubs, and talk with your professors! If you get involved with your education, it will be a great experience to help you well on your way to a future career in whatever you're interested in pursuing.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has great programs and a lot to do both in and out of class. Its many schools (e.g. School of Arts & Sciences and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) have great faculty and great classes. Just be aware that Rutgers' Chemistry department has a lot of trouble (they've been on probation, at least in the past) and fails around 50% (if not more) of the students in its classes.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The majority of campus crimes occur very late at night on the outskirts of College Avenue Campus. New Brunswick is not the safest area, especially at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is exceptionally prominent on campus. A good amount of students are involved in greek life, and wear greek letters around campus proudly. Sorority and fraternity houses are allowed on campus, and are marked with greek letters in front of or on the sides of houses on campus. Fraternity-hosted night life is very prominent on campus as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything on campus. There are countless acapella/vocal choirs, pre-professional clubs, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    There are libraries and quiet study areas around every corner at Rutgers. Since it's so big and full of students, it's so hard to find a nice quiet space to do work in peace. But if you look hard enough, you'll find quiet areas in campus centers and classroom buildings. This is for the student who needs quiet/alone time to really complete work efficiently.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The nightlife is very prominent at Rutgers. The bars and restaurants in New Brunswick are always popular and even have nights dedicated to discounted pricing.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless things to do for fun on campus. Firstly, we have a cinema on campus, and we always have programs and events running daily. The organizations on campus host fun programs and provide entertaining extracurriculars. We have an arcade/ice cream shop on campus as well that is open every day.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls and eateries are exceptional here. There is one dining hall on each campus and additionally a variety of different food vendors on each campus as well. There are so many options at the dining halls, and there are even take out options which allow you to take meals back to your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    The residence hall communities are very lively and fun. There are always informative programs hosted that bring residents closer and even educate them on campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    This is especially true if you are looking to major in the life sciences. General science courses are very intense here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have an idea of what you want to major in coming in so you can take the classes and join a club revolving around your interest. Once you've figured out what you want, don't be afraid to speak to professors, join more organizations and become involved.

    In three sentences

    It's very big and very easy to get lost. However that's because there are so many opportunities, organizations, events to get involved in on a daily basis. Sometimes it's easy to feel like a number in a sea of students.

  • 08/14/2013

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers University is an excellent school. You are definitely getting your bang for buck with this university. It is one of the largest, well known, and most inexpensive universities on the East Coast.

    What to do for fun

    There a so many things to do for fun. There are nightclubs around the campus, frat parties, house parties and over 400 clubs and activities to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers has A LOT of different food places and are still open up new ones for the fall 2013 semester. You won't ever get bored with the food there because there are so many different places to grab a bite.

    Dorm Life

    Rutgers offers many different types of dorm room styles are are very accommodating to your needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is one of the largest and best research university in N.J. When you leave the university you will be an alumni of one of the best so it understandable the academics are going to be rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs and events. Also, don't be afraid to reach out to teachers and even fellow students for help.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a large university; however, it is a community where you are not just a number. The people go out of their way to make you at home. In addition, there are many clubs and activities on campus.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    RUPD patrols almost every hour of the day and there is New Brunswick police also going around helping. They even allow transportation and police escorts when past 11 to the early morning. However, the town of New Brunswick does have a reputation as well. As long as you are smart, know where you are, and make informed decisions you will have nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    College ave has the most active greek life probably on the east coast. During recruitment days there are intense amounts of fraternities and sororities recruiting whoever they can get their hands on. Whether social or professional there is something you want.

    Clubs and Activities

    Have you even seen pictures of the involvement fair? There is every type of club one can think of. From do gooders like the charity clubs to the social dancing or hobby clubs to the athletic sport clubs to the interesting LARPing and medieval cosplay clubs to greek life there is something for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, Likes to be active in his learning, Involved, Ambitious, Willing to take the risk, Is ready to take charge of his life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I may not be one for traditions but locations there are many. On Douglass there is a beautiful old school style suspension bridge from the 1930's. When your back there it's like your not even on campus anymore. Or how about the Rutgers Gardens that many alumni don't even know exist? Because it actually is off campus and is the home to bamboo forests, hedge mazes, and many more. Another good spot is the nature trail from Busch to Livingston, it's normally used for biology expeditions but its open for all and really is nice to walk through when you need a break from socializing.

    Bang for the buck

    Your money is so well spent its ridiculous, having research opportunities, internships, job career help, banking, literally everything that these 30-40k schools have all for a measly about 10k for tuition in state. It's absolutely ludracris how cheap this school can be if your smart around money. Dorming and meal plans are expensive so get an off campus house and learn to cook yourself. I myself only pay about 18k a year for tuition and room and board for myself and I don't have a single scholarship. Be money efficient

    What to do for fun

    Parties, movies, sports, gaming, gym, acting, singing, going out to eat with friends, nature walk, bars, whatever any common person does for fun, you can do right here at the university.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't the best, but its not the worst. I would call it average college food. They carry all the necessities you need however admit tingly the best things can get repetitive. However, with the recent additions of the new Livingston dining hall and the even better knight wagon, the food is getting better.

    Dorm Life

    I'd go as far as to say the definition of college dorm life. The dorms are immense, people always have their doors open, with such a diverse crowd there is every single walk of life roaming around these halls. In the extremely lively and outgoing atmosphere that is these dorms, they are truly what you make out of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Besides introduction classes, classes are not a breeze here. Being a large university means having extreme amounts of students in classes which also mean less individualized attention to the extreme. Not to mention that the material isn't the easiest either. Be prepared to take an EXTREMELY active part in your studying, whether it be in making study groups, going to every office hour, or flying it solo. Truly be ready to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please, do not be the shut in who doesn't communicate with anyone or is sour about it. Everyone has a hobby, an interest, and everyone needs people to talk to. Go out to join a club, to make new friends in classes, to parties, make yourself and your presence known, being at a university like this turns these small connections into things that will help you so much in the most unknown ways.

    In three sentences

    If you wanted a gigantic school full of diverse people, social activeness, and opportunity, you've come to the right place. This school will not only shape your future, it will shape you. Besides the intense amounts of opportunity that come with a research university, having enormous amounts of people that you never really see twice is a true taste of the real world.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Overrated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The basement shows are the most underrated thing going on. So fun and DYI.

    What to do for fun

    I go to basement shows and I dance for Rutgers Performing Dance Company.

    Food and Dining

    Can be good or even great (livingston) or it can be a nightmare (brower).

    Dorm Life

    Lots of clubs and activities devoted to oncampus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are extremely difficult to pass but others are too easy. I'd say they should and probably will step it up a bit in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and work hard--you'll be fine!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is like a city; large and intimidating at first. It is very big and diverse but if you join clubs and find your niche, RU can be very small and intimate. The professors usually want to help you succeed so do your best and form relationships with them.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are alot of on campus events, and organizations you can join.

    Food and Dining

    A dining hall on every campus, some dining halls are better than others. Variety of foods to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations/interest groups, be open-minded, try to have as much fun as possible.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has an excellent academic curriculum, very challenging and demanding courses. It is a very diverse school with many opportunities to network and grow outside your box.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You just need to be vigilant and aware, and you'll be fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's always something going on on College Ave. ;)

    What to do for fun

    Go to parties. Participate in clubs. Join a sorority. There's an awesome club on campus that allows you to train a seeing eye puppy. Also, there's bhakti club, an indian religious club, where you can meet good people and eat good food.

