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Rutgers University
Rutgers-Newark campus black and white logo
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
(Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.)
Established University of Newark: 1936
Rutgers University, Newark: 1946
Type Public, research university
Chancellor Steven J. Diner
President Richard L. McCormick
Undergraduates 6,800
Postgraduates 4,200
Location Newark, New Jersey, USA
Campus Urban
Athletics 10 sports teams
Colors Scarlet red and black
Mascot Scarlet Raider
This article discusses Rutgers University's campus in Newark, New Jersey. For general information on the University as a whole, please see Rutgers University. For other uses of "Rutgers", please see Rutgers (disambiguation).

Rutgers University in Newark[1] is one of three campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the eighth oldest college in the United States and a member of the Association of American Universities.



Rutgers University, Newark, officially came into existence in 1946, when the New Jersey State Legislature voted to make the University of Newark part of Rutgers University. The roots of Rutgers University, Newark, however, date back to 1908 when the New Jersey Law School first opened its doors. That law school, along with four other educational institutions in Newark — Dana College, the Newark Institute of Arts & Sciences, the Seth Boyden School of Business, and the Mercer Beasley School of Law — formed a series of alliances over the years. A final merger in 1936 resulted in the establishment of the University of Newark. A decade later, Rutgers University in Newark was founded.[2]

Aerial view of campus

Today, the 35 acre (14 hectare) campus, located in Newark's University Heights neighborhood, consists of the following degree-granting divisions:

  • Newark College of Arts and Sciences[3]
    • The Newark College of Arts and Sciences enrolls more than 60 percent of the undergraduates at Rutgers University in Newark and is the largest school on campus. With majors in almost 40 fields, the curricula at NCAS combine the advantages of a liberal arts foundation with the specialized training necessary for a specific career. Degrees awarded include bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science.
  • University College—Newark[4]
    • University College—Newark is designed for adult students who have obligations during the day and attend class in the evening or on Saturday. Degrees awarded include bachelor of arts and bachelor of science.
  • Graduate School—Newark[5]
    • The Graduate School—Newark is dedicated to the advancement of scientific and human knowledge in an environment that encourages scholarly inquiry and intellectual growth. Graduate students are expected to develop the analytical and creative skills required for original scholarship, research, and problem solving, as well as a thorough understanding of an academic discipline. Degrees awarded include master of arts, master of science, master of fine arts in creative writing, and doctor of philosophy in a range of disciplines.
  • School of Public Affairs and Administration[6]
    • The School of Public Affairs and Administration is dedicated to four goals: competence, diversity, knowledge, and service. The Master of Public Administration program is rated highly by U.S. News & World Report, ranking 10th in the nation in public management administration[7] and 32nd in the broader category of public affairs.[8] Degrees awarded include masters in public administration, executive masters in public administration, and doctorate in public administration.
  • College of Nursing[9]
    • Formed in 1956, the College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It offers an RN-BS program, a Master of Science degree offering clinical expertise for advanced practice nursing and the only Ph.D. program in nursing in New Jersey. Degrees awarded include bachelor of science, master of science, doctorate in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice arts.
  • Rutgers Business School -- Newark and New Brunswick[10]
    • Founded in 1929, the business school offers extensive undergraduate and graduate business programs on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses of Rutgers. It is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and has received high rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. Degrees awarded include bachelor of science, master of business administration, executive master of business administration, international executive master of business administration, and doctorate in management.
  • School of Criminal Justice[11]
    Center for Law and Justice and New Street Plaza
    • The School of Criminal Justice is a major national and international center for scholarly research on all aspects of policing, delinquency, crime, and criminal justice administration. The school also provides educational programs that fulfill public service obligations by helping to address the needs of criminal justice agencies within the city, state, nation, and world. Degrees awarded include bachelor of science, master of science, joint bachelor of science and master of science, and doctorate in criminal justice.
  • Rutgers School of Law -- Newark[12]
    • The Rutgers School of Law—Newark, the oldest law school in New Jersey, has a deeply rooted tradition of commitment to three defining elements: teaching, scholarship, and service. Through the law school's eight clinics and pro bono activities, faculty and students are at the forefront of resolving the complex legal issues facing a global society. Prominent graduates include United States senators and congressmen, New Jersey Supreme Court justices, and leaders in the fields of law, business, and the public sector. Degrees awarded include juris doctor and various masters degrees offered jointly with a juris doctor.

