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Rutgers Food Science- Should I defer and apply elsewhere?

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Hi all,


I got into Rutgers PhD Food Science program for Fall 2014- with no funding. From my conversations with Rutgers alum and faculty, it seems like they are hesitant to give out funding to first-semester students as they like to assess their performance. Usually (considering you're a stellar student) students have more access to funding opportunities after their first semester.


My dilemma is should I accept and defer to Spring 2015/ Fall 2015 and in the meantime apply to other institutions (I am considering Cornell, UMass, UCLA) and then weigh out my options? Due to certain constraints I was only able to apply to Rutgers for Fall and that too after their financial aid deadline. I can afford to support myself for one semester but not sure if Rutgers Food Science program is worth it...


Any advice welcomed and appreciated :)

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