Rutgers University is the eighth oldest institute of higher learning in the United States. It is one of only nine colleges established before the American Revolution. Not long after the creation of the College of New Jersey, now known as Princeton, by the Presbyterian Church in 1746, the Dutch Reformed Church decided that there was a need for an institute of higher learning that would prepare ministers for service in the church. At that time, young men who wanted to enter the Dutch Reformed Church ministry had to travel to the Netherlands for training and ordination. The church wanted to create a governing body in the new colonies to give the churches there a better sense of autonomy.

Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen II worked tirelessly to create the governing body, known as a classis, traveling on horseback in the winter of 1755 throughout the Northeast in an effort to gain support from local ministers and congregations. Gaining the support he needed, Frelinghuysen travelled to the Netherlands to appeal to the General Synod, but his efforts failed. On his return voyage to the New World, he perished at sea. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh took up Frelinghuysen’s cause, also traveling to the Netherlands and failing to gain support. Undaunted, Hardenbergh sought support from congregations and ministers throughout Europe, returning to America with enough money to establish a college.

In 1766, Queen’s College, named in honor of King George III’s Queen-consort, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, was chartered. The purposes of the school was to educate youth in language, liberal arts, divinity and “useful arts and sciences.” The trustees chose New Brunswick as the location of the new school over Hackesnsack as the Anglican population supported the institution in more ways than the population of Hackensack. Despite being a religious college, the first classes were held at the Sign of the Red Lion Tavern. After the American Revolution began, the British suspected that rebel activity took place in taverns, so the school moved classes to private homes.

In its early years, the college lacked funding and, in 1793, trustees proposed that the school merge with the College of New Jersey. The measure failed by one vote and the school eventually closed in 1795. It did not reopen until 1808 when trustees raised $12,000. However, funding continued to plague the school and it was forced to close its doors again in 1812. When it reopened in 1825, it was renamed Rutgers College in honor of Colonel Henry Rutgers, a Revolutionary War hero known for his philanthropy. One year after the school was named in his honor, Col. Rutgers donated funds to the school.

In 1864, Rutgers prevailed over Princeton, becoming New Jersey’s land-grant institution under a law established by the federal government designed to address a growing need for workers who understood business, manufacturing and agriculture. In 1918, the New Jersey College for Women was established, offering women the opportunity to obtain higher education degrees. State legislative acts in 1945 and 1956 established Rutgers as The State University of New Jersey, making the college a public institution. The University of Newark joined Rutgers in 1946 and the College of South Jersey, located in Camden, in 1950.

Today, almost 69,000 students attend Rutgers. It is the largest and most comprehensive institute of higher education in New Jersey.

Rutgers University Accreditation Details

Rutgers is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Regional accreditation indicates that Rutgers provides students with excellence in education. Students, parents and employers can rest assured that graduates of Rutgers are well-prepared for careers in their industry. Rutgers also submits to periodic reviews by the accrediting agency and strives to improve any areas that the agency deems necessary. In addition, programs within Rutgers are accredited by the following additional organizations or associations:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Library Association
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Planning Accreditation Board
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Rutgers University Admissions Requirements

Students who have not completed college credit after high school graduation are considered freshmen and must complete an online application with the applicable fee. Students must provide official high school transcripts as well as ACT and SAT scores.

Students who have earned college credit after high school graduation are considered transfer students. They must complete an application and provide official high school transcripts as well as ACT or SAT scores. Students must also provide transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. An essay, list of activities and experiences as well as letters of recommendation are also required.

Graduate applicants must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with one transcript displaying the awarding of a bachelor’s degree or higher. Students must provide official GRE scores and students for whom English is a second language must also provide TOEFL scores. Students must provide email addresses of individuals who are willing to write letters of recommendation and must complete a personal statement.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time tuition for undergraduate students who are residents of New Jersey is $11,744 per year while out-of-state students pay $27,282 per year. Full-time graduate tuition for in-state students is $18,552 per year and for out-of-state students it is $31,011. Undergraduate business school tuition is $11,752 for residents and $27,059 for non-residents while graduate business school is $26,098 for residents and $45,307 for non-residents.

Financial Aid is available and more than 79 percent of all undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance. Aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for any financial assistance.

Online Degrees Available

Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing industries in engineering. Rutgers offers an online student-centric program with a broad overview in qualitative biomedical engineering and a focus on professional development. Faculty have extensive experience in molecular, cellular and nanosystem bioengineering as well as with biomaterials engineering, neurotechnology and more. To apply, students must provide three letters of recommendation and a personal statement along with other admission materials. Students explore six areas of the field:

  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Computational Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging
  • Molecular, Cellular and Nanosystems Bioengineering
  • Neuroengineering
  • Physiological Systems and Bioinstrumentation

Students also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty for independent study.

Ed.M. in Language Education

The Ed.M. in Language Education is designed to extend the professional knowledge of educators while enhancing skills in instruction as well as knowledge in language education. Students learn to aply research to classroom settings and to achieve more through an understanding of language as well as its connection to culture. Students choose from one of three concentrations:

  • Bilingual Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foreign Language Education

It is a non-certification program designed for individuals who work in settings that do not require certification. Courses include:

  • Academic English in the Content Area
  • ESL Secondary School Methods
  • Foundations of Language I
  • Introduction to ESL/Elementary School Methods
  • Introduction to World Language/Elementary School Methods
  • Language and Culture
  • Language in Society
  • Principles of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition
  • World Language Secondary School Methods

Rutgers University has been providing outstanding education to students since before the United States became a country. Their online programs are designed to help working adults achieve their higher education goals. Rutgers University offers several online programs so that those with work, family or social obligations can move into a new career or advance in a current career.