The Rutgers shield is a fundamental expression of the university’s identity.
Introduced in celebration of Rutgers’ 250th anniversary in 2016, the new shield—a simplified interpretation of its 1966 Rutgers bicentennial predecessor—honors our roots and affirms our values, while providing greater flexibility when used as 21st-century iconography in pageantry, publishing, and promotion.
Five symbolic elements both acknowledge our past and signify that as we evolve, we will uphold core values that have been integral to our identity from our earliest days.
The Rutgers shield, introduced in 2015, marks our 250th anniversary celebration.
Our 18th-century founders took inspiration and support from the Old World as they provided for “the education of youth ... in the liberal and useful arts and sciences” in the New World: America.
Queen Charlotte is an apt early namesake: current scholarship finds she cared deeply for education, and, against convention, ensured that her six daughters were educated as well as her nine sons. Inclusion and equality are Rutgers hallmarks.
Rutgers people today continue to passionately champion just causes.
Rutgers is devoted to serving our home state as New Jersey’s land-grant school and is proud to be The State University of New Jersey.
Across generations and disciplines, at our core, we create, share, and apply knowledge for the enrichment of individuals and the betterment of the broader society.
The new shield replaces this version.