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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 500 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 12% higher than expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of its student body.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Rutgers University has planned for a largely virtual fall semester with some in-person courses, and a corresponding reduction in student fees.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$33,200
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,000
Average price for low-income students
$12,600
admissions
Acceptance rate
60%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1300/28
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
35,660
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
71%
% of need met
52%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$9,260
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$22,030
Average salary within 5 years
$56,700
% earning more than $28,000
83%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Rutgers University has planned for a largely virtual fall semester with some in-person courses, and a corresponding reduction in student fees.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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