About Rutgers University

A Leading National Public University

The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers University was founded in 1766, prior to the Declaration of Independence, and is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in this country and is designed by the Carnegie Classification: Research Universities—Very High Research Activity, the highest classification. It is the only university in the United States that is a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a leading national public university. Rutgers University is located less than one-hour from Manhattan and one-hour-and-a-half to Philadelphia by train. The city of Princeton lies one-half hour to the south of Rutgers University and graduate students, through a reciprocal arrangement, may also enroll in courses offered at Princeton University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania, which are accessible from the Rutgers campus via mass transit.


Top 5 Public University in the Northeast

Top 5 Public University in the Northeast

• U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges
• Washington Monthly, College Guide
• Center for Measuring University Performance, Top Public Research Universities

Top 25 Public University in the Nation

Top 25 Public University in the Nation

• U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges, National Universities
• Payscale Return on Investment, Research Universities
• Wall Street Journal, Top Recruiter Picks
• Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities (China)

A Global Reach: Rutgers’ International Students

A Global Reach: Rutgers’ International Students

• Over 4,000 students from 115+ countries study at Rutgers
• Over 700 Rutgers students study abroad
• Over 100 international students choose Rutgers for their study abroad programs


A Diverse Institution

U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges:
Rutgers University-Newark is #1 in diversity since 1997. Rutgers University-New Brunswick consistently ranks in the top 30.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education:
#5 in the nation for minorities among non-historically black colleges and universities (Rutgers University-Newark)

Campus Pride:
Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities

Notable Numbers

Icon - Second
#2 in the Nation

Rutgers is second in the nation in the number of active National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrated Graduate Education and Traineeship (IGERT) funding. “The IGERT is NSF’s flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers”.

Icon - Third
#3 in the Northeast

Rutgers is third in the Northeast for NSF Faculty Early Career Development Awards, which support the nation’s most promising early career scientists, engineers, and scholars.

Icon - Fifth
#5 in the World

Rutgers ranks fifth in the world in the number of mathematicians in the inaugural class of Fellows of the prestigious American Mathematical Society.

Icon - 38
38 National Academy Members

Thirty-eight Rutgers faculty are members of the National Academies, “where the nation turns for independent, expert advice”. Two members of the National Academy of Science are among the EOAS Faculty (Dr. Paul Falkowski and Dr. Dennis Kent).

A Green University

Icon - Third
#3 in the Nation

#3 university in the nation for total solar energy capacity.

Icon - 7
Seven Years Running

7th consecutive Gorilla Prize in RecycleMania, the nation’s annual intercollegiate recycling competition.

Leaders in R&D

Our Research

  • Rutgers University is awarded over $700 Million in research funding annually, vastly outpacing the majority of American universities in R&D.
    • #1 in the nation for Chemistry
    • #6 in the nation for Mathematics
  • 1,600 U.S. and foreign Patents and Patent Applications
    • One of the “Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Patents” (National Academy of Inventors)
    • 100+ spinoff companies
  • Rutgers is Top 25 in awarding science and engineering doctorates to women, according to the National Science Foundation.
  • The Rutgers Scarlet Knight undersea glider—now housed at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland—was the first robotic glider to cross the Atlantic Ocean, proving the hardiness of sensor laden devices that collect previously unobtainable oceanic data. Now Rutgers has accepted a NOAA challenge to send a fleet of gliders around the world.
  • Rutgers University—New Brunswick and Princeton are the only New Jersey Schools in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), whose 62 members are North America’s leading research universities.
  • Two Rutgers-based technologies made the R&D 100 list in 2013, which recognize the most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.