46 Facts About Rutgers


Rutgers University, officially Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a public land-grant research university consisting of four campuses in New Jersey.

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For most of its existence, Rutgers was a private liberal arts college but it has evolved into a coeducational public research university after being designated The State University of New Jersey by the New Jersey Legislature via laws enacted in 1945 and 1956.

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Rutgers is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university, as well as the largest university in the state.

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The Grammar School, today the private Rutgers Preparatory School, was a part of the college community until 1959.

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Rutgers College became the land-grant college of New Jersey in 1864 under the Morrill Act of 1862, resulting in the establishment of the Rutgers Scientific School, featuring departments of agriculture, engineering, and chemistry.

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Rutgers created the New Jersey College for Women in 1918, and the School of Education in 1924.

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Rutgers College continued as a liberal arts college within the university.

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Later, University College was founded to serve part-time, commuting students and Livingston College (1969) was created by the Rutgers Trustees, ensuring that the interests of ethnically diverse New Jersey students were met.

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Rutgers was designated the state university of New Jersey by acts of the New Jersey Legislature in 1945 and 1956.

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Rutgers agreed to rebuild the seminary in exchange for the land it gave up.

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In 2013, Rutgers changed part of its alma mater, "On the Banks of the Old Raritan.

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Rutgers invited multiple notable alumni from around the world to the celebration.

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In November 2016, Rutgers released research findings that revealed "an untold history of some of the institution's founders as slave owners and the displacement of the Native Americans who once occupied land that was later transferred to the college.

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Rutgers is charged with implementing "board policies with the help and advice of senior administrators and other members of the university community.

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Governance at Rutgers University rests with a board of trustees consisting of 41 members, and a board of governors consisting of 15 voting members: 8 appointed by the Governor of New Jersey and 7 chosen by and from among the board of trustees.

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The Busch Campus is noted as the home of Rutgers' highly ranked Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, as well as the golf course and football stadium.

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Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is a division of the university that serves as an umbrella organization for schools, centers, and institutes from Rutgers University and the old University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

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Online degree programs at Rutgers must meet the same academic expectations, in terms of both teaching and learning outcomes, as traditional on-campus programs.

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Rutgers offers classes at several off-campus sites in affiliation with community colleges and other state colleges throughout New Jersey.

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The collaborative effort provides access to Rutgers faculty teaching Rutgers courses, at a convenient location, but it is one of the few programs that cater exclusively to the non-traditional student population.

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Rutgers oversees several museums and collections that are open to the public.

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Rutgers global offers more than 180 study and service-learning programs to more than 50 countries for all majors.

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Rutgers is home to the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science, known as RUCCS.

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Rutgers developed water-soluble sustained release polymers, tetraploids, robotic hands, artificial bovine insemination, and the ceramic tiles for the heat shield on the Space Shuttle.

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Rutgers is home to the RCSB Protein Data bank, 'an information portal to Biological Macromolecular Structures' cohosted with the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

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Rutgers–Camden is home to the nation's PhD granting Department of Childhood Studies.

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Rutgers is home to several National Science Foundation IGERT fellowships that support interdisciplinary scientific research at the graduate-level.

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Rutgers maintains the Office of Research Alliances that focuses on working with companies to increase engagement with the university's faculty members, staff and extensive resources on the four campuses.

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Rutgers University has a student government which controls funding to student groups.

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Rutgers University is home to chapters of many Greek organizations, and a significant percentage of the undergraduate student body is active in Greek life.

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The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University has a chapter of the only active co-ed pre-medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, as of 2008.

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Rutgers has five vocal ensembles: Voorhees Choir, Kirkpatrick Choir (the university's most selective coed ensemble), Glee Club (New Brunswick's most esteemed male ensemble), University Choir (a larger mixed choir in New Brunswick), and the Rutgers Concert Choir (Camden's vocal ensemble of faculty and students).

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Rutgers has held this tradition since 1999 and to date has raised in excess of $1.

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Rutgers Day is a campus and community celebration held annually on the Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses.

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The Rutgers student publication Targum proposed that scarlet be adopted in May 1869, claiming that it was a striking color and because scarlet ribbon was easily obtained.

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At the time, the student humour magazine at Rutgers was called Chanticleer, and one of its early arts editors, Ozzie Nelson was quarterback of the Rutgers team from 1924 to 1926.

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Rutgers was among the first American institutions to engage in intercollegiate athletics, and participated in a small circle of schools that included Yale University, Columbia University and long-time rival, Princeton University.

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Rutgers University is referred to as "the birthplace of college football" as the first intercollegiate football game was held on College Field between Rutgers and Princeton on November 6, 1869, in New Brunswick, New Jersey on a plot of ground behind where the present-day College Avenue Gymnasium now stands.

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Rutgers won the game, with a score of 6 runs to Princeton's 4.

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In 1870, Rutgers held its first intercollegiate competition, against the Lawrence Scientific School of Harvard, the then top-ranked amateur crew of the time.

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Since the start in 1864, Rutgers has built a strong crew program consisting of heavyweight and lightweight men.

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Rutgers currently fields 27 intercollegiate sports programs and is a Division I school as sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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The 2006 football season saw Rutgers being ranked within the Top 25 teams in major college football polls.

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Rutgers decided to leave the American for the Big Ten Conference, effective July 1, 2014.

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Rutgers surpassed Penn State as the Big Ten's easternmost school.

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On March 23, 2019, Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault won national titles for Rutgers Wrestling and provided Rutgers with their first 2 NCAA wrestling championships.

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