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.