Dating back to 1766, Rutgers University was originally chartered as Queen’s College. Today, the university operates as the largest institution for higher learning in New Jersey and is the 8th oldest college in the nation. Rutgers was originally a private university that was affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church. Today, the university is a public institution that serves students in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden, enrolling more than 58,000 students from every state and more than 125 countries. Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities, comprising the top 61 research universities in North America.
Though Rutgers University offers undergraduate and graduate courses online, students can only earn full online degrees at the graduate level. Complete online degrees are available in nursing, education, arts, business, communication, management, and social work. In addition to the online degree programs and courses, Rutgers also offers students online certification programs. All online courses offer the same academic standards that the university offers at the face-to-face level. The online classroom environment allows students to attend class when it is convenient to them. Due to the high levels of interaction and discussion among students in each class, space is limited.
Rutgers University has held accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921.
Prospective undergraduate students can apply to the university by filling out a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). This will allow students to self-report their courses, grades, GPA, and class rank prior to submitting their official high school transcript. Undergraduate students must also submit their SAT/ACT scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and an essay. Prospective graduate students can submit their application along with the application fee. In addition, undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, current test results, and a personal statement are all required. All applicants to Rutgers University are advised to check with their desired degree program for any additional admissions requirements.