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Glassboro, NJ 08028
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Rowan University

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History

Rowan University was established in 1923 as the Glassboro Normal School with an aim of providing two-year teacher training to South Jersey teachers. Over the years, the two year program was expanded to a four year program and the college became a pioneer in offering special education courses for disabled students.

The continuously expanding curriculum led to a name change in the 1950s but the college was named Rowan University after it received $100 million in funding from industrialist Henry Rowan. Rowan University has recently added a technology park, a bookstore, and a unique college town that has all residence facilities. As of 2011, Cooper Medical School is being constructed in partnership with Cooper Hospital.

Academics

According to the 2010 U.S. News and World Report, the university is among the top 100 northern regional universities. Students have the option of choosing from over 80 undergraduate and 55 master level programs.

All programs are available through the following six departments:

  • The Rohrer School of Business
  • College of Communication
  • College of Continuing and Professional Education
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Rowan University also offers bachelor, master, and doctoral programs through self paced online lessons. Programs are available in nursing, MBA, and Educational Leadership.

    Most Popular Fields of Study

    Admissions

    Fall application deadlines are in March while spring deadlines are sometime in November. The exact dates can be confirmed from the university’s admissions office. Students can fill an online application form after paying an admission fee and admission deposit. Here are the admission requirements:

    Undergraduate Admissions

    Students applying for bachelor’s degree programs must have completed 16 college credits at high schools. Official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and proof of extracurricular activities must be provided at the time of filling the application form.

    Home schooled students should include letters of recommendation for academic success and community service.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students with less than 25 credits are required to provide high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Students studying at local community colleges in the state of New Jersey should have an associate degree.

    A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for all programs but additional criteria are considered for admission.

    Graduate Admissions

    Graduate admission requirements vary depending on the program you are applying to. While most programs require GRE or MAT scores, GMAT scores must be submitted for the traditional, full time MBA program.

    A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in undergraduate studies to be considered for admission.

    Medical School Admission

    The Cooper Medical School at Rowan University has started accepting students for the 2012 academic session. Students can apply for MD programs after filling out the online application form. Prerequisites include MCAT scores and clinical work experience.

    Financial Aid

    Federal financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, work study programs, and student scholarships. To apply for federal aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student at FAFSA.

    As a New Jersey college, Rowan University students are also eligible to apply for the NJSTARS II state scholarship program for transfer students. To apply for institutional scholarships, you must be among the top 5% of your high school class and have a minimum GPA of 3.25.

    Graduate students can also apply for external scholarships and fellowship programs such as Fulbright, James Madison Fellowship, Presidential Management Fellows, and others.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 2858th for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in New Jersey.

    Students

    Residence facilities are available in the form of residence halls, which primarily house freshmen students, and apartment housing for upper class students. There are a total of six freshmen residence halls which house over 1500 students. These include the Chestnut Hall, Magnolia Hall, and Willow Hall among others. The Oak and Laurel Hall is reserved for upper class students only.

    There are four apartment complexes, including the very popular Townhouses. The Townhouses are spread over an area of 5000 square feet and include two large meeting rooms which can be used for student club meetings.

    At Rowan University, students can join multiple clubs and organizations depending on their interests. The university boasts of an active Greek life as well with the following Greek councils:

  • Inter Greek Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • National Panhellenic Council
  • National Panhellenic Conference
  • Greek Independent Council
  • The Student Government Association at Rowan University is an active council which organizes multiple annual events such as Novelty Nights.

    Students can make use of state of the art facilities and labs like the Frederic and Jean Edelman Planetarium and Rowan University Art Gallery.

    An important part of Rowan is the Hollybush Whitney Mansion, constructed in 1847 by Thomas Heston Whitney. It is an Italian style mansion that became a part of the college in 1923. At that time, Hollybush Mansion was used as a girl’s dormitory; however, over the years, several important meetings during the Cold War and Arab Israeli War were held at the mansion.

    The university has its own radio station. Rowan Radio gives updates on the university, classes, sports, and even hosts music shows.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics

    Athletics

    Rowan University’s athletic teams play in the school colors of brown and gold. They are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and compete in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

    Men’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Women also have the option of playing field hockey, lacrosse, and softball. The football, field hockey, and men’s basketball teams have had moderate success in national championships and have consistently made it to the finals year on year.

