For Rutgers University–New Brunswick diversity is an everyday ingredient of university life and one of our greatest strengths. Rutgers’ diversity—and there are all kinds, from age to sexual orientation to ethnic background to whether you grew up on a farm or city block—reflects the rich array of people who choose New Jersey as the place to build a better future.
We Are Diverse
Rutgers University–New Brunswick
2013-2014 school year.
- Male, 51 percent; Female, 49 percent
- White: 45 percent
- Asian: 27 percent
- Latino: 12 percent
- African American: 7 percent
- International: 4 percent
- Other: 5 percent
- Students from 110 countries.
- More than 50 student organizations dedicated to religious and religious-cultural interests.
- A top 100 campus for the LGBT community in the Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students.
At Rutgers, we know we all benefit when we live, learn, work, and just spend time with lots of different people. We also know the value of removing ourselves from the familiar, leaving our borders, and immersing ourselves in the new.
Diversity at Rutgers embraces the notion that we must be global educators, researchers, students, citizens, and partners—transcending boundaries to meet the challenges of a complex and interdependent world. Rutgers trains students to understand cultures, languages, regions, and economic influences beyond their own—in New Jersey and around the world.
Spearheading universitywide efforts to increase diversity within the Rutgers community of students, faculty, and staff:
Top Programs in the Study of Culture and Diversity
Rutgers’ global affairs, African-American history, women’s and gender history, cultural history, and gender and literature programs are ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Students with an interest in these areas study with top scholars who advance the world’s knowledge in these fields.
The Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces first-generation, low-income, and academically talented middle school students from New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden to the promise and opportunities of a college education. Before beginning the eighth grade, participants become part of a unique precollege culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that continues through their high school years.
Those who successfully complete the precollege initiative and are admitted to Rutgers receive a scholarship covering the cost of their tuition for four years funded through grants and donations.
In addition, for more than forty years, Rutgers has provide support to low-income students through the Educational Opportunity Fund.
When you've handled life and death in war, an exam in the classroom doesn't seem like such a big deal. But some veterans say succeeding in classes and fitting in were their biggest concerns when they came to Rutgers as nontraditional students.