Rutgers University’s full official name is Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Rutgers traces its roots to Queen’s College, which was founded in 1766, making it the thirteenth-oldest university in the US.
In 1825, Revolutionary War hero and philanthropist Henry Rutgers made a large financial contribution to the school, which in turn changed its name to Rutgers College.
Rutgers College was upgraded to full university status in 1924, and in 1945 Rutgers was officially designated The State University of New Jersey.
Today, Rutgers comprises three main campuses (New Brunswick-Piscataway—the flagship campus—Newark, and Camden), with over 4000 faculty members spread across 175 academic departments and a total student body approaching 70,000.
Rutgers is associated with six Nobel Prize laureates, namely:
Among other prominent Rutgers-connected people, we may note the following:
Who are Rutgers University's Most influential alumni?
Rutgers University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Criminal Justice, Economics, and Literature. Rutgers University’s most academically influential people include Milton Friedman, Toni Morrison, and Philip Roth.
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