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About Rutgers

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, stands among America’s highest-ranked, most diverse public research universities. The oldest, largest, and top-ranked public university in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, you’ll find us at our main locations in three New Jersey cities, and our footprint can be seen around the region. We’re an academic, health, and research powerhouse and a university of opportunity.

#1
Public university in New Jersey

U.S. News & World Report

71,000+
Undergraduate and graduate students
530,000
Alumni around the world
$750.8 Million
Research grants and sponsored programs

2019

University Mission

As one of the leading comprehensive public research universities in the nation, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has the threefold mission of

  • providing for the instructional needs of New Jersey’s residents through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs;
  • conducting the innovative research that contributes to the medical, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of the state, as well as aiding the economy and the state’s businesses and industries; and
  • performing public service in support of the needs of the residents of the state and its local, county, and state governments.

Each component of the university’s mission reinforces and supports the other two.

As the University of New Jersey®, Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence, to conducting research that breaks new ground, and to providing services, solutions, and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities where they live.

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Our Mission: Teaching, Research, and Service

As The State University of New Jersey, a leading national public research university and New Jersey’s top academic health care provider, Rutgers fulfills its mission to provide learning, discovery, innovation, service, and health care at the highest levels.

Collectively, our schools and colleges offer the greatest variety of majors and degree programs in New Jersey, and many rank  No. 1 among the public schools and colleges in the state.

Unrivaled in New Jersey, our research expenditures top $730 million annually. Our 300 research centers and institutes—New Jersey’s largest research network—generate innovations and new ways of thinking that impact the world.

Valued partners locally and globally, Rutgers thinkers conceptualize and implement services and solutions that help individuals and local, national, and global communities thrive.

Rutgers Health and RWJBarnabas Health form New Jersey’s largest academic health system. What’s special about academic health care? It means we train tomorrow’s leading health care professionals.

The achievements of our award-winning faculty drive Rutgers’ world-class reputation. They teach, discover, provide health care, innovate, mentor, and share their knowledge. Leaders in their fields, their everyday endeavors yield brilliant outcomes.