RUcket List: 15 Things To Do at Rutgers–New Brunswick Before You Graduate
The RUcketlist is a collection of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their time at Rutgers–New Brunswisk¬. Start your journey at Rutgers and check off the items on your RUcketlist!
Answer your own great question as an Aresty Research Assistant
■ The Aresty Research Assistant Program enables students to gain their first authentic research experiences by supporting faculty research projects during the academic year. Students gain valuable research skills by working side by side with professors on forefront research projects. Students work five hours per week in a research setting and can receive up to 3 credits for this program. First-year, sophomore, and junior students with no previous research experience are eligible to apply.
RU Muddy is a 3.5 mile trail run with obstacles and of course the MUD PIT. There are natural obstacles, water crossings, hills, tires, water climbs, spider webs, tunnel crawls, and hurdles as well as some fun “surprise” obstacles to keep you on your toes.
Run the Big Chill or the RU Muddy
■ The Big Chill is an annual 5K charity race in December where the entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy for a child who lives in housing provided by the City of New Brunswick and Franklin Township and a number of other charities where children are in need. According to CompuScore, The Big Chill has become the largest 5k in NJ and is considered by many to be one of the best conducted races in the tri state area.
Browse the collections at the Zimmerli Art Museum
■ The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. With more than 60,000 works in its collection, the museum frequently updates the permanent galleries with works that spotlight an artist, period, or theme. Admission is free to all.
The first Tuesday of every month September through June from 5-9 p.m. the museum invites the public to attend exclusive programming at Art After Hours. There are typically tours and special performances as well as complimentary refreshments.
Do a good deed on an Alternative Winter Break or Spring Break
■ The Rutgers Alternative Winter Break and Spring Break programs provide groups of undergraduate students with a semester-long experience centered on community service. Participants learn about a particular community issue during five weeks of pre-trip meetings and a volunteer break excursion. On site, students provide necessary services and explore the culture and history of the area. New trips are added each year, and a diverse set of trips that tackle various social and environmental issues are offered. International trips are offered as well.
Stargaze at the Observatory
■ Members of the Rutgers community and the general public are invited to observe the night sky through the 20-inch optical telescope of the Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, weather permitting. The observatory is open for two hours starting at 8:30 p.m. (October through March) or starting one hour after sunset (April through September, when it is not yet dark at 8:30 p.m.). The Observatory is located in the dome on the roof of the Serin Physics Laboratories on Busch Campus.
Stroll around Passion Puddle
■ Rutgers’ “Passion Puddle” has been named one of the top 25 most romantic spots on an American college campus by College Ranker. Situated between the Cook and Douglass Campuses off Red Oak Lane, the small pond is surrounded by trees and benches and is a favorite campus location for young lovebirds. According to a long-standing legend, if male and female students hold hands and walk around the pond three times, they will be married and live happily ever after. Passion Puddle isn’t only for strolling lovers. It’s also a favorite spot for those studying or enjoying a bit of nature between classes.
Cheer on the Scarlet Knights
■ For Rutgers football, students can purchase discounted student season tickets or claim free tickets on a single game basis through the Scarlet Lottery. Admission to basketball and Olympic sports, which include soccer, field hockey, wrestling, track and field, cross country, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and diving, lacrosse, baseball, softball, golf, rowing, and volleyball, is free with a valid Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate student ID. Students can join the Rutgers Riot Squad, which gives students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the spirit of every event. The Riot Squad creates an exhilarating fan atmosphere and enhances school spirit.
Revel at Club Alex
■ Over the years, students have developed the habit of referring to Alexander Library in a tongue-in-cheek manner as a nightclub, especially while studying late into the night for finals. “Sorry, I can’t go out tonight,” they’d say, “I’m spending the night at Club Alex.” The Libraries and the Office of Student Life made this joke a reality and, to help students celebrate the completion of finals and as part of senior week celebrations, transformed the library’s reference room into a fully-functional nightclub featuring a DJ, dance floor, strobe mood lighting, and even a bar.
Compete in the Homecoming Bed Races
■ Student organizations race decorated beds down College Avenue to benefi t New Jersey families in need of diapers through the Cuddle Me Diaper Bank. Prizes are awarded for the fastest team, best team costumes, best decorated bed, and the team that contributes the most diapers! The top prize is money for your student group and the highly coveted Championship Trophy! The Homecoming Bed Races are co-sponsored by the Department of Major Events and Programs and the Rutgers University Programming Association.
Take the plunge at the Werblin Tower Jump
■ Jump from our 10-meter diving tower into our 17-foot diving well. With the safety and guidance of Varsity Swim Coach Fred Woodruff , you will know what it is like to drop from over 30 feet into the Olympic Pool.
Rock out at Beats on the Banks
■ One of the biggest concerts each semester, Beats on the Banks is sponsored by the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA). It has featured bands like Vic Mensa, 3Lau, Baauer, Logic, Cash Cash, A-Trak, and Chance the Rapper.
Stay on your feet at the Dance Marathon
■ Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) is the largest student-run philanthropic event in New Jersey. RUDM’s mission is to provide emotional and financial support for children who are a part of Embrace Kids Foundation. RUDM participants dance to increase awareness and raise funds towards Embrace Kids Foundation’s mission to support the non-medical needs of children with cancer, sickle cell, and other serious disorders. RUDM is not limited to one weekend in the spring. It is a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for children with cancer and blood disorders. Children and their families who are a part of Embrace Kids Foundation are paired with fraternities, sororities, and organizations across Rutgers. The pairing ensures children and their families have a support system at Rutgers, and feel as though they are a part of the Rutgers community. UDM’s efforts culminate in a weekend of a no-sitting, no-sleeping, Dance Marathon! The event takes place at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (the RAC) and brings together over 2,000 people, including dancers and volunteers. In 2017, RUDM raised a record-breaking $1,038,986.13, and 100% of money raised went to Embrace Kids Foundation! Since 1999, RUDM has raised over $6.9 million for Embrace Kids Foundation.
Meander the Rutgers Gardens
■ The Rutgers Gardens is a 180-acre botanic garden consisting of designed gardens, plant collections, and natural habitats. It is one of the few botanical gardens in the country that doesn’t charge a visitor’s fee and is open 365 days a year.
Get fed through fi nals at the MidKnight Breakfast
■ MidKnight Breakfast is a tradition around the time of fi nal exams each semester where the dining halls open
and the faculty serve students breakfast from midnight to 2 a.m.
Chow down on a Famous Fat Sandwich
■ A “Fat Sandwich” is a sub roll containing a combination of ingredients such as burgers, cheese, chicken fi ngers, French fries, falafel, and mozzarella sticks. In August 2004, Maxim Magazine’s top sandwich in the nation was awarded to the “Fat Darrell,” a sandwich invented by a student named Darrell Butler.