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.
About Rutgers University
A Leading National Public University
The State University of New Jersey
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)
Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities
A Green University
Leaders in R&D
- 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.