Rutgers University was established as the Queen’s College in 1766 making it the eighth oldest college in the United States. Though initially established as a men’s college, the New Jersey College for Women was opened on campus in 1918 and the college turned into a full coeducational institute in 1972.
The university’s rich history makes it home for a large number of architectural masterpieces. Examples include the Sage library built in 1873 and the erstwhile Queen’s College Building built in 1808. The Queen’s College Building currently serves as an administrative office.
As of 2011, the university spreads across three campuses – in Piscataway and New Brunswick, Newark and Camden. The university has more than 170 academic departments and provides 100 bachelor and master level programs and 80 doctoral programs.
The Rutgers University Newark campus is home to the following schools and colleges:
- School of Criminal Justice
- School of Public Affairs and Administration
The Association of American Universities ranks it among the top 50 universities in the United States. A 2010 report by the Wall Street Journal indicated that graduates of Rutgers were ranked highly by recruiters.
The university does not provide online education for bachelor or master level programs but online certificate programs are available for healthcare, sales and marketing, skilled trade, and web development.
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Prospective students can apply for the fall and spring academic sessions every year. Graduate and undergraduate students can submit an online application form after paying a nominal application fee. Rutgers University Newark is a highly selective campus. Here are the specific admission requirements:
Students who are earning college credits while still enrolled in high school or those who have completed less than 12 credits at a regionally accredited college are considered to be freshmen applicants. Freshmen students must provide official high school transcripts or GED scores and SAT or ACT scores.
International students must provide ESL test results while international students are required to send TOEFL scores to Rutgers. In addition to this, international students must also take the Michigan English Assessment Battery test.
Students applying to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy should provide PCAT scores while those applying to Mason Gross School of Arts go through a preliminary talent assessment.
In addition to all these documents and test results, prospective freshmen students are required to attach an essay and proofs of extracurricular activities, community service or work experience (if applicable).
Admission requirements for graduate students vary depending on the program they are applying to. Most programs require GRE scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.
Students applying to the College of Nursing should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum work experience of five years while those applying to the School of Law should provide LSAT scores.
Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA. After your application is processed, the administration at Rutgers helps develop customized financial aid solutions for you in the form of loans and work study options.
The university currently offers two fellowships:
- The Presidential Fellowship, which provides a $35,000 stipend and is disbursed over a period of two years
- The Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Award, which provide a $15,000 stipend and tuition remission for culturally disadvantaged students
Both fellowships are awarded to students with high academic qualifications and exceptionally high grades.
Several school specific scholarship programs are also available at all three campuses. The Graduate School at New Brunswick offers several dissertation and diversity fellowships. Students can also apply for federal and state scholarships offered by civic bodies.
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The Newark campus is rife with activities, clubs and community events.
Athletic facilities can be found at the Golden Dome, Golden Dome Courts, and Alumni Field.
Rutgers Newark has three residence halls – University Square, Talbott Apartments, and Woodward Hall.
Apart from Starbucks and cafes that dot the campus, students also have the option of eating at multiple university-owned and operated dining halls. Students can purchase meal plans at any of the four dining halls.
Each year in April, the university organizes a Dance Marathon to raise funds for the Embrace Kids Foundation. In 2011, the university managed to raise more than $350,000!
Since 1998, Rutgers Newark has won the title of the Most Diverse National University in the United States (U.S. News and World Report).
Students are also encouraged to become a part of student clubs and organizations. With more than 700 clubs, it will be easy to find one that suits your personal interests.
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The athletic teams at the university are known as the Scarlet Knights and have a fight song that goes ‘RU, Rah, Rah’. In November 1869, Rutgers played its first intercollegiate football game against the neighboring Princeton University.
Men’s sports at Rutgers include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling. Women have the option of participating in gymnastics, rowing, volleyball, and field hockey.
The women’s basketball team is among the top 25 college teams in the United States and has consistently made it to the NCAA Championship year after year.
Historic rivalries have existed with Columbia University and the New York University for football. A basketball rivalry exists with the Seton Hall University.
In 2007, several sports were removed from the athletic offering and now exist only in the form of clubs and student organizations.
Notable alumni include:
- Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize Winner for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
- Mario Batali, award winning chef and TV host
- Kristin Davis, actor, best remembered for her role as Charlotte in Sex and the City
- Shaun O’Hara, center and captain, New York Giants
- Selman Waksman, Nobel Prize winner
- Garret Augustus Hobart, U.S Vice President
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