Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities.
As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey’s land-grant institution and one of the nation’s foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people’s lives.

University Mission
As the sole comprehensive public research university in the state’s system of higher education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has the threefold mission of:
  • providing for the instructional needs of New Jersey’s citizens through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs;
  • conducting the cutting-edge research that contributes to the medical, environmental, social and cultural well-being of the state, as well as aiding the economy and the state’s businesses and industries; and
  • performing public service in support of the needs of the citizens of the state and its local, county, and state governments.
Our Students
  • More than 54,600 students from all 50 states and more than 125 countries
  • 40,500 undergraduates and 14,100 graduate students
  • 87% of all students are New Jersey residents and 13% are from out of state
  • Full-time undergraduates: 50% men and 50% women
  • Rutgers is diverse. The students of Rutgers–Newark have made that campus the nation’s “most diverse” for 13 years running in U.S. News & World Report ’s ranking of America’s Best Colleges
  • More than half the members of the incoming class identify themselves as non-Caucasian
  • Among peer institutions (public universities in the Association of American Universities), Rutgers ranks 1st in the percentage of degrees earned by African Americans, 5th for women, 7th for Asians, and 11th for Latinos
  • More than 1/3 of entering undergraduates rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class
  • Mean SAT (Math/Verbal): 1197
  • 89% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid
  • Average annual undergraduate financial aid award is $13,508
  • 11,000+ Rutgers students received degrees in May 2009
Our Faculty and Staff
  • 4,150 full- and part-time faculty across all campuses
  • 6,500 full- and part-time staff members across all campuses
  • 99% of faculty hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree
  • Among peer public institutions (public universities in the Association of American Universities), Rutgers is 5th in the nation for full-time female faculty, 7th in the nation for full-time African-American faculty, and 11th in the nation for full-time total minority faculty
  • Faculty include Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellows, Pulitzer Prize winners, National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology recipients, a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master,” and many more
  • 50 Rutgers faculty are in the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Rutgers has one of the top three philosophy faculties in the English-speaking world, along with NYU and Oxford
Our Alumni
  • More than 380,000 alumni live in all 50 states and on six continents
  • 208,000 alumni live in New Jersey
  • Rutgers alumni make a difference every day and lead in every field imaginable. Some notable alumni include Smith College President Carol Tecla Christ, best-selling novelist Janet Evanovich, Ford Motor Company president for the Americas Mark Fields, actor James Gandolfini, and NBA commissioner David Stern.
  • Rutgers ranks 6th in the nation for value delivered to graduates based on median salaries three years and 15 years after graduation in SmartMoney ’s survey of college costs versus salaries earned by alumni of 50 public and private institutions.
Our Academics
  • 3 campuses: New Brunswick , Newark , Camden
  • 27 schools and colleges, including New Jersey’s only pharmacy school
  • More than 100 undergraduate majors
  • More than 180 graduate programs
  • Rutgers is in the top 6% of American universities awarding the most doctorates annually
  • 1-to-14 faculty-to-student ratio
  • On average, only 13% of classes have more than 50 students
  • In 2008, Rutgers students earned fellowships, grants, and awards from these and other prestigious academic organizations: British Research Council • Fulbright • Gates Cambridge • Goldwater • Japanese Education Ministry • Metropolitan Museum of Art • NASA • National Institutes of Health • National Science Foundation • Smithsonian Institution • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar
Our Research
  • Only public New Jersey university in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group comprising North America’s 63 leading research universities. Rutgers and Princeton are New Jersey’s only AAU members.
  • Rutgers is a research-intensive university, with 180 research centers and institutes
  • Home to New Jersey’s most extensive and diversified network of research laboratories
  • Rutgers was awarded a record $391 million in new research grants and contracts in FY 2009
  • To date, Rutgers has received $62 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to support a range of research, from preventing colon cancer to better understanding sediment in coastal estuaries
  • 60 percent of Rutgers undergraduates engage in original research
  • In 2008, Rutgers placed among the top 10 universities in the nation for the licensing and optioning of inventions
  • Rutgers has nearly 400 active U.S. patents and was granted 36 patents in 2008 alone
Our Campuses
  • New Brunswick Campus: 29,095 undergraduates; 8,269 graduate students; 2,681 acres; 647 buildings
  • Newark Campus: 7,307 undergraduates; 4,193 graduate students; 38 acres; 33 buildings
  • Camden Campus: 4,121 undergraduates; 1,660 graduate students; 31 acres; 37 buildings
  • 16,483 residence hall beds universitywide
  • 25 dining facilities universitywide
  • 4,745,527 meals served universitywide in 2008

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