Rutgers University Facts -- November 2012



Nov. 20, 2012

ACADEMICS

  • Chartered in 1766 (Rutgers is the eighth oldest college in the nation)
  • Admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU) in 1989
  • A land-grant university and member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Ranked No. 68 in U.S. News & World Report's most recent evaluation of America's Best Universities

RESEARCH

  • Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a "Research/Very High Research Activity" University (Tier 1)
  • Received almost $400 million in total research funding during the 2012 fiscal year
  • Thirty-three faculty are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, America's top experts on critical national issues.

ENROLLMENT

  • Fall 2012 undergraduate enrollment is 43,967
  • Fall 2012 graduate enrollment is 14,821
    • 13 percent of students are out-of-state
    • Students come from 49 of the 50 U.S. states
    • Students come from 106 countries

CONFERENCE HISTORY

  • Middle Three Conference (1946-1951)
    • With Lafayette and Lehigh
  • Middle Atlantic Conference (1958-1961)
  • Atlantic-10 Conference (1976-1995)
    • All sports except football
  • Big East (1991-1995)
    • Football-only member
  • Big East (1995-present)
    • All sports

ATHLETICS

  • 24 varsity teams (10 men's teams; 14 women's teams)
  • 16 different sports (football, basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, tennis, track & field, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, swimming & diving, rowing, lacrosse)
  • Five national championships in four sports
    • Football (1): 1869
    • Men's Lacrosse (2): 1928, 1955
    • Men's Fencing (1): 1949
    • Women's Basketball (1): 1982

FOOTBALL

  • Three Middle Atlantic Conference titles
  • Shared the first ever football national title with Princeton in 1869
  • Seven bowl appearances
    • Most recent - 27-13 win over Iowa State in 2011 Pinstripe Bowl

MEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Two Atlantic-10 Tournament titles (1979, 1989)
  • Six NCAA Championship appearances
    • Most recent - 1991
  • One Final Four (1976)
  • Most recent postseason appearance - 2006 NIT

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • Eight Atlantic-10 and Big East titles
  • Five Atlantic-10 and Big East tournament titles
  • 23 NCAA Championship appearances
    • Most recent - 2012
  • Two Final Fours (2000 and 2007)
    • Including 2007 NCAA Championship Game

NOTABLE ATHLETES

  • Ray Rice, Football
    • Two-time All-Pro in the NFL
  • Alexi Lalas, Men's Soccer
    • Hermann Trophy winner
    • Member of U.S. National Team ( 1991-1998)
  • George Kojac, Swimming
    • International Swimming Hall of Fame
    • 1928 Olympic gold medalist
  • Carli Lloyd, Women's Soccer
    • Scored gold medal winning goal in 2008 and 2012 Olympics
  • Jim Valvano, Men's Basketball
    • Played at Rutgers from 1964-1967
    • Coached at NC State and won 1983 NCAA title
    • Namesake for the V Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Paul Robeson, Football
    • Played at Rutgers from 1915-1919 and won 12 letters in four different sports
    • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame
    • After RU, became an accomplished actor, singer and lecturer
  • Cappie Pondexter, Women's Basketball
    • Raised and attended high school in Chicago
    • First four-time first-team All-Big East selection in conference history
    • Won 2007 WNBA title and named WNBA Finals MVP
    • 2008 Olympic gold medalist

NOTABLE COACHES

  • Harvey Harman, Football (1938-1941, 1946-1955)
    • Compiled a 74-44-2 record
    • Served in the Navy during WWII
    • Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981
  • C. Vivian Stringer, Women's Basketball (1995-present)
    • Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
    • Advanced Rutgers to the Final Four in 2000 and 2007
  • Theresa Grentz, Women's Basketball (1976-1995)
    • Won the AIAW Championship in 1982
    • Compiled a 434-150 record and led the team to nine straight postseason appearances
    • After Rutgers, coached at Illinois for 12 seasons

NOTABLE ALUMNI

  • Eight Rhodes Scholar
  • Four Nobel Laureates
  • Seven Pulitzer Prize winners
  • Other:
    • Milton Friedman - Nobel Prize winning economist
    • David Stern - NBA commissioner
    • Bill Rasmussen - founder, ESPN
    • Janet Evanovich - best-selling novelist
    • James Gandolfini - Emmy Award winning actor

NEW JERSEY NATIVES

  • Bruce Springsteen - Grammy Award winning musician
  • Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito - Associate Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Franco Harris - Hall of Fame running back and Penn State alum
  • Shaquille O'Neal - 15-time NBA All-Star
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf - led U.S. armed forces in Desert Storm
  • Frank Sinatra - noted musician and actor
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg - pioneer coach and namesake for Big Ten Football Championship Trophy
  • Meryl Streep - Academy Award winning actress
  • Bon Jovi - rock band from Sayreville, N.J.
  • Thomas Edison - inventor who created the phonograph, motion picture camera and light bulb
  • Vince Lombardi - legendary football coach

BIG TEN/RUTGERS ATHLETIC CONNECTIONS

  • Lou Tepper
    • Former Illinois football coach
    • 1967 graduate of Rutgers
  • Dick Anderson
    • Former Rutgers football head coach (1984-1989)
    • Former assistant at Penn State
  • Greg Schiano
    • Former Rutgers football head coach
    • Former assistant at Penn State
  • C. Vivian Stringer
    • Rutgers women's basketball coach
    • Head coach at Iowa from 1983-1985
  • Theresa Grentz
    • Former Illinois women's basketball coach
    • Head coach at Rutgers from 1976-1995
  • Doug Graber
    • Former Rutgers football head coach
    • Former assistant at Wisconsin
  • Frank Molinaro
    • Four-time Penn State All-American
    • Current Rutgers assistant wrestling coach
  • Bill Carmody
    • Northwestern men's basketball coach
    • Born in Spring Lake, N.J.