Livingston Campus (Rutgers University)

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Livingston Campus, Rutgers University
Established1969 (Degree granting college); 2007 (residential campus)
United States
AffiliationsRutgers University
WebsiteOfficial website

Livingston Campus, originally known as Kilmer Campus, is one of the five sub-campuses that make up Rutgers University's New Brunswick/Piscataway area campus. The campus was originally built to house Livingston College. It is a large campus, the majority of its land is the Rutgers Ecological Preserve. Most of the campus is within the boundaries of Piscataway, but parts extend into Highland Park and Edison.

Campus history[edit]

University buildings were erected on the Kilmer Campus (later renamed Livingston Campus) in Piscataway, between Metlars and Cedar Lanes starting in 1969, with the creation of Livingston College. The land had formerly been part of the U.S. Army's Camp Kilmer, a staging area during World War II. The army reserve continued using a small part of the original army campus until 2009. The Livingston College campus currently sits on 540-acres acquired by Rutgers in 1964.[1]

A large amount of parking was created on this campus, mainly because the Louis Brown Athletic Center served as the temporary home of the New Jersey Nets basketball team from 1977 to 1981.

Student center facilities were initially located in Tillett Hall. A Livingston Student Center opened in 1986.

In the Fall of 2007, Rutgers University consolidated the undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the New Brunswick-Piscataway area, including Livingston College, to a School of Arts and Sciences, but Livingston Campus continues to serve the Rutgers community. Currently, many first year students reside on Livingston Campus.

Campus revitalization[edit]

In 2009, Livingston Campus installed a large swath of solar panels on its campus (mostly over large, open-air parking lots), one of the largest such groupings of solar panels in New Jersey.[2]

In 2010, a revamped Livingston Student Center is completed.[2]

In 2011, the campus opened up new Livingston Dining Common to replace Tillett Dining Hall. In addition, in 2012, new additional resident halls opened up to accommodate more students on campus.[3][4]

In 2012, The Plaza at Livingston, which contains apartment residencies, a cinema, eateries, and stores, opened.[2]

Rutgers Business School, 100 Rockafeller Road

In Fall 2013, the new Rutgers Business School building opened at 100 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, New Jersey.[5] Also in 2013, Tillett Hall renovations finished.[2]


The campus has several generically named roads, such as "Road 1," "Road 2," and "Avenue E," which date back to the campus's military days. Efforts to rename the roads have failed to date.

Livingston Campus and adjacent Busch Campus received their own exits on Piscataway's Route 18 expressway, completed in 2005, expediting inter-campus bus travel to these and the College Avenue Campus and the Douglass-Cook Campus across the Raritan River in New Brunswick.

Buildings on Livingston Campus[edit]

Ernest A. Lynton Towers, named after the first Dean of Livingston College
  • The Plaza at Livingston- includes a movie theater, eateries and cafes, a tech store, and a nail salon .[6]
  • Tillett Hall[7] — Named after Paul Tillett, a political science professor, who played a major part in the planning of Livingston College. This building holds the post office, the learning center, the counseling center, the departments of Psychology (part) and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies, computer labs, and various classrooms. (Source: Catalogue of Building and Place Names at Rutgers)
  • Livingston Dining Commons — The dining hall on Livingston campus, completed in summer of 2011, replaced Tillett Dining Hall. It is adjacent to the Livingston Student Center.
  • Kilmer Area Library/Media Center[8] — This is one of the few remaining reminders of the original name of the campus.
  • Louis Brown Athletic Center
  • Lucy Stone Hall[9] — Named after Lucy Stone, the founder of the New Jersey Woman's Suffrage Association, this building holds many administrative offices, the departments of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Sociology, Geography, Criminal Justice, Center for African Studies, as well as many classrooms and a few lecture halls. (Source: Catalogue of Building and Place Names at Rutgers)
  • Livingston Student Center[10] — Home of student organizations such as 90.3 the Core RLC-WVPH and The Livingston Theatre Company. This building also has a convenience store and several retail food vendors.
  • Livingston Recreation Center[11] (renovated in the Winter of 2007), originally known as the Livingston Gym.
  • Ernest A. Lynton Towers (Residence Halls)(colloquially known as "The Towers") is an interconnected 8 floor dorm complex. They are named after Ernest A. Lynton, who was first a physics professor at Rutgers and then became Livingston College's founding dean. After leaving Rutgers, he later wrote and spoke extensively about "crises of purpose" in America's universities. Consisting of both double and single occupancy dorm rooms, he towers house approximately 350 students each for a total of approximately 700 freshmen and transfer students. Until a period of extensive nearby construction in 2012-2014, they were for many years the tallest buildings on Livingston Campus.[12][13][14]
  • Livingston Quads (Residence Halls) Each of the Quad Residence Halls (Quad 1, 2, and 3) consists of multiple buildings surrounding a central courtyard and connected by an underground tunnel.
  • Beck Hall[15] (classrooms, chemistry laboratories and lecture hall) — Named after Lewis Caleb Beck, Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy, Rutgers College, 1830-53 (Catalogue of Building and Place Names at Rutgers).
  • Janice H. Levin Building[16] (includes the business school) — Named after a benefactor [17]
  • Livingston/Busch Health Center
  • Livingston Day Care Center
  • Rutgers University Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) — founded in 1999[18]
  • Livingston Classroom Building (modular building structure)
  • Neurotoxicology laboratories
  • Many maintenance and storage buildings are also located on Livingston Campus. Some of these are original facilities from Camp Kilmer.
  • The Livingston Arts Building (Mason Gross Sculpture Department)
  • Rutgers iTV Studio
  • Livingston Apartments (A, B, and C)
Former buildings
  • Livingston Bookstore — (Closed following the 2011-2012 academic year and demolished the following year.)


  1. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2015-02-22.
  2. ^ a b c d "Major Projects". Rutgers Vision for Livingston Campus. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Livingston Dining Commons Opens". Livingston Alumni. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  4. ^ Prentzel, Olivia. "Residence Life develops plaza for Livingston". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. ^ "New Building Highlights". Archived from the original on 2011-02-09.
  6. ^ "Livingston Campus- Dining Halls, Eateries and Stores". Rutgers New Brunswick. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Tillett Hall". Archived from the original on 2006-05-02.
  8. ^ "Kilmer Area Library". Archived from the original on 2006-05-29.
  9. ^ "Lucy Stone Hall". Archived from the original on 2005-04-04.
  10. ^ "Home - Rutgers University Student Centers". Rutgers University Student Centers. Archived from the original on 2015-06-08.
  11. ^ "Livingston Recreation Center". Archived from the original on 2004-12-27.
  12. ^ Housing Site for North Tower
  13. ^ Housing Site for South Tower
  14. ^ "Lynton Residence Hall - North & South Towers". Archived from the original on 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  15. ^ "Beck Hall". Archived from the original on 2005-05-09.
  16. ^ "Janice H. Levin Building". Archived from the original on 2006-06-18.
  17. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths LEVIN, JANICE H." The New York Times. 25 March 2001.
  18. ^ "About Us". Asian American Cultural Center.

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Coordinates: 40°31′19″N 74°26′10″W / 40.522°N 74.436°W / 40.522; -74.436