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. 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. It has more than 170 academic departments and provides 100 bachelor and master level programs and 80 doctoral programs.
The New Brunswick campus is home to 14 schools and colleges, the most prominent of which include the School of Arts, School of Engineering, and Rutgers Business School.
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. Students from different departments participate in various community outreach events, the most recent being water shortage at a remote Thailand village, an initiative taken up by engineering students as a part of Engineers Without Borders program.
The university does not provide education for bachelor or master level programs online but online certificate programs are available for healthcare, sales and marketing, skilled trade, and web development.
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Applications can be submitted online at the university website along with the application fee. SAT or ACT scores are mandatory along with official high school transcripts or GED scores. International students are required to submit TOEFL scores too. International students must also have an F1 visa.
Each school or college at the university has specific admission guidelines which can be viewed while filling out the application form. The university offers spring and fall sessions for all programs. Some certificate programs may be offered at different times. Specific admission requirements can be found here.
Business administration degrees require GMAT scores and GRE scores are required for all graduate level programs. Letters of recommendation and personal statements are also required.
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 –
1. The Presidential Fellowship which provides a $35,000 stipend and is disbursed over a period of two years.
2. 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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With more than 38,000 enrolled students at the New Brunswick campus, student life at the university is bustling with activities, clubs and community events.
Athletic facilities can be found at the Busch Center which boasts of a tennis complex, a golf course, a soccer stadium, and a recreation complex with lap pools and fitness centers.
The Livingston campus has the famous Base Camp which runs hiking, canoeing and kayaking trips for students. A boathouse is located on the Raritan River at the Cook/Douglass Center.
Apart from the Dunkin Doughnuts 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!
Housing facilities are available in the form of residence halls, apartments and suites at the Busch campus, the College Avenue campus, the Douglass campus, the G.H. Cook campus, and the Livingston campus.
The university has an active Greek life with fraternities and panhellenic associations on campus. Fraternities and sororities at Rutgers know how to have fun and hold annual formals, mixers, barbecues, date parties and other fun events at student centers.
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.
The university is also famous for Grease Trucks, food vendors who operate from trucks. The most popular food at the trucks are fat sandwiches which were also featured in Travel and Living Channel’s Man vs. Food.
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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.
James Gandolfini – Star of TV show The Sopranos
Oswald “Ozzie” Nelson – Star of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
Mario Batali – Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur
Avery Brooks – Actor
Calista Flockhart – Actress of successful TV shows; Ally McBeal, The Birdcage
Kristin Davis – Actress of renowned TV show Sex and the City
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In 2008, the university won a Guinness World Record for the Biggest Gathering of Individuals Dressed as Ninja Turtles.. 786 students participated in this fundraising event.
In 2009, a Guinness World Record was also won for the Biggest Gathering of Individuals Dressed as Waldo.
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