    Food and Dining

    The selection of food is generally good, but I wish that there were more healthy, organic options. Also, the Brower Commons dining hall on College Avenue Campus has few vegetables. The Livingston dining hall on Livingston Campus has the best selection of foods, and the food generally tastes better there for whatever reason. There's sushi there all day, as opposed to the other dining halls that only have it at night.

    Dorm Life

    I have had genuine safety issues, and I couldn't find or contact my R.A. This occurred both freshman year and sophomore year. In my freshman dorm, no one observed quiet hours, and people woke my roommate and me up early in the morning.

    Academic Rigor

    The sciences are very rigorous, speaking as a biology major. Math is probably the hardest. The social sciences are less rigorous and can sometimes be very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rutgers is known as a party school. If you really want to do well (especially in the sciences), don't go to parties unless you have time, even if it's once or twice a semester. Your future career and opportunities to attend prestigious grad schools are more important than any party.

    In three sentences

    You should consider Rutgers based on academics alone. Rutgers has been rated the 68th best college in the country. Most people say that Rutgers is viewed with more prestige as you go farther and farther west.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Buses on each campus to take you around. Security facilities to help you when lost

    Greek Life

    A huge Greek Life attend the school and see for your self. It is more appealing to see than to tell.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot of clubs and activities to join All kinds of cultural activities on campus

    Bang for the buck

    School to save a lot of money' Assist you in paying for tuition in the regular semester including the summer too Help students to find scholarship to accommodate themselves On campus emploment

    What to do for fun

    There are parties A lot recreational fun Going to Gym Sororities Fraternities

    Food and Dining

    I gain a lot because of the food,,,,,it is so good and satisfied Make sure all student have enough meal swipes that will last them the entire semester. Clean dinners to eat and chart with friends and professionals

    Dorm Life

    Good place to live Good place to meet and mingle Diverse school to learn about other cultures and personalities

    Academic Rigor

    See through that all student graduating are already employed Graduate out of the school with competitive degree Great School for everyone and is a school to save money especially if you are in state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Support in the medicine field is advisable to attend Rutgers University if you want to major in any science field. Great Campus to live on. Very educative and find sources to help every student they have.

    In three sentences

    Supportive Educative Best School

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always keeping students up to date with what's going on and any incidents that may occur. They also have tips to stay safe and protect yourself that they hand out at activities and they watch the dorms

    Great for these types of students

    This college is good for anyone who wants a big college experience

    Bang for the buck

    Deffinately worth the money to go there living on your own in a campus that has 4 different areas opens you up to different sides of college

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the rec center on college ave and go rock climbing or join groups to get involved. If not college ave has great places to eat and shop

    Food and Dining

    I prefer the Livingston dining hall. It's very well done

    Dorm Life

    I love my life in a dorm the dorm personal will help you with anything you need very helpful

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers want to help you pass, you just need to ask questions and pay attention. You can also get help from tutors

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to use the bus schedule before you get there. Allow yourself time to study

    In three sentences

    I love attending rutgers, the big campus gives you lots of diverse groups of people to meet. They also have an event almost every day. They offer many options for study help.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Rutgers University is located in a very convenient area. Everything is located fairly close to it. Plus, it is right by the New Brunswick downtown, which offers many different activities. Restaurants, movie theatres, malls, etc. everything is really close by.

    Tips for prospective students

    Overall it is a great school, but sometimes registering for classes can cause a lot of trouble. Therefore, it is a good idea to plan ahead of time and come up with alternate classes to take in case you are not able to get your first choices. Other than it, it offers a good balance between entertainment and academic and is a great school to attend.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is extremely diverse when it comes to its students. It offers a wide variety of majors and minors to choose from which is a huge plus. I believe that it is a great school to attend because it offers great opportunities to its students and is extremely convenient for me.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is fast and friendly, very safe college community

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally there is a club for everything, you are bound to find a club that features something you love, sports, ethnic clubs, religious, hiking, knitting, everything.

    Bang for the buck

    Not too expensive, but not cheap either.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, concerts and festivals thrown all the time, a new movie theater was recently built on the Livingston Campus along with new restaurants and a shopping center.

    Food and Dining

    Livingston Dining Hall is excellent, stay away from Brower dining hall, lots of good food in the student centers, grease trucks are always good, and lots of different food choices on easton avenue.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter who lives off campus but I have many friends who live on campus and really enjoy it, some of the dorms are newly updated and look very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    This all depends on how far you are willing to push yourself, some classes are a breeze and take little effort to pass, other classes will push you to think critically and go the extra mile in terms of research and work. Check ratemyprofessor.com to know what you are getting into before you choose your classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to enter a very large school that can be intimidating at first but is also very welcoming, there is plenty to do on campus so be sure to correctly balance your school work and social activities.

    In three sentences

    Very Good School

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is safe usually.

    Greek Life

    greek life is wonderful

    Great for these types of students

    wonderful girls and boys

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    high point stadium

    What to do for fun

    there are some gyms and football game.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is important to choose a major and get well with professor.

    In three sentences

    rutgers university is a great college. it is wonderful to study. it is a big and beautiful college.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't be an idiot and do stupid things.

    Clubs and Activities

    Geography club, RUGS Join!

    Bang for the buck

    I'd have to say that you are getting what you pay for in terms of the campus, I am not so sure if you are getting the same level of quality in education.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do on campus for fun. There is a Rutgers Center with arcades and such. There are many campus centers just to chill in. If you're into reading researching and having a place to study there are plenty of quiet libraries. There are numerous clubs to join, pretty much anything you can think of and more...All sorts of teams and sport you can take part in. Going to the Rutgers games are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food looks great, since I am a commuter I am not on campus as often and others so it's financially safer for me to bring my own food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life looks great. I am a commuter though.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what your department is, the issue is if there is a really bad professor, there is nothing you can do about it. That class is just going to suffer.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can avoid it, don't be a commuter. There is very little off campus life even tough a large percentage of students don't live on campus.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a great college, with it being such a huge college, there will always be something for you to do, someone to help you and a group that you will fit in with. Your options and freedom are very open, there are all sorts of programs and resources to help you find out exactly what you are looking for.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like any other school, you have to be street smart. Do not roam around at night without knowing who you can run into. Make sure you lock your doors also. If you can, go in groups and go where the light is most present.

    Greek Life

    Rutgers' Greek life is a huge part of the school's activities! I was personally never a part of it, but I do know that being in one will possibly provide great opportunities for a student's future.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers provides many choices for clubs, whether you're interested in sports or academics. I mostly joined academic clubs. These are really helpful. These types of clubs will help you find internships and possible future jobs in your major!

