Rutgers University-New Brunswick Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

9%

Very Good

32%

Average

40%

Poor

15%

Terrible

4%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

37%

Average

46%

Poor

12%

Terrible

5%

Campus Food
Excellent

17%

Very Good

34%

Average

32%

Poor

12%

Terrible

6%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

25%

Very Good

44%

Average

24%

Poor

4%

Terrible

2%

Class Size
Excellent

14%

Very Good

33%

Average

34%

Poor

12%

Terrible

8%

Activities
Excellent

48%

Very Good

33%

Average

15%

Poor

3%

Terrible

1%

Local Services
Excellent

33%

Very Good

35%

Average

21%

Poor

8%

Terrible

2%

Academics
Excellent

36%

Very Good

36%

Average

16%

Poor

6%

Terrible

5%

Overall Review for Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Excellent

21%

Very Good

59%

Average

15%

Poor

3%

Terrible

2%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Sumaiya

I am excited to embark on a new journey by attending Rutgers Unviersity. It’s ideal location and proximity make it an appealing school. Additionally, it provides a wide range of majors and programs for students to choose from to help shape your career path.

Nancy

I love Rutgers University. There is so much to do for everyone. There are a lot of extracurriculars to get involved in and a lot of opportunities out there. Your Rutgers experience is what you make of it. For example, there are always events going on, year-round. However, due to its large size, the Rutgers administration can be bureaucratic (and thus, Rutgers services) and a lot of students are struggling to support themselves (Of course, this is a common problem for colleges and universities across the United States). It often takes a big, collective effort to make the administration listen to urgent issues like the Fight for 15.

Arcadio

Overall it is a great school, although there is a fair amount of crime in the areas that surround the school. It pays to do some research about the area and find out the best place to live based on your lifestyle. I am both a current student and an alumnus of the school, and I love this place.

Imani

Rude staff, especially at Student Financial Services and Accounting. Very large class sizes. Extremely rude women in the transportation office. Hell! These women treat callers/visitors like criminals. You're taken through a loop of menus that terminate in voicemails that never get returned. Don't believe me? Call 848-932-7744. Don't waste your money here. Seriously! The food sucks! Dorms are hot and humid. College Ave smells like marijuana most times. Oh, and if you have food allergies, these guys don't give a damn. They don't hesitate to tell you that your "allergy free" food they just prepared could potentially be cross-contaminated. Save your money and eat at 711.

Angeline

Rutgers University, as a state and research university, is wide-reaching and influential. Because it is a state university, there are thousands of students, all with different backgrounds. The diversity on campus is unprecedented, as is the extracurriculars and the opportunities available to all students. Rutgers can be made as large or small as the students wants.

Mark

Overall it is a pretty good school both academically and socially. There are always plenty of opportunities to succeed and have fun while pursuing your goals. To be successful and make the best of your experience you need to learn to manage your time and find help, but you also need get involved with other people and attend numerous events going on on-campus.

Shaniah

It is a beautiful campus. Some of the classes are small but the lecture classes are very big and can fit a lot of people inside. The people are very diverse and social. You can see many people outside on the grass studying in small and or medium groups. And to talk about the food it is very good considering certain days.

Aziel

This university offers an interesting but well incorporated mix of diversity in every aspect. Whether it be the general student body, or clubs and activities offered throughout campus, or even the different campuses in which Rutgers is split into. There is always something interesting going on accompanied with a highly educational based environment, with plenty of facilities being offered to students and staff.

Michelle

Rutgers is a big name school, and unlike other, smaller college in New Jersey, out-of-staters will know what you're talking about when you say you went to Rutgers University. Rutgers as a campus is also very large, and there are several campuses that offer different activities and extracurriculars. Rutgers provides a lot in the way of academics, and some of the biggest names in any field you choose will be at Rutgers.

Kami

On my bus tour we saw the entire campus. The campus is too large to be visited on foot. This is a good thing as it provides ample educations opportunities for students. With a student population of 50,000 students its no wonder the campus so large. You can find people interested in any and everything. Making friends is easy if you know where to look.

Nargis

I really like how diverse and free the community is. There is alot of fresh air amd extracirricular activities that students can join and do, whether it is for fun or for competitive purposes. Overall, Rutgers is fantastic, and is not that expensive as I thought it would be. I am very happy to be a rutgers student, and I can't wait till my career takes off.

