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TCNJ vs. Rutgers Econ

WeTigersWeTigers Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited March 2011 in The College of New Jersey
Hey, I'm a current Rutgers student who is considering transferring to TCNJ. I do not really like Rutgers and I think I would prefer the small campus and quiet feel of TCNJ. My only question is, how good is the Econ department at TCNJ compared to Rutgers'? Economics is my major and I do not want to be making a significant step down in terms of quality of education.
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Replies to: TCNJ vs. Rutgers Econ

  • arnrg218arnrg218 Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    I highly doubt that you would be making a step down since Rutgers econ is crappy to begin with and there is not much lower you can really go than Rutgers.
  • R1B1F1R1B1F1 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Econ is pretty good. Vandegrift, Mirtcheva and a few others are great. The only downside is that you'll have to take Samanta for Econometrics and Intermediate Macro (as he's the only one who teaches those classes) and he has a thick accent. I like him but the majority of people don't because he's a pretty ruthless grader and a bit hard to understand.

    Overall, it's a decent-to-good program. I've never been to Rutgers so it would be hard for me to compare.
  • R1B1F1R1B1F1 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    A big upside with TCNJ is that it's a 2 minute walk to all of your classes from your dorm so you don't have to take a bus around.

    One upside with Rutgers is that there is more of a selection of professors and classes to choose from. You guys have stuff like "Marxian Economics" and "Economics of Japan" and "Economics of Transition" and "Public Economics," etc.

    Here we don't have nearly that many options and there are only maybe 4 options courses to choose from a semester. Also, you can avoid the bad professors at Rutgers whereas at TCNJ, (as I said before) you have to take Samanta (although I personally don't think he's bad).

    It's definitely a tradeoff.

    In terms of job prospects, TCNJ Econ majors can get Merrill Lynch/JP Morgan if you do well. Rutgers has a bigger alumni network though. Also, if you're going to grad school, it doesn't matter which one you go to.
  • R1B1F1R1B1F1 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Some more thoughts.

    I'm guessing that Rutgers has pretty large class sizes for Econ.

    Econ classes at TCNJ are at most like 25 people. I've had Econ classes where it was as low as 16.

    So you know your professors personally and have a lot of individual attention which is nice. Also, they're generally good about office hours.
  • BiWinningBiWinning Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
  • benutzernamebenutzername Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    That's because Rutgers has a grad school, as do all of the other schools on that list. When you look at just the undergrad rankings for business, TCNJ actually beats Rutgers. It's not by much;TCNJ ranked 65 and Rutgers ranked 67, but it is notable. Also, this is business as a whole, not specifically economics, but I don't think there should be that much of a difference anyway. Rutgers is definitely not a crappy school by any means...that was just a bad comment to make by arnrg218.

    Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2011 - Businessweek
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