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.
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.
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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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Rutgers has locations in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden and has a major academic and clinical health sciences presence that spans across the state. They’re all different but they’re also all Rutgers—respected, forward-looking, and packed with options.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Founded in 1766, Rutgers–New Brunswick, our flagship location, is New Jersey’s No. 1 public research university, a top 25 public national university, a member of the Association of American Universities, and home of the Big Ten Scarlet Knights.
A leading urban research university that takes every advantage of being located in the heart of New Jersey’s largest city and is just minutes from midtown New York City. With our top-ranked diversity one of our greatest strengths, we focus on economic prosperity and social mobility for new generations.
Rutgers traditions and prestige come alive in the heart of the Delaware Valley in an increasingly dynamic urban environment just minutes from Philadelphia. Experience a personalized, close-knit environment at Rutgers–Camden.
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Home to one of the nation’s largest academic health centers, Rutgers' approach to integrating education, research, and clinical care is transforming lives. No other New Jersey institution comes close in offering our range of programs for educating doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.
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.
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.
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.
Valued partners locally and globally, Rutgers thinkers conceptualize and implement services and solutions that help individuals and local, national, and global communities thrive.
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.
Rutgers is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education. Our programs and schools also have accreditation from recognized professional agencies.
As one of the nation’s most diverse universities, Rutgers draws strength from the rich variety of perspectives and life experiences of our beloved community.
On his first day as Rutgers president on July 1, Jonathan Holloway personally donated $75,000 to kick off a $10 million fundraising campaign for the Scarlet Promise Grants—a financial aid award program for students in need.
Rutgers offers educational programs for learners of all ages—from preschoolers to senior citizens—at more than 300 sites across New Jersey.
In 1969, the Black Organization of Students took over Rutgers–Newark’s Conklin Hall to protest the lack of minority representation on campus. Today, the university is one of the most diverse in the nation.
Like cranberry sauce? New Jersey is fourth in the nation for cranberry production, thanks to Rutgers research.
Rutgers–Camden is New Jersey’s first Purple Heart University, a national recognition of the university’s exceptional support for student veterans.
AIDS was first identified in 1980 by Michael Gottlieb, a Rutgers alumnus.
Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jesse Jackson, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama are among the many U.S. presidents and political leaders who visited Rutgers throughout our 254-year history.
Rutgers–Newark students volunteered hundreds of hours translating important COVID-19 contact tracing information into Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole as part of Newark’s Lives in Translation Project.
Mask up! Rutgers has secured 350,000+ fabric face masks to help protect the university community.
Rutgers initiated the nation’s largest study of health care workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to gain critical insights on how to treat and prevent the disease.
The very first saliva-based, at-home diagnostic test was developed at Rutgers—a game changer in the fight against COVID-19.
The Rutgers Scarlet and Black project launched in 2015 to explore the university’s relationship with its history and legacy of racism, inspiring new research, three landmarks named for African Americans linked to Rutgers history, and the publication of two volumes to date.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on the faculty of Rutgers Law School in Newark from 1963 to 1972, where her students sparked her interest in gender discrimination and the law.
Rutgers experts helped teachers and parents from New Jersey public school districts to prepare for this fall’s mix of in-person and remote learning.
Our story begins in 1766, a decade before the American Revolution. Our nation’s history is our history. Through social, economic, and technological revolutions, Rutgers continues to thrive and to seize the opportunities that arise with each new generation.
Our academic, administrative, and health care units work in collaboration, giving structure and logic to our comprehensive university.
Working together, Rutgers' executive leadership, governing boards, faculty, and administrators keep Rutgers vibrant and relevant.