Jennifer

Rutgers is such a big university.They offer many programs and degree options but they are not helpful and don’t provide much resources.Professors are there only for the paycheck.Most won’t have accessible office hours.They want students to be there longer than necessary. Even the counselors are very helpless. They pass you on without the right procedures and essential information. Students who really deserve help from professors are treated like they are not understood. The place keeps getting bigger and bigger. New brunswick yet is an amazing place to be .It offers a lot of room to travel to. It’s important to belong to a frat if you want to be invited to parties. Students seem like cheat their way to advance classes.Those who really learn by themselves are struggling.It is an experience where you learn to be hard skinned.It has not been a breeze.I have had to study long hours everyday and I still can’t manage to be an A student. Some people are naturally intuitive and others don’t have much light to use.But it is possible if you take it slow. Rutgers is very close to my home and very known in new jersey but outside in other states it’s like a new song. The life at university is different than the 9 to 5 workday.There is a lot of investment and pressure to do well in class. My hands hurt from all the typing .We leave everything for last minute. But fortunately that is when our minds worker better and faster. I have had to read instead of going out with my friends.It's all matter of decisions and misplaced meals. I have starved at school.My stomach grumbles during class but there is no time to eat a homemade meal .

annelore

Rutgers is a great school if you are looking for a diverse, academic-driven population of students. There is diversity not just among student's backgrounds, but also among interests and extracurricular activities. There is truly nothing that you can't find at Rutgers; from the seeing-eye-dog club to Greek life to rock-climbing club, Rutgers has it all. The academics are fantastic; open discussion is encouraged in many classes, and professors are open-minded and allow students to express their opinions. Rutgers housing has its downsides, as the older dormitories tend to be a bit ran down, but the good thing is that the dorms are generally pretty large. Besides that, there are currently many new dorms and apartments that are being built or have been built recently. These are all beautiful, modern buildings that are very spacious. There is always something to do on the weekends, and the weeknights as well. Even if you are not interested in partying, there are school-organized events every single weekend, such as concerts, speakers, or plays.

Chrislynn

It's a diverse and inclusive school where you can meet people from all walks of life and enrich yourself as a person in and out of the classroom. There are plenty of extra curricular activities to participate from that range from academically-focused to recreational sports, and there is always something new to experience.

Huiling

Everything about the university is great except for the buses. The buses sometimes leak from the ceiling when it is raining, they are sometimes late or early and sometimes buses are 30 minutes away from the next. Be careful going out past 11pm to College Ave as there are students coming back from parties who can puke on buses. Sometimes employees at Rutgers dining services do not allow students to double swipe till 15 minutes after their first swipe, but they can usually get around that.

Samantha

Rutgers University- New Brunswick is an amazing school that prides itself in diversity and variety. One of the biggest perks of attending this school in particular is having five different campuses, which include Livingston, College Ave, Busch, Cook, and Douglas. Each offer a unique feel that caters to the plethora of interests of students. In terms of diversity, Rutgers has over 60,000 students from 120 different countries and offers extensive amounts of opportunities to study abroad. Due to this influx of different cultures, the learning is further enriched because not only can student learn from their professors, but from their peers as well. I absolutely love this university and what it stands for. Rutgers works extremely hard to ensure that the quality of each and every student's educational experience is memorable, exhilarating, and filled with hard work. With over 500 activities and programs, there is always something to do for some free time. Also, the course are rigorous, but worth the effort because they ensure growth and progress for further career related or academic endeavors. I am certain that my experience with Rutgers best suits me and will certainly do the same for anyone else.

Danielle

This is a great school! You're doing yourself a huge favor by getting involved in the extra-circulars, they're what makes Rutgers such an interesting place to be. No matter what you're interested in, you can always find a group of 20-30 people with that same interest. Definitely the best school for me!

Lindsey

overall Rutgers is a great state school, tuition is a bit high, but there is a multitude of classes available. multiple campuses make for a large school and the access to transportaion makes for getting around very easy. professors are usually available with convient hours.

