Updated Profile: Rutgers University-New Brunswick

You get to read a lot of posts about Rutgers University-New Brunswick at EducatedQuest with good reason. For one thing, it is the most desired college for New Jersey’s college-bound students. For another, it is shopped against not only other flagship state schools, but also the Ivies and other extremely selective private colleges in the Northeast and elsewhere. It’s only fitting that I post an updated profile as May 1st approaches and invite you to check out my Rutgers Pinterest page.

New Jersey’s best and brightest do not always want to go to Rutgers. From conversations, they either find the campus too large—it can cover six miles from end to end—or too close to home because New Jersey is a small state. Even if you live in the extreme northern or southern parts of the Garden State, you can get to the New Brunswick campus in little more than two hours. But parts of Southern New Jersey are actually closer to the University of Delaware or several fine universities in Philadelphia. Parts of Northern New Jersey are much closer to fine universities in New York City than they are to Rutgers. True, its nice to get a taste of big city life. But Rutgers students can catch a train to New York from campus whenever they want.

There are many other good reasons, besides location, for New Jersey’s best and brightest, and those in other states, to seriously consider Rutgers-New Brunswick. This is the largest undergraduate university in the New Jersey-New York-Philadelphia corridor as well as one of the most diverse state schools in the US. It has virtually every major that you find at NYU, including one of the best theatre arts programs in our country. Rutgers also offers honors-level opportunities to between 1,000 and 1,200 first-year students each year as well as 120 possible minors and certificate programs. Approximately 60 percent of the undergraduate student body is engaged in research either in original (sometimes funded) or faculty-managed projects. Rutgers also houses more than half of its undergraduates, something most flagship state schools simply do not do.

Rutgers competes in the Big Ten, one of the five college sports conferences most identified with football and basketball, and it has had success in men’s lacrosse, wrestling and women’s soccer. But the Big Ten is also an academic conference that shares library and research resources as well as job fairs. Rutgers has over 480,000 alumni, but its affiliation with the Big Ten puts it in a kindred group with over 5 million.

If you can gain admission to NYU, you would likely gain admission to Rutgers-New Brunswick and possibly qualify for a scholarship to make it worth your while. The bright, but more cost conscious, student who might like a taste of city life should think about that.

Report Card: Rutgers University-New Brunswick

  • Four-Year/Six-Year Graduation Rates: A/A
  • Freshman Retention: A
  • Costs: B+
  • Curriculum: A
  • Community: B+
  • Comforts: A
  • Connections: A

Check out my updated profile of Rutgers-New Brunswick!

Check out my Rutgers-New Brunswick Pinterest page!

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