For Rutgers, the premier public research university in New Jersey, diversity is an everyday ingredient of university life and one of our greatest strengths. Rutgers’ diversity—and there are all kinds, from age to sexual orientation to ethnic background to whether you grew up on a farm or city block—reflects the rich array of people who choose New Jersey as the place to build a better future. At Rutgers, we know we all benefit when we live, learn, work, and just spend time with lots of different people. We also know the value of removing ourselves from the familiar, leaving our borders, and immersing ourselves in the new. Diversity at Rutgers embraces the notion that we must be global educators, researchers, students, citizens, and partners—transcending boundaries to meet the challenges of a complex and interdependent world.
We Are Diverse
Diversity at Rutgers
DiversityInc. ranks Rutgers among the nation’s top five higher education institutions for commitment to diversity.
This year’s entering class of undergraduates is one of our largest ever, one of our most academically talented, and our most diverse; more than half of our first-year students identify themselves as nonwhite.
52.8 percent of students are women.
Students from more than 115 countries come to Rutgers to study.
Race/ethnicity enrollment statistics:
- White: 45.2 percent
- Asian: 20.2 percent
- Latino: 11.7 percent
- African American: 10.2 percent
- International: 6.3 percent
- Other: 7 percent
More than 50 student organizations dedicated to religious and religious-cultural interests can be found at Rutgers.
Rutgers is listed as one of the nation’s top 100 campuses for the LGBT community in the Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students.
For the 16th consecutive year, our Newark Campus was ranked the nation’s most diverse by U.S. News & World Report.
A Commitment to Diversity and Global Education
A core goal at Rutgers is to prepare students to thrive in an increasingly diverse and global society. Rutgers trains students to understand cultures, languages, regions, and economic influences beyond their own—in New Jersey and around the world.
Initiatives Advance Diversity
These programs and offices are universitywide efforts to increase diversity within the Rutgers community of students, faculty, and staff:
- Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
- Rutgers Future Scholars
Rutgers Future Scholars
This program introduces first-generation, low-income, and academically talented middle school students from New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden to the promise and opportunities of a college education. Before beginning the eighth grade, participants become part of a unique precollege culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that continues through their high school years.
Those who successfully complete the precollege initiative and are admitted to Rutgers receive a scholarship covering the cost of their tuition for four years funded through grants and donations.