Part of America’s Research Engine
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is entrenched in a culture of research, innovation, and invention that is a hallmark of the American academic experience.
A member of the Association of American Universities
Of the thousands of institutions of higher learning in North America, only 62 are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). This selective group of leading research universities is recognized for the quality and scope of its research and educational programs. Rutgers is the only public New Jersey university in the AAU (fellow Garden State school Princeton is also a member).
A member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance
Rutgers University is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, a consortium of first-tier research universities, such as the University of Wisconsin–Madison and University of Michigan, that shares knowledge and best practices and pools resources and buying power to strengthen higher education and support research endeavors. Alliance universities conduct $8.4 billion in funded research each year.
A land-grant institution
Rutgers is one of the nation’s 75 land-grant institutions, in the company of other land-grants such as Cornell, MIT, Ohio State, and Penn State. The Morrill Act of 1862 designated these institutions to serve the states and their citizens by disseminating practical knowledge developed at key institutions of higher learning. From an early emphasis on agriculture and the mechanical arts, the land-grant mission of Rutgers, like that of fellow institutions, has expanded to include a broad range of teaching, research, and service activities.