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Old 01-24-2010, 01:10 PM
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What is the relationship between Rutgers and the residents of the two cities it is located in?
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:43 AM
Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Rutgers Piscataway campus is located in the River road area which is mostly older residential homes and is where the football stadium is located along with all the athletics facilities.
Rutgers New Brunswick campus is located in the city where all the bars are located along with all the negative aspects of city life.

I have no idea how the residents get along with the school.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:56 AM
Location: Historic Downtown Jersey City
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When in New Brunswick, it's hard to avoid the Rutgers aspects of the town. It is a college town afterall, and in fact it pretty much always was, seeing that Rutgers was founded in 1766.

I'd say the university has a good relationship with the community. In Piscataway, the town is really not entrenched in the lifestyle of the University. New Brunswick is really the heart and soul of Rutgers...Piscataway is where the football and basketball teams play, but the portions of the campus that are in Piscataway are pretty quiet.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:08 AM
Location: New Jersey
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Originally Posted by ckhthankgod View Post
What is the relationship between Rutgers and the residents of the two cities it is located in?
Thre are actually three cities with Rutgers campuses - Camden would be the third.

Newark and Camden are much smaller than NB. NB is essentially the "main" campus. I don't know anything more about Camden. Newark is an urban school, very little campus housing, geared towards commuters and more non-traditional students such as adults going at night for their degrees. Lots of graduate studies, and Rutgers Law is in Newark and Camden. NB is geared towards the more traditional, right-out-of-high-school students and undergrads, although all graduate studies are offered there (except Law).

In Newark, the city is bigger and the school is smaller and has a little less of an impact on the residents, but residents do enjoy some of the events of the school. Also, in Newark, Rutgers does a lot of cross-education with NJIT. Newark and Camden have their own sports teams which are not the Scarlet Knights and are division 2. However, all Rutgers Students are represented by the Scarlet Knights and feel that affinity with the main campus - it's all equally Rutgers University. A Rutgers degree is the same regardless of where it's from.

In NB, the city is smaller and the school is huge so Rutgers accounts for a large portion of NB and what goes on there. Downtown NB is full of shops and nightlife and doesn't rely on Rutgers but is heavily influenced by Rutgers. Johnson & Johnson is headquartered in NB and there are other corporations in the city. Piscataway is also part of the NB campuses and Piscataway is a large suburb where there are many more big corporations.

In NB and the Central Jersey area, most residents interact with Rutgers for events that are held at and sponsored by the school. With Rutgers' resurgence in Football people are very avid fans, you will see the Block R on cars all over NJ but especially heavily in Central Jersey, and you see people wearing Rutgers clothing everywhere, also. So, people are more strongly identifying with Rutgers as the "home" or State school. The NB campuses have a lot of events throughout the year and hold a couple of big parties to open the school to all guests - the latest one is Rutgers Day which is really just a huge party, free to anyone, where there is food, music, entertainment, activities for everyone from children to adults, and plenty of RU staff on hand to talk about any aspect of the school to anyone who wants to know anything. I have yet to go to one but from what I hear from those involved these Rutgers Days are a HUGE success and have built great community support.

In South Jersey, Penn State has always had a very strong presence in people's minds but that has shifted greatly to Rutgers. In North Jersey, Rutgers has always had a good presence but has shared it with other big-name schools in the Northeast like Syracuse, Penn St., and BC. Nowadays, however, it is heavily, heavily Rutgers.

There have always been a lot of people throughout NJ who didn't like Rutgers because their perspective on the school was, I don't know how else to say it - warped. Lots of people didn't realize that it's a very good school and when they or their kids didn't get in they became resentful, because they felt it was a right for all New Jerseyans to get into the State University. Upon not getting in they'd go to a lot of the private schools like BC and Syracuse. But now I think people recognize that Rutgers is one of the top Public Ivies in the nation and that it is not a right of every student in NJ to be accepted, and that the school is highly competitive, so we're kind of catching up to other states in that regard.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:06 AM
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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Newark and Camden have their own sports teams which are not the Scarlet Knights and are division 2
except for football. they all get student discount tix to support the SK.

good info though!
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