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Rutgers Camden

This article discusses Rutgers University's campus in Camden, New Jersey. For general information on the University as a whole, please see Rutgers University. For other uses of "Rutgers", please see Rutgers (disambiguation).
The State University of New Jersey
Seal of Rutgers University
Motto Sol iustitiae et occidentem illustra
Motto in English Sun of righteousness, shine upon the West also.
Established November 10, 1766
Type Public, Research university
Endowment US $603 million (systemwide)[1]
Chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett
President Robert L. Barchi
Executive Vice President Richard L. Edwards (Interim)
Academic staff 254[2]
Admin. staff 430[2]
Students 6,158[2]
Undergraduates 4,497[2]
Postgraduates 1,661[2]
Location Camden, New Jersey, USA
Campus Urban/Suburban
Former names College of South Jersey, South Jersey Law School
Alma Mater On the Banks of the Old Raritan
Colors      Scarlet
Sports 18 sports teams
Mascot Scarlet Raptors
Affiliations Association of American Universities,
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools,
New Jersey Athletic Conference

Rutgers–Camden is one of three campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the state's public research university. It is located in Camden, New Jersey, in the United States. Founded in the 1920s, Rutgers–Camden began as an amalgam of the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey. It is the southernmost of the three regional campuses of Rutgers—the others being located in New Brunswick and Newark. Rutgers–Camden is situated at the crossroads of the Washington-New York and Philadelphia-Atlantic City corridors. The college's hallmark and mission is "Prestige, Opportunity, Tradition, and Value."[3]


Rutgers was chartered in New Brunswick as Queen’s College — the nation’s eighth institution of higher learning. South Jersey Law School was founded in Camden in 1926 and in 1927 the College of South Jersey was founded in Camden. By 1945 Rutgers was declared the state university of New Jersey by act of the state legislature. The College of South Jersey and the South Jersey Law School joined the Rutgers system in 1950. After the Rutgers takeover, the campus expanded, erecting several buildings on site including the Paul Robeson Library, the Business and Science Building, the Campus Center, and the Walter K. Gordon Theater. In 1968, Rutgers School of Law–Camden was granted autonomy from its Newark counterpart. In 1981 The Graduate School–Camden was founded; in 1988, the Rutgers School of Business-Camden was founded; and in 1989 Rutgers joined the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization comprising the top 62 research universities in North America. In 1995, the Rutgers School of Business–Camden became the first southern New Jersey institution to earn accreditation from the AACSB International. In 2001 Campbell's Field was built, home to the professional minor-league Camden Riversharks and the Rutgers–Camden Scarlet Raptors baseball. Today, the campus offers the nation's first doctoral program in childhood studies, a new law school facility, and a comprehensive four-year undergraduate business curriculum. Current plans call for the establishment of a comprehensive Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden and the additional of more housing for graduate students.[4]

Merger proposal and its rejection

In January 2012, a state advisory committee proposed a deeply controversial plan,[5] to merge Rowan University with the Camden campus of Rutgers University (which would have been separated from Rutgers) under Rowan's name.[6] The plan was opposed by the Rutgers governing boards, faculty, students, and alumni, and by others in the state.[7][8][9] Legislation passed in June 2012 entirely rejected the idea of a merger, though it did enhance the financial autonomy of Rutgers–Camden and included provisions for a loose collaboration between Rowan and Rutgers–Camden limited to research and teaching in the health sciences.[10]


Rutgers–Camden is a medium-size, four-year, selective University in the United States. The four-year, full-time, undergraduate program is classified as "selective" and has emphasis in the arts and sciences as well as business, with some graduate coexistence. Rutgers–Camden is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[11] There are four academic curricular divisions: arts and sciences, business, nursing, and university college, 24 departments, 35 majors, and 21 master's and doctoral degree programs including the renowned Rutgers School of Law–Camden. The academic year follows a 4-4 schedule of two four-course semesters, fall and spring. During the winter study term, students study various courses outside of typical curriculum for 3 weeks in January. Rutgers students often take the winter study term to pursue internships or work on intensive research projects. Rutgers–Camden granted 800 bachelor's degrees and 230 master's degrees in 2007.[12]