Rutgers University in Newark awards approximately 60 doctoral degrees, 1,000 graduate degrees, and 1,200 baccalaureate degrees each year and was ranked 12th in the nation for quality among small research universities by the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.[13] U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" has named Rutgers University, Newark, the most diverse national university in the United States since 1997.[14]

Majors and minors offered at Rutgers University in Newark include: African-American and African studies, allied health technologies, American studies, Ancient Mediterranean civilizations, anthropology, art, biological sciences, botany, Central and Eastern European studies, chemistry, clinical laboratory sciences, computer science, economics, education (teacher certification), English, environmental sciences, French, geology, geoscience engineering, graphic design (bachelor of fine arts), history, information systems, journalism and media studies, mathematics, mathematics (applied), music, philosophy, physics, political science, Portuguese and Lusophone world studies, psychology, social work, sociology, Spanish, theater, television and media arts, visual arts (bachelor of fine arts), women's studies, and zoology.


Richard L. McCormick is president of Rutgers University, which has campuses located in New Brunswick and Piscataway, Newark and Camden. Steven J. Diner is chancellor of Rutgers University in Newark. As chief executive of the Newark campus since July 2002, Chancellor Diner leads an institution consisting of seven schools, more than 11,000 students, 500 full-time faculty and 1,100 full-time staff, with a budget of $130,000,000.

The deans of each school are:[15]

  • Michael R. Cooper, dean, Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick
  • John J. Farmer, Jr., dean, Rutgers School of Law – Newark
  • Marc Holzer, dean, School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • William L. Holzemer, dean, College of Nursing
  • Gary Roth, dean, Graduate School – Newark
  • Bonita Veysey, interim dean, School of Criminal Justice
  • Philip Yeagle, dean, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College – Newark


Rutgers University in Newark enrolls more than 11,000 students (more than 6,800 undergraduate, 4,200 graduate) in programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, criminal justice, business, public affairs and administration, law, and nursing. Since 1997, U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" has consistently ranked Rutgers University in Newark tops in student diversity.[16]

Admissions and Financial Aid

Undergraduate admissions to Rutgers University in Newark are classified as “selective” by U.S. News & World Report.[17] Rutgers University in Newark receives almost 17,000 freshman and transfer applications and enrolls about 1,700 new students each year. Admissions decisions are based on academic potential as demonstrated by grades, grade-point average, class rank and test scores as well as extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership such as volunteer work, school clubs and organizations, community service and paid employment. Merit scholarships are offered at the acceptance stage to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.

Tuition for full-time, New Jersey residents attending Rutgers University in Newark is $9,268; for non-residents it is $19,482. Fees are $2,294, and the cost of room and board is $9,942.[18]

For the 2008-2009 academic year, 85 percent of the entering class received an offer of financial aid from Rutgers University in Newark. Using a student’s Free Application for Financial Student Aid, Rutgers develops a customized financial-aid package based on the student’s qualifications, financial need, and funds available to the university. A financial aid package may include any or a combination of these major financial aid sources: gift aid (e.g., grants, scholarships, and awards), loans, and work-study. Offers typically range from $500 to $24,000, with the average financial aid package reaching $17,500.[19]


U.S. News & World Report "Best Colleges" has consistently ranked Rutgers University in Newark number one in student diversity among national universities since 1997.[20] Twenty-seven percent of full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the fall of 2008 were white, 25 percent Asian, 20 percent Latino, 18 percent African American, 8 percent multiracial, multi-ethnic or unknown, and 2 percent foreign.[21] More than 70 nations are represented in the student body.[22]


Golden Dome Athletic Center

(Note: The athletic teams at Rutgers' main campus in New Brunswick are called the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers-Camden athletic teams are called the Scarlet Raptors. The Scarlet Raiders and the Scarlet Raptors both compete within NCAA Division III. The Scarlet Knights compete within Division I.)

