Students Say

Rutgers is “a big school with many different types of people,” a “diverse university in all aspects of the word—academically, culturally, politically, ethnically, linguistically, and socially,” which offers “opportunities around every corner.” No matter what students seek from their educations, they’re likely to find it here, from engineering to business to pharmacy programs and more. That kind of allencompassing diversity means the school “offers everyone the opportunity to pursue anything they’re interested in.”

Overview

Applicants
30,631
Acceptance Rate
60%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 640
SAT Math
570 - 690
ACT Composite
25 - 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Rutgers is “a big school with many different types of people,” a “diverse university in all aspects of the word—academically, culturally, politically, ethnically, linguistically, and socially,” which offers “opportunities around every corner.” No matter what students seek from their educations, they’re likely to find it here, from engineering to business to pharmacy programs and more. That kind of allencompassing diversity means the school “offers everyone the opportunity to pursue anything they’re interested in.” It also means, however, that your instructors will run the gamut “from vivacious to narcoleptic”; students will have their “fair share of great professors, average professors, and bad professors.” However, for every professor who is “rude when dealing with students,” there are ten who are “intelligent people who have a lot of information to share and a lot of experience that allows them to elaborate on many topics.” The best of these professors are “experienced, intelligent, and helpful,” as well as “diverse, accessible, proactive, involved in research, and interested in students who take initiative.” These educators know how to make learning “enjoyable and informative.” Most classes employ a traditional lecture format, but many elective classes “are much smaller and thus much more open to discussion and student presentation.” Even more attractive for many, Rutgers’ status as a research university means there are ample opportunities for undergraduates “to conduct research and work with professors in any number of fields.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
4,865
with Terminal Degree
4,816

2,473
Women
2,392
Men
612
Minority
557
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
100%

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

New Jersey residents joining Rutgers ranks will face a tuition bill of $10,954. Students hailing from out-of-state have a tuition bill that comes in around $25,732. Further, undergraduates who decide to live on-campus will have to pay another $11,748 in room and board. Students (and their families) must also pay $2,859 in required fees. And they’ll need an additional $1,550 for books and supplies. Finally, those undergraduates commuting from off-campus should expect roughly $1,872 in transportation fees.

Bang For Your Buck

If forced to summarize Rutgers in one word, many undergraduates would likely say “affordable.” Indeed, students here wholeheartedly agree that “the price is right” at their alma mater. In fact one very contented senior even brags, “I am getting an Ivy League education at an in-state tuition price!” Certainly, it’s not just state school prices that leave these students grateful. The financial aid office also works hard to make higher education affordable for all undergraduates. In fact, 69 percent of Rutgers undergraduates receive some form of need-based aid. Even more impressive, the average freshman need-based gift aid is a whopping $10,721. Not too shabby, eh?

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,721

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,955

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,417

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,320

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,585

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,718
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,742
Required Fees
$2,781
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,550

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,872

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Outside Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Typical student? Not here. The universal refrain from Rutgers students is there is no such thing. “The one common thread most students have is that they are from New Jersey, since it is a state school.” Other than that, “Rutgers is truly a melting pot of people from all over the world of all different backgrounds with different interests.” Rather than making it more difficult to fit in, students say this melting pot makes it easier because “no matter what you’re interested in, there is a group of students here who share the same exact interests. It’s really easy to find your own niche.” Most students are “dedicated to academics and community service and also to having fun,” students who, no matter which group they fall in with, are “very friendly, funny, and nice.” Notice the combination of strong academics and a dedication to fun? That, too, is a frequently cited trait common at Rutgers. Even though “there is not one typical student,” at the very least most are “serious about their work and studying but know how to party and have fun.” With a large, diverse campus of 30,000, it doesn’t matter the kind of person you are. “It is not uncommon to meet someone new weekly… With so many students here, everyone is able to find someone to befriend and interact with.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
33,900
Out of State

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
117

Demographics

26.48%
Asian
8.00%
African-American
12.76%
Hispanic
47.06%
Caucasian
1.84%
Unknown
4.30%
International

50% female
50% male
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

A big campus, “awesome” public transportation, and activities of every type mean staying active at Rutgers is easy. There is certainly no lack of things to do. “There is always something going on,” students boast, with sports, “movie screenings, arcade games at the RutgersZone, performing arts, local theaters, universitysponsored concerts, free food events, community service days, Greek life,” and more filling whatever down time students might have. Local restaurants abound. School clubs and organizations exist by the dozens, including those dedicated to theater, music, dance, and community service. “The party scene is definitely present, more so in the warmer months,” and there are plenty of bars popular with students. The on-campus party scene tends to be safe, since the school “sends out (campus) police to patrol around the campus twenty-four hours to ensure student safety.” Maybe most popular of all is rooting for the scarlet. “During football season…everyone can be found cheering in the student section at the games.” For those who need to get off campus, New York City and Philadelphia are both a modest bus drive away. With so many opportunities, “Rutgers allows students to do well in school, be a part of an organization, have relationships with friends, and even have a job.” Here, “there’s rarely a dull moment.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
67
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Scarlet Knights)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Scarlet Knights)
16 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Please see website. www.computer-store.rutgers.edu

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of University Undergraduate Admissions
Administrative Services Building
New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Phone
7329324636

Email
matis@instlres.rutgers.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Geology Museum
Jane Voorhees Zimmereli Art Museum
Rutgers Display Gardens and Heylar Woods
Hutchenson Memorial Forest

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Crossroads Theatre
The State Theater
George Street Playhouse
New York City is only 45 minutes away

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-4:30pm
7329324636

Campus Tours
Appointment Required:
Dates:
Times:
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Email Address for Visit
matis@instlres.rutgers.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Available only through a personal friend who is a current student

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Newark International Airport is approximately 20 miles from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport. The Amtrak train and public bus station is 2 blocks from the Undergraduate admissions office.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the New Jersey Tpke., take Exit 9 and follow signs for Rte. 18 N./New Brunswick. To get to the College Ave. campus, proceed 2.5 miles along Route 18 N., past Rte. 27, to the second George St. exit, marked George St.-Rutgers University. For visitors parking, bear left on exit ramp, then turn left at the light onto George St. and proceed 3 blocks to Somerset St. Turn right through the entrance gate.

Local Accommodations
A very expensive Hyatt Regency (2 Albany St.; 732-873-1234) is about 3 blocks from campus. It has a health center, a pool, a sauna, tennis courts, basketball, a jazz quartet on the weekends, and a pianist during the week. For a more reasonably priced option, try the Quality Inn (1850 Easton Ave., Somerset; 732-469-5050). It has a special inexpensive rate for university visitors. The inn, 3 miles from campus, has a full health club and Olympic-size pool. It is close to shopping and near bus service to Rutgers.
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Key Stats

30,631
Applicants
33,900
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate
1210
SAT Scores

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