“Historian Erica Dunbar, who played such an integral role in the production she was eventually promoted to co-executive producer, said you simply can’t do a show about New York without Black people.”—Washington Post on Erica Dunbar, who ensures HBO's The Gilded Age brings to life authentic characters of color. Dunbar, the Charles and Mary Beard Distinguished Professor of History, also was a consultant and on-screen contributor to Ken Burns’ 2022 PBS documentary Benjamin Franklin.
Great Things Are Happening at Rutgers–New Brunswick
A Leading University
Rutgers–New Brunswick is the only public university in New Jersey that is a member of the Association of American Universities, whose 71 members are North America's leading research universities.
A Preeminent National Research University
Rutgers–New Brunswick is where Rutgers was born in 1766 and today is a top 100 world university, a top 20 public national university, and the number one public university in New Jersey. Here you will find boundless academic choices; world-class research; outstanding students and faculty; five campuses, from bucolic to bustling city; and Big Ten, big-time Scarlet Knights sports.
Top Faculty Recognized for Excellence
Microbiologist Lily Young is the latest Rutgers faculty member elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Young’s work explores how anaerobic microbes—organisms that can survive where there is no oxygen—can clean up and degrade harmful organic and metal contaminants found in the environment.
Philosopher Derrick Darby is the latest Rutgers faculty member elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Darby studies rights, inequality, education, identity, and democracy, often covering the intersection of hip hop and politics, with a focus on social and political philosophy.
Chemist Helen Berman is among three faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2023. She helped establish and led the Protein Data Bank of 3D protein structures, which scientists across the globe use to discover and develop vaccines and drugs that protect the world population.
Thomas Banks, a theoretical physicist, is among three faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2023. He has made wide contributions to topics ranging from particle physics to string theory and for the past 20 years has been developing a variation on the theory of how the universe was created.
Monica Driscoll, a molecular neuro-geneticist, is among three faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2023. Driscoll seeks to discover the ways in which humans might live longer while remaining in good health.
Scholarship That Reaches Our Lives
From research that helps keep the nation safe to scholarship that amplifies historic truths in popular entertainment, Rutgers faculty bring the academic world into the real world.
One of the most ambitious editing undertakings by an American university, a team of editors/scholars has been turning an incomparable trove of Edison documents into a premier educational resource since 1978.
With such partners as MetLife Stadium and Rutgers Office of Emergency Management, CCICADA, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security University Center of Excellence, uses big data to protect soft targets and crowded places.
Key to medical and biological discovery, the Protein Data Bank is the world’s only open-access, 3D digital archive for proteins, DNA, and RNA—life’s basic molecules. PDB structures aided more than 70 percent of 54 anticancer drugs earning recent FDA approval.
“Two centuries after the death of Ludwig van Beethoven, musicians and computer scientists used artificial intelligence to complete his 10th symphony… We [CNN] talked to the computer scientist in charge of the process, Professor Ahmed Elgammal of Rutgers University, to find out how they trained the computer to write music as Beethoven might have.”—Fareed Zakaria, CNN, GPS: The Next Big Idea
New Jersey's Land-Grant University
As the state’s land-grant university, Rutgers–New Brunswick provides New Jersey’s 21 counties with expertise on everything from animal science and agriculture to mosquito control and flood mitigation. Our land-grant research solutions work for New Jersey and the nation and in the far corners of the globe.
Rutgers scientists and students work with farmers to develop new plant varieties to save threatened crops.
The internationally acclaimed center develops and operates state-of-the-art ocean sensor technologies that capture comprehensive 4D views of the ocean, shedding light on hurricanes, climate change, fisheries, and more.
Animal scientist Rebecca Potosky and President Jonathan Holloway discuss what it means to serve the Garden State.
Marine Field Station Works to Save Coastal Ecosystem
Located on a pristine East Coast estuary, the Rutgers University Marine Field Station has worked for 50 years to preserve the coastal ecosystem, sustain New Jersey's vulnerable sea life, and understand the far-reaching impact of climate change.
Leading the Way: Center for American Women and Politics
The nation’s go-to resource for insight on women in the political sphere, the center appears regularly in the national media. Led by Debbie Walsh, CAWP is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Douglass College Leads Big Ten Group for Women in STEM
Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Douglass Residential College leads the Big Ten Academic Alliance Advancing Women in STEM, a collaboration of Big Ten schools focused on broadening the participation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. The women’s residential college at Rutgers, Douglass has a historic strength in expanding the representation of women in STEM fields.
60,000 Works of Art: Zimmerli Art Museum
The Zimmerli Art Museum is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. It collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits world-class works of art to provide the university community and diverse regional, national, international audiences with direct experience of the visual arts. Scholarly activities make art accessible through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs.
Nation’s Oldest Geology Museum Is at Rutgers
The Rutgers Geology Museum was established in 1872 by George H. Cook, the pioneering Rutgers professor whose geological survey of New Jersey became the model for the U.S. Geological Survey. The museum’s collections date from 1836 and include a Mastodon skeleton discovered in New Jersey’s Salem County in 1869. Exhibits and special programs are offered year-round.
Reducing Tuition and Fees for Students: Scarlet Guarantee
“Thousands of Rutgers University students will benefit from a new financial aid program slashing out-of-pocket costs of tuition and fees for families with incomes below $100,000.”—Yahoo!Finance on the Scarlet Guarantee program, which reduces tuition and fees for first- and second-year full-time in-state undergraduates on a sliding income scale
20+ Programs Ranked in the Nation’s Top 20
African American History • Agricultural Sciences • American Literature after 1865 • Art, Performing Arts, and Design • Arts and Humanities • Business–Supply Chain Logistics • Communication • Cultural History • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics • Electrical and Electronic Engineering • English • Fine Arts–Painting and Drawing • Food Science and Technology • Library and Information Studies • Mathematics • Modern U.S. History • Oceanography • Philosophy • Social Work • Urban Planning • Women’s History
Three outstanding School of Arts and Sciences students were named Barry Goldwater Scholars in 2023, extending to 18 years Rutgers’ streak of students earning the nation’s preeminent undergraduate research scholarship.
Rutgers–New Brunswick is once again a top producer of Fulbright students, achieving the distinction for the ninth time in the past decade. Through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program—the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program—students conduct research, teach English, and advance their education at host institutions across the globe.
$50,000+ in seed money is helping a Rutgers Honors College team develop its patented Nutrifier, a pacifier-like device that delivers medication and nutrients to infants, reducing complications from dosing inaccuracies.
A $10,000 prize enables the multidisciplinary team to prototype a technology that keeps household air clean when wildfire smoke and other air pollutants reach unhealthy levels.
Rutgers University Dance Marathon: $10 Million Raised
The Rutgers University Dance Marathon—the state’s largest student-run philanthropic event—has raised $10 million since 1999 to meet the nonmedical needs of children and their families affected by cancer, sickle cell, and other diseases.
Rutgers University Dance Marathon 2022
Big Ten Scarlet Knights Excel in 2021–2022
• 419 make the Academic All-Big Ten List, a Rutgers record high
• 9 top-25 ranked teams: baseball; field hockey; gymnastics; wrestling; rowing; men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse
• Football earns invitation to Gator Bowl
• Men’s basketball defeats 5 ranked opponents and makes NCAA Tournament