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Making History

As it approaches its 250th year, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is moving forward―diverse, dynamic, and charged with ambition. With renowned faculty, nationally ranked programs of study, and a thriving research enterprise, Rutgers is a university of indisputable excellence. It is also an institution of remarkable impact, educating 50,000 students annually, tackling real-world problems, partnering with industry, and generating $3.8 billion each year in economic activity.

Through this campaign, Rutgers seeks to grow both in excellence and in impact, advancing into the highest ranks of the nation’s public flagship universities and expanding the many ways in which it serves its students, its state, and the world. Rutgers invites your partnership in this vitally important undertaking. Together we share responsibility for the success of this historic campaign, just as we share a justified pride in this extraordinary university.

The Path Forward

This historic campaign will sustain Rutgers in its work of education, research, and service and help secure its place among the most highly respected public research universities in the nation. The campaign supports a set of strategic objectives that will position Rutgers to thrive as a leader in higher learning in the 21st century:

  • To enrich the learning experience of our students with exceptional opportunities such as research projects with senior faculty, small seminar classes, and study abroad;
  • To address contemporary problems from those involving our health and the environment, to those facing our K-13 schools;
  • To pioneer interdisciplinary approaches in education and research needed to understand the complex challenges we face; and
  • To educate citizens and leaders for a changing world, ever more technological and thoroughly multicultural.

A comprehensive campaign, Our Rutgers, Our Future supports priorities that span the full breadth of the university’s operations, its three campuses, and all its schools, libraries, and institutions. With a goal of $1 billion, this is the largest campaign in the university’s history.

Meeting Challenges

The university launched Our Rutgers, Our Future against the background of a challenging financial landscape that has made success particularly important both to Rutgers and to its students. These circumstances mean that investment on the part of Rutgers’ alumni and friends has never played a more important part in sustaining the university’s tradition of access to educational excellence―a tradition that has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Rutgers alumni over the years.

Rutgers is pursuing a new path forward, growing more entrepreneurial and more financially independent by securing additional external research funding, exploring new opportunities for technology transfer, and seeking increased philanthropic support.

In choosing this direction, Rutgers joins the company of a number of the nation’s most prominent state universities. Their example has proven the power that private support, particularly in the form of endowment, can have in advancing the mission of a great public institution.

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