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is for everyone. I know many colleges that say that they have a diverse selection of students. However, nothing can beat the diversity of Rutgers. With 5 campuses and many different types of organizations, you can find very different people. It's amazing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Legends say that there's a gate on the College Ave campus that you must go through your freshman year, in which you cannot go through again until you graduate. If you do it before you graduate, it's apparently bad luck. (One of the many traditions of Rutgers)

    Bang for the buck

    Rutgers is a great school. For a big school that provides a great education, it's worth the money. Just make sure you spend your time wisely. Don't waste your money by not going to class!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. Go to the gym. Find people who share similar hobbies. I was particularly attracted to the music group. I also found people who liked video games. There's a lot of students at Rutgers. It's not hard to find people with similar interests.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers provides many places for students to eat. You can buy your food in the students centers or the convenience store. You can also visit the dining halls. Here's a tip for freshman. The freshman 15 is not a hoax. It can happen to anyone. But, I guess that's what happens when you're surrounded by such yummy food!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what dorm you choose, it can be either a great or bad experience. I happen to have chosen the friendliest dorm on the campus. However, not all dorms have a friendly environment. Thus, my tip is to get out there. Meet people. Leave your dorm room open also!

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers provides a great education. The least to say is that it's not easy also. Due to the huge sizes of most classes, professors are more likely to not focus on individuals. So, you have to be on your game from the very beginning. It's just as hard as any other college. You just have to work hard for what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    When going to Rutgers, make sure to explore clubs and activities. You can meet a lot of people who could possibly have good connections. Although it's a fun school to be at, don't forget to study!

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a great school to attend. You can explore up to 5 campuses, which is the best part. Rutgers is a friendly and diverse environment.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! With four different campuses there is really a spot for every type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an old bowling ally in the basement of a building on Cook campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Best education for the money especially if you want to go on to graduate school.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much going on in downtown New Brunswick its really easy to get of campus for a comedy show or jazz night. Also the train is so close friends from other schools can easily come visit and NYC is a quick ride away!

    Food and Dining

    There are four different dining halls so you're sure to find something you like!!!

    Dorm Life

    So much fun meeting new people I highly recommend dorm-ing!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends the classes you take! Comm 101 you wont have difficulty if you have half a brain but the sciences are really hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about how many people you do or don't know going into Rutgers. You will meet tons of new people in classes and dorms, and make so many new friends. Rutgers is so big when you do see a familiar face from high school it will actually be nice!

    In three sentences

    I have yet to meet a person that doesn't love Rutgers. Even friends that didn't want to go to Rutgers in high school now love it. As a scarlet night you feel like part of the Rutgers community and are proud to be a Rutgers student!

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's too safe on campus (though some issues do occur) and the campus is policed by two police forces, the local New Brunswick police and Rutger's own personal security force.

    Greek Life

    can't say much here I'm not apart of Greek life (not my thing)

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers has a vast number of activities available for student to engage in for fun. The campus has just about every kind of club you could think of from your traditional sports clubs to clubs dedicated to exotic martial arts and obscurer media from aboard.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one of the best spots on campus is the grease trucks, they are located right between the main campus and where the party scene begins and are home to one of the most unhealthy treats that the world has to offer. this concoction is called a fat sandwich.

    Bang for the buck

    as great as the school is, it is also just as expensive (at least for out of state students such as my self)

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has a vast number of activities available for student to engage in for fun. The campus has just about every kind of club you could think of from your traditional sports clubs to clubs dedicated to exotic martial arts and obscurer media from aboard. along with the large number of school clubs, the campus also sports a vibrant party scene and underground music scene (and i do mean underground, basement shows ho)

    Food and Dining

    This one varies greatly depending on where you eat. since Rutgers is so large the campus has several dining halls and dozens of restaurants within the town, some good and some not so good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life on Rutgers is great, and i've been very lucky in my roommate pairing thus far. the dorms are filled with all kinds of people and generally its very social in most dorms and very easy to make a verity of new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The course at Rutgers very in difficult with some being very easy to others being extremely difficult as such its fairly easy to arrange your schedule to best suit the level of difficulty you want out of your expense here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your planning on attending Rutgers I say visiting the school and spending sometime on campus is a must. This will give you an Idea of the size of the school as well as some familiarity with the campus which are a must in deciding whether to attend or not. If you already know your planning on attending then you should try not to overload yourself on credits your first semester. Consider taking a verity of classes to see what really interests you, but but don't take so many classes that they overwhelm you, 12 to 14 credits is good for a first semester and will help you abjust to the course load. Also don't forget to get involved on campus, Rutgers is huge and the campus has so many different actives going on both on and off campus, from sporting events to parties and clubs there is always something to do in New Brunswick.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a great school with a vibrant social scene as well as wide verity of classes and majors. The school is home to a large number of students and is appropriately just as large. If you don't mind the size of the school then rutgers may be the place for you.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you want to do something, Rutgers has it for you!

    Food and Dining

    Livingston has good music and good food. Busch has sociable cafeteria ladies, old music, and questionable food.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on the dorm. B.E.S.T. is really nice because you only have to share a bathroom with four people including yourself, their is free wifi, TV in the lounges, and a kitchen on every floor. On down fault is the cell phone reception, so just scope out the perfect spot. Most of the older dorms truly need to be remodeled, especially the bathrooms so make sure to have shower shoes. Livingston Apartments are spectacular, but it is really hard to get one. (Mostly it depends on what you want and what you want to pay.)

    Academic Rigor

    Everything at Rutgers is taken seriously by professors and it is up to the students take advantage of their knowledge. Nothing at Rutgers is done for you, but if you want to get ahead all the opportunities are available.

  • 08/09/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, fishing, dorm activities

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in campus activities. Make relationships with your professors. Take advantage of the tutoring centers.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a school with so many opportunities for a well-rounded college experience. I love the diversity of the student population, and although the university is large, attending the SEBS at Cook Campus has provided me with a small school feel.

  • 08/09/2013

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    Campus Safety

    Constant Patrols by the Rutgers Police Department, and quick response time. They're always nearby.

    Greek Life

    Lots of choices, but I wasn't really involved myself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's too many to even list!

    Great for these types of students

    All! But there's some strength in medical and nursing majors, I hear the business school is pretty awesome, and their engineering program is pretty slick too. I hear law school here is up there too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fat Sandwiches! They're all over the place.

    Bang for the buck

    I love it here, and would definitely suggest it to anyone!

    What to do for fun

    It's New Brunswick, there's tons of places for college students to go around here! Plus you can always take the train into the city.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the dining halls are really good and have a huge selection of food choices to pick from, even vegan options if you are into that. Avoid Brower.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are overall fun and enjoyable. Neighbors tend to be cool, and you have an Resident Assistant looking out for you if they're trouble. Most of the dorms are pretty good, some are brand new and SUPER nice, others are in need of an overhaul.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are thorough, and sometimes there's a difficult one or two, but you're always guaranteed to learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's nothing wrong with taking a little time to find a major that appeals to you. Go in as undecided if you have to, take a variety of different courses and find what catches your interest best.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a very impressive University with a HUGE selection of majors you can study in, a majority of dedicated professors, and reasonable class sizes. The campus community is friendly, with lots of events going on that you can attend in your spare time.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's New Brunswick. We get Crime Alert emails of something stolen or a man in a puffy jacket hurting a guy in the middle of the night on the street. But I don't personally know anyone that was hurt and I always feel safe. Crime Alert emails are like whatever to students nowadays. Just make sure you lock your doors and do not walk alone at night (sounds obvious enough, right?)

