How easy is it to get into Rutgers in state?
I go to a very competitive NJ public school that sends more kids to ivies than to Rutgers each year. Most people apply to Rutgers as a safety and a way to know early on that they're at least going somewhere - and most of these people (including me) get acceptance letters in less than a week's time. The general attitude from my school seems to be that basically ANYONE in-state can get into Rutgers as long as their GPA is above a 2.0 ish. Everyone also seems to think it is very mediocre and a last resort at most.
I disagree with this opinion. Rutgers seems like a pretty good school, and with a $10,000/yr scholarship, it is definitely the cheapest option for me. I also have a friend who really wants to go to Rutgers, but has a GPA of about 2.9UW and an SAT score of around 1700/2400. She has done a lot of community service work though, has many leadership activities, and wrote an excellent essay. She applied back in November to Rutgers New Brunswick (College of Arts & Sciences) but still hasn't received a response. This seems to contradict the opinion of our school towards Rutgers.
Basically, I'm wondering if Rutgers is really THAT easy to be accepted to, and if there's any truth to my school's opinion of the university.