Our historic university has an exceptional reputation for its strong academic tradition, civic engagement, renowned faculty, and student success.

Academic Success

Bugs are my passion! I’m an evolutionary biologist who is interested in cockroaches, dragonflies, and termites.
Dr. Jessica Ware
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Biology
I develop these educational and outreach activities to help students-in-need to overcome obstacles and achieve success.
Dr. Alexander Gates
Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Honors College

The Honors College is based in the College of Arts and Sciences but caters to all majors. Being 'honors' at Rutgers University–Newark is not just about SAT scores or GPAs. The Honors College prepares students for professional careers and graduate training through a combination of small seminars, interdisciplinary learning experiences, and original research.

The Honors College at Rutgers University-Newark is a hub of academic excellence and high-level, faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarship and research at one of the nation’s premier urban public research universities. Our curriculum prepares our diverse, ambitious, largely commuter 330-student cohort to be competitive job and fellowship applicants and candidates for accelerated and joint degree programs in our graduate, medical, business, and law schools and others throughout the world. We place students in laboratories where they do hands-on research while being mentored by NIH grant winners, research centers led by internationally-recognized practitioners, and seminars taught by prize-winning bestselling authors. The Honors College is a decades-old program and students graduate ‘Ready to Hit the Ground RU-Nning.’

Rutgers offers the environment that allows me to grow as an individual.
Rehtul J.
Public and Nonprofit Administration

The Honors Living-Learning Community

The Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) is a transformative college access and success program that fosters the academic, social, and personal development of talented students from all walks of life with a desire to make a difference in their communities and beyond. With an innovative curriculum centered on themes of “Local Citizenship in a Global World,” HLLC students will live and learn at Rutgers University–Newark with students from all over the world.

Our HLLC scholars benefit from a number of learning and change agent opportunities:

  • Personalized academic mentoring and advisement
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum dedicated to student success
  • A close community of peers to enrich the college experience
  • Dynamic internships, research assistantships, and community engagement
  • International research and service opportunities
  • Opportunities for leadership and professional development on and off campus
  • Richly diverse experiences with individuals from many backgrounds
I am passionate about ending police brutality and with my HLLC scholars program, I feel I am making a difference at Rutgers University–Newark and in the local community.
Chelsea S.
Criminal Justice
The HLLC is an expression of the vision and hope for building a strong society that is palpable at Rutgers University–Newark. This intentional program underscores our commitment to diversity and building civic dialogue.
Dr. Timothy Eatman
Dean of the HLLC and Associate Professor of Urban Education in the NCAS

Premier Research University

At Rutgers University–Newark, we have a variety of centers and institutes, as well as academic departments, that help create new knowledge in a broad range of academic disciplines, provide top-quality education to our students, and share academic and intellectual resources with the citizens of New Jersey and beyond.

Check out our latest Rutgers University–Newark research news: https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/tags/research

Our Award-winning and Supportive Faculty

Our faculty's scholarship has been celebrated worldwide through top academic awards listed below:

  • Andrew Carnegie Fellows Award
  • Fulbright Scholars
  • Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation Award
  • Guggenheim Awards
  • National Book Award
  • National Science Foundation
  • Pulitzer Prize
  • The Stockholm Prize in Criminology
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
As scholars of innovation, my students do not learn to think outside the box. They learn to redefine what the box will look like. They cannot be limited to fit the world, they are encouraged to redefine it.
Dr. Arturo Fernandez
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Management and Global Business
Management & Global Business
First-year students should be ready to explore criminal justice through many lenses: as new social scientists and as future practitioners in the field.
Dr. Sarah Lageson
Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice