Rutgers University–New Brunswick

National Excellence In Teaching, Research And Service




Rutgers University–New Brunswick is the flagship home of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. We are a leading national research university committed to excellence in teaching, research and service that improves our local, national and global communities. A member of the Big Ten Conference and Association of American Universities, we are one of America’s nine original colonial colleges and one of the first land-grant institutions.

The Rutgers Naviator is one of the first drones equally adept in the sky and underwater. Photo: Bill Cardoni

Our diverse campus community hosts world-class programs in philosophy, oncology, physics, theater, urban planning, oceanography and other fields.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Caliburn, New Jersey’s most powerful computing system, supports unprecedented levels of data-driven research in astronomy, the humanities, mathematics, medical informatics and other fields.

Caliburn has the computational power of more than 10,000 standard desktop computers and has already performed computing that would have taken a desktop more than 6,000 years. Caliburn provides a competitive advantage to researchers, students and industry leaders across the Garden State. More info:

Proteins that help the measles virus infect cells. The RCSB Protein Data Bank is the world’s only open-access, digital data resource for the 3D biomolecular structures of life. Image: David S. Goodsell and the RCSB Protein Data Bank

The Rutgers Naviator EVA-1, created at the Rutgers School of Engineering, is one of the first drones to be equally adept in the sky and underwater. It can support search and rescue missions, evaluate storm damage to bridges and underwater infrastructure and monitor environmental disasters such as oil spills or algae blooms.

At the Forefront of National Security

The Rutgers Institute for Secure Communities (RISC) uses cutting-edge research, data and scholarship to help law enforcement and intelligence agencies prevent violence and protect vulnerable communities.

As a federally designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence, it offers a Critical Intelligence Studies program that prepares students for careers in the intelligence community.

The RCSB Protein Data Bank at Rutgers is the world’s only open-access, digital data resource for the 3D biomolecular structures of life.

As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides cutting-edge treatments. Photo: John O’Boyle

It plays a central role in the discovery of lifesaving drugs, basic and applied biological and medical research and patent applications. Medical professionals, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and others download nearly 2 million data files each day on the complex and beautiful molecular structures of proteins for a vast array of applications.

Replicating its archive would cost an estimated $15 billion. The data bank was recently awarded $34.5 million in federal grants over five years to expand its reach.

Innovations For Public Health

As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides cutting-edge treatments driven by onsite, investigator-initiated research including clinical trials, precision medicine and immunotherapy.

In partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers Cancer Institute cares for both adult and pediatric cancer patients across the Garden State and throughout the region.

Rutgers engineers have created a smart wristband that will enable a new wave of personal health and environmental monitoring devices. Photo: Abbas Furniturewalla

“Lab on a Chip” and “Smart Wristband” technologies developed by Rutgers engineers could enable a new wave of wearable devices to monitor personal health, identify diseases and watch for exposure to bacteria, viruses and other contaminants.

A Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School scientist’s “Virtual Biopsy” device uses sound vibrations and near-infrared light to quickly evaluate skin lesions without using a scalpel or causing discomfort.

Agricultural Advancements to Feed the World

The meatless Impossible Burger and its growing popularity began at Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Food Innovation Center, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, which connected Impossible Foods with the food science and manufacturing expertise to perfect their product and get their operation off the ground.

The Food Innovation Center supports entrepreneurs and established food companies from concept to commercialization, with expertise in business, marketing, food safety, product design and scale-up methods

Farmers across the U.S. and overseas are growing Rutgers-bred cranberry varieties known for their yield, quality and genetic diversity. Photo: Matt Rainey

Discoveries at Rutgers’ Waksman Institute of Microbiology may help improve corn yields and nutritional value through genetic discoveries of how corn synthesizes starch and protein. The research could benefit millions of people who rely on corn for nutrition worldwide.

Rutgers agricultural researchers have created many new crop varieties, from the Rutgers Tomato™, Pumpkin Habanero Pepper™ and Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry™ to mildew-resistant varieties of sweet basil and new cranberry varieties noted for their yield, quality and genetic diversity.

These crops meet the evolving needs of farmers, grocers and consumers. This proud tradition dates back even before the 1930s when Rutgers created the famous Jersey Tomato through a partnership with Campbell’s Soup Co.

Environmental Stewardship

The Rutgers Institute for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) is a global leader in the study of climate change and ecological risk, oceanic and atmospheric observation and prediction and polar research. Its pioneering researchers, spanning six Rutgers schools, are investigating the 21st century’s most pressing scientific challenges to protect our ecosystems and communities.

The Pumpkin Habanero Pepper, developed through Rutgers’ exotic pepper breeding program, has more heat than a bell pepper but less of a kick than a traditional habanero. Photo: Cameron Bowman

The Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RU COOL) is changing the field of oceanography and the ways scientists understand hurricanes, weather, marine life and climate change with high-frequency radar and robotic underwater gliders that gather data in oceans across the world.

The Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS) convenes a cross-disciplinary team of researchers from major universities to work with industry leaders and regulatory authorities for science and engineering solutions to improve the ways pharmaceuticals, foods and agriculture products are made.

Rutgers–New Brunswick’s robotic underwater gliders gather data in oceans across the world. Photo: Nick Romanenko

Social Accountability

Through its ongoing Scarlet and Black project, Rutgers is exploring the university’s historical relationships with the legacies of slavery and racism affecting African Americans and the displacement of Native Americans from their land.

The books published through this project reflect Rutgers’ commitment to diversity, inclusion, transparency and excellence in scholarship and research, including our graduate school’s #1 ranking in African American history.

The Center for American Women and Politics within Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Eagleton Institute of Politics is a nationally recognized source of research and current data on women’s political participation in the United States. It works to improve the representation of women in government with Ready to Run, a nonpartisan “electoral boot camp” for women with political aspirations.

Our Mason Gross School of the Arts is a renowned public arts conservancy with a community of dancers, filmmakers, musicians, theater artists, visual artists and designers. Photo: Christopher Cartmill

Excelling in the Arts

Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Mason Gross School of the Arts is a renowned public arts conservancy and a community of dancers, filmmakers, musicians, theater artists, visual artists and designers.

Mason Gross provides rigorous training under the tutelage of professional working artists; the Rutgers Conservancy at Shakespeare’s Globe in London; and professional performances and exhibits in major New York City venues and the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Mason Gross has a community of notable alumni across the worlds of theater, cinema, design, dance and music.

Rutgers engineers built one of the first production-scale continuous manufacturing facilities inside an engineering building on our Piscataway campus. Photo: Dennis Connors

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