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Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the largest institution of higher learning in New Jersey. Its main aim is to conduct cutting-edge research activities, perform public service, and provide for the instructional needs of New Jersey's citizens through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. The university has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, since 1921. Before its founding as a university, it held the unique positions of a colonial college and a land-grant institution. The university marked its beginning in November 1766, when it was chartered as Queen's College in honor of King George III's Queen, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. It was then the eighth institution of higher learning to be founded in the colonies. With a lone instructor, the college admitted its first students consisting of a single sophomore and a handful of first year students in 1771, in New Brunswick. In 1774, it granted its first degree and gradually developed as a classic liberal arts institution. Later, the college changed its name to Rutgers College to honor a Revolutionary war veteran, Colonel Henry Rutgers. In 1864, the Rutgers College became the land-grant college of New Jersey. Subsequently, the Rutgers Scientific School was opened with the departments of Agriculture, Engineering, and Chemistry. Several divisions such as the College of Pharmacy, the New Jersey College for Women, and the School of Education were established, with the college receiving university status, in 1924. The university expanded its activities with the founding of an evening division in 1934, and the merging of the University of Newark, in 1946. A member of the Association of American Universities, the university has now evolved into a system of 29 degree-granting divisions including 12 undergraduate colleges, and 11 graduate schools.. Also, summer session programs are offered. Its main campus location is in New Brunswick/Piscataway, with branch campuses in Newark and Camden. The New Brunswick campus has been ranked 20th among state universities for undergraduate education, and is home to several health sciences institutes and nationally recognized departments such as the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; and the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies. Set on 37 acres with 31 buildings, the Newark campus features the Paul Robeson Campus Center, the Golden Dome Athletic Center, and the John Cotton Dana Library with 500,000 books and 360,000 micro-format items. Its academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Nursing, and School of Criminal Justice, all of which collectively impart a continuum of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Founded in 1926, the Rutgers-Camden campus is a vibrant research facility that sits on 40 acres in the heart of the bustling Camden Waterfront and metro Philadelphia region. It offers 34 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs.