Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick

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65 Davidson Road, Room 202

Piscataway, NJ 08854-8097

Phone: (732) 932-1766
2013-2014 Tuition
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#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. National Universities

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Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick is a public institution that was founded in 1766. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,593, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,990 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 69. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,499 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,523 (2013-14).

For high school students who can't decide what their ideal college campus would look like, Rutgers University may be the solution. The flagship campus of New Jersey's state university, based in New Brunswick, is actually split into five mini-campuses known as Douglass, Cook, College Avenue, Busch and Livingston. Each campus has a unique setting and identity, from the hip student feel of the College Avenue campus to the farmland and science buildings at Cook Campus. Each mini-campus has its own student center and dining options. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, but those who choose to do so have options on each campus, too. There are more than 400 student clubs and organizations across the mini-campuses, including more than 80 fraternities and sororities. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. The university also has a virtual campus on Second Life.

Among its many graduate offerings, Rutgers has a highly ranked Graduate School of Education. The university awards one of the highest numbers of doctorate degrees a year among U.S. schools. Rutgers is one of more than 60 research institutions selected to be in the Association of American Universities. As a public research university, Rutgers is home to unique institutions such as the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, where students take hands-on courses in the sciences and work on community projects. Among the scores of famous Rutgers alumni are actor James Gandolfini and Duncan MacMillan, cofounder of media company Bloomberg.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, embodies the historical development of higher education in the United States. From its colonial inception as Queen's College in 1766, the institution grew to become Rutgers College in 1825. In 1864 it was designated the state's land-grant institution. Assuming university status in 1924, it was further transformed by legislative acts in 1945, and in 1956 the institution became Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 1989 marked another historic milestone when the university became a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), connoting its position as one of the major public comprehensive research universities in the U.S., and the only one of its kind in New Jersey. Rutgers' evolution is not yet complete. Strategic goals for Rutgers University established by university president Richard L. McCormick and the Board of Governors in 2004 are intended to provide a pathway for achieving two overarching aspirations for the university -- greater academic distinction and more significant service to communities beyond campus, particularly to the citizens of our state. In carrying out its threefold mission of instruction, research and public service, Rutgers strives to uphold the following principles. (See also Appendix A, Mission Statement). To conduct fundamental and applied research, to train scholars, researchers and professionals, and to make knowledge available to students, scholars and the general public. To maintain its traditional strength in the arts and sciences, while simultaneously developing such new professional and career-oriented programs as are warranted by public interest, social need, and employment opportunities. To make its educational programs accessible to an appropriately broad student body. To extend its resources and knowledge to various sectors of the public, and to bring its special expertise to bear on the solution of public problems. In fulfilling its mission of service to the state of New Jersey, Rutgers maintains three main campuses in strategic regions of the state: Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick. In addition, through the extension agents of its agricultural experiment station, Rutgers has a presence in all 21 counties of New Jersey.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1766
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $476,420,328


When applying to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 1. The application fee at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick is $65. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.9 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick is 14:1, and the school has 38 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick include: Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Economics, General; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 10%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5%
Economics, General 5%
Political Science and Government, General 5%

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Student Life

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,593, with a gender distribution of 51.3 percent male students and 48.7 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 40,434
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick offers a number of student services including women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick, 58.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,236.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,499 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $27,523 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,578 (2013-14)
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