Blue Hen Posted June 22, 2009 Share Posted June 22, 2009 We took this cool, overcast day to head north into NJ to visit Rutgers. This school for some reason was not on my radar to suggest to DS and I don't know why. As a Ceramic Engineer I met many Rutgers grads over the years and they alway impressed me with their engineering knowledge. Anyway the school popped into my head yesterday, I checked their website, signed us up for a couple tours and off we went this morning. DS did a little checking of the school's website before we left so he was a little aware of the school. Our first tour was a bus tour of the four campuses in New Brunswick. My impression---oh my, what a HUGE campus. I didn't realize that Rutgers was so big or so spread out. I think it would take me four years to find my way around this place. Our last stop was to see a dorm room. I found it to be similar in size to the dorm room size at LeHigh or Drexel, larger than U of DE. Each room has 2 beds, 2 dressers, 2 desks, a microwave & a mini-frig. Now the last two items I had not found provided by the university in any of the other dorm rooms. The rooms do NOT have WIFI! Each dorm has a lounge with a ping pong table, pool table, large-screen TV and maybe a few other items. Each dorm has a Grad student who has a special name...ugh, can't remember it. They are there to oversee the dorm. Each floor has an RA and every-other floor has a grad student to assist with educational counseling. Their role is to help your student find tutoring sources and other educational questions. Students are separated into Freshman dorms or upper class dorms. Housing is only guaranteed for Freshmen but "everyone" who wants a room gets one. After the bus tour, which was very well conducted with a very informative & personable student, we headed inside for an information session. While the Admissions Officier gave the talk there were topics that are normally covered in other information sessions that were left out. These include such topics as: How many students on the campus? What are the admission requirements? What is the cost? Is there an Honors program? Rutgers does a rolling admission, disinterested in recommendation letters and does not accept the common application. Admission is based upon your class grades, SAT or ACT scores, activities & clubs, and your essay. Hmm, where does the homeschooler fit in? Scholarships are also based upon the above. When applying the student does apply to a particular College, and can apply to up to three colleges. For the next tour I had signed us up for the Busch campus walking tour which is the Engineering and Science campus. The tour was lead by a Political Science major, entering his senior year who admitted to having spent little time on this particular campus. UGH!!! Why do they do this?????? I could have just as easily lead the tour and read the building names. DS heard some things that sparked his interest in Rutgers :001_smile: The campus setting does suit him. Lots of possibilities to walk on treelined sidewalks, ride his bike from one campus to the next on designated bike lanes and seeing lots of green open space helped this semi-country boy feel like this place, close to NYC, could be home for 4 yrs. Any Rutgers Alum out there? How is the school? Engineering? Any students apply there with BTDT stories to share? Carole Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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