NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University-New Brunswick has been ranked as one of the nation's 385 best colleges and universities by a list that rated the schools on such factors as academics and financial aid.

Although Princeton Review's annual list did not rank the schools in order, Rutgers was cited by students for having a thriving student social life accentuated by a diverse student body.

“Rutgers is truly a melting pot of people from all over the world of all different backgrounds with different interests," said one student quoted by Princeton Review.

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"The party scene is definitely present, more so in the warmer months," and there are plenty of bars popular with students," another one said.

Rutgers was also credited for its academic excellence - the average student scores between 590 and 640 on the evidence-based reading and writing portion of the SAT, and between 600 and 730 on the math portion.

For every professor who is “rude when dealing with students,” there are 10 who are “intelligent people who have a lot of information to share and a lot of experience that allows them to elaborate on many topics," said one student quoted by Princeton Review.

The College of New Jersey, Drew, Monmouth, New Jersey Institue of Technology, Princeton and Seton Hall also made Pinceton Review's list, but Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden did not.

The Princeton Review also rated schools based on factors such as admissions selectivity, fire safety, quality of life, environmental awareness and students' rating of faculty ability and accessibility.