Founded in 1766 as the all-male ‘Queens College’, Rutgers University – renamed in 1825 – is the largest higher education institution in the state of New Jersey, and the eighth oldest in the United States. It is also one of just nine colonial colleges in the States that were established before the American Revolution.
This land and sea grant university is split into three academic institutions: New Brunswick, Newark and Camden.
The New Brunswick campus serves over 40,000 students including nearly 8,000 at its Biomedical and Health Sciences centre. It is the university’s flagship hub and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
In New Jersey’s largest city, and what is often cited as its cultural capital, the Newark campus is home to more than 11,000 students and is located about 13 miles away from New York City.
The Camden campus, just four miles from Philadelphia, houses more than 6,000 students in a more intimate environment.
Its student body numbers more than 67,000 in total, hailing from all 50 US states and more than 115 countries worldwide. The university, which began admitting women in 1918, now has around 53 per cent female students to 47 per cent male.
Rutgers spends $677 on research and development annually, has a life sciences research expenditure of around $430 annually, and receives about $612 million in annual sponsored research grants. It has an endowment of over $1 billion.
The university’s colour is scarlet and its mascot is the Scarlet Knight. Its motto translates from the Latin as, “Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.”
The Rutgers alumni network consists of more than 460,000 graduates.