Our Mission and Vision

The academic mission of Rutgers University in Newark is to provide a first-rate education to an exceptionally diverse community of undergraduates and graduate students. Besides fostering a lively spirit of inclusion and opportunity, our institution commands local and broader influence through its high educational standards, top-ranked faculty, and nationally-recognized research in the sciences, the arts, humanities, social sciences, and global affairs, and in the professions of business, criminal justice, law, nursing, social work and public administration.

As host to a growing number of fields of study, institutes, and centers, Rutgers University-Newark has become a critical nexus of professional education and training for future business, legal, educational, arts, healthcare, social, and civic leaders in New Jersey. Our 38-acre campus also draws vitality and resources for our educational mission from its location in the state’s largest city, near other urban centers including New York, and adjacent to three other institutions of higher learning: the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Essex County College.

Rutgers University-Newark awards approximately 350 doctoral and law degrees, 800 master's degrees, and 1,200 baccalaureate degrees each year, and is ranked among the best in the nation for quality among small research universities by the National Faculty Productivity Index.

Woven into this rich fabric of our academic life is our social mission. Rutgers University-Newark has a long, respected tradition of involvement with issues affecting the national and global community in the areas of social and economic justice, civil rights, politics, business, law, journalism, and scientific discovery. In a host of ways we are deeply committed to engagement with Newark and surrounding communities through teaching, research, public service, experiential learning, free lectures, conferences, and concerts open to the public, as well as mentored student research and field work in our own urban community.

Our social mission is also grounded in our history of educating first-generation college students, those of modest means, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, national, and religious backgrounds.  Rutgers University-Newark hosts more than 1,200 students living on our vibrant campus, with more to come. Academic excellence and exceptional faculty, combined with relatively small classes, provide students with opportunities for critical discussion of current affairs, the meaning of diversity, and the twin imperatives of social responsibility and global awareness in the 21st century. Our graduates tell us that their education is greatly enhanced by what they learn from peers of so many different backgrounds. We endeavor to take fullest advantage of the unparalleled opportunities for teaching and learning this diversity provides to both students and faculty, in and outside of class. For those eager to attend college or graduate school while taking part in our legacy of educational opportunity, social engagement, and excellence, Rutgers University-Newark has become a school of choice.