Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest and one of the nine colonial chartered colleges established before the American Revolution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.
In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking of American national universities (public and private), Rutgers is tied for 72nd and among public universities ranked 28th.
Rutgers alumni have been influential in academia arts, letters, entertainment, business, and public service. Among the scores of famous Rutgers alumni are actor James Gandolfini, cofounder of media company Bloomberg Duncan MacMillan, singer, athlete, attorney, and Civil Rights Movement activist Paul Robeson and many others.
Rutgers University It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar with examinations at the end of each semester. Acceptance rate in the university is about 60%.
Eleven of Rutgers' graduate departments are ranked by the National Research Council in the top 25 among all universities. First places among them belong to Philosophy (2nd), Geology (9th). The major specializations in Rutgers are Business/Marketing (14% of the total number of bachelors), Biology (10%), Engineering (10%), Health Professions (10%) and Social Sciences (10%).
Rutgers University's four campuses are in the culturally-diverse, redeveloping urban areas (Newark, Camden, and New Brunswick) with convenient access to New York City and Philadelphia by either automobile, Amtrak or New Jersey Transit. US News & World Report ranked Rutgers–Newark the most diverse university campus in the United States. Because the area of Rutgers' New Brunswick-Piscataway campus—which is composed of several constituent colleges and professional schools—is sprawled across six municipalities, the individual campuses are connected by an inter-campus bus system. The Rutgers bus system is the second largest bus service in New Jersey, and one of the largest in the country.