Rutgers University

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Officially known as Rutgers, The State Institution of New Jersey, Rutgers University is a public land-grant research university that is spread over four different campuses in the state of New Jersey. Originally established in 1766 under the name Queen's College, Rutgers University was first connected with the Dutch Reformed Church. It is the eighth-oldest institution in the United States, the second-oldest in the state of New Jersey (after Princeton University). Princeton University is the oldest college in the state of New Jersey. Rutgers College was once known as Queen's College until it was changed in 1825 to commemorate Colonel Henry Rutgers, whose sizable donation to the institution had helped secure its finances during a time of instability. Rutgers University was a private liberal arts college for the majority of its existence; however, in 1945 and 1956, it was designated by the New Jersey Legislature as The State University of New Jersey. As a result of these laws, Rutgers has since transitioned into a public research university that is open to both men and women.

Today, Rutgers is comprised of four separate campuses: Rutgers University–New Brunswick (including grounds in nearby Piscataway), Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The institution maintains other facilities in other parts of the state, such as oceanic research sites along the coast of New Jersey.

Rutgers University is not only the biggest institution in the state of New Jersey, but it is also a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university. Over 45,000 students are enrolled as undergraduates, and over 20,000 students are enrolled as graduate or professional students. There are 175 academic departments, and 9,000 faculty members teach in those areas. The institution has accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships with the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Universities Research Association. The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University is a Public Ivy institution.