Rutgers University Reviews

  • 64 Reviews
  • New Brunswick (NJ)
  • Annual Tuition: $31,282
83% of 64 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 64 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Dr. Grisham
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2021
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"From my graduate experience in the biomedical engineering department of Rutgers University, this is possibly the worst school in the United States. Rutgers University is a money making business NOT a school. A school is supposed to provide a safe place of learning for the student and to help them get a job. Rutgers requires high tuition costs for inexperienced professors that do not provide any more knowledge than Google. If you ask a question in class, they will tell you, "Google it", which makes me ask, "Why did I pay for this professor's lecture?". Rutgers only provides a worthless education and tens of thousands of dollars in debt for its students. However, the core issue of the school is the professors and faculty just do not care about the students. The suicide rate is unusually high in students at Rutgers University for a reason. Having taught in the Biomedical Engineering department there, I witnessed how childish and selfish the professors were in front of and behind their students. For example, a professor named David Shreiber was promoted as Biomedical Engineering department chair and Every student, who knows this guy knows he is a rude dude to say the least. This school promotes terrible people to run it and the result is truly a terrible school. I suffered at Rutgers, paid for it, and received nothing in return other than $80,000 in debt."
Chloe
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Rutgers University provides excellent classes with many different class options to choose from. Some of the class options include General Psychology, Memory, Cognition, Neuropsychology, and Quantitative Methods in Psychology. There are many research opportunities and hands-on laboratory experiences available. The professors are very knowledgeable in their fields and provide support to each of their students."
Mel
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I wouldn't recommend Rutgers if you're planning on majoring in biology. First of all, a biology degree at Rutgers is a Bachelor of Arts, not a science degree. The advisers will tell you it doesn't matter but when I was applying to graduate schools and internships I found myself continuously explaining why I had a BA rather than a BS (which isn't offered in Bio at Rutgers. This HORRIFIED the admissions adviser of my current program). Also, there are so many people in the bio program that the class sizes number over 300 people well into the senior level courses. My Organic Chem classes were so over crowded that a lot of people had to sit on the floor to take notes. Getting help from the professors or TA is impossible, even the office hours typically have 50+ people in attendance. The advisers are basically useless - I've been told to "google it" multiple times and the general advisers are never professional. Scheduling is a nightmare, and there are a lot of classes I never had an opportunity to take because the wait list was so long (including microbiology, as a biology major). I've heard that the humanities are a little easier to navigate, and most pf the people I know who loved their time at Rutgers weren't science majors. As far as campus life goes, Rutgers is basically its own city and there's always something to do, but at a school of this size, there's really no community, which is kind of tragic. I also generally felt like the majority of my time at Rutgers was spent traveling between classes. If you're unlucky enough to have classes on several different campuses in a single day, you are guaranteed to spend at least 2-3 hours in traffic, closer to 5 ours if one of those campuses is Douglass. If you're dead set on going to RWJ medical school, Rutgers isn't the way and there's much better bio programs out there."
J T
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Rutgers is a great institution and I am happy that I chose it. Its not perfect. Actually its far from perfect. Whether it be the over-crowded buses or the legendary R-U-screw, the school has its problems. BUT!!....the problems are what makes it great. Its imperfections are what makes it feel like home. The campus is really diverse and there is something for everyone. There are hundreds or clubs and organizations so there is something that everyone will be interested in. The main campus in New Brunswick is also five campuses in one so there are several choices in atmospheres. Rutgers has something for each individual, and thats why the school has so much pride. I definitely recommend giving the school a try."
CO
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2019
  • Degree: Economics
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Rutgers University New Brunswick was a very interesting experience. Overall, I would say it was about a 7.5/10. This is primarily because of the friends and memorable experiences I had during my time there. To give more context, I attended Rutgers NB between 2011 2015. I was an Economics and Journalism/Media Studies Double Major. I lived on three different campuses: Livingston, Busch, and Cook/Douglas during my time there. There were definitely some pros and some cons that came with attending a BIG10 college. The school truly is what you make of it as you can become a number in this environment. It is a very large and busy school. You can get lost in the mix if you dont find your own group of friends and also join a few clubs and/or community. First and foremost, for the most part, it is up to you to navigate everything that is available. While there are resources that help you find everything in one place (school website), actually getting help from the right people takes some work. It is necessary to take your time to pummel through the plethora of resources (on the site) to find the right people and departments for all of your needs. Without leveraging these resources, it is extremely difficult to get answers. In terms of classes, utilize any sources you can find, with reviews, to get a better understanding of what you are getting yourself into. Speaking from experience, I used to just create a schedule without looking up reviews about the teacher or course. This led me to be in a few difficult classes that I barely made it out of. Use your resources and make smart decisions when make your schedule, it will me college much more enjoyable!"
Tim
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2019
  • Degree: Pharmacy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (EMSOP) at Rutgers University (RU) is certainly a top-notch program! It is the best 6-year-straight-from-high-school Pharm.D. program in the country, and one of the top overall pharmacy programs nationwide. While the curriculum is definitely challenging and fast-paced, there are a number of helpful resources that both EMSOP & the larger University provide, ranging from study groups, study guides, practice exams, Teaching Assistants (TA's), and many more! I believe the strong suit of the school is the diverse, multidisciplinary, welcoming, and compassionate faculty members who truly care about the profession of pharmacy and the advancement of pharmacy education. You will always feel comfortable approaching a faculty member for additional help in the class, career guidance, and even life advice! For the most part, classes are engaging and informative. The school offers a wide variety of professional electives that divulge into the non-traditional roles of a pharmacist. These roles include geriatric, pediatric, infectious disease, industry, research, critical care, and herbal/nutritional pharmacy - only to name a few! The school also has a fantastic amount of extracurriculars - it is almost impossible not to get involved! There is truly a club/organization for everyone. EMSOP is partnered with some of the best healthcare facilities not merely in NJ, but in the country, so that students are matched with top-tier institutions for introductory, intermediate, & advanced rotations. Just the name "Rutgers" confers special opportunities for students to rotate and intern at the best hospitals, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies. EMSOP is strategically located near some of the biggest companies in the world, including Bayer, BMS, & Johnson & Johnson. The Rutgers industry fellowship program is known nationwide! In conclusion, EMSOP is a welcoming environment where students find innumerable opportunities for personal and professional development"
Amanda Gyan
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"The education and experience at Rutgers University-New Brunswick is invaluable. It builds powerful, self-driven, caring, and resilient leaders. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend this great university. If I had a second chance, I would still choose Rutgers. Rutgers has a history of providing quality education and promising teaching instruction. Professors and faculty members are passionate about their roles and ensure the best outcomes for their students. The school provides countless career and job opportunities for students because of their huge network with companies and sponsors. When I was applying for colleges in high school, I thought Rutgers was too big in terms of student populations. In fact, it is a huge school and I thought I would just be a number. Later, I realized that there were so many opportunities and resources that students werent making use of and that made a difference for me. Another aspect about Rutgers that I love is the relationships you can build and diversity. The alumni network is so supportive of the school and always give back to the school so that students like me can further their education. Student from all different walks of life and countries come to Rutgers. It is an extremely diverse school and I love that because it makes everyone feel inclusive and supported by the school. For the most part, Rutgers accepts the best of students across the nation and all kinds of students, despite their race, gender, ethnicity or political views."
S. Hines
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Rutgers University is a huge school with so many different types of people, it is a melting pot for cultures, ethnicities, religions and identities. It provides the opportunity to find yourself and integrate into a smaller community with the school especially within the hundreds of clubs and organizations available to students. However, it is very easy to get lost with the thousands of people and the five campuses. The school provides many opportunities for students. There are so many different majors, minors and programs of study. Rutgers is a division one school that offers many ways to be involved in sports both on and off the field. However, there are also club sports and intermural sports available for those who still would like to play, but without a binding commitment or simply just for fun. There are also fitness centers on each campus that offer fitness classes, gyms and nutritionists to promote health lifestyles. As a public health major, Rutgers offered an amazing program with professors who were not only great educators, but were fully involved in field. The professors were readily available to provide and extra assistance or to just talk more about different topics and current events. There were plenty of libraries, computer labs and general spaces for studying at all hours of the day. The career services is an amazing sector to the school assisting students and graduates in resume building and securing internships and employment. They host mega career fairs and many programs throughout the year, but also accept one on one appointments. Any experience is as good as you make it, but Rutgers provides all the tools to have a positive experience both academically and socially. I will say that Rutgers puts a huge emphasis on its athletes and it sometimes felt like they didnt care for the rest of the students. I also believe that the cost of attendance is extremely high, it is one of the most expensive state schools in the nation."
Rutgers Sucks
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2019
  • Degree: Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"This school is so awful. First off, it is a really expensive in-state school for awful housing. After winter break when we came back we literally did not have hot water for a week and after that we still don't have consistent hot water. The buildings are old and c***** and most of the teachers s***. They just read off of the slides and do not teach you anything. Most of the teachers are foreign and have really thick accents which makes them really hard to understand.I have literally sat in class for a whole semester and did not understand anything my teacher said. Forcing me to learn a whole subject on my own, which you may have to do too. Also Rutgers makes it seem like the bus system is not that bad but it is awful. It is almost always packed with people, bus drivers get off to go to the bathroom or take breaks which makes you late to class, and there is no way around that because you have to rely on the buses to go from campus to campus. If you do not like that, then DO NOT go to this school you will hate it. In addition, the dining hall s****, they have served me and my friends raw food, the meat was so undercooked that blood was oozing out of it. Once in a while they might cook a decent meal, but I wouldn't count on it. For anyone considering going to this school you should really think about it. It is not worth the money at all. Instead of upgrading their classrooms to help kids learn better they throw their money into the garbage football team that only won one game this season. Lastly, there is nothing to do around Rutgers. If you dont have a car it is really hard to move around the campus1 because the buses take too long, especially at night. So it gets really discouraging when an hour trip takes two to three hours because of the buses. You have to spend A LOT of time traveling if you want to do anything at Rutgers and for me personally I do not like that. Also they hardly give anyone financial aid I only knew 2 kids that got money from Rutgers, the rest of us are stuck paying 28-30 thousand dollars for inefficient housing, food, teachers, buildings, buses, and internet. Rutgers might viewed as a good school, but once you go to it you realize it really isn't as good as it seems. These are just some of the things I wish I knew before I went to Rutgers and wasted my first year and 30 thousand dollars at this awful institute."
Lismarie
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2019
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I really enjoyed the social work program at Rutgers. It gave me a lot of the tools I needed in helping me with my career path. I participated in the three year blended program and enjoyed every minute of it, even the courses that were researched based had a lot of information to give me that I could use in my work now. I also like that the in-person courses were interactive and we did a lot of role playing to practice our therapeutic skills. I was also placed in great internships where I got jobs at each time. So I definitely recommend getting your social work degree here, especially if you want to work with adolescents."