Daniel

The school is extremely diverse. It's the type of school where no one is going to baby you. If you want something you need to go get it yourself. I personally think all colleges are too expensive, Rutgers being fairly average in tuition. Rutgers might be a little overwhelming, but it's a great place to transition into the "adult world".

Alanna

Rutgers New Brunswick has a lot of available opportunities for students. A great school to attend. I actually transferred from Syracuse University to Rutgers. Going to Rutgers feels like home. I love Rutgers and I am so lucky I transferred and got the chance to learn here.

Rebecca

Even though Rutgers isn't a perfect place and I have grievances with certain things (like RUDOTS or occasionally lack-luster dining hall food), there would be things to complain about at any school, and overall, I've been exposed to so many amazing people, opportunities, and experiences that I would not give up for the world. Personally, the Livingston Theatre Company and the students that I have met there were what really won me over; they helped me to clearly determine what path I wanted to take in my life and decide on my major, and I would not have gotten the experiences and connections I have now anywhere else. Not only that, but it's also a competitive school with excellent academics, they offer almost every major under the sun, and the busses aren't as bad as everyone says they always are.

Danielle

As a student who originally didn't want to attend Rutgers, the university truly exceeded my expectations. I came from a small town so I love how big the campus is. The five campuses all have different things to offer and there's always something to do. I've met so many people that I don't know how I would survive college without. I've found that even though the size can be overwhelming at first, it's possible to find your niche and make such a large school feel small. The student body is diverse and reflects the diverse high school I went to, so it was a great fit for me. The classes vary in size but I've had professors and courses that have changed my view of the world. Overall, Rutgers has been a place where I've gained my own independence and truly blossomed into a critical thinker.

Jeremy

If you're searching for a diverse, competitive school with a student population that is not only bright, but also very friendly and welcoming, look no further. Rutgers is one of the newest members of the big ten, and one of the best undergraduate and graduate research institutions in the nation; look out especially for Summer activities, including Aresty research, internship opportunities, and many more ways to get meaningful, real world experiences. I have many good comments on both the academics and support, not only of its student population, but the staff and faculty alike. Students are encouraged by professors to collaborate and work together, and although classes may be challenging, they are fair. If you make an average effort, you will get an average grade. If you go above and beyond, count yourself as having earned an A already. And as for the quality of life: the dining halls are well-maintained, with a variety of dishes and the occasional holiday surprise. If that isn't enough, you have all of New Brunswick and Piscataway to choose from. Residence halls are as orderly as possible, and you will never find shortage in the Rutgers "R" while walking down the street, especially with our football team on the rise (about time). Looking back, I really have nothing bad to say about Rutgers other than some iffy fraternity reputations, certain sporadic bus lines, and the occasional football frenzy, but that comes with any large school. Come visit! I for one look forward to meeting new people in the years to come, and I guarantee you, sooner or later, you will find where you belong.

Ariana

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a great school. Like every school, it has its flaws. There is drinking, parties, drugs, some of the dorms aren't so great, there is the infamous "RU screw" and you may not like the environment at times. The great thing about Rutgers is that the school is so huge that you have the option of avoiding these things. There are so many opportunities. Many people believe that Rutgers being so large is a flaw, but it really isn't. As an adult, you have to go out into the great big world and create your own experiences and pave your own path through life. Rutgers prepares you for this. There are so many opportunities offered to you that you may be overwhelmed at times but eventually you will definitely get the hang of it and learn to grow. Just as life is what you make it, the experiences you get during your years at Rutgers University are what you make it. So why not make it great? It's all in your hands.

Joshua

Rutgers is a huge school so if you are independent and have the motivation to get involved then it has a lot to offer you. It is easy to become overwhelmed but as long as you make your own small groups of friends the school becomes a lot more manageable.

Christopher

It is a great school that has opportunities for almost everyone. There are so many clubs and organizations that it makes getting involvwed very easy. From what I have seen, the professors do a great job of being available to students who need assistance in their classes. Atmosphere is always positive and generally people are friendly around the campuses.

Margaret

Rutgers University- New Brunswick is a very enjoyable place granted that you're willing to put yourself out there. This campus only gives back what you put in, so if you don't get involved or speak up in class you could easily find yourself lost among the thousands of students here. That being said, there's a new opportunity to get involved here available every minute of every day, so it's nearly impossible to not find something that would be the perfect fit for you.