    Greek Life

    MAKES MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. I am in a sorority and it really helped me find where I belong in this huge school. The girls became my best friends who will do anything for each other (sounds cheesy and cliche but it's true). There are many sororities and fraternities which are a very big part of the Rutgers community. You do not have to do one but I love it. Not only are they social and fun, but they do a lot of community service and offer many leadership opportunities. And no, I was not hazed.

    Clubs and Activities

    Please read previous posts! Rutgers has it all.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a great education but an even better all around college experience. Rutgers looks great on a resume but the opportunities available outside the classroom are even better. And it's a lot of fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grease trucks (which make the infamous fat sandwiches) are rumored to be making their leave from the Rutgers home. The Rutgers Chant: RU Rah Rah RU Rah Rah Hoo Rah Hoo Rah Rutgers Rah Upstream Red Team Red Team Upstream Rah Woo Rah Woo Rutgers Rah. Club Alex = Alexander Library.

    Bang for the buck

    Since my mom works for Rutgers I receive tuition remission so it's definitely nice going here for that reason. Housing off campus is pricey but that is because Rutgers is in a city and has easy access to NYC by train or bus.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING. Rutgers promotes its diversity, and it really does have any kind of activity you want. Radio, RUTV, theater/musical theater, sports, greek life, dance clubs, a cappella, etc. Of course, Rutgers is also known for parties. Frat parties and house parties are always fun. Rutgers University Programming Association also plans free or cheap trips for students such as indoor water parks, concerts, comedy nights, and more. Rutgers Football in the fall is a huge deal, too.

    Food and Dining

    I LOVE THE DINING HALLS. All you can eat and lots of options. Some people think I am crazy for how much I love the dining halls and the chicken wing/nugget takeout but it is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't love my freshman dorm but I think having a boyfriend going into college was the issue. Everyone I know enjoyed dorm life. If I could redo it I would either stay on College Ave (but on another floor) for its convenience or live with all the freshmen on Livingston to make lots of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is a great school for academics, sometimes depending on the subject. Some majors are way harder than others. Many professors I have had are extremely knowledgeable but not great teachers. But I do learn a lot and feel challenged just enough before it's overkill.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to an academic advisor about how to map out your courses. You may have heard of the RU Screw, but careful planning can help you avoid that. You are likely to change your major, so take the Gen Eds first, get those out of the way while you try out subjects your may be considering. But remember that some classes have double value (take care of a gen ed and a major/minor requirement). DO CLUBS. Class work is not all that matters in the real world. Hands-on experience and leadership skills are very important and there are many activities here for that.

    In three sentences

    The school is huge and has a lot of diverse students, staff, and faculty. There are so many opportunities for your resume from the internship/co-op program, to countless clubs, to big events like Dance Marathon, and more. At some times getting on the Rutgers bus to go from campus to campus is like trying to get through a mosh pit.

  • 08/08/2013

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    Greek Life

    amazing! lsu

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the big chill, 5k run to donate money for kids

    What to do for fun

    there are over 100 organizations/clubs to join

    Tips for prospective students

    Dorm, do not commute

    In three sentences

    The best school to attend. You can be part of a small community and live in a huge world!

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is important to Rutgers. We have our own private Rutgers Police department that is constantly on campus to reassure your safety. They have a hotline that you can call if you feel unsafe. Also, Rutgers emails every student of any danger near or on campus so that you are aware.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular on the Rutgers campus. Any event they are throwing are enjoyable and also if you would like to join they are very open and inviting with information regarding their group.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers have plenty of clubs and activities for everyone. You will always see a club outside giving you information to join and every semester we have a clubs and activities information session on the College ave. campus.

    Great for these types of students

    What is great for students is the school pride that Rutgers has to offer. Rutgers students once they are excepted bleed red Scarlet Knight pride!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditional locations you may see is fraternities or sororities having events or fundraisers going on outside of their house or random carnivals or fun things going on.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as spending your expenses Rutgers gives students a chance to receive more than what they are spending. Stores surrounding the college will give Rutgers students plenty of discounts and specials because they know we are college students. Word of advice: take your Rutgers ID everywhere you go because that is very handy.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of enjoyable locations to have fun. We have George Street which is a strip of restaurants,quick take-out, and also retail stores. Rutgers always offers events or parties such as fraternities and sororities going on within the campus itself that is also fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent. You have a choice of 4-5 dining halls with all different choices and variety of what you may like to eat. It offers food when you are studying late and also awesome breakfast when you are up early. Your meal plan will definitely come in handy when it comes to eating at Rutgers. Besides the dining halls we also have grease trucks on campus, convenience stores, and Knight Wagons where you can also use your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life if really exciting. Here is the chance to meet new people, create study groups, and enjoy life socially. Dorm life is the time to unwind from class whether its taking a nap, watching tv with friends, or even studying or homework. Your dorm is definitely your home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically the professors are very helpful. They will make sure you understand any material they give you so that you will succeed in their classes. Also Rutgers offers a range of variety when it comes to classes and majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students is to accomplish anything that you always wanted to do in life or in college general. Rutgers allows you to be yourself while learning and growing up into an adult.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University is a diverse, fun learning, and inviting environment to spend your college years. It allows you to learn to become more independent, meet new people, and express who you are freely with open arms. After leaving Rutgers University you will know exactly what to do in the real world because Rutgers prepares you for the real world.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. There is always a police car near by and my apartment had great security at the front desk. The university alerts you via email when a crime has been committed so you should always be precautious wherever you go. You can never be too safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great way to get involved at the university. I was in Gamma Phi Beta at San Diego State. It is so easy to transfer to the Gamma Phi at Rutgers. You are able to participate in philanthropic activities, network, and become a member of a smaller community while at Rutgers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join at Rutgers and activities throughout the week. The involvement fair in the fall is a great way to learn more about all of them. If you cannot attend the involvement fair each club has a website to answer all questions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The annual Dance Marathon is a unique aspect to Rutgers. Students, teachers, alumni and the community can get involved. It is a fun way to raise money for a wonderful cause.

    What to do for fun

    Nightlife is a key aspect of Rutgers. There are on campus parties on the weekends starting Thursday night. If you are 21 and older there is a selection of bars you can go to.

    Food and Dining

    Rutgers offers many dining options. From the dining hall to other restaurants there is an option for everyone. I cooked my own meals everyday but I did eat at a few of the restaurants when I was on the go. They should offer healthier options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the on campus apartments so my experience was different than the traditional dorms. I loved the kitchen arrangement and having my own space. When I did have cleaning issues with my roommates, the office did not do anything to help. They told me there was nothing they could do about my roommates' cleaning styles. I feel that as an on campus apartment they should have more control over the condition of each apartment especially if a tenant is unhappy.