See also: List of college athletic programs in New Jersey, USA #Division III

The Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders field teams for NCAA competition in 14 sports (7 each for men and women) — thirteen in Division III and one in Division I (men's volleyball). The Division III sports are: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, volleyball (women), baseball (men) and softball (women).[23] The Scarlet Raiders are members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

Built in 1977, the Golden Dome Athletic Center is the hub of Rutgers-Newark athletics, seating 2,000. Soccer and softball games are held on Alumni Field, while the Rutgers-Newark baseball team plays at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, a 6,200-seat ballpark that is home to the Newark Bears, a minor-league professional baseball franchise.[1]

Rankings and Statistics

  • According to the 2009 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University in Newark has one of the top 10 graduate programs in the United States in the areas of information and technology management, and public management and administration. Specifically, SPAA holds high rankings in the following categories: information and technology management (9th),[24] public management and administration (10th),[25] public finance and budgeting (11th), city management and urban policy (14th), and non-profit management (18th).
  • Rutgers School of Law – Newark is ranked as a “Tier 1” school by the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” It is tied for 87th overall.[26]
  • The 2007 edition of the “Best 170 Law Schools” by The Princeton Review ranks Rutgers School of Law – Newark as having the 10th most diverse faculty and being the third most welcoming to older students.
  • Rutgers School of Law – Newark is ranked 40th in the United States by the 2007 edition of rankings conducted by The Consus Group.[27]
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 "Best Business Schools" rankings place Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick 59th nationwide.[28]
  • The Princeton Review's 2009 edition of "Best 296 Business Schools" survey of business schools accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business ranks Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick 6th nationwide for "Most Competitive Students."[29]
  • The Wall Street Journal’s 2007 "Top Business Schools" survey of corporate recruiters ranks the business school 39th nationally among regional business schools (i.e., schools that tend to draw many of their recruiters from their local regions).[30]
  • The Wall Street Journal ranks Rutgers 20th among the top 25 executive MBA programs worldwide.[31]
  • London’s Financial Times ranks Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick 3rd among executive MBA programs offered by public universities in the United States.[32]
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 "Best Graduate Schools" rankings place Rutgers School of Criminal Justice 7th nationwide.[33]


There are more than 400 full-time faculty members at Rutgers University in Newark, 99 percent of whom hold doctor of philosophy or juris doctor degrees.[34] Faculty on the Newark campus currently include a Pulitzer Prize recipient and members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A number of Rutgers University, Newark, faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and named as Fulbright Fellows.[35]


Rutgers-Newark campus, as seen from University Avenue

As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers University in Newark supports the institution's mission of creating new knowledge, providing top-quality education to its students, and sharing academic and intellectual resources with New Jersey’s residents. Rutgers University, Newark, accomplishes the mission not only through the classroom and through the research initiatives of individual faculty members but also through a variety of centers and institutes where faculty are involved in cutting edge research, faculty and students are actively engaged in community outreach, and students engage in interactive, experiential learning opportunities to complement classroom work.

Select centers and institutes at Rutgers University in Newark:[36]

  • Institute of Jazz Studies – founded 1952[37]
  • National Center for Public Performance – founded 1972[38]
  • New Jersey Small Business Development Center – founded 1977[39]
  • Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience – founded 1985[40]
  • Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity – founded 1995[41]
  • Division of Global Affairs – founded 1996[42]
  • Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience – founded 1998[43]
  • Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies – founded 2000[44]
  • Institute on Education Law and Policy – founded 2000[45]
  • Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership – founded 2004[46]
  • Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development – founded 2008[47]
  • Newark Schools Research Collaborative – founded 2009[48]

Community Engagement

Throughout its 100-plus years of providing higher education in the city of Newark, Rutgers University in Newark has continually fostered deep connections to its home city and its surrounding communities. Through the plethora of business, civic and not-for-profit institutions that serve the people of Newark and northern New Jersey, the faculty, staff and students of Rutgers apply their skills and expertise while demonstrating their strong commitment to civic/community engagement.[49] In that regard, in 2006, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Rutgers University in Newark as one of among a small pool of U.S. colleges and universities for the foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. Specifically, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching placed Rutgers University in Newark in the foundation’s Outreach and Partnerships category, recognizing the university for its ability to apply and provide collaboratively institutional resources that benefit both campus and community.[50]


