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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 all-encompassing 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 having more than 50,000 students, 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, university-sponsored 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
41,348
Acceptance Rate
60%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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
16:1
Total Faculty
4,285
with Terminal Degree
4,243

2,164
Men
2,121
Women
664
Minority
321
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • 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.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • 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.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • 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.
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other.
  • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist.
  • 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.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other.
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

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

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cognitive Science.
  • 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.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • 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
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


Prominent Alumni


Mario Batali
Chef

Jack H. Jacobs
Colonel, U.S. Military

David Stern
NBA Commissioner

Paul Robeson
Singer, Actor, Social Activist, Lawyer, Athlete

Milton Friedman
Economist

Janet Evanovich
Author

Anne Milgram
Attorney General, New Jersey

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
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)
$57,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$111,600

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$58,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$115,900

Percent High Job Meaning
42%

Percent STEM
29%


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 $58,900.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,025

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,517

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,890

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,113

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$12,230
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$29,012
Required Fees
$3,177
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,350

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$3,140

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,075
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

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 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
36,039
Foreign Countries Represented
84

Demographics

27.59%
Asian
6.94%
African-American
13.15%
Hispanic
37.63%
Caucasian
1.76%
Unknown
9.01%
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
84%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Bill Welsh

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
750
Number of Honor Societies
35

Number of Social Sororities
31
Number of Religious Organizations
55

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
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Please see website: 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
Zimmereli Art Museum
Rutgers Gardens and Helyar Woods
Kirkpatrick Chapel
Mason Gross Galleries at Civic Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Crossroads Theatre
The State Theatre
George Street Playhouse
Monument Square Park
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:
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

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

Transportation



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