    Academic Rigor

    I attended two colleges before Rutgers so the work was not too challenging if you were willing to put in the effort. I did feel, however, that most teachers would place a large course load on students with unrealistic deadlines. I felt that it was difficult for students to even retain information because there was an abundance of work given with an unrealistic time frame to complete it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should know the requirements for their intended major. Is there a minor required or anything else? Know these facts before deciding on a major.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a school with vast opportunities. With such a large community, students are able to find their place both in and out of the classroom. The teachers are knowledgeable and always willing to assist.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will get a lot of crime alerts in your email from the Rutgers University Police Department. They will tell you where to steer clear of. Overall, no matter what occurs, the RUPD is there to assure that you feel comfortable wherever you may venture to go.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers really has no type. It is diverse not only for different races but different personalities of students. Plus, there's a club for every kind of student, from the mathlete to the athlete.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a myth about Passion Puddle on the Cook/Douglass campus. It is said that if you walk around it a number of times with your significant other you are destined to get married.

    Bang for the buck

    The best part in my opinion about being involved with Rutgers is that you get everything at a discount. Free gym membership on any of the five campuses, student discounts at any of the clothing stores and big deals on food but remember to eat in moderation!

    What to do for fun

    There is all kinds of things to do at Rutgers because it is a city within a city. From shopping, to sports, to watching sports, to fraternizing with friends there is practically nothing that you cannot do at Rutgers. The problem is choosing which of the various things you want to partake in.

    Food and Dining

    What I will say about food and dining is that although the food is great and there is a variety for every kind of diet, (I'm vegetarian so I would know) it's important to eat in moderation because the Freshman 15 is a fact and not a legend.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! Call me bias but I just completed my freshman year and dorming was my worst fear. Not only did I form a lifetime bond with my roommate, but also I made friends that will go further than most of the ones I made in high school.

    Academic Rigor

    What kind of college would Rutgers be if it didn't challenge you. We house some of the country's number one programs including research and philosophy. If our academics were not on par, we wouldn't be doing you justice.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for surviving Rutgers or any other college for that matter is to know what you want to do with your life. This will save you money. Secondly, take what you are doing seriously. This will save you time. Lastly, have fun and meet new people! You don't get this opportunity very often.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a vibrant and diverse community of individuals. Whatever you've heard about us, controversial or not, is most likely true. However, one thing you cannot call us is uninteresting because we are always pushing the boundaries to education and social awareness, as it should be.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always right there and never miss a trick, especially J-walking which is a $200 fine. There's also a service which is offered where students can take a special kind of bus pass the hours 11 pm. to 6 am.

    Greek Life

    Cannot even say in the tens or hundreds because there are just that much. There are the houses which you can live in. Greek life is particularly demanding and you have to really want it. Each group differs with what activities that they do. There's also an LGBTQA greek sorority and fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rutgers University is situated near teeming city life so it is certainly very easy to find a club near one self. College Ave. is notorious/infamous for partying, especially that one time when a couch was lit on fire.

    Great for these types of students

    Rutgers is great for anyone and everyone. If you have a passion to be America's next president then this is the place for you, if you are unsure in what you want to do with your life all the more better to find yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is once place on campus in Douglas where if you walk around three times you will marry the person you are walking with.

    Bang for the buck

    Very fiscal, and the financial aid office can work with you to provide assistance and guidance when ever it's needed. Plus, there is work study, where you get paid to do what you want, if you want to be a librarian, etc. It's $2,000 for both semesters overall. Tuition is around $13,075.25/ without dorming.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 400 programs so you can do a varied range of certain things. There are cinemas that play the latest movies. One can also work along side professors with various research.

    Food and Dining

    There are certainly a vast majority of foods to pick from. You can certainly pick anything you want and it's all the same price once you get into the dining halls. They have WOK, vegetarian options, it is fab-u-lous.

    Dorm Life

    There are RAs that keep every one on their toes. The dorms are very convenient for the most part and are situated close to classes and bus stops, especially Livingston.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies with ones major and what type of classes. Chemistry, well organic chemistry is the hardest class offered at the university. Utilizing the student learning centers is definitely a god send for anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    WWW.NEXTBUS.COM Arrive to each of your classes, especially english Use the learning centers Get involved Study Abroad

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has a very diverse group of people. The university has over 400 programs that vary from simple to extraordinary. Rutgers is very fiscal when it comes to money and is a great university for research opportunities.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Rutgers PD are everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 400 clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Kids who love to party but are also great students.

    What to do for fun

    Party on College Avenue. The football/basketball games. Take a train into NYC. Go see a movie at Rutgers Cinema. There are endless possibilities.

    Food and Dining

    There are 4 dining halls, but you can also use your meal swipes at the campus centers. You'll never have to worry about being hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in an all girls dorm freshman year. You don't want to hear my review.

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly, study as much and as often as possible. There's no such thing as too much studying at Rutgers

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is beyond fun, but also academically challenging. The classes are hard. But the social scene is amazing.

  • 07/29/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Rutgers has their own police force, which is always a comforting thought. They are very active in keeping the students safe and has an excellent reaction time. Just to be safe, students are advised to always be with other people at night which is a great idea.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities around school for anyone interests. The staff involved in these clubs are always as excited as the students and truly show they care about the topic.

    What to do for fun

    Rutgers has a wide variety of activities to do from clubs, to sports teams, to just a fun night out. Theres always something happening, especially downtown on the college avenue. All you have to do is jump on a bus and follow the noise.

    Food and Dining

    Dinning halls at Rutgers are very student friendly. With just a slide of your student I.D. you can eat all you want at your leisure. But if you just need a quick snack before class, then the many food places on campus are perfect. Using cash or your meal plan, there always connivence in eating.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm living can either be the most fun experience you have at college or the worst. At Rutgers, as well as any school, it all depends on your roommate. But with that aside, the dorms are pretty nice and well maintained. Dinning halls are located near or in every dorm so food is always accessible. Also having an RA is very helpful in any situation.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Rutgers University is difficult and very demanding, but well worth it. Being a Rutgers graduate means you have been through the toughest of classes and are fully prepared for whatever the future brings in your profession.

    Tips for prospective students

    Every student going to college is looking for an adventure, a place with no parents to tell you how to act or what to be. With all this freedom it is understandable to be a bit overwhelmed and go wild from time to time, but always remember to weigh the consequences carefully and don't just go with the crowd.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an exceptional community based school. With great professors and serious planning for the future, Rutgers University should be at the top of everyones list to attend. The staff at Rutgers truly cares for each and every student, to them your not just another number, but a future change in the world.

  • 07/26/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, just walk around the five main campuses! There is a unique vibe to each one. Catch a football game with friends or head down town to College Avenue for dinner and a show. The possibilities for fun are endless at Rutgers.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are ridiculously awesome. The meal plans are very abundant so choosing the smallest one is more than enough for the average person. The dining halls are clean and have food for everyone. From sushi to burgers, the food is definitely quality. And the best part is that there are desserts available all the time!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is truly an experience. Going into college mostly everyone has the same mind set. Everyone is prepared to start a new chapter in their life. Dorm life gives you the opportunity to connect with new people and create friends with similar tastes. Dorm life also teaches you how to live on your own and discipline yourself. Rutgers has an amazing aura and the dorms as well as the halls are easy to get comfortable in.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers is a nationwide name. A degree from Rutgers is impressive to any employer. Rutgers offers unique classes that will truly challenge your academic ability. With the right mind set, you will only better yourself by taking advantage of the rigorous courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start applying for scholarships early. Be ready to have an open mind about the possible paths you can choose to take. Do not stress about the little things. Focus on covering the expenses and getting into the school. You will have extremely helpful advisers to guide you with other things.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is an amazing school, it is the State University of New Jersey for a reason. The University has bountiful extracurricular activities that make it easy for everyone to find something. All the students have an amazing school pride and spirit, it is easy to feel apart of the Rutgers family.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police, you can get escorted anywhere you want. We even have horse mounted police.

