How does Rutgers stack up against schools like UMd ? Penn St ? UDel ? ( it seems that many kids apply to all of these schools ). I guess that if one were to be accepted to a school like UVa or Emory, Rutgers would not really be even considered ???
Those who are saying TCNJ blows Rutgers out of the water, must have something against Rutgers or something.
TCNJ isn't all that great. I've had a teacher who has recently graduated from TCNJ, and it was his first year teaching my class last year. He's a really smart guy, but he had no idea how to teach. I learned absolutely NOTHING in that class. And he was majoring in Education. He knew his stuff, and he was a nice guy, but he had no idea how to teach us this information.
He also told my class a story about his roommates, and how one of them printed counterfeit money out of their dorm room. So don't go thinking that TCNJ is all that high and mighty, because it really isn't. If someone could get to TCNJ, you could probably get into somewhere better, but i'd probably cost more money since it'd be out of state.
Rutgers also looks at your class rank. They also use it as a factor toward a scholarship in addition to acceptance. However, some kids I know that got into pharmacy failed chemistry I and biology I first semester. Anyway, needless to say, you will meet a lot of top ranked high school people here because of the scholarships they give out.
Of course, I don't hold this depersonalization against Rutgers. They have to do this because they don't have time to look at every student's story or take into account the quality of their high school. They just look at your SATs, GPA, and class rank.
One caveat to all this is if you are applying to Mason Gross School of the Arts, the overwhelmingly top criteria is your audition performance/portfolio review. My daughter and her friend auditioned for Mason Gross, and both were accepted. My daughter likely would have qualified academically for Rutgers, but her friend certainly would not have. On this basis, there's no advantage to being from New Jersey.
I'm only a high school junior, but I'm looking to apply to Rutgers. (By the way, I haven't taken the SAT, yet
According to naviance (which is a web program in my school district, which lets students see their own scores, GPA, college profiles and how they rank to these colleges), these are the min requirements for getting into Rutgers, New Brunswick (2009):
GPA = 3.67
Combined SAT = 1858/2400
-recommended to write an essay and have teacher recomendations
You decide if Rutgers is still just a "lowly" school or not
the biggest difference between TCNJ and Rutgers is that TCNJ isnt very well known. If your going for a career in a highly competitive field than go with Rutgers...
They're both terrible schools, I'm sure. Rutgers merely has the name. I would go so far as to say all the schools in New Jersey are awful, sans Princeton. But being at Rutgers and hearing about how prestigious and wonderful it is and then actually experiencing it, I question whether Princeton is as great as it is.
Employer: Rutgers? Mmm.
Employer: TCNJ? Oh, cool... Is that like DeVry?