Graduate and Professional Programs and Law School

The Graduate School offers 14 programs granting master's degrees in several liberal arts disciplines including history, English literature, languages, and creative writing, as well as advanced degrees in the biological, chemical, computer, and mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, social work, political science and public policy, and Doctoral programs in Childhood Studies, Computational Biology, and Public Affairs with emphasis on community development. An MBA program is offered through the Rutgers School of Business-Camden. Law degrees are conferred through the Rutgers School of Law.[13]

Visual and Performing Arts

The Fine Arts Building houses the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, encompassing the principal campus performing venue, now named the Walter K. Gordon Theater, as well as a black box theater, the Stedman Gallery, and a variety of campus and community programs. These three main venues - the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Stedman Gallery, and Black Box Studio—serve as focal points for the visual and performing arts in the region from international touring artists and companies to local theater and student-derived works.

Business School

The Rutgers School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The School of Business offers undergraduate degree programs in Accounting, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management. Graduate programs include MBA, PMBA, PMAc. Concentrations offered in MBA include: Accounting, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Operations Management.

Law School

"The School of Law–Camden is a leading center of legal education. Its faculty is internationally recognized in a number of fields including constitutional, criminal, health, and corporate law. Its alumni are leading members of the bar in public and private practice settings throughout the nation. The school is well represented among the state and federal judiciary. The law school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is on the list of approved schools of the American Bar Association. It offers a three-year course of study for full-time students and a four-year, part-time program leading to the awarding of the Juris Doctor degree." [14]

The Rutgers School of Law is located on 5th Street, and recently underwent a large renovation. Prior to 1950, the School of Law was known as the South Jersey School of Law.

School of Nursing

The Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS). The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing (NJSBN). Two tracks to the BSN degree are offered: a 4-year pre-licensure track and a post-licensure track for registered nurses (RNs).[15]


Paul Robeson Library Located in the heart of the Rutgers–Camden Campus, the Paul Robeson Library develops and maintains access to materials that support undergraduate and graduate coursework and research. A designated Federal Depository for the First U.S. Congressional District, the library serves as a public resource for the citizens of New Jersey. Library faculty deliver comprehensive support for reference and research questions. Through the Paul Robeson Library, the Rutgers–Camden community may access the global resources of the Rutgers University Library System and a host of online services. Recent renovations to the library include an upgraded student computing center and a new lounge area for study.

Law Library One of New Jersey’s largest law libraries serves as a research facility for law students, legal practitioners, and the general public. The Law Library house a collection of over 440,000 books and other materials, and the collection is comprehensive in its holdings of American, English, Canadian, and foreign legal periodicals. The Law Library is located on three floors of the Law School Building. A selective federal depository, the Rutgers–Camden Law Library hosts numerous online collections of public documents related to federal and New Jersey courts.[16]

Honors College

The Honors College at Rutgers–Camden is a community of student and faculty scholars who participate in a academic program that includes honors seminars, junior and senior year projects, and extracurricular activities. Selection into this program is very competitive; approximately 90 new students are enrolled into The Honors College each year.[17]


  • The Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney Magazine ranked Rutgers #6 in the nation and #1 in the Northeast for value.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, Rutgers boasts the most diverse campus in the nation.[18]
  • Times Higher Education (U.K.) World University Rankings ranked Rutgers at #15 in the world and #9 among U.S. universities for arts and humanities.
  • U.S. News & World Report: Best Graduate Schools # 7 in the nation, Criminology; Public Affairs–Public Management and Administration; #9 in the nation, Part-time Law (Rutgers School of Law–Camden); #10 in the nation, Public Affairs–Public Finance and Budgeting
  • U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges Rutgers is ranked #1 in the nation (15th consecutive year as the "Most Diverse National University").
  • U.S. News & World Report: Ten Law Degrees with Most Financial Value at Graduation; Rutgers School of Law–Camden ranked #3 in the nation.
  • The Military Times Edge ranked Rutgers as "Best for Vets" #3 in the nation.
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Rutgers at #59 in the world and #39 in the nation.[19]


