Where Excellence Is Earned
Standing among the nation's leading research universities, Rutgers is acclaimed for the excellent achievements of our people and for their contributions to society in the pursuit of education, research, and health care.
Rutgers Is a Top Producer of Fulbright Recipients Again
Rutgers again has been named a top producer of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a distinction announced by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and recognized in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The recognition is shared by some of the nation’s most elite institutions, including Princeton University and Harvard University.
A total of 12 from Rutgers were offered awards from the U.S. international educational exchange program.
“Once again, Rutgers is pleased to be among our renowned peers as a prolific champion of Fulbright students, and I am excited to see what our latest outstanding recipients pursue through their international grants,” said Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway.
Rutgers Is Restoring Freedom and Championing Reform
The New Jersey Innocence Project at Rutgers University is fighting injustice and working on behalf of victims of wrongful conviction. Two innocent men imprisoned for decades were freed in the past year thanks to the project’s investigative and legal work. Additionally, the Rutgers team advocates for reforms to the legal system to reduce unjust convictions—and make our justice system fairer for all.
Rutgers Uses Data For Crime Prevention
To tackle this issue of rising violent crime, the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice developed risk terrain modeling to address areas of high crime without the need for over policing.
With national and international recognition, Rutgers has pioneered a unique approach to reimagining crime prevention. Rutgers' risk terrain modeling technology analyzes root crime causes in city landscapes to improve public safety outcomes.
The Rutgers-led Newark Public Safety Collaborative engages over 40 community organizations providing real world data and insights that empower them to make meaningful actions to reduce crime.
Rutgers' BEAST Is a Game Changer for Structural Tests
When a bridge is compromised, the transit impact and repair costs are substantial. The Rutgers Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing facility (BEAST) is the world’s only laboratory that gathers critical data on how extreme weather and heavy traffic weaken a bridge’s structural integrity—creating, in just one year, a decade’s worth of real-world wear and tear. Armed with this data, transportation departments can make better informed bridge management decisions, saving billions in infrastructure costs and keeping traffic flowing.
Rutgers Fosters Civic Engagement
Civic engagement is a critical component of education and a path toward appreciating our differences, restoring civil discourse, and serving the common good. Rutgers Scarlet Service provides Rutgers undergraduates from all campuses paid internships at government offices and public service-orientated nonprofits.
Students gain hands-on experience addressing important issues while developing a better understanding of themselves and building relationships with others. The program began in 2022 with 100 students interning in and around the state of New Jersey and has grown in 2023 to include a cohort in Washington, D.C.
Rutgers is redefining honors education. Recognized as a national model, the Rutgers Honors Living-Learning Community selects students who have not only achieved academic excellence but are also committed to creating a more just and equitable society. Addressing real problems in the local community, our scholars envision and implement actual solutions—making a difference right away. Through a curriculum designed to have an impact today, Rutgers HLLC scholars leave prepared to change tomorrow.
Jeffrey DiGiovanni, a communications sciences and disorders scholar with extensive higher education experience, has been named dean of the School of Health Professions (SHP) for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).
He comes to Rutgers having served as the acting associate dean of research for the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He also was a professor and chair of the college’s Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders.
Great Things to Know about Rutgers
Great Things spotlights what makes Rutgers a distinctive and highly respected institution. Take a look at Great Things for facts, figures, videos, and stories that convey Rutgers' reach and impact. Featured are some of the standout Rutgers people in our beloved community who contribute to the common good as they strive to improve the world in the ways that matter most.
Chartered in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth-oldest college in the nation. Our charter was granted by King George III of England and signed by William Franklin, the last Royal Governor of New Jersey and son of Benjamin Franklin.
Rutgers perennially appears in the most respected annual listings of the world's top universities. And we are the only university in the United States that is a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a leading national public research university.
Rutgers faculty include members of the National Academies and winners of the National Medals of Science and Technology; Pulitzer Prizes; Guggenheim, MacArthur “Genius,” and Simons Fellowships; Fulbright Scholarships; and NSF CAREER Awards.
Rutgers is proud to be The State University of New Jersey, the Garden State's premier, comprehensive public research university, with educational and outreach programs that reach residents in all 21 New Jersey counties.
Rutgers and its partners form one of the nation's largest academic health care systems, and the largest in New Jersey.
Our students receive an outstanding education that prepares them for a future of leadership and success and is also a great value. Forbes magazine ranks Rutgers as #29 in the nation as "Best Value Colleges."