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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at Camden
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Motto in English Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
Established November 10, 1766- 1950 Camden
Type Public, Research university
Endowment US $593,114,000 [1]
President Richard L. McCormick
Faculty 2,705[2]
Students 5,600
Undergraduates 3,870
Postgraduates 1,700
Location Camden, New Jersey, USA
Campus Urban/Suburban
Former names South Jersey Law School, College of South Jersey
Alma Mater On the Banks of the Old Raritan
Sports 16 sports teams
Colors      Scarlet
Mascot Scarlet Raptors
Affiliations Association of American Universities,
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools,
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For other uses of "Rutgers", please see Rutgers (disambiguation).
This article discusses Rutgers University's campus in Camden. For general information on the University as a whole, please see Rutgers University.

Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, USA (Rutgers-Camden), is a state-funded, coeducational, public, research university. Founded in the 1920s, Rutgers-Camden began as an amalgam of the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey. It is the southernmost of the three regional campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Rutgers-Camden is situated at the crossroads of the Washington-New York and Philadelphia-Atlantic City corridors. The college's hallmark and mission is "Prestige, Opportunity, Tradition, and Value."[2]




Rutgers was chartered in 1766. Chartered in New Brunswick as Queen’s College — the nation’s eighth institution of higher learning — Rutgers is one of only nine colonial colleges established before the American Revolution. In 1825 Queen’s College became Rutgers College, to honor trustee and Revolutionary War veteran Colonel Henry Rutgers. In 1864 the state legislature chose Rutgers to be the state land-grant college. By 1926 South Jersey Law School was founded in Camden and in 1927 the College of South Jersey was founded in Camden. By 1945 Rutgers was declared the state university of New Jersey by act of the state legislature. The College of South Jersey and the South Jersey Law School joined the Rutgers system in 1950. After the Rutgers takeover, the campus expanded, erecting several buildings on site including the Paul Robeson Library, the Business and Science Building, the Campus Center, and the Walter K. Gordon Theater. In 1968 Rutgers School of Law–Camden was granted autonomy from its Newark counterpart. In 1981 The Graduate School–Camden was founded and 1989 Rutgers joined the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization comprising the top 62 research universities in North America. Rutgers School of Business–Camden was founded in 1995 and became the first southern New Jersey institution to earn accreditation from the AACSB International. In 2001 Campbell's Field was built, home to the professional minor-league Camden Riversharks and the Rutgers–Camden Scarlet Raptors baseball. Today, the campus boasts the nation's first doctoral program in childhood studies, a new state-of-the-art, law-school facility, and a comprehensive four-year undergraduate business curriculum.[3]


View of Rutgers Campus with Philadelphia skyline in background

Rutgers Camden is a medium-size, four-year, selective University in the United States. The four-year, full-time, undergraduate program is classified as "selective" and has an arts & sciences focus with some graduate coexistence. Rutgers Camden is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[4]

There are three academic curricular divisions: arts and sciences, business, and university college, 24 departments, 35 majors, and 16 master's degree programs including the renowned Rutgers School of Law-Camden. The academic year follows a 4-4 schedule of two four-course semesters, fall and spring. During the winter study term, students study various courses outside of typical curriculum for 3 weeks in January. Rutgers students often take the winter study term to pursue internships or work on intensive research projects. Rutgers Camden granted 800 bachelor's degrees and 230 master's degrees in 2007.[5]


Graduate and Professional Programs and Law School

The Graduate Schools offers thirteen programs granting Master of Arts degrees and one Phd. degree program in childhood studies. Additionally graduates students may pursue an M.B.A. through the Business School. The Law School at Rutgers Camden is a highly rated law school and frequently ranks within the top 50 category in US News and World Report's annual Law School Rankings Guide. [6]


Paul Robeson Library-Located in the heart of the Rutgers–Camden campus, the Paul Robeson Library develops and maintains access to materials that support undergraduate and graduate coursework and research. A designated Federal Depository for the First U.S. Congressional District, the library serves as a public resource for the citizens of New Jersey. Library faculty deliver comprehensive support for reference and research questions. Through the Paul Robeson Library, the Rutgers–Camden community may access the global resources of the Rutgers University Library System and a host of online services. Recent renovations to the library include an upgraded student computing center and a new lounge area for study.

