Rutgers-Newark is proud to be named a Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution leader for the second year in a row by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
Embracing our Identity as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
A Hispanic-serving institution
At Rutgers-Newark, we embrace our identity as a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, which we earned in 2016. Latinx undergraduate enrollment has grown more than 50% in the last decade and today more than 34% of undergraduates identify as Latinx. The diversity of our Latinx student body and the strength of the connections maintained by our students with their families’ ancestral homes across the world strengthens our commitment as an anchor institution that works with many partners in our community on challenges and solutions locally that resonate globally.
For more than two decades, Rutgers-Newark has been among the most diverse universities in the U.S. Our current undergraduate enrollment reflects this continued leadership.
Distinction as an HSI Leader
Reflecting the high priority we place on not just having a diverse community, but leveraging that diversity to make a difference, Rutgers-Newark has earned the following distinctions.
- Designation by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright-HSI Leader
- Ranking among the best institutions in the nation for diversity, social mobility, and return on investment, as a “best bang for the buck” honoree.
- National recognition by The Education Trust for Leading the Way in Diversity and Degrees
- Led by an internationally recognized advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a team recognized for shared equity leadership
Academic Programs that Leverage Diversity
At Rutgers-Newark, we encourage all members of our community not to check their identities at the door. Our inspirational Strategic Plan and Diversity Strategic Plan provide us frameworks for weaving perspectives and experiences into our high-impact scholarship and curriculum across the disciplines that deepen our appreciation of each other’s cultures while also demonstrating our interdependence. See our array of undergraduate and graduate programs, and examples below of special academic opportunities.
- Our Honors Living-Learning Community is considered a national model, with breathtaking diversity and a curriculum integrating social justice into any major
- Lives in Translation provides avenues for students to leverage their multilingualism academically and through community engagement.
- Rutgers-Newark is a state-wide hub for diversifying STEM fields and professions, including pathways from 5 HSI community colleges, including the geosciences, and onto graduate study, as well as an award-winning home for mentoring for women in STEM.
- Rutgers-Newark runs one of the nation’s longest-running and most successful Minority Biomedical Research Support Programs funded by the National Institutes for Health
- Our Office of Global Initiatives and Experiential Learning makes international travel affordable for our students through short-term stays involving community engaged learning.
- The Minority Student Program of Rutgers Law School-Newark has been diversifying the legal profession in New Jersey and beyond for more than 50 years.
Support for Student Success
At Rutgers-Newark, we are firm believers that access to higher education without the support required to be successful is not really access at all. This belief underlies our array of initiatives that aim to support Latinx student success financially, academically, and in personal and professional growth, including the following.
- The Rutgers University – Newark Talent & Opportunity Pathway program (RU-N to the TOP) uses a sliding scale based on family income to reduce the cost of attendance to as little as $0 for tuition and mandatory fees. Thousands of students already have received that level of support.
- Expansive pathways to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can be found at Rutgers-Newark in our Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (GSLSAMP), Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship Program, which provide extensive supports from undergraduate through graduate study.
- Latinx students—and students of all backgrounds and identities—find support for their personal, professional, and social development at the Intercultural Resource Center, which serves as a hub for cultural groups including Latinos United Networking America.
- As a very active member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Rutgers-Newark supports students to participate in HACU’s ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute, a student track at the annual conference that cultivates student leaders through a three-day workshop.
- Rutgers-Newark student teams have been finalists in recent years of the HSI Battle of the Brains, an annual cross-disciplinary competition where students from Hispanic-Serving Institutions develop business solutions that incorporate design, policy, business, and STEM components.
- Rutgers-Newark is one of a small number of institutions nationally selected to partner with Braven, a nonprofit organization that provides first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color with coaching, mentoring, and internship opportunities to secure strong first jobs after graduation. Rutgers-Newark has had more than 1,200 Braven Fellows, with 38% of the class of 2022 being Latinx.
Enjoy perusing a selection of our news stories, profiles, and videos that reflect the breadth and depth of the experience of Latinx members of the Rutgers-Newark community.
In honor of Hispanic/Latinix Heritage Month, Samuel Olivencia, an Honors Living-Learning Community student, reflects on the "strange duality" of Puerto Rican culture, which exists because of colonialism and in spite of it.
Natalia Murillo Salazar remembers the support she received from a detective after a childhood trauma. The experience inspired her to pursue a major in Criminal Justice.
On her own since immigrating at age18, business major Vanesa Freire found resources and stability at RU-N.
Solcyre Burga was inspired by her journalism professors to report on educational inequities. She now works at TIME magazine as a fact-checker and reporter.
Alisson Lopez is finding her path at the HLLC, where students become change agents. The program, a national model, expands notions of merit.
Background as Lawyer, and Dominican Immigrant, Shaped New Assistant Dean and Director of Student Compliance
The challenges of navigating college and law school as an Afro-Latina woman have been a north star for Ednin Martinez, Rutgers-Newark’s new Assistant Dean and Director of Student Compliance.
An Anthem for Immigrants
A spoken word poem written for Something to Declare, a student devised theater piece about the immigrant experience.
As our government’s immigration policy evolves, Newest Americans explores what is at stake for Marisol Conde-Hernandez and her family.
What does it mean to be American?
Rutgers students create glass sculptures based on the stories of Lusophone migrants to Newark.
Journey between Central America and New Jersey with people who are transforming a small Guatemalan town
Rutgers-Newark faculty, staff, and students are active contributors to the efforts of national organizations to strengthen higher education’s commitment to supporting Latinx students, including:
If you have questions about Rutgers-Newark’s role as a Hispanic-Serving Institution or any of the programs or initiatives mentioned here, please contact:
Jennifer M. Bucalo, Ph.D. (she/her/ella)
Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Chancellor
Center for Law & Justice Building