    Greek Life

    More than 100 different houses

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    WE hate Princeton, and every year (several times a year) their cannon, is magically painted red.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Rec Centers! They have climbing walls. Go to College Ave, or Douglass and enjoy the afternoon!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat, you will never grow tired or fed up with the food. We have a Quiznos, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Wendy, and Sbarros besides traditional dining halls, cafes and food trucks.

    Dorm Life

    DO IT!!! Nothing can replace the dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    You might think it's just a public school, but we have some of the best departments in the country. We are number 1 in Philosophy, and top 10 in a few sciences like Chemistry. Don't underestimate it!

    Tips for prospective students

    It takes so getting used to, but it's worth it. Try to get an upperclassmen to help you.

    In three sentences

    It is huge, but amazingly so. You'll never grow tired of it. Any and all opportunities you are looking for or need, and don't even know it yet, are here.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crime alerts are always being emailed. In all honesty though most of these occur after 12 am. Be somewhere safe and indoors by then, don't hang with the wrong crowd and you will be safe. I've never felt unsafe so far in my two years here.

    Greek Life

    Heard it's good, not involved so can't give too much detail.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's over 200 clubs and activities. You will definitely find something for yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for both the social butterfly as well as the loner type. The reason for that is, there are so many people that outgoing people can have a blast by meeting new people all the time. But those who prefer to not mingle too much would also like this school, because there are just so many people, you will not know most of the people sitting in the same room as you, therefore if you prefer to stay to yourself, that's okay. It's not like high school where people will label you right away.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty pricey, but compared to other schools, I shouldn't be complaining. You get a good overall experience and education at RU-NB even though a lot of people in NJ might say otherwise. But honestly, those people really take the fact that a great school is so close to us for granted.

    What to do for fun

    The city is just a train ride away, and if New York seems too far, New Brunswick in itself is a city so there's lots to do. There's restaurants, bars (for those 21 and up), a comedy club, a state theater, and even a movie theater right on campus! Plus football season's always fun.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I am a commuter so i rarely go to the dining halls. I have gone a few times though and the food is pretty good and there is a lot of variety. There are also a ton of nearby restaurants both in student centers and in places like Easton Ave and George Street, which are not directly on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at RU can get pretty tough, although it depends on your major and the classes you actually take. I am not in the honors program, so I am taking average classes and I am an average A - B student. I am also in the business school, so with those parameters I would say the classes range from manageable to really difficult. None of my classes have been a walk in the park nor extremely impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well on your SATs and write a good essay and you will be admitted into Rutgers New Brunswick pretty easily. Make sure to attend orientation, even if you are from the New Brunswick/Piscataway area. Orientation is a great opportunity to not only get to know Rutgers, but it's a great way to meet people who will be in your field of study. These friendships can last through all your four years here, and it would be good that you know some people on campus as a freshman. Also, download the Rutgers App if you have smartphones, this is great for knowing when the buses are going to come. Speaking of buses, if possible try to avoid them, they are the worst part of Rutgers. There aren't enough buses, and during peak time there is a good chance that you will be squished during your ride. Although it will be hard to avoid the buses completely, try to keep your classes on one to two campuses.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a huge campus, which feels as if it is in a world of its own. The people on campus are from all different backgorunds which is one of Rutgers most unique qualities. Lastly the academics on campus is rigorous and competitive.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are great! Just swipe your RU Express once and eat all you want buffet. They have a lot of choices available that are healthy and balanced if paired correctly. There are also restaurants around campus that have great food also, probably a different type of food though like Italian, Chinese, maybe Hispanic food.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone wants to live in the Livingston Apartments! But, it's really hard for freshman to get in because it's mostly for upperclassmen and lucky sophomores. All the other quads are nice too! The fact of the dorm is to gain independence from home and still being really close to school which cuts down on transportation expenses.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are tough but, professors are there to help you. They have office hours where they actually sit and wait for students to show up, it's part of their job. So, take the initiative and come to their office and ask about what's going on in the class or how to improve yourself. This is where you start to look for help rather than hope help comes to you. It also doesn't hurt to ask people in higher years than you for help because they probably attended the class already and have some tips for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, don't ever be afraid to have your voice heard! Professors, deans, police, staff, and students are always there to listen to you when you need help or just feel like talking. The campus is full of different people who will accept you and reject you. It's about finding where you belong in the RU community. There are so many different stores and restaurants you can go to with friends in the New Brunswick campus. There is so much history and traditions you will know by heart, like the RU Rah Rah!!

    In three sentences

    I've known RU all my life and I always considered myself a RU baby because of how well I already know the campus. My brother has gone there, so have my cousins, a cousin works there, like my mom. Unlike most, I'm going to RU because it's tradition, like how RU is one of two colleges to be considered colonial colleges.

  • 07/23/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things. Restaurants, entertainment centers, huge campus. You should discover what you want to do, and you can join any of the over 400 clubs

    Food and Dining

    All you can eat. Enough said.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look cool as far as I have seen so far. there is a desk and a long twin sized bed and there are places where you can hang with friends too

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know yet, as I am about to attend

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't want big classes, you shouldn't come here for the first year or two. These classes are the ones that all people have to take, so there will be a lot of people there.

    In three sentences

    Its a huge open diverse campus with many things to do. From a movie theater to many restaurants, there are many places to hang out. The Campuses are beautiful and green everywhere

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs and student organizations you can join, and they all come together in the early fall to get new students involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The grease trucks are infamous, both on- and off-campus! You have to try them at least once.

    What to do for fun

    The College Avenue Campus is very well integrated into the greater city of New Brunswick. It's fun to take a walk around town or to take the campus bus around the city to shop, eat, and enjoy a borderline urban atmosphere. There's also the Zimmerli Art Museum to check out. If you're looking for a getaway from the city, Rutgers has various beautiful gardens and natural sanctuaries to take in. Finally, if you're looking for fun mixed with learning, there are infinite seminars and lectures on all sorts of topics and on every campus you can check out that cost nothing to attend. (Some even offer free food. Yum!)

    Food and Dining

    I'm partial to the College Avenue food scene. I love going to get a meal in the Student Center. If you're willing to venture a little ways beyond the campus, New Brunswick has a lot of great meal options as well. If you're looking for a delicious way to help give back to the community, you can check out the Souper Van, which is usually parked on either Douglass or Busch Campus. (Check them out on Facebook for more details, it's definitely worth it.)

    Dorm Life

    I can't say much on the subject personally, as I am a commuter student. But my friends who do live on campus absolutely love the dorm life scene. And from what I had experienced during summer orientation, while the accommodations are typical of most colleges (lack of central air, tiny beds and living spaces), the atmosphere is second to none. For those who are a part of Douglass Residential College, you can opt to live in Living-Learning Communities where you are housed with individuals who share similar interests and career goals!

