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Why Rutgers University

Rutgers University  |  College Fair Guide

Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is the eighth oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S. Today, Rutgers University–New Brunswick is a research-intensive university and one of only 62 schools selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Students choose Rutgers because of its reputation, the quality and choice of majors, the amazing variety of opportunities offered outside of the classroom, and the University’s stellar location.


  • Academic excellence: Rutgers is ranked among the top 25 public universities nationally by U.S. News & World Report and among the top 100 universities in the world by U.S. News & World Report: Best Global Universities, the Center for World University Rankings (Saudi Arabia), and the Shanghai Ranking (China) Academic Ranking of World Universities.

  • Rutgers’ renowned faculty includes winners of the National Medals of Science and Technology, MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships, and Fulbright Scholarships. Ninety-nine percent of the faculty hold a PhD or other terminal degree.

  • Students have been named Churchill Scholars, Mitchell Scholars, Luce Scholars, Clarendon Fund Scholars, Fulbright Grantees, and Goldwater Fellows. For the eighth consecutive year, Rutgers–New Brunswick has earned a top spot as one of the nation’s “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students” as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education.


  • Academic offerings include more than 100 undergraduate and over 200 graduate programs available through 17 schools and colleges at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Rutgers also has two medical schools, a dental school, and other health-related schools.

  • First-year seminars, capped at no more than 20 students, will enable you to quickly connect with the University’s exceptional faculty and other students.

  • More than 60 percent of Rutgers undergraduates conduct research in topics as varied as autism, climate change, and cancer prevention. They find themselves in museums, archives, galleries, laboratories, and businesses in New Brunswick and around the world (not to mention the more than 175 research centers and institutes at Rutgers–New Brunswick).

  • With a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, faculty are approachable and serve as student advisors and mentors. Most classes (about 64 percent) enroll 30 or fewer students.

  • Student Life

  • With more than 500 student groups, Rutgers–New Brunswick students are involved in activities that range from NCAA Division I sports to every variety of social, cultural, and athletic club.

  • Choose from more than 180 programs in 50+ countries through Rutgers Study Abroad to spend a summer, semester, or year becoming a global citizen.

  • With students from all 50 states and 115 countries, Rutgers consistently ranks among the most diverse schools in the nation.


  • Ideally located between New York City and Philadelphia, Rutgers will provide you with access to thousands of internships and employers, and the best art, entertainment, and recreation in the world.

  • Rutgers–New Brunswick is part of a vibrant college town scene where students and professors relax at coffee houses, explore ethnic cuisines, mingle in bookstores and museums, and attend an array of performances from comedy to opera.

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