Rutgers University's first-ever college information fair targeted at undocumented students saw more than 220 people and a lot of buzz this weekend. The school's three-hour "undocuRutgers" event took place Saturday at the New Jersey state university's Newark campus, and went smoothly despite much criticism from conservative groups, reported. Faculty and admissions officers gave prospective students advice on enrollment and financial aid. The event was the first of its kind in New Jersey, following previous immigrant college fairs in Illinois and Missouri.

Police were on hand at Rutgers to deal with protesters at the fair but experienced no problems. News media were not allowed inside in order to keep attendees' information private. "I love it because it makes you feel comfortable," 20-year-old Andrea Rodriguez told "It's always good to let people know you're undocumented and you're unafraid. We didn't choose to be in our situations. But we have to embrace who we are."

The college fair invited immigrants who were not in the country legally but were still covered under the New Jersey Dream Act, which affords in-state tuition rates to foreign-born individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children. Out-of-state Rutgers students pay about $27,500 a year for tuition, according to NJBIZ, while residents pay about $13,500. Undocumented students are not eligible for state or federal loans or grants. Since Gov. Chris Christie signed the New Jersey Dream Act into law in 2013, Rutgers' admissions offices have seen an increase in inquiries from prospective -- but undocumented -- students. New Jersey has about 525,000 unauthorized residents.

Though no protesters disrupted the "undocuRutgers" session itself, heated conversation about the event continued online. "New Jersey taxpayer dollars are hard at work helping illegal immigrants attend college," read an article published on Others took to Twitter to express their outrage.

Overall, the college fair's organizers and attendees said they were pleased with how the event went. "It's a wonderful experience and event that lets people come out of the shadows," Rutgers-Newark junior Giancarlo Tello told He added, "The tide of social change is inevitable."