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Rutgers
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey logo.png
Official Seal of Rutgers University
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Motto in English Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
Established November 10, 1766
Type Public, Research university
Endowment US $603 million (systemwide)[1]
Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon
President Robert L. Barchi
Executive Vice President Richard L. Edwards (Interim)
Academic staff 254[2]
Admin. staff 430[2]
Students 6,158[2]
Undergraduates 4,497[2]
Postgraduates 1,661[2]
Location Camden, New Jersey, USA
Campus Urban/Suburban
Former names College of South Jersey, South Jersey Law School
Alma Mater On the Banks of the Old Raritan
Colors      Scarlet
Athletics NCAA Division III
New Jersey Athletic Conference
Sports 18 sports teams
Mascot Scarlet Raptors
Website camden.rutgers.edu
Rutgers University Camden logotype.svg

Rutgers–Camden is one of three regional campuses of Rutgers University, the state's public research university. It is located in Camden, New Jersey, in the United States. Founded in the 1920s, Rutgers–Camden began as an amalgam of the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey. It is the southernmost of the three regional campuses of Rutgers—the others being located in New Brunswick and Newark.[3] The city of Camden is located on the Delaware River, opposite Philadelphia.

History[edit]

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Rutgers was chartered in New Brunswick as Queen’s College — the nation’s eighth institution of higher learning. South Jersey Law School was founded in Camden in 1926 and in 1927 the College of South Jersey was founded in Camden. By 1945 Rutgers was declared the state university of New Jersey by act of the state legislature. The College of South Jersey and the South Jersey Law School joined the Rutgers system in 1950. After the Rutgers takeover, the campus expanded, erecting several buildings on site including the Paul Robeson Library, the Business and Science Building, the Campus Center, and the Walter K. Gordon Theater. In 1968, Rutgers School of Law–Camden was granted autonomy from its Newark counterpart. In 1981 The Graduate School–Camden was founded; in 1988, the Rutgers School of Business-Camden was founded; and in 1989 Rutgers joined the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization comprising the top 62 research universities in North America. In 1995, the Rutgers School of Business–Camden became the first southern New Jersey institution to earn accreditation from the AACSB International. In 2001 Campbell's Field was built, home to the professional minor-league Camden Riversharks and the Rutgers–Camden Scarlet Raptors baseball. Today, the campus offers the nation's first doctoral program in childhood studies, a new law school facility, and a comprehensive four-year undergraduate business curriculum. A brand new state-of-the-art Nursing and Science Building, slated to open in 2016, will be teaching and research facility that will allow Rutgers to expand its ability to prepare a new generation of science and nursing leaders for New Jersey and the region.

Merger proposal and its rejection[edit]

In January 2012, a state advisory committee proposed a deeply controversial plan,[4] to merge Rowan University with the Camden campus of Rutgers University (which would have been separated from Rutgers) under Rowan's name.[5] The plan was opposed by the Rutgers governing boards, faculty, students, and alumni, and by others in the state.[6][7][8] Legislation passed in June 2012 entirely rejected the idea of a merger, though it did enhance the financial autonomy of Rutgers–Camden and included provisions for a loose collaboration between Rowan and Rutgers–Camden limited to research and teaching in the health sciences.[9]

Academics[edit]

Rutgers–Camden is a medium-size, four-year, university. The four-year, full-time, undergraduate program has an emphasis in the arts and sciences as well as business, with some graduate coexistence. Rutgers–Camden is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[10] It has nearly 40 majors and 50 minors plus special programs, an Honors College, hands-on research with faculty mentors, study abroad, internships, civic learning, and various graduate and advanced professional programs. The academic year follows a 4-4 schedule of two four-course semesters, fall and spring. During the winter study term, students study various courses outside of typical curriculum for 3 weeks in January. Rutgers students often take the winter study term to pursue internships or work on intensive research projects.

Graduate and Professional Programs[edit]

The Graduate School offers 14 programs granting master's degrees in several liberal arts disciplines including history, English literature, languages, and creative writing, as well as advanced degrees in the biological, chemical, computer, and mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, social work, political science and public policy, and Doctoral programs in Childhood Studies, Computational Biology, and Public Affairs with emphasis on community development. An MBA program is offered through the Rutgers School of Business-Camden.

Visual and Performing Arts[edit]

RU-Camden-campus walk

The Fine Arts Building houses the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, encompassing the principal campus performing venue, now named the Walter K. Gordon Theater, as well as a black box theater, the Stedman Gallery, and a variety of campus and community programs. These three main venues - the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Stedman Gallery, and Black Box Studio—serve as focal points for the visual and performing arts in the region from international touring artists and companies to local theater and student-derived works.

The Rutgers School of Business-Camden[edit]

The Rutgers School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The School of Business offers undergraduate degree programs in Accounting, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management. Graduate programs include MBA, PMBA, PMAc. Concentrations offered in MBA include: Accounting, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management.

The Rutgers School of Law-Camden[edit]

The Rutgers School of Law–Camden is a center of legal education. Its faculty is internationally recognized in a number of fields including constitutional, criminal, health, and corporate law. Its alumni are leading members of the bar in public and private practice settings throughout the nation. The school is well represented among the state and federal judiciary. The law school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is on the list of approved schools of the American Bar Association. It offers a three-year course of study for full-time students and a four-year, part-time program leading to the awarding of the Juris Doctor degree." [11]

The Rutgers School of Law is located on 5th Street, and recently underwent a large renovation. Prior to 1950, the School of Law was known as the South Jersey School of Law.

The Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden[edit]

The Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS), which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing (NJSBN). Two tracks to the BS degree are offered: a four-year pre-licensure track and a post-licensure track for registered nurses (RNs).[12]

Libraries[edit]

Paul Robeson Library Located in the heart of the Rutgers–Camden Campus, the Paul Robeson Library develops and maintains access to materials that support undergraduate and graduate coursework and research. A designated Federal Depository for the First U.S. Congressional District, the library serves as a public resource for the citizens of New Jersey. Library faculty deliver comprehensive support for reference and research questions. Through the Paul Robeson Library, the Rutgers–Camden community may access the global resources of the Rutgers University Library System and a host of online services. Recent renovations to the library include an upgraded student computing center and a new lounge area for study.

Law Library One of New Jersey’s largest law libraries serves as a research facility for law students, legal practitioners, and the general public. The Law Library house a collection of over 440,000 books and other materials, and the collection is comprehensive in its holdings of American, English, Canadian, and foreign legal periodicals. The Law Library is located on three floors of the Law School Building. A selective federal depository, the Rutgers–Camden Law Library hosts numerous online collections of public documents related to federal and New Jersey courts.[13]

Honors College[edit]

The Honors College at Rutgers–Camden is a community of student and faculty scholars who participate in an academic program that includes honors seminars, junior and senior year projects, and extracurricular activities. Selection into this program is very competitive; approximately 90 new students are enrolled into The Honors College each year.[14]

Campus[edit]

Dorms and Student Housing[edit]

330 Cooper

Undergraduate and graduate dorms are located at Third and Cooper Streets. Many students live off campus in Camden's Cooper Grant neighborhood, in Philadelphia, or in surrounding suburbs such as Collingswood and Haddonfield, which are accessible through the PATCO Speedline.

In Fall 2012, Rutgers–Camden opened a new graduate residence hall at 330 Cooper Street.[15] The 12-story residence hall is the tallest building on campus.

Transportation services[edit]

Rail access to the university is provided by the PATCO's City Hall station, located two blocks from center campus, and the RiverLINE's Cooper Street - Rutgers University station. The Walter Rand Transportation Center is located a few blocks from campus, which provides access to several NJTransit bus lines. Additionally, the seasonally-operated RiverLink Ferry running between Camden and Philadelphia has a stop at the nearby Adventure Aquarium.

As a service to students of the university, the Rutgers–Camden Police Department provides "a walking security escort for individuals to their vehicles; campus housing; the PATCO Hi-Speed Line station at Fifth and Market St.; and the Walter Rand Transportation Center on Broadway".[16]

Athletics[edit]

(Note: The athletic teams at Rutgers' New Brunswick campus are called the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers–Newark athletic teams are called the Scarlet Raiders. The Scarlet Raptors and the Scarlet Raiders both compete within NCAA Division III. The Scarlet Knights compete within Division I.)

Rutgers–Camden baseball team

The Scarlet Raptors are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and compete in Division III in the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track
  • Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Women's Lacrosse

NCAA Division III Achievements[edit]

In 2006, Rutgers–Camden earned its very first NCAA Division III National Championship when the softball team defeated top-ranked and two-time defending champion St. Thomas (MN), 3-2. Rutgers-Camden set program marks with a 47-5 record and a 29-game winning streak.

In 2012 and 2013, Rutgers–Camden student-athlete Tim VanLiew won back-to-back NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in the javelin. He won his first title on May 26, 2012, with a throw of 67.19 meters (220-05) at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, California. Nearly a year to the day of his first title, he not only defended his national javelin title, but he did so in record-breaking fashion. VanLiew’s throw of 75.55 meters (247-10) set the all-time NCAA Division III record for the new javelin, while shattering the NCAA Championship record, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse stadium mark and VanLiew’s old Rutgers-Camden program record in the process.

Rutgers–Camden's men's soccer team went a school record 37 consecutive games without a loss, a record that spanned the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The team compiled a 32-0-5 record during that time, the eighth-longest streak in NCAA Division III men's soccer history. The team earned a trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship for the first time in program history by defeating Loras College, 3-2, in overtime on Dec. 6, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. The unbeaten streak came to an end on Dec. 7, 2013 in a 2-1 double overtime loss to Messiah College in the NCAA Division III National Championship. The men's soccer team won three consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference titles and in 2013 finished ranked No. 3 in the D3soccer.com Top 25 and No. 4 in the NSCAA national poll.

Student life[edit]

Student body[edit]

Approximately 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students attend Rutgers–Camden. Nearly 600 students live on campus. Renowned for its commitment for diversity the student body is made up of students from 29 states and 33 countries. There are many clubs that represent various ethnic and racial groups, various religious denominations, political beliefs, and an LGBTQ club. There have been over 33,000 graduates as of 2009 [17]

RU-Camden Law School student center.

Student media[edit]

  • The Gleaner Independent weekly newspaper; includes Features, Arts & Entertainment, Commentary, Weekly Word, Comics/Horoscope, Sports
  • "Minding Your Business," a weekly publication produced by students at the School of Business.
  • WCCR-Camden Internet based radio station [18]

Scholarly journals and publications[edit]

Clubs and other organizations[edit]

View of Rutgers Campus with Philadelphia skyline in background

There are over 50 clubs and organizations [23] on campus including:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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