Rutgers University is the flagship state university of New Jersey. With three campuses throughout the state (New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden), students can find everything associated with a large university: 150+ undergraduate majors, Big Ten Athletics, research opportunities, Greek life, and tons of activities. The campuses provide easy access to New York City and Philadelphia.
Long a “safety school” for many New Jersey high school seniors, Rutgers has elevated their academic standing and competiveness. With updated and new facilities and buildings, and what seems like constant campus expansions, Rutgers has increased their ability to attract top students with many highly ranked programs and esteemed faculty. What makes the school special is its diversity. Rutgers – Newark is the most diverse campus in the entire country. Although most students come from New Jersey (more than 80%), the school draws students from all 50 states and more than 125 countries. Since so many students come from New Jersey, the student body is a mix of students who live on-campus or are commuters. The University offers hundreds of clubs, organizations, sports and activities to engage in. Freshman can participate in the Byrne Seminars or FIGS program (First Year Interest Group Seminars) to help them learn about different areas of research and fields of study as they contemplate choosing a major. The New Brunswick location, the largest of the three, has multiple campuses and students use campus buses to get around. A Division 1 school and member of the Big Ten, there is a tremendous school spirit at Rutgers as students’ cheer on the football, basketball, soccer and other sports teams.
Students should consider this school if:
Avg SAT scores of 1295
This is a moderately competitive school that will challenge you.