    Academic Rigor

    I really love the university's focus on academic integrity. In addition, Rutgers places a significant importance on writing skills, something I think is highly important in the current age of texting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really try to get involved from the get-go. I didn't do so in my first year because I was afraid of overloading myself, but I really regret not taking advantage of all that Rutgers has to offer. Don't overload yourself with classes at first, and in addition to the classes required for the core curriculum and your major/minor, take some courses based on pure interest in the subject matter. Enjoy what your college has to offer!

    In three sentences

    The sense of community is prevalent throughout all of the campuses. The university has a spirit that is fun-loving yet intent on gaining further knowledge. One of the qualities I really love about Rutgers is its professors--the relationship between instructor and student is not hierarchical but equal, where the professor is open to students challenging their instructors' knowledge order to gain a better insight.

  • 07/22/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs, activities, and sports for everyone to enjoy. The thing that I love is that if you don't find a club for something that you enjoy, it's very easy to start a club yourself!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be overwhelmed by the size of the campus. It seems a lot bigger the first time you visit than it actually is.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is full of diverse students and has a range of clubs, sports, and activities for everyone. Everyone is very friendly and the orientation leaders are very enthusiastic about their jobs. The students at Rutgers are very welcoming and helpful when it comes to answering questions.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For in state students, this is a great value of education for the money. The dorming, however, from what i hear, is not too much of a value. Many students prefer to get off-campus housing after the mandatory first year stay in the dorms.

    What to do for fun

    There are games, clubs, the train will take you where you want to go conveniently. There are organizations, many libraries, and also many research or field opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls are not even that bad. Compared to other schools, they do have slightly better tasting food that is consciously trying to be healthier. If the dining halls do not suit your needs, there are many restaurants around the campuses that are relatively easy to reach, that are used to dealing with college students.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot say in good conscience as I am a commuting student. They treat you relatively well as there are a lot of commuters.

    Academic Rigor

    Fairly rigorous, the classes are often challenging and the professors usually are very familiar with the material. Each professor has their own style, although some professors are just not suited to teach, but are made to due to their position in the department. Rate my professors is a friend, but do not let the opinions of others hinder your decision to pursue a class you think is interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school should not be disregarded as merely a party school, many of the faulty are well known and respected in tehir field, and often are publishing studies left and right. there are always opportunities to do anything from research to clubs, the problem is to realize that in a state school, especially one as large as Rutgers, you must seek out the people and chances you need.

    In three sentences

    Provides mostly everything that any college student would need in terms of academics. The facilities may need updating, but they are working on it, abeit in a somewhat pell mell fashion. They offer in addition to a variety of studies, many extracurricular activities and opportunities not limited to volunteering, work, and clubs.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Seeing eye dog club - a chance to work with the Seeing Eye in Morristown to help train pups to become seeing eye and assistance dogs!

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is ehhOK - there's a bunch of great restaurants around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't think it was too hard, but this is pretty relative to your academic abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't walk around College Ave alone at night - it's a good way to get robbed. If you don't have a permit to park in a lot and its earlier than 6pm, there's a good chance you'll get several tickets. If you don't pay the meter on the street, you're likely to get a ticket. Learn the bus schedule - getting on the wrong bus will cost you time and frustration. The buses can become sardine cans very quickly - get to the stop a bus early to avoid this. Not all professors follow the official descriptions, whether it be time, curriculum, or grading system - even contact info in some cases. Ask other students about classes and professors to find the best choices. Best tip of all: wait to buy your books until your first class - there's been plenty of times I wasted money on books I never even needed.

    In three sentences

    Parking is no fun on and around campus. Do what you're supposed to, don't slack off, and you'll be rewarded. There's plenty of interesting classes and extracurricular things to get involved in.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Just use common sense and you will be just fine.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love big schools - which means more opportunities, more variety. We are also in the middle of the tri-state: NJ, NY, PA

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are the first college football school

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on that meets anyone's interests. Go to sporting events, parties, events/programs that clubs and organizations have, and follow RU related groups on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date

    Tips for prospective students

    Just because it's a state school doesn't mean it will be easy. Get to know your professors and advisers - recommendation letters are crucial. Do internships to actually experience what you're studying in the classroom- you may find that your dream career is actually not your dream career. Get involved in clubs and organizations that interest you. This helps you develop valuable relationships, build your professional and personal network, and stay informed about volunteer opportunities. Get extra help and tutoring if you need to - putting in the extra time can be the difference between a 3.7 and a 3.8 GPA.

    In three sentences

    Great Resources Poor Administrative Quality Unlimited Involvement and Networking Opportunities

  • 07/03/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is important, so Rutgers tries to help you feel safe. New Brunswick is turning a new leaf, so the city is getting better. However, there's a lot you can do yourself. Actions such as securing your personal items and just being aware of your surroundings are ways you can ensure a safe college experience.

    Greek Life

    I heard it's a real commitment to be a part of Greek Life. They do lots of activities and volunteering, so if you plan on joining, manage your time extremely carefully!

    Clubs and Activities

    Once school starts, I'll attend the involvement fair. I have my mind set on being a part of a sports club team so that I can still stay active during school. There's so much to do and there's a place for anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, I don't know yet. However, I'm sure Rutgers holds a lot in store for many different types of students, so you'll know once you get involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The grease trucks are awesome! Try it! Passion puddle holds some romantic myths. The story behind the cannon and the feud with Princeton University is very amusing! I guess there's A LOT to discover at Rutgers!

    Bang for the buck

    To get your money's worth, do well in school! It would be a shame if you were a part of all these cool clubs and organizations and teams but you couldn't keep up with your grades! Make education a top priority because that's what you're paying for each semester!! If you need academic help, there are plenty of options such as tutoring sessions or visiting your professor during office hours.

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun totally depends on who you are and what you like. Definitely attend the involvement fair and do some research about the various clubs and organizations. It's impossible to do everything, so choose what you are interested in doing. Also, you should absolutely stop by the grease trucks to try their famous fat sandwiches! And football games are free for students (all you need to do is get your ticket online with your student ID)!!!!!!!!!!!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall on Livingston Campus is very nice! On every campus there are many ways for you to get your meals. Be sure to decide on a meal plan that's right for you because you don't want to have too much or too little. Also, watch out for the Freshmen 15!!!! All those delicious choices in the cafeteria are very tempting but be sure to eat what's right for you! A healthy body equals a healthy mind, and that's crucial for college!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life should be a healthy balance of fun and work and sleep. Make new friends and go out as much as possible, but make sure you come back to your dorm with enough energy to finish your schoolwork and also enough time to get some good sleep. Also, be respectful to your roommate and try to establish a set of responsibilities between each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Rutgers provides many students the opportunities to challenge themselves and to broaden their horizons within their field of study. Make sure you are always on time with your schoolwork because if you fall behind, it'll be up to you and only you to bring yourself back. It's important to be social and have fun, but academics are always top priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student myself, so whatever tips I give, I will also try to follow them. I know it's super important to manage your time wisely because you can sometimes put too much on your plate. You should definitely reach out and meet new people and starts new activities; but, you should know your limit because schoolwork always comes first. Getting a calendar or planner is a great way to physically keep track of dates and reminders.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is full of spirit and pride, making it a fun and strong community of diverse students and faculty to be around. The university may seem overwhelmingly large, but once you start to get involved in clubs and organizations and begin classes, you will feel even more connected with others. Rutgers provides many opportunities for you to get up from you bed and out your dorm to meet new people and become a part of something great.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Off campus, there are crimes, but only at 3am to people who are walking by themselves. Around finals, for some reason crimes increase--and by crimes I mean a girl is wondering around in a building at some strange hour and a man comes along and grabs her butt and then runs away. Bottom line, use common sense! Dont be out at 3am by yourself. Travel in packs and you should be fine! Most crimes are off campus, but you just have to use common sense to avoid being a victim.

