Rowan University


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 14th in New Jersey and 721st overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 83.9
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $32,099
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1223
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 26 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 84% / 38%
Enrollment Total (all students) 19,465


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.

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    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.

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    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


    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.


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  • Bibliography

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

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