Livingston College

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This article is about the academic college which was part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey from 1969-2007. For the physical university campus in Piscataway, see Livingston Campus (Rutgers University).
Livingston College, Rutgers University
Motto "Strength through Diversity"[1]
Established 1969
Type Coeducational, undergraduate residential college[1]
Location Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Affiliations Rutgers University

From 1969 to 2007 Livingston College was one of the residential colleges that comprised Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey's undergraduate liberal arts programs. It was located on Livingston Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey. In the Fall of 2007 the New Brunswick-area liberal arts undergraduate colleges, including Livingston College merged into one School of Arts and Sciences of Rutgers University.[1]


Named after William Livingston, the first post-colonial governor of New Jersey, Livingston College was founded in 1969 as the first coeducational, residential, liberal arts college of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Rutgers College was men only and Douglass College was women only). The University states: "Livingston embodied the spirit of social responsibility and cultural awareness demanded by students of the time." The College was created in response to the socio-political changes in the United States during the 1960s. It was seen as a "safe" experimental college because it was part of a 200-year-old university. Livingston College established several academic departments at Rutgers University including Journalism, and Urban Studies and Planning.[1]

Like the other former liberal arts colleges — Douglass College, Rutgers College, University College (Rutgers University), and the liberal arts facet of Cook College — Livingston College maintained requirements for admission, good standing, and graduation distinct from the other colleges. In 1982 Rutgers merged the faculties from these various colleges into a new Faculty of Arts and Sciences. By the turn of the century, many in the University's community questioned whether these multiple colleges and their disparate academic requirements had become redundant and inefficient. Livingston College ceased to exist with a 2007 merger which created the School of Arts and Sciences, but students who had enrolled prior to the merger still earned Livingston College degrees until the college's final graduation ceremony in May 2010.[1]


Livingston College offered its students over 60 majors to choose from, with a focus on liberal arts.[1]

Honors program[edit]

Livingston College invited students to apply, or selected students based upon grades, into the Livingston College Honors Program. The honors program was led by the honors dean of the college. Honors students were required to take honors colloquia courses in addition to their required, general undergraduate coursework. By the end of a traditional four-year undergraduate degree, honors students were also expected to complete an undergraduate honors thesis.

In 2007, the Livingston College Honors Program, along with the other honors programs of Rutgers University's colleges, merged into the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Honors Program.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "College History". Livingston Alumni Association of Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 

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