You expect a university like Rutgers to say good things about its academic programs, students and faculty, research, and its contributions to making a difference, locally and beyond. But when institutions outside the university publicly recognize and honor the quality of those things, well, that’s not just bragging or marketing - it's the reality of rankings.

Washington Monthly recently featured Rutgers University-Newark as an institution that garners the “best bang for the buck” among national research universities. Cited for its ability to graduate low-income and underrepresented populations at a reasonable price, Washington Monthly also ranked Rutgers-Newark ninth among national research universities in “social mobility.”

The striking diversity of Rutgers University-Newark’s student body creates a welcoming campus to students of every race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and social and economic background. Not surprisingly, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rutgers University-Newark first in the country in the category of “Ethnic Diversity” among national universities for the 18th year in a row since it first established the category. U.S. News & World Report also ranks Rutgers University-Newark a first tier institution among national universities, making it second only to Rutgers-New Brunswick among public research universities in the state of New Jersey.

Rankings for the individual schools and graduate programs of Rutgers-Newark are equally impressive. Here’s what U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Princeton Review, The Wall Street Journal and others are saying about how Rutgers-Newark compares to other national universities in the U.S.

Rankings for Individual Schools and Programs

Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick

  • #43 in the US, Top Undergraduate B-Schools for Return on Investment, Businessweek, 2013
  • among top 60 graduate programs, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Graduate Schools, 2015
  • #48, part-time MBA program, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Graduate Schools, 2015
  • #11 in Supply Chain Logistics, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Graduate Schools, 2015
  • #1, public MBA program in New York metropolitan area, #18 in employment out of 414 AACSB-accredited business schools nationwide,
    U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, 2013
  • #24, executive MBA program in US, #29 executive MBA program worldwide, #8 executive
    MBA program in career progress, FINANCIAL TIMES, 2011
  • #3, executive MBA program in economics, #7 executive MBA program in corporate strategy,
  • #21 among the best executive MBA programs, #1 for administrative support, #7 in
    management skills, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2010
  • #17 in the country for the employment rate of its graduates three months after graduation, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, ‘America’s Best Business Schools 2011 Edition’
  • #6 nationwide for "Most Competitive Students," THE PRINCETON REVIEW, 2009 edition, "Best 296 Business Schools"
  • #20 among the top 25 executive MBA programs worldwide, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
  • #47 among Top MBA programs, 2015

University Rankings

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Colleges 2013 guide:

  • Rutgers-Newark is listed in the top tier among national universities in the classification of Best National Universities.
  • The nation's Most Diverse national university, for the 18th year in a row

The magazine ranks Rutgers-Newark highly in two important categories:

  • Among the top national universities for “Best Bang for the Buck,” a category that shows “which schools get their students over the finish line at a reasonable price.”
  • 13th in the U.S. among national universities for “social mobility," a measure that Washington Monthly uses to “give colleges credit for enrolling many low-income students and helping them earn degrees.”

2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

RU-N makes Washington Monthly's 2014 "Best Bang for the Buck" list, NJ Biz, Sept. 14, 2014

Rutgers School of Law – Newark

  • "Tier 1" school, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Graduate Schools (since 2004)
  • #28, diversity, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Graduate Schools, 2015
  • #23, part-time program, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Graduate Schools, 2015
  • #9, biggest return on investment, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, Best Graduate Schools, 2014
  • #40, percentage of graduates hired by 250 largest firms in the U.S., NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL, 2012
  • #3 for “Best Law Schools for Public Interest” PRELAW MAGAZINE, Winter 2011
  • #10 for most diverse faculty and #3 among the most welcoming to older students, THE PRINCETON REVIEW, 2007
  • #87 for Top Schools of Law, 2015
  • #32 in Clinical Training, 2015

School of Criminal Justice

School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)

U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Best Graduate Schools ranks SPAA highly in several categories:

  • #4, information and technology management
  • #7, public management and administration
  • #10, public finance and budgeting
  • #11, city management and urban policy
  • #18, non-profit management
  • #23, public affairs
  • #24, public policy analysis

Rutgers College of Nursing

#72, Top Nursing Programs, U.S. News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools, 2014

Graduate School-Newark

#67, Top Psychology Programs (graduate), Department of Psychology, U.S. News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools, 2014

Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, Graduate School-Newark
One of the top 50 MFA programs in the nation for 2011, POETS & WRITERS magazine


  • #84, Top Chemistry Programs (graduate), Department of Chemistry, U.S. News & World Report, 2015 Best Graduate Schools
  • #130 for Top Biology program, 2014
  • #87, Top Mathematics Programs (graduate), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, U.S. News & World Report, 2015 Best Graduate Schools
  • #49, Top Earth Sciences Program (graduate), Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, U.S. News & World Report, 2015 Best Graduate Schools