  • Business
    • Orville E. Beal – former president, The Prudential Insurance Company
    • Felix M. Beck – retired chairman & chief executive officer, Margaretten & Co.
    • Dennis M. Bone – president, Verizon New Jersey
    • Raymond G. Chambers – philanthropist and humanitarian; chairman, MCJ Amelior Foundation
    • Anthony Coscia – chairman, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
    • Albert R. Gamper – retired chairman & chief executive officer, CIT Group Inc.
    • Ralph Izzo – president, chairman & chief executive officer, PSEG
    • Maryann Keller – former president, Automotive Services,
    • Alfred C. Koeppe – president & chief executive officer, Newark Alliance; former president & chief operating officer, PSE&G
    • Rosemary T. McFadden – former president & chief operating officer, New York Mercantile Exchange
  • Law/Government
    • Elizabeth Blume-Silverstein – one of New Jersey’s first female lawyers; co-founder of the World Jewish Congress
    • Ronald K. Chen – New Jersey Public Advocate
    • Louis J. Freeh – former director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Nia Gill – New Jersey senator (D-34th District)
    • Richard J. Hughes – former governor of New Jersey; chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court
    • Jaynee LaVecchia – justice of the New Jersey State Supreme Court
    • Virginia Long – justice of the New Jersey State Supreme Court
    • Robert Menendez – United States senator (D-NJ)
    • Hazel O’Leary – president, Fisk University; former United States Secretary of Energy
    • Ronald L. Rice – New Jersey senator (D-32nd District)
    • Peter W. Rodino Jr. – former United States representative (D-NJ); former chair, House Judiciary Committee during Watergate presidential impeachement hearings
    • Elizabeth Warren – Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; in 2009 named one of Time Magazine's “100 Most Influential People in the World”
  • Culture
    • Adriana Bosch – Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
    • Robert A. Freedman – president & chief executive officer, Ruth Eckerd Hall
    • Judith Viorst – author and columnist for Redbook Magazine; recipient of Emmy Award in 1970
    • Tracey Scott Wilson – playwright
  • Entertainment
    • Ozzie Nelson – radio and television entertainer
  • Sports
    • Jerry Izenberg – syndicated daily sports columnist


  • Ackerson Hall – 180 University Avenue
  • Aidekman Neuroscience Center – 197 University Avenue
  • Blumenthal Hall – 249 University Avenue
  • Boyden Hall – 195 University Avenue
  • Bradley Hall – 110 Warren Street
  • Center for Law and Justice – 123 Washington Street
  • Conklin Hall – 175 University Avenue
  • Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies – 47 Bleeker Street
  • Engelhard Hall – 190 University Avenue
  • Golden Dome Athletic Center – 110 Warren Street
  • Hill Hall – 360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • John Cotton Dana Library – 185 University Avenue
  • Life Sciences Center – 190 University Avenue
  • Management Education Center – 111 Washington Street
  • New Jersey Small Business Development Center – 43 Bleeker Street
  • New Street Plaza – between Ackerson Hall, the Management Education Center, the Center for Law and Justice, and Engelhard Hall
  • Norman Samuels Campus Plaza – between Paul Robeson Campus Center and John Cotton Dana Library
  • Olson Hall – 73 Warren Street
  • Paul Robeson Campus Center – 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • Smith Hall – 101 Warren Street
  • Stonsby Commons & Eatery – 91 Bleeker Street
  • Talbott Apartments – 101 Bleeker Street
  • University Square – 155 University Avenue
  • 1 Washington Park – new home of Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick
  • 15 Washington Street – former law school building
  • Woodward Hall – 91 Bleeker Street
John Cotton Dana Library


  • John Cotton Dana Library[53]
  • Institute of Jazz Studies[54]
  • Rutgers Law Library – Newark[55]
  • Don M. Gottfredson Library of Criminal Justice[56]


  • Paul Robeson Galleries[57]

Student Housing

Freshman students living on campus are assigned to Woodward Hall.[58] These suite style accommodations are non-cooking and contain three double bedrooms, as well as a bathroom. The rooms and suites are fully furnished, and the building includes a 24-hour computer lab and laundry room.