Sophiya

I love Rutgers University- New Brunswick because of its diversity. Being immersed in such a culturally rich environment is an experience I would not give up. It allows me to learn about all the different cultures that the world has to offer and makes me appreciate them.

Sonika

Rutgers University New Brunswick is an extremely well known state college that is highly regarded every where outside of the Rutgers community. Within Rutgers, students have mixed opinions about the school. There are some students who are completely in love with the school and others who think of it as their back-up school and as a low class school.

Jeff

My overall opinion of Rutgers is that its a great school with a ton of people. The relatively low cost and high acceptance rate if you meet the standards equates to a great opportunity to experience a huge top school with a reasonable price. Rutgers is a huge name around the country and even around the world, but keep in mind with such a big name comes a lack of individuality at times.

Thomas

I have found Rutgers to be a nice surprise. Living in the Honors College, I have met many motivated and hard-working individuals. The school itself has numerous opportunities for all kinds of students. I have found multiples ways to get involved on-campus. I would certainly recommend this university to anyone.

Amanda

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a huge research institution that also has a business school with a very competitive reputation. With that being said, I find the academics at the business school to be rigorous and challenging. Many of the classes require at least 4 hours of work outside of the classroom every week, and exams are fairly difficult. Although classes are large, it's easy to communicate with most professors if you attend office hours and make it a point to be recognized. It's a Big 10 Athletics school so football games are huge and parties are definitely part of the day-to-day life of students. Overall, I feel that Rutgers-New Brunswick provides a great, well-rounded college education at an unbeatable price!

David

The academics are great. A wide variety of majors. Study at the graduate level can be a bit theoretical and less hands on learning. Great internship opportunities. Professors are helpful and keep regular hours. As with any school, it is what you make of it.

Amanda

It is a very open and accepting campus. I always feel safe and welcomed everywhere I go. The class sizes are quite large for the freshman courses but the higher up you go the less people you have in your class. Teachers are available almost always during their office hours and are very willing to help a student out. The sports programs here at Rutgers are very important as everyone is either watching the college level games or playing recreational/club sports. Overall, I believe Rutgers is one of the best colleges I have been lucky enough to attend.

Sarah

Rutgers University is an excellent institution for both sciences and the arts. We are known to have extremely difficult general science classes (General Biology and Chemistry especially) but the challenge pays off, especially for those who plan to take their MCATs, or other graduate exams. Rutgers is a great school for post-undergraduate preparation, whether you plan to attend graduate school or move straight into the workforce. With 40,000 students classes are very large, but as long as you develop a relationship with your professor yourself and take that responsibility, you will be fine.

Chibundu

I plan on going to Rutgers this school year as my brothers also attend. I know they love the atmosphere and the academic curriculum is rigorous enough for them to stay as they want to be doctors. This makes me excited to join Rutgers as I spent time exploring the campus when they were there since Freshman year. The people are friendly and I have a high school English teacher who used to be a Rutgers professor that gave us tips to do well in Expository Writing. If you want to attend Rutgers or on the fence about it, I highly recommend going!

David

I think I come from an unique perspective. My parents didn't come from privilege and I had barely any guidance when I went to Rutgers University. However, I found myself there. Rutgers is a very diverse community with different walks of life with different opinions and perspectives. If you have an open mind, you will gain a enriched education which is second to none. Rutgers is a great school if you put the effort into it. The only issue I had with Rutgers was the administration (Financial Aid, Deans, etc) because they were sometimes unfriendly. I read other comments about the large class sizes but that's only for survey classes 101, 201. Once you reach the upper echelon, you will get small classes and get to know your professor. Today's generation needs to learn how to communicate to professors by going in their office hours. That's the key to college is constant communication. If you have those skills, you can succeed anywhere. Packed buses is minor compared what you deal in the real world. Go RU!

Salma

Due to its unique location, Rutgers New Brunswick offers every kind of person and every kind of college atmosphere on one campus making it a fantastically flexible experience. Overall, even with its setbacks, Rutgers is as good as you choose to make it and will always be a home.

