History

The year 2016 marks the 250th anniversary of Rutgers’ founding—a major milestone in the history of our university.  Help us plan for a celebration worthy of 250 years of Rutgers!

Rutgers University-Newark is one of four campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, which is the eighth oldest college in the United States and a member of the Association of American Universities.  We are one of two Rutgers campuses located, not along the banks of the Raritan, but in northern New Jersey, in a city along the banks of the Passaic River, convenient and accessible to a large fraction of residents of New Jersey. Rutgers-Newark, or R-N, is the older of Rutgers’ two Newark campuses.  R-N offers affordable, high-quality liberal arts and non-medical professional education, as well as top-level research.  Our Rutgers neighbor is the Rutgers Health Sciences campus at Newark, part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, which came into existence in July 2013.

Rutgers University-Newark’s roots 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 when the New Jersey State Legislature voted to make the University of Newark part of Rutgers University.  That conglomeration of small institutions is now Rutgers University-Newark, a world-class urban research and teaching institution, with more than 12,000 students and more than 500 faculty.

Since 1997 R-N has been rated as the most diverse national campus by U.S. News & World Report.  Documents show that stretching back to at least 1935, our campus has traditionally served as the place of educational opportunity for first-generation college students, for students whose home languages were not English, for students who commuted to campus to save money, for students who work to stay in college and/or support their families, and to students of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.  Whether in 1935, in 1955, in 1985 or in 2013, we have been dedicated to excellence in education and to educational opportunity.

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