Returning and transfer students under the age of 21 are assigned to University Square[59] while returning and transfer students who are at least 21 years old are assigned to Talbott Apartments.[60] Both complexes offer single rooms in either a 3-person or 4-person shared apartment and include a computer lab, study/social lounges, television lounges, a laundry room, and vending area.

Attached to Woodward Hall is Stonsby Commons & Eatery[61] for residents who are on a meal plan. While Woodward Hall residents are required to be on a meal plan, any student may purchase a meal plan and eat in all campus dining halls.

A limited number of family apartment options are available for married/domestic partners and students with children in university-owned brownstones.

Student Media

The Observer[62] is the independent, student-run newspaper of Rutgers University in Newark. Covering the Newark campus and surrounding University Heights community since 1936, the newspaper publishes every Tuesday morning during the fall and spring semesters.

WRUN radio station is located in the Paul Robeson Campus Center. It offers a variety of diverse musical and talk-show programs and can be enjoyed by residents in student housing on radio dial 103.9 FM.

The Newark Metro,[63] a multimedia web magazine, covers metropolitan life from Newark and North Jersey to New York City. It is produced by students at Rutgers University in Newark, under the direction of Professor Robert W. Snyder.

Student Clubs and Other Organizations[64]

  • Student Governing Association
  • Rutgers Finance Society
  • Rutgers Accounting Society
  • Association of Latinos Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
  • Black Organization of Students
  • Collegiate Society of America
  • Coptic Society
  • EOF P.R.I.D.E.
  • Filipino Student Association
  • RU-N Gaming Club
  • RU Pride
  • Indian Student Association
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Iranian-American Civic Association
  • Rutgers JOSH
  • Latinos United Networking America (LUNA)
  • Management Information System
  • Marketing and Management Society
  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

* Muslim Student Association

Vice President: Anaum Naz Shah
  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
  • New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG)
  • Rutgers University College Democrats
  • Ascend
  • The Organization of African Studies
  • Palestinian American Organization
  • Pakistani Students Association
  • Rutgers Book Club
  • Rutgers University Pre-Law Society
  • Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Rutgaz Poets
  • Rutgers Red Cross Corps
  • Rutgers Pre-Veterinary Society
  • Social Work Student Association
  • Video Production Society
  • West Indian Student Association (WISA)
  • Youth 4 Cause

Transportation Services

  • NJ Transit - Train[65]
  • NJ Transit - Bus[66]
  • PATH trains[67]
  • New York City Subway[68]
  • NY Waterway Ferry Service[69]
  • Newark Light Rail[70]
  • Newark Liberty Airport[71]
  • Amtrak[72]
  • University and CHEN Shuttle service[73]

Safety and Security

Rutgers University in Newark maintains a comprehensive safety program to promote a crime-free campus environment.[74] Residence halls operate on electronic lock systems requiring card access 24 hours a day or are staffed 24 hours a day by security guards. Security cameras in residence halls, parking lots, and in other locations act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and serve as an investigative tool. Commissioned police officers supported by other trained personnel patrol regularly.

Each year, the Division of Public Safety conducts workshops for students at orientation, in residence halls, and through “RU Safe” events, which are broadcast over the Rutgers television network. More detailed information on safety procedures is available through the Safety Matters newsletter published annually.

Points of interest

  • The Newark Museum[75]
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center[76]
  • Prudential Center[77]
  • Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium[78]
  • Branch Brook Park[79]
  • Weequahic Park Golf Course
  • New Jersey Historical Society[80]
  • Newark Public Library[81]
  • Newark Symphony Hall[82]
  • WBGO Jazz Radio Station[83]

See also


External links

Coordinates: 40°44′28″N 74°10′26″W / 40.741°N 74.174°W / 40.741; -74.174



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