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| I attended the Rutgers College campus and graduated with a BA in Biology in 1992. Really the only good thing about the school was low state subsidized tuition. Overall I hated attending so large a university where you are basically just a number and are taught by teaching assistants that often didn't speak fluent english. Quite often I was unable to register for classes I wanted because there was too much demand and they closed. Career counseling was terrible and didn't help me understand my personality at all - leading me to go to chiropractic professional school in a field I eventually despised. Huge classes were the rule for most of my classes. Overall I got the impression that the school was much more interested in building new buildings rather than really teaching students anything of value. If I had it to do over again I would have preferred a smaller college with better faculty. Rutgers really was a place of last resort where you get what you pay for. I have heard there are a few outstanding departments there but for most of the students attending the education is nothing special and the reputation undeserved. |
|Dec 16 2003|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| If I had to do it over again I would not go to Rutgers. I would go instead to Vanderbilt, where I also gained admission. Why didn't I go to Vanderbilt? Quite simply, I was very misinformed when it came to the reputation of the schools to which I applied. I honestly thought Rutgers was just as good a school as Vanderbilt. I also thought Rutgers was a better school than Wake Forest, Tulane, Boston College, etc. If I could do it over again today I would not even apply to Rutgers. (An aside: I graduated from high school in Maryland in 1990 and everyone I knew, including myself, used college guides like Barron's and the Princeton Review. U.S. News and World Report simply did not enjoy the widespread influence that it does today. U.S. News did not begin to rank colleges outside of the top 25 until my freshman year of college. Up until then they only listed the top 25 so I ignored it as I thought it was too limited a study. And the issue wasn't available online (obviously) like it is today. If you didn't know when the issue was coming out (and most people didn't) then you had to go to the library to see it and the pages were usually ripped out. I didn't even know U.S. News ranked colleges until late in my senior year of high school.)|
Other than the fact that I got into MUCH better schools I would also not go to Rutgers for one more very simple reason: the fact that classes are spread over several different campuses. Simply put, IT SUCKS. BIG TIME. Don't let the recruiters fool you. This is the biggest drawback about Rutgers and you should seriously consider it. You waste all sorts of precious time jumping campuses. Rutgers likes to say things like "we have the largest bus system of any university in the country." So *&^%$#@! what?!?! That is NOT a plus. If any school has a bus system then you should seriously reconsider going there. And don't buy into the BS that Rutgers tries to sell like "you only have to wait 5 minutes for a bus." Listen, the FACT of the matter is that you waste on average about an hour each day for EACH class you have on another campus. You have to walk to the bus stop, wait for a bus, ride the bus, and then walk to your class on another campus, then walk back to the bus stop again, wait for the bus, ride the bus and then walk back to your dorm or next class. That's going to add up to at least an hour. That is an hour you could have spent sleeping, studying, eating or working out. And if it's raining (which it seemed to do every other day in New Brunswick) then you'll be doing all of this in the rain. It would have been SOOOO much better to go to a school with only one campus. I would have had about two extra hours each day.
Other than the fact that Rutgers has a mediocre reputation outside of New Jersey and the bus system/multi-campus aspect blows, I did enjoy my time at Rutgers. I thought the students were intelligent and I had many bright friends. I really now suspect that my freshman year they put me on a floor with bright students just so I wouldn't consider transferring. (Just in case you're wondering why I never transferred: my freshman year U.S. News began to rank schools outside the top 25 and Rutgers College was in the 25 to 50 range--they didn't rank schools in this range--and I never checked it again until I graduated. I was shocked, SHOCKED, and depressed to see that Rutgers wasn't even in the top 50. When you work as hard as I did in high school and you get in to a number of great universities like I did and then you find out your school isn't as good as you thought it's as if your high school record is erased. I could have just goofed off for 4 years and not taken any AP classes.) Lastly, officials at Rutgers really need to step it up. Rutgers is really slipping academically. It is not the school it was in the mid to late 80's. Their admission standards have decreased so much that it's pathetic. At least half of each new class should have graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. For the flagship campus of a state school not to have 50% in the top 10 percent is pathetic.
|Jul 06 2003|| 4th Year Male --
Class 1994 |