Rutgers Open Systems Solutions mirrors a bunch of Linux distributions, and you can use these to download packages quickly when you're on campus. When downloading on the Rutgers campus, your bandwidth will also not be throttled which significantly improves your download speeds.
Adding a Mirror to Ubuntu
To add a mirror, open up your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
It should look something like this:
[distrib] here is the name of your distribution. This is one of natty, oneiric, precise, quantal, raring, or saucy. You can find a full list on the Ubuntu Wikipedia Page
You are going to add the following lines at the top of the file.
Be sure to replace [distrib] with the name of your distribution. Now, save the file and quit, and run
You should now be downloading packages from the Rutgers mirror. Try to install a package, and make sure that you're making requests to http://mirrors.rutgers.edu.