Law Library-One of New Jersey’s largest law libraries and offers excellent research facilities for students, legal practitioners, and the general public. The Law Library houses 440,000 bibliographic units in book and micro form, and the collection is comprehensive in its holdings of American, English, Canadian, and foreign legal periodicals. The Law Library is located on three floors within the Law School Building. A selective federal despoitory, the Rutgers–Camden Law Library hosts numerous online collections of public documents related to federal and New Jersey courts. [7]

Honors College

The Honors College[8] at Rutgers-Camden is a community of student and faculty scholars who participate in a challenging academic program that includes honors seminars, junior and senior year projects, and extracurricular activities. Selection into this program is very competitive; approximately 90 new students are enrolled into The Honors College each year.


Rutgers University as a whole is consistently ranked among the top three public universities in the northeast. Rutgers-Camden, specifically, is among the leaders in the master’s-level universities category in the metro Philadelphia region. Additionally, Rutgers–Camden was rated as one of the top 50 values among the nation's state universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The campus—which ranked 42—was the only university in the metro Philadelphia region to make this list. [9]

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Visual and Performing Arts

The Fine Arts Building houses the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, encompassing the principal campus performing venue, now named the Walter K. Gordon Theater, as well as a black box theater, the Stedman Gallery, and a variety of campus and community programs. These three main venues - the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Stedman Gallery, and Black Box Studio—serve as focal points for the visual and performing arts in the region from international touring artists and companies to local theater and student-derived works.

Transportation Services

  • RUPD pick-up service


Rutgers-Camden baseball team

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

The Scarlet Raptors are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The following sports are found at Rutgers-Camden:

  • Men's NCAA Division III and Men's Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men's NCAA Division III, Women's NCAA Division III, Men's Intercollegiate, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Basketball
  • Men's NCAA Division III, Women's NCAA Division III, Men's Intercollegiate and Women's Intercollegiate Cross country
  • Men's Intramural Football
  • Men's NCAA Division III and Men's Intercollegiate Golf
  • Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Handball
  • Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Racquetball
  • Men's NCAA Division III, Women's NCAA Division III, Men's Intercollegiate, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Soccer
  • Women's NCAA Division III, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Softball
  • Men's Intercollegiate and Women's Intercollegiate Track and field
  • Men's NCAA Division III and Women's NCAA Division III Track indoor
  • Men's NCAA Division III and Women's NCAA Division III Track outdoor
  • Women's NCAA Division III, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural, Women's Intramural, Men's Club and Women's Club Volleyball
  • Mens Club Ice Hockey - Division III ACHA

Student life

Student Body

Approximately 3,900 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students attend Rutgers Camden nearly 600 students live on campus.Renowned for its commitment for diversity the student body is made up of students from 29 states and 33 countries. There are many clubs that represent various ethnic and racial groups, various religious denominations and a LGBTQ club. There have been over 33,000 graduates as of 2009[10]


Student media

  • The Gleaner Independent weekly newspaper; includes Features, Arts & Entertainment, Commentary, Weekly Word, Comics/Horoscope, Sports
  • WCCR-Camden[11] Internet based radio station

Clubs & other organizations

Student housing

Although the majority of undergraduate students live off campus, the university provides limited graduate and undergraduate housing. Undergraduates live in a 10-story tower composed of several levels of suite style rooms. Students living in the dormitories at Camden do not have communal bathrooms. Instead each suite contains: a bathroom, two sinks, a living room, three bedrooms and a monthly supply of bottled water. Law and graduate students live in single or shared apartment style rooms across from the undergraduate housing. For students who choose to live off campus, but in the City of Camden, options include the loft apartments at the Victor, The Castle, or townhomes and small apartment complexes bordering the campus.

See also


  1. ^ [1] 2008-2009 Rutgers Fact Book
  2. ^ "2008–2009 Factbook". Rutgers University. Retrieved January 28, 2009.  

External links

Coordinates: 39°56′56″N 75°07′26″W / 39.949°N 75.124°W / 39.949; -75.124


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