inSouthAmerica wrote:nobody is complaining.
its a fact rutgers-newark is not very, very white.
quick facts statistics page lists 39% as "students of color".
adding latino and asian populations its make up is significantly more than 25-30% minority.
in addition 42% of the faculty is listed as "minority"
The 39% "students of color" already includes Latinos and Asians. Minority= the total number of all students that are from any non-white category (black/African American, Hispanic, Asian, Alaskan/Hawaiin Native, Native American, Puerto rican etc.). That number is about right, I think. Rutgers is definitely no very, very, white.
Speaking of students of color, let me give you my 2¢. When you attend school there will be tons of students groups inviting you to join and sign up for their buddy programs...DO IT!!! The benefits of being involved in a student group, even if it is a group run by/for minority students it's open to anyone and everyone and I guarantee you'll get a ton out of it.
Like what, you may ask:
1) Free food/booze- at least once a week for the first semester. Student group general meetings ALWAYS have free food/drinks
2) Buddy- get a 2L or 3L mentor who can help you navigate you 1L year
3) Mentor- alumni of the school and various student groups often return to give students advice, and mentor them and offer to take them to lunch (see #1)
4) Outlines- who wouldn't want a word-for-word script of every case your professor is going to go over, and every lame joke he'll say during the semester. These outlines are better than pics of the leaked iPhone
5) Study guides/supplements- many groups have supplement swaps.All you do is show up and they give you a free supplement to one of your classes
6) Something to put on your resume--it may not seem like much but many employers actually want to know that you did more than just sit in class all day. Just like in high school when you joined 20 groups so you could look good to college admissions officers, employers want to know you are a people person and team player. No better way to show that than by being a 1L rep
7) Advance access to legal employers- many student groups but one a large-scale party attended by many judges and lawyers and if you're active in the group, or a 1L rep you can volunteer to help set up for the event and meet and greet (schmooze) with all the judges and lawyers in attendance
I highly recommend attending the buddy mixers
On a different note:
Just thought I'd check in with the class of 2013 (and the prospective class of 2013) to see how you guys (and gals) are hanging in there. I hope you have all had a chance to visit the school. This is the last week of classes (for 1Ls the rest of the school finishes on Monday). So if you come visit after this week you'll probably see a pretty empty place. But, if you are still awaiting decision, or have been WL don't downplay a visit to the dean. If your app is borderline a visit and a show of face can do a lot to throw you over the edge. Does that advantage people that live in the region over people that don't or can't make it? YES, absolutely. But this late in the game it's crunch time and you've gotta pull out all the stops.