    Greek Life

    Didn't take part in greek life, but yes from all the sorority houses on campus, one can easily say greek life is active.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again there are thousands of clubs and activities. Some athletic, some religious, some ethnic, some are all three. You'll find your niche easily.

    Great for these types of students

    Well rounded good time management confident Has a good idea of what he/she wants to major in or have as their future career

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Passion Puddle-although I dont know why it's named that, I havent seen any romance around there lol.

    Bang for the buck

    Hey if you can do well in school while managing a job or two or just managing a social life (again there is a lot to do around campus and it's easy to get caught up in the social scene) then go for it. Rutgers is the place for you! If you're the kind of person that needs a quiet environment then it is very easy to disappear for a few hours in RU to study-you just have to have the discipline to do so.

    What to do for fun

    Endless student clubs-you can find your niche very very easily. There is downtown New Brunswick where there are A LOT of restaurants and ice cream/froyo places. A lot of bars in the area. You can purchase discount tickets to the city. There's free ice cream at he arcade on Livi on thursday nights. There is definitely no shortage of fun.

    Food and Dining

    SOO MANY CHOICES OF FOOD! I love the RU dining halls! Busch and Cook have halal options as well. Cook as a strong vegetarian menu. Deserts are amazing on cook for dinner--they have cheesecake, pies, cookies, brownies. And the menu options are diverse and healthy. You are allowed to take out 2 fruits every time you visit. Everything is locally grown! Be weary of college ave. Their options are poor, but not when it comes to ice cream flavors! You name a flavor, and College ave will probably have it.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of partying, a lot of noisy neighbors. A lot of feces in the sinks, and drunk girls in the bathroom stalls on the weekends. But as long as you like your roommate and your neighbors aren't loud, dorm life is comfortable. Especially with the new livi apartments which are spacious and can house 4 people.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically Rutgers is very demanding. And you have to give it your 100%. If you mess up freshman year, don't fret. Balancing your time is a learning process; you have to figure out whether you are a morning or night person, or if you study better with people or by yourself. But yes, it's demanding especially for general classes such as general bio or general chem because the class sizes are huge-you can have well over 100 people in your class so you wont get individual attention unless you take advantage of TAs.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are in the sciences, prepare to be very very devoted. The campuses are huge and spaced apart so be prepared to learn how to manage your time properly and how to get your classes on one campus. Or else you will be spending a good portion of your time travelling, which leaves you to tired to study. Keep your priorities straight, school should come first because you or your parents are paying a pretty decent tuition that only increases every year.

    In three sentences

    Rutgers is a big school, so it is amazing for people who know what they want to do, and are capable of making good connections. It is a bit expensive, so if you aren't getting grants/scholarships, and your family is not well off financially, this isn't the school to go to. The professors are generally a bit inconsiderate because it is such a big university that they have to stick to policy, therefore you are not treated as an individual in this school, you are treated according to generic school policy.

  • 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 science courses and cirricula really help prepare students for their post-undergraduate experiences, whether they go into industry or further their education.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Always talk to an adviser. They are there to help you. -Find a group of close-knit friends (it helps you get over the fact that the school is very large). -Make sure you have fun every once in a while; time flies much faster than you think (which is why I for one made a college bucket list!)

    In three sentences

    Rutgers has the innate trait of providing all the resources and opportunities of a large state university, while at the same time allowing students to get a small-school environment. All the professors are willing to help students with any troubles and advisers are always available to talk too. At Rutgers, there are so many things you can do including rock climbing, robotics, teach children to extract DNA, etc.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 06/28/2013

    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.

  • 06/27/2013

    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.

  • 06/27/2013

    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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    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.

  • 06/19/2013

    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.

  • 06/18/2013

    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 !

  • 06/18/2013

    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.

  • 06/17/2013

    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.

  • 06/17/2013

    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.

  • 06/14/2013

    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.

  • 06/04/2013

    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.

  • 06/04/2013

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 05/20/2013

    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.

  • 05/20/2013

    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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    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.

  • 05/08/2013

    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.

  • 05/05/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 04/21/2013

    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.

  • 04/13/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 03/17/2013

    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.

  • 03/16/2013

    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!

  • 03/13/2013

    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

  • 03/12/2013

    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!

  • 03/09/2013

    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.

  • 03/03/2013

    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'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 02/12/2013

    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.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01/16/2013

    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.

  • 01/15/2013

    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.

  • 01/08/2013

    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.

  • 01/07/2013

    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.

  • 01/06/2013

    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.

  • 01/05/2013

    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.

  • 01/04/2013

    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.

  • 01/03/2013

    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!

  • 01/03/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 12/22/2012

    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.

  • 12/21/2012

    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.

  • 12/17/2012

    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.

  • 12/15/2012

    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!

  • 12/11/2012

    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.

  • 12/03/2012

    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

  • 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.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 11/27/2012

    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.

  • 11/26/2012

    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.

  • 11/25/2012

    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.

  • 11/25/2012

    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.

  • 11/19/2012

    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.....

  • 11/18/2012

    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.

  • 11/14/2012

    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.

  • 11/03/2012

    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.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10/03/2012

    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.

  • 10/01/2012

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 09/12/2012

    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.

  • 09/05/2012

    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.

  • 09/03/2012

    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.

  • 09/01/2012

    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.

  • 08/25/2012

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

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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.

  • 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.

  • 08/21/2012

    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.

  • 08/19/2012

    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.

  • 08/17/2012

    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.

  • 08/16/2012

    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.

  • 08/14/2012

    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!

  • 08/12/2012

    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.

  • 08/11/2012

    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.

  • 08/10/2012

    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.

  • 08/10/2012

    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.

  • 08/09/2012

    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.

  • 08/09/2012

    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.

  • 08/06/2012

    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!

  • 08/05/2012

    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.

  • 08/04/2012

    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.

  • 08/02/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 07/29/2012

    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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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.

  • 07/25/2012

    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!

  • 07/24/2012

    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.

  • 07/23/2012

    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.

  • 07/23/2012

    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    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.

  • 07/19/2012

    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.

  • 07/17/2012

    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.

  • 07/12/2012

    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.

  • 07/11/2012

    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.

  • 07/10/2012

    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.

  • 07/07/2012

    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.

  • 07/02/2012

    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.

  • 07/02/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 06/28/2012

    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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    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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    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.

  • 06/26/2012

    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.

  • 06/26/2012

    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.

  • 06/23/2012

    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.

  • 06/23/2012

    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

    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