Welcome from the Chancellor
About the Chancellor
■ Debasish “Deba” Dutta became chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick on July 1, 2017. Dutta also holds a faculty appointment and is a tenured distinguished professor of engineering. Dutta came to Rutgers from Purdue University.
Welcome to Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Chartered in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the nation and serves as a locus for innovation, scholarly inquiry and creativity. As the flagship of The State University of New Jersey and a preeminent public research university, Rutgers–New Brunswick is home to a full spectrum of academic disciplines and intellectual areas. I invite you to explore all that the university has to offer.
Historians may be surprised to discover that, with its founding over a quarter of a millennium ago, Rutgers is one of nine colonial colleges established before the American Revolution. Rutgers hosted the first game of collegiate football, where the Scarlet Knights (then known as the ‘Rutgers Queensmen’) triumphed over Princeton University. Highlighting a longstanding tradition of research breakthroughs, the university was the site of discovery for streptomycin, the first effective cure for tuberculosis. At the Geology Museum, you can learn about New Jersey’s natural history and see one of the oldest collegiate geology collections in the nation.
Art lovers may delight in a visit to the Zimmerli Art Museum, one of the largest university-based museums in the country with over 60,000 works in its collection. Or, you may enjoy a performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the premier arts conservatory at Rutgers whose community includes talented artists in music, dance, film, theater, and visual art. For moviegoers, the Rutgers Cinema is your spot for contemporary fare.
If scenic landscapes are of interest, you may be enthused to ramble through the Rutgers Gardens, a 180-acre horticultural space open throughout the year, or to hike through the Rutgers Ecological Preserve. The picturesque Passion Puddle is another lovely locale on campus, and stargazing at the Robert A. Schommer Astonomical Observatory is a singular experience.
For sports fans, Rutgers fields 24 teams in the Big Ten Conference, from basketball to lacrosse, from football to softball and wrestling. You can enjoy Scarlet Knights athletics as a spectator, or students can participate in one of the university’s sports programs, intramural sports leagues, or sports clubs. The 52,000-seat High Point Solutions Stadium is a great venue to experience the Big Ten games, in addition to being the setting for the university’s Commencement ceremony.
Five residential campuses compose Rutgers–New Brunswick, each with its own personality and identity — Busch is a hub for the sciences, medicine, and engineering; College Avenue is home to the humanities and social sciences; Cook, where the land-grant mission of the university originated, houses expertise in the agricultural and environmental studies, and food science; Douglass is noted for women’s leadership and the arts; and, Livingston is where you will find business and professional studies. Rutgers is a vibrant intellectual community and our community of scholars is spurring academic discovery in virtually every corner of the globe.
Whether you intend to visit for the day or to pursue your studies here, I hope that you enjoy your time here and get a glimpse of everything that Rutgers has to offer.
Deba Dutta, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick