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Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Established in 1766, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is the eighth-oldest higher education institution in the nation. Rutgers University-New Brunswick is the school's flagship campus; other campuses are located in Camden and Newark. Rutgers is huge, with more than 50,000 undergrads, over 150 majors, and 29 schools and colleges. The majority of students are from New Jersey, and about half of alumni call the Garden State home after graduation. Strongly rooted in liberal arts, Rutgers-New Brunswick lays claim to some of the country's oldest programs in math, Latin, and Greek. Student life is rich; there are more than 450 student groups, including a bellydance troupe and a center for youth political participation. Those are in addition to the more than 50 intramural sports leagues and 80 fraternities and sororities it offers. New Brunswick boasts its own menu of college-town entertainment, from coffeehouses to comedy clubs. Students seeking a more urban adventure can head to nearby New York and Philadelphia. Rutgers-New Brunswick has a graduation rate of 80%, which according to MONEY's analysis is 16% higher than expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of its student body.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$33,000
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,100
Average price for low-income students
$11,640
admissions
Acceptance rate
58%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1300/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
35,296
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
70%
% of need met
48%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$10,461
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$22,250
Average salary within 3 years
$57,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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