Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, is the largest institution for higher education located in the state of New Jersey. A public, research university, Rutgers University has three campuses – the largest one in New Brunswick and two smaller ones in Newark and Camden. Originally chartered in 1766 as Queen’s College, Rutgers is the eighth oldest college in the United States. Originally an all-male, private university affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church, Rutgers has evolved into a non-sectarian, coeducational public research university.
Today, Rutgers University offers over 100 Bachelor’s degrees, 100 Master’s degrees, and 80 doctoral and professional degrees all throughout 175 academic departments, 29 degree-granting schools and colleges, 16 of which offer graduate programs of study.
In addition to its on-campus offerings, Rutgers University also offers courses online via the Internet through its virtual campus called eCollege at Rutgers University. This virtual campus allows students to take academic units by telecommuting to the campus from anywhere they are. Although still limited in number, most of the credit courses offered online are at the graduate level and these include Library Studies, Accountancy, Nursing, Special Education and Public Administration.
Online courses offered by eCollege at Rutgers University are designed in such a way that students can work on assigned classes at a time most convenient to them. Moreover, these online classes are highly interactive.
Cost of tuition and fees as well as books and course materials vary according to the chosen degree program. Financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants and scholarships for deserving students.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.