Welcome from the Chancellor

About the Chancellor

Richard L. Edwards, a well-known scholar, educator, and administrator, was appointed Chancellor of Rutgers University—New Brunswick in 2014.

Welcome from the Chancellor

Richard L. Edwards

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Welcome to Rutgers University—New Brunswick. I invite you to enjoy the historic home of one of the original colonial colleges, and the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Here on the banks of the Raritan River is the birthplace of The State University of New Jersey, a comprehensive public research institution contributing to the advancement of knowledge across all disciplines.

Chartered in 1766, Rutgers holds centuries of stories for you to discover. Learn about our role in our nation’s founding, about the faculty-student team that developed the first cure for tuberculosis, and about our win over Princeton in the nation’s very first collegiate football game. While you are here, find out everything Rutgers is doing today, including our recent addition of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, a major health education, research, and clinical division at the university.

There are many ways to experience the character of Rutgers University. Visit our world-class Zimmerli Art Museum, where you’ll see exquisite 19th century French art and the nation’s foremost collection of Soviet nonconformist art. Stroll through the 180-acre Rutgers Gardens, where gorgeous flora and cutting-edge science come together. Relax on the tree-lined Voorhees Mall, home to many of our highly ranked humanities departments. Or visit Passion Puddle and learn about the legend it holds. Need some Rutgers gear and a Starbucks latte? Head to the spacious Barnes & Noble at Rutgers, and then watch a Big Ten® Scarlet Knights basketball game at the RAC, volleyball or wrestling at the College Avenue Gym, softball at the Rutgers Softball Complex, or football at the 52,000-seat High Point Solutions Stadium. Or maybe you’d prefer to catch a performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, where our remarkably talented students benefit from a beautiful new space at Mortensen Hall. When you get hungry as you tour around campus, settle in for a bite at Henry’s Diner or at one of our six student centers. And don’t forget to mark your calendar and come back to join us for Homecoming in October and Rutgers Day in late April.

Five smaller residential campuses compose Rutgers University—New Brunswick, each with its own character — the sciences, medicine, and engineering are centered on Busch; women’s leadership and the arts on Douglass; environmental studies and food science on G.H. Cook; business and professional studies on Livingston; and the humanities on College Avenue, where spectacular buildings are rising, including the Honors College (opened in 2015) and our brand-new academic building overlooking Voorhees Mall. Our community of scholars at Rutgers University is propelling advances in every field of human endeavor.

Please speak with our Visitor Center staff to learn more and to make the most of your tour of Rutgers. Whether you plan to stay for a day or for your entire college career, I hope that by visiting our campuses you get a sense of all that we have to offer.

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