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.

Synopsis of Rutgers

Originally one of nine colonial colleges in America, The Reformed Church in America (RCA) founded Rutgers as Queens College in 1766. The institution severed its ties to the RCA in 1906[6] to qualify for funds from the Carnegie Foundation and then became The State University of NJ in 1956. Prof. William Robert Gordon delivered the 1877 Vedder Lectures at Rutgers.[1]

On April 4, 1864 the state legislature chose Rutgers over Princeton to become the state's land grant university, a feat due to George H. Cook (1818–1889) Rutgers' first non-clerically trained regular faculty member.

Cook College: In 1965, the Rutgers College of Agriculture became the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, then in 1971 simply Cook College.[2].

New Jersey College for Women: In September 1918, the New Jersey College for Women opened its doors and was named in honor of Dean Douglass. In 1981, Rutgers established the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick. This effectively ended the distinct Douglass College faculty.[3]

See also

Scriptural geologists

External links

Rutgers Timeline [4]


  1. 2011-2012 Rutgers Fact Book. Retrieved on November 23, 2012.
  2. 2011-2012 Rutgers Fact Book. Retrieved on November 23, 2012.
  4. 2011 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
  6. Douglas Sloan. Faith and knowledge: mainline Protestantism and American higher education, pg. 20. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, ©1994.