Melissa

Rutgers provides a plethora of opportunities and diversity whether its sports or clubs. Being at Rutgers has given students a place to explore and discover different places and people. There is huge social aspect to Rutgers and the same goes for the academic side where the tutoring & studying groups are easily accessible. Its a huge campus since there are 5 different campuses but then you realize the world gets smaller and smaller once you begin to know more people. Its a wonderful school filled with opportunity and offered a good amount of financial aid which is why I attended.

Shanyia

Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a town within a town. You'll never get bored while living there. Although I will be starting school there in the fall, my experiences there started last semester while visiting friends over the weekends. While party culture is widely appreciating, academics are still taken seriously and some may say they wish to pull their hair out. But isn't that every college student?

WINSTON

Rutgers University is a place someone should go to if they enjoy very large schools. There are 4 sub-campuses that are connected in the New Brunswick-Piscataway region with certain specializations within each sub-campus. Most of the professors in the upper-level classes are very passionate in what they teach and will help further a student's interest in either allowing them to participate in research or just having someone to talk to about a specific subject. Overall RU is a nice school to go to. However, since it's a large public school, financial aid is scarce, even for those who are from NJ.

Michael

Twenty-five years ago my parents left their family, friends, and life behind to start a new life in America. They left their homeland so that one day their children could have a better life and live up to the American Dream. They came to America as immigrants and started off with just 100 dollars in their pockets. My parents began to work hard starting the first day they stepped foot in this foreign country; working long and multiple minimum wage shifts daily. Their struggles have such a great influence on me that I go above and beyond with everything I do in life. I started doing more research on Rutgers, like the academic and job offerings after graduation. Rutgers is ranked 56th in the Nation and has one of the best engineering programs! Rutgers will give me a strong education and experience I desire for my future career. Higher education is beneficial because I believe it can shape me into the person I want to become and cultivate me as an individual.

Kimberly

For a state school, Rutgers is amazing. There is so many resources that are available and they really make you feel special even though you are one kid out of 30,000. So glad I go to Rutgers! There is something for everyone. I am a part of Scarlet Honor Council and also I work at Busch Student Center and I feel like through these organizations I've met some of my closest friends and people with the same mindset as me. Rutgers is known as a party school, but if that is not your thing then honestly its fine. There is plenty to do!

Shivani

Rutgers is a well-rounded school. If you're intelligent, you will find your community at the Honors College or similar programs. If you're into sports and clubs, we have plenty of things to get involved in. Plus, it is a huge research university with a variety of jobs, internships, and opportunities available for everyone. I do not regret attending this university at all.

Aishwarya

It is an amazing university filled with a diverse group of individuals who are fervent to learn and discover new perspectives. The professors genuinely want to see you succeed, so they are always willing to go above and beyond. There are an infinite amount of opportunities for everything from extracurriculars to places to eat. I love my university very much, and I could not be happier to be part of the community.

Kathleen

Rutgers is encompassed of four distinct campus, with each campus having its unique qualities. I personally loved all four campus and the open space that I was able to use. I also loved the diversity that could be found at Rutgers and different groups of people anyone can easily ground themselves into. People here, including the professors, are very friendly and they are more than willing to help you out if needed. If you love the big, lively school, you'll definitely feel at home at Rutgers!

Aimee

Rutgers is a great school in terms of the different paths it provides. With four (or five, depending on who you ask) different campuses just for Rutgers- New Brunswick, everyone can easily find their own niche. The greatest downside from my perspective is the number of professors that lack the true motivation to teach. With liberal arts majors, it is easier to find professors that care for the well-being and education of students, but with science majors, the professors seem to care more about their research than anything else.

Michael

I believe Rutgers is a great school. The students are very open and friendlier than I would have thought. I am currently a rising sophomore and I could not be more happy with my decision to come to this university. There are so many clubs and activities people can join and the academics are challenging but doable.

Ariyonna

Rutgers is a great place that provides you with real-world experiences and provides you with the necessary tools to be successful independently. From its diverse student body to its challenging environment, there is never a dull moment at Rutgers. Its a completely different experience from what any other college could possibly ever provide.

Michal

I really enjoy attending Rutgers, it is a great state school that is affordable and well recognized globally. The academics are very high end with great facilities and teachers. The school is located in New Brunswick which is not the safest location but the college campus feels safe and well maintained and patrolled by campus police. I am happy with my choice of university.

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