    Alumni

  • Patti Smith, singer
  • Stink Fisher, actor
  • Allen Helbieg, artist
  • Shaun T, TV host
  • Bibliography

    • Rowan University. Rowan University. Web. June 12, 2011.
    • Rowan Athletics. Rowan Athletics. Web. June 12, 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 16th in New Jersey and 696th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in New Jersey and 248th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 4 0.03
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 3 0.03
    Robbery 1 0.01
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 13 0.11
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest 34 0.29

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 22 0.12
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Forcible Rape 5 0.03
    Robbery 11 0.06
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 118 0.63
    Larceny 285 1.53
    Vehicle theft 11 0.06

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Glassboro, NJ 08028
    Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population20,334 (18,859 urban / 1,475 rural)
    Households6,602 (2.69 people per house)
    Median Household Income$44,805
    Families4,369 (3.19 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
    Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District3401

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 974th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,906 $8,906 $16,712
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,474 $3,474 $3,474
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $342 $342 $644
    FT Graduate Tuition $11,484 $11,484 $11,484
    FT Graduate Required Fees $2,556 $2,556 $2,556
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $638 $638 $638
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,970 $26,970 $34,776
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,970 $26,970 $34,776
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,330 $20,330 $28,136

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Medical Degree — Tuition $33,900 $53,800
    Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,705 $1,705
    Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Tuition $35,823 $57,479
    Osteopathic Medicine Degree — Required Fees $3,993 $3,993

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $12,019 $12,380 $12,019 $12,380 $12,019 $19,646
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board $10,652 $11,190
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,900(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$65
    Graduate Application Fee$65
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 8,287 (4,279 male / 4,008 female)
    Admitted 4,908 (2,586 male / 2,322 female)
    Admission rate 59%
    First-time Enrollment 1,420 (833 male / 587 female)
    FT Enrollment 1,412 (829 male / 583 female)
    PT Enrollment 8 (4 male / 4 female)
    Total Enrollment13,349

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. CompletionN/A
    Recommendations
    Formal competency demo
    Admission test scores
    TOEFL
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
    NCAA Basketball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference

    SAT Test Admission

    328th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 94%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 640
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1240

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity3,942
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room Fee$7,303
    Board Fee$4,160

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 36 209 198 77 4 2,325 28 2,934
    Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 2 7 8 63 2 86
    Advertising 6 4 1 51 1 65
    African Studies 1 1
    Art/Art Studies, General 2 6 49 63
    Athletic Training/Trainer 1 1 12 14
    Behavioral Sciences 1 8 1 11
    Biochemistry 1 1 1 17 20
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 8 10 86 1 112
    Business Administration and Management, General 8 5 4 6 107 133
    Chemical Engineering 2 2 5 25 34
    Chemistry, General 2 2 2 11 17
    City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 2 2
    Civil Engineering, General 1 31 1 33
    Community College Education 2 9 11
    Computer Science 2 1 4 7
    Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 3 3 36 1 45
    Counseling Psychology 2 2
    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 5 2 1 28 36
    Criminal Justice/Police Science 19 17 2 112 3 156
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1 3
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 1 17 21
    Economics, General 1 1 1 13 16
    Education, General 1 1 25 1 28
    Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 1 7 9
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 23 25
    Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 1 9 2 1 28 41
    Engineering, General 2 1 2 15 20
    Engineering/Industrial Management 3 11 14
    English Language and Literature, General 4 7 1 73 1 89
    English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 5 5 33 1 47
    Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 13 15
    Environmental Studies 2 20 1 23
    Finance, General 8 1 1 4 38 1 53
    Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 4 5
    Geography 1 1 1 3 15 21
    History, General 6 5 2 97 2 113
    Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 2 3 27 34
    Journalism 4 3 1 29 37
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 21 10 1 45 77
    Management Information Systems, General 1 1 24 28
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 3 2 1 53 61
    Mathematics, General 1 2 3 3 1 59 1 71
    Mechanical Engineering 1 38 1 42
    Music Performance, General 7 7
    Music Teacher Education 10 11 4 301 330
    Music Theory and Composition
    Music, General 2 2 36 41
    Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 1 8 9
    Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 3 1 1 38 48
    Physical Sciences
    Physics, General 1 2 2 20 1 26
    Political Science and Government, General 1 4 19 1 25
    Psychology, General 19 17 2 167 1 211
    Public Relations/Image Management 1 5 11 1 67 1 87
    Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 1 11 9 2 87 1 114
    Reading Teacher Education 1 1 39 1 43
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 5 3 4 38 1 54
    School Psychology 1 3 3 1 37 45
    Sociology 1 15 6 1 34 60
    Spanish Language and Literature 12 6 1 19
    Special Education and Teaching, General 7 8
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 2 41 45
    Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 4 4 1 11 1 21
    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 319th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $93,991 ($99,237 male / $88,398 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 386 (200 male / 186 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 1,436
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
    Total Benefits $21,353,460

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