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Academics

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."

Student Body

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 32,000, 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."

Campus Life

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 hundreds, 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 train or 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."

Overview

Applicants
38,384
Acceptance Rate
58%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 720

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
4,525
with Terminal Degree
4,478

2,285
Women
2,240
Men
735
Minority
265
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Food Science.
  • Plant Sciences, General.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
  • Environmental Design/Architecture.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Russian Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Animal Genetics.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biometry/Biometrics.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology.
  • Entomology.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
  • Microbiology, General.
  • Molecular Biology.
  • Molecular Genetics.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Labor and Industrial Relations.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Ceramic Sciences and Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Science.
  • Engineering, General.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Materials Science.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Portuguese Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other.
  • Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Health Services Administration.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant.
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other.
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Nutrition Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Meteorology.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

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

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$55,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$108,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$56,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$111,400

Percent High Job Meaning
42%

Percent STEM
28%


Students Say

Employment opportunities are plentiful for both Rutgers students and alums. Of course, this should probably be expected. After all, a Middle Eastern studies major emphatically tells us that, “Career Services is awesome.” And many undergrads are able to land “amazing internships.” One thrilled journalism major confirms this stating, “I work at NBC in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and will continue my internship for my last semester.” Numerous students attribute this success to Career Service's robust internship and co-op program. Beyond internships, the office also hosts a massive fall career fair featuring over 250 companies from a variety of industries as well as government and nonprofit organizations. And undergrads are also privy to a bevy of career events—including everything from drop-in resume clinics to sixty-minute job search boot camps. Finally, prospective (and current!) students should be pleased to discover that, according to PayScale. com, the average starting salary for a Rutgers alum is $55,800.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,943

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,124

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,688

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,943

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,619
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,560
Required Fees
$3,019
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,350

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$3,111

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,452
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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 Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
35,641
Foreign Countries Represented
117

Demographics

26.65%
Asian
7.19%
African-American
13.17%
Hispanic
38.83%
Caucasian
1.68%
Unknown
8.91%
International

50% female
50% male
6% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
750
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Scarlet Knights)
10 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


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

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
https://kiteandkey.rutgers.edu/

Campus Visits Contact

Address
University Visitor Center
100 Sutphen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Phone
732-445-4636

Email
visitorcenter@ugadm.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
732-445-4636

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Mon-Sat mornings after info sessions
Average Length:

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

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
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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