• Founded in 1766
• One of the nine original colonial colleges
• Eighth-oldest institution of higher learning in North America
• Birthplace of intercollegiate football
A rich history
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading international research institution. Chartered in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth-oldest institution for higher learning in North America, with universities in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden and a Health Sciences division with locations across the state of New Jersey. Rutgers University–New Brunswick is the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource and the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities (AAU).
Rutgers University–New Brunswick is the largest and most residential university within the Rutgers system. It offers more than 100 undergraduate programs of study and includes five campuses with a variety of settings. Students enjoy state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, six vibrant student centers, four dining halls, and ultra-modern recreation facilities—all in addition to a college town with boutiques, shops, four-star restaurants, comedy and music clubs, and theaters.
Academic options to suit your interests
Students choose Rutgers University–New Brunswick because its five campuses have the friendly feel of smaller schools and the boundless resources of a leading research university. It comprises 17 schools and colleges, 12 of which enroll undergraduate students and together offer more than 4,000 courses. Here you can double-major in four years or earn a combined BA or BS and master’s degree in five years. For example, are you interested in getting a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s in Public Policy? Economics and a master’s in Public Health? How about Engineering and an MBA? Want to pursue teacher certification with an MEd? You can do that here! You might also pursue a seven-year BA/MD program or a six-year PharmD program—and there’s so much more.
As a first-year student, you can quickly connect with senior faculty and other students in topic-driven first-year seminars capped at no more than 20 students. In addition, you can choose from more than 180 study abroad programs in 50+ countries...spend a semester, summer, or whole year becoming a global citizen.
Rutgers is a public research university with groundbreaking projects in areas as diverse as stem cell research, education equity, and oceanography. In fact, Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Princeton are the only New Jersey schools in the prestigious AAU, whose 62 members are North America’s leading research universities. Many Rutgers undergraduate students conduct original research in the more than 175 research centers and institutes on our campuses. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with distinguished faculty in developing solutions to society’s greatest challenges.
Location, location, location
The city of New Brunswick is a cultural hot spot—people come from all over to experience the city’s museums, plays, operas, choirs, symphonies, quartets, live jazz, dance performances, art installations, “basement music,” comedy club, and film festivals. Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s prime location between New York City and Philadelphia provides you with access to thousands of employers and internships and the world’s best art and entertainment. In an hour or less by train or car, you can find yourself applauding a Broadway performance, exploring the Museum Mile, viewing the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, hiking or skiing mountain trails, or soaking up the sun at the famous Jersey Shore. And if you’re looking for career opportunities, you’ve come to the right place—21 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in New Jersey.
Tools for success
Career counseling, learning resource centers, health services, academic advising, undergraduate research, and leadership training are just a small sampling of services available to students. In fact, Rutgers hosts dozens of job and internship fairs and is a preferred recruitment site for more than 650 corporate, nonprofit, and government employers who visit Rutgers each year. Rutgers’s Career Services, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the United States, sponsors internship fairs every year to enable Rutgers sophomores and juniors to begin honing a competitive edge in the global marketplace.
With more than 750 student groups to choose from, including Rutgers Formula Racing, a seeing-eye-puppy-raising club, many honor societies, and more than 85 fraternities and sororities, Rutgers students can get involved in activities that range from community service to almost every variety of social, cultural, and athletic club. Rutgers students also donate thousands of hours each year to service projects such as Dance Marathon, Recyclemania, and Scarlet Day of Service.
Athletics and recreation
As a member of the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference with 24 competitive men’s and women’s sports teams, the Scarlet Knights provide thrills and excitement, drawing crowds from the Rutgers University–New Brunswick community and the greater New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia region. Students who wish to prioritize their academics and still compete in intercollegiate athletics can choose from more than 50 student-run sport clubs, including a nationally ranked cricket club and a highly competitive ice hockey team. Extensive recreational facilities on all residential campuses make it easy for students to stay fit and have fun.
Rutgers’s Division of Housing and Residence Life serves the largest on-campus student population in the country: currently more than 16,000 residents. Housing options include small houses, apartments, suites, and large residence halls in a variety of settings, including a plaza with a first-run movie theater and a classic New Jersey diner! Students can even choose special-interest living-learning communities such as Honors, Engineering, Business, Health and Medicine, Creative Writing, Language Houses, and a women-centered community focused on global leadership.