Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is a large research university with more than 58,000 students, 3 multi campuses, 28 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 180 graduate programs. As the nation’s eighth oldest university, the school was established in 1766, originally called Queen’s College. Later it was renamed Rutgers College in 1825 in honor of trustee and Revolutionary War veteran Colonel Henry Rutgers. With the continued expansion of the institution, the collection of schools became Rutgers University in 1924, and in 1945 and 1956, state legislative acts designated Rutgers as The State University of New Jersey. The school is officially called “Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.”
Among the three campuses of Rutgers, Rutgers-New Brunswick is the largest one. It includes the school of Arts and Sciences, the school Environmental and Biological Sciences, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the School of Engineering, the Graduate School of Education, Mason Gross School of the Arts, the School of Communication and Information, the School of Management and Labor Relations, and the School of Social Work. The Camden Campus in Philadelphia includes undergraduate schools as well as Rutgers School of Business - Camden and Rutgers School of Law - Camden. Lastly, the Newark Campus is located in the city of Newark, the largest commercial city in New Jersey, which is also near Manhattan, New York. It includes School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers Business School , Rutgers School of Law - Newark, and School of Criminal Justice.
Numerous academic programs at Rutgers are considered among the top in the nation. For example, the Philosophical Gourmet Report ranked the department of Philosophy at Rutgers as no. 2 in the U.S., and no. 3 in the English-speaking world in 2009*. According to US News & World Report’s Best Graduate School Rankings in 2013, Library and Information Services ranked at 6th, Public Affairs–Public Management and Administration at 7th, English at 17th, History at 20th (African American History at 4th, Women’s History at 1st), Mathematics at 20th (Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics at 4th), Physics at 26th, Arts overall at 27th, and Computer Science at 28th. In addition, the Rutgers Business School was ranked 39th in the Wall Street Journal’s ranking of top business schools in 2006, and the Executive MBA program was ranked 21st by Wall Street Journal in 2010, 24th by the Financial Times in 2011. Twelve of Rutgers’ Ph.D. programs were recognized by the National Research Council as the nation’s top programs in 2010: English, Food Science, History, microbiology and molecular genetics, Philosophy, Sociology, Biochemistry, Ecology and Evolution, Linguistics, Mathematics, Public Administration, and Plant Biology**.
The aforementioned achievements are, however, only part of the Rutgers’ reputation. The school is famous for its diverse students in terms of their nationality and ethnic backgrounds, and its Newark campus is recognized as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation for 15 consecutive years. In 2010, the Association of American Universities (AAU) reported that Rutgers was ranked first in the numbers of doctorate degrees earned by women, and second in all degrees earned by African Americans. These statistics prove that Rutgers employs a policy that provides more opportunities for social minorities. As a state university, Rutgers carries out its missions for an increase of public value and community development.
Rutgers University is merging with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), effective from 2013, and it is estimated that Rutgers University, just like Gachon University, will be elevated to a status of one of the nation’s top universities through this merger.
Though there are numerous universities in the U.S., not many of them achieve the two important missions of higher institution: dedication to society and academic accomplishment. As Rutgers University never stops developing, I highly recommend Rutgers University for the students who consider studying in the U.S.
*Undergraduate Programs Ranked in the Top 20 Nationwide: Animal Sciences, Business, English Literature, Environmental Sciences, Global Affairs, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Philosophy, Physics< Copyright © The Gachon Herald All rights reserved >
**Graduate Programs Ranked in the Top 10 Nationwide: Criminology, Digital librarianship, Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics, Library Information Systems, Planning and Public Policy, Printmaking, Public Affairs Information and Technology Management, Public management Administration.