Dorms and Student Housing

Undergraduate and graduate dorms are located at Third and Cooper Streets. Many students live off campus in Camden's Cooper Grant neighborhood, in Philadelphia, or in surrounding suburbs such as Collingswood and Haddonfield, which are accessible through the PATCO Speedline.

In Fall 2012, Rutgers–Camden opened a new graduate residence hall at 330 Cooper Street.[20]

Transportation services

Rail access to the university is provided by the PATCO's City Hall station, located two blocks from center campus, and the RiverLINE's Cooper Street - Rutgers University station. The Walter Rand Transportation Center is located a few blocks from campus, which provides access to several NJTransit bus lines. Additionally, the seasonally-operated RiverLink Ferry running between Camden and Philadelphia has a stop at the nearby Adventure Aquarium.

As a service to students of the university, the Rutgers-Camden Police Department provides "a walking security escort for individuals to their vehicles; campus housing; the PATCO Hi-Speed Line station at Fifth and Market St.; and the Walter Rand Transportation Center on Broadway".[21]


(Note: The athletic teams at Rutgers' main campus in New Brunswick are called the Scarlet Knights. The Rutgers–Newark athletic teams are called the Scarlet Raiders. The Scarlet Raptors and the Scarlet Raiders both compete within NCAA Division III. The Scarlet Knights compete within Division I.)

The Scarlet Raptors are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The following sports are found at Rutgers–Camden:

  • Men's NCLL Division II Liberty Division Club Lacrosse
  • Men's NCAA Division III and Men's Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men's NCAA Division III, Women's NCAA Division III, Men's Intercollegiate, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Basketball
  • Men's NCAA Division III, Women's NCAA Division III, Men's Intercollegiate and Women's Intercollegiate Cross country
  • Men's Intramural Football
  • Men's NCAA Division III and Men's Intercollegiate Golf
  • Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Handball
  • Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Racquetball
  • Men's NCAA Division III, Women's NCAA Division III, Men's Intercollegiate, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Soccer
  • Women's NCAA Division III, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural and Women's Intramural Softball
  • Men's Intercollegiate and Women's Intercollegiate Track and field
  • Men's NCAA Division III and Women's NCAA Division III Track indoor
  • Men's NCAA Division III and Women's NCAA Division III Track outdoor
  • Women's NCAA Division III, Women's Intercollegiate, Men's Intramural, Women's Intramural, Men's Club and Women's Club Volleyball
  • Mens Club Ice Hockey - Division III ACHA
  • Women's NCAA Division III Crew and Men's Club Crew

Student life

Student body

Approximately 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students attend Rutgers–Camden. Nearly 600 students live on campus. Renowned for its commitment for diversity the student body is made up of students from 29 states and 33 countries. There are many clubs that represent various ethnic and racial groups, various religious denominations, political beliefs, and an LGBTQ club. There have been over 33,000 graduates as of 2009 [12]

Student media

  • The Gleaner Independent weekly newspaper; includes Features, Arts & Entertainment, Commentary, Weekly Word, Comics/Horoscope, Sports
  • "Minding Your Business," a weekly publication produced by students at the School of Business.
  • WCCR-Camden Internet based radio station [22]

Scholarly journals and publications

Clubs and other organizations

There are over 50 clubs and organizations [27] on campus including:

See also


External links

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Rutgers–Camden official website
    • Campus Maps, Directions, and Parking
    • Athletics & Recreation
  • Official Home of the Scarlet Raptors

Coordinates: 39°56′56″N 75°07′26″W / 39.949°N 75.124°W / 39.949; -75.124

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