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The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers University seal
Latin: Universitas Rutgersensis
Civitatis Novae Caesareae
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Motto in English Sun of righteousness, shine also upon the West.
Established November 10, 1766 (1766-11-10)
Type Private (1766–1945)
Public (1945–present)
Multiple campus
Research university
Academic affiliation
Endowment $1.33 billion (2018)
Budget $4.4 billion (2017–18)
President Robert L. Barchi
Academic staff 4,314
Admin. staff 6,757
Students 68,942
Undergraduates 49,359
Postgraduates 19,583
Location New Brunswick, Newark and Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
Campus Urban and Suburban
6,088 acres (2,464 ha)
Former names Queen's College
Rutgers College
Rutgers University
Colors       Scarlet
Nickname Scarlet Knights (New Brunswick)
Scarlet Raptors (Camden)
Scarlet Raiders (Newark)
Rutgers University with the state university logo.svg

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (also known as Rutgers University), is the largest institution for higher education in the state of New Jersey. It was originally chartered as Queen's College in 1766 and is the eighth-oldest college in the United States.


Rutgers was designated The State University of New Jersey by acts of the New Jersey Legislature in 1945 and 1956. The campuses of Rutgers are in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark and Camden. Rutgers is the largest university within New Jersey's state university system, and it was ranked 46th in the world academically in a 2006 survey conducted by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The university offers more than 100 distinct bachelor, 100 master, and 80 doctoral and professional degree programs across 175 academic departments, 29 degree-granting schools and colleges, 16 of which offer graduate programs of study.

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