Rutgers University

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Rutgers University
City: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Type: Public
Students: 51,161[1]
Faculty: 2,136[2]
Sports: football, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, wrestling, crew, field hockey, gymnastics, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball[3]
Colors: scarlet, black, white
Mascot: Scarlet Knights
Endowment: $699 million[4]

Rutgers University is a public university run by the State of New Jersey, and is one of the oldest universities in the country. Rutgers is famous as the "birthplace of college football," and the first intercollegiate game of football took place between Rutgers in Princeton in 1869: Rutgers won. It currently ranks #59 in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.[5]

Rutgers was the alma mater of the famous African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson, who sang Old Man River in the original and film versions of Showboat.

The word "antibiotics" was invented at Rutgers by Selman Waksman, whose laboratory did very important work on these drugs in the 1950s. His laboratory developed streptomycin, which was extremely important because it was part of the drug combination that was the first cure for tuberculosis.