Rutgers university  new brunswick  new jersey   united states
US News Ranking 52
Qsranking Not Ranked
Timesranking 126-150

Brief background:

A public institution, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey was founded in 1766 and is one of the members of the esteemed Association of American Universities. The university has 175 academic departments that offer more than 270 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral degree, and professional programs. This is made feasible through its 34 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools as well as 200 research centers. The Graduate School of Education, of the University, is highly ranked and its engineering school, The School of Engineering at Rutgers, is quite popular in the region too.

The University is considered leading 25 public universities in the country. In the category of “Leading universities of New Jersey”, it was ranked 1st by U.S. News and World Reports.


The main campus of the University is the Rutgers–New Brunswick campus, which is often called New Brunswick Campus and is spread over 2688 acres. The campus is dotted with a large number of restaurants and bars. The University also has five smaller campuses in Downtown as well as a few building there too.

All the campuses have many libraries, student centers, dining halls, and commercial venues.

Residing Options:

The University offers on-campus accommodation to its students and various kinds of accommodations – from small houses to large residence halls – for students to choose from. However, many students prefer off-campus accommodation – the expenses for which depend on the kind of room they are renting, the location and the number of roommates they have.

Faculty and pedagogy:

The student-faculty ratio here is 13:1 and the University have 24,000 faculties and staff. The University’s teachers have high scholarly achievements and have a passion for discovery and teaching. Many of the faculty here are recognized for Teaching Excellence and widely respected by their peers.

Financial aid:

Being a public institution, The University offers multiple scholarships and grants. In fact, statistics suggest that 55.6% of full-time undergraduates get some kind of need-based financial aid. The average need-based scholarship or grant award given here is $12,431.

Jobs and placements:

The overall placement rate in Rutgers has been reported to be 76% out of which 57% are employed and 19% are engaged in further studies.The median starting salary for engineering graduates passing out of Rutgers is $65000. Students passing out with a MS degree typically earn between $50,167 - $130,000. The top employers are Rutgers University, Lockheed Martin, L'oreal, Accenture and Raytheon.

The Student Employment Office of the university hosts various work study and part-time work programmes. The university also conducts the biggest career fairs bringing potential employers and its talent pool together. 


Famous alumni from the University include names like co-inventor of fiber optics Peter C. Schultz and computer pioneer Nathan M. Newmark.


This is a good University in the region, especially for its engineering school and the graduate school of education.


Rutgers University, The State of New Jersey, has three campuses across the state in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark.The campus at New Brunswick is the largest of them housing the School of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Biological Studies and Environmental Sciences.
New Brunswick is a city in Middlesex County, New Jersey, in the New York City metropolitan area. One can get to Rutgers New Brunswick Campus by train. From Penn Station (8th Ave and 33rd St), take NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor line (final destination Trenton) to New Brunswick. From New York City, the best way to reach the campus is by road. Rutgers is approx. 58 km from New York, and it should take around 45 minutes. One can also take a bus from Port Authority Terminal in New York City to New Brunswick downtown. The approximate time taken by bus is one hour. The train to New Brunswick leaves regularly. There is a taxi office behind the New Brunswick train station. The ones who need a ride to a local destination can get in touch with the office.
There are four major airports accessible from Rutgers–New Brunswick - John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport. The nearest airport to the campus is Newark.
One can take the "Air train" directly from one’s arrival terminal to the Airport Train Station, where one can connect with a New Jersey Transit train to New Brunswick (cost is about $15). 

Acceptance Rate for Indians 56%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 191
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 33
TA Appointments 106
RA appointments 170
Research funding $0
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers the following undergraduate degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Mechanical Engineering; four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Aerospace Engineering; B.S/B. A - students may major in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering as well as take a major from, for example, the School of Arts or School or Environmental Sciences. It also offers the following five-year programmes - BS-MBA (Master of Business Administration) - undergraduate students who wish to pursue a degree in business after their graduation may take an extra year to complete the degree; BS-MBS (Master of Business and Science). 
The graduate programmes offered by the department are two-year Master of Science thesis/non-thesis; M.Eng; Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. The Ph.D. program is open to students who are in the process of completing their master’s or have already completed it. However, exceptional students with high grades during their undergraduate years, exceptional GRE scores, and strong letters of recommendation may be considered for admission.

Areas of Expertise: Aerospace; Robotics and Controls; Energy Systems; Computational Mechanics; Multifunctional Materials; Thermal Science; Fluid and Gas Mechanics; Advanced Manufacturing; Solid Mechanics; Design and Optimization


The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences offers a four-year B.S in Biotechnology. The department trains students in a broad range of basic sciences to provide them with a foundation for important real-world applications. The Biotechnology curriculum equips students with a fundamental knowledge and laboratory skills pertaining to the field of biotechnology while focussing on key areas like molecular biology, genetics, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and delivery/formulation technologies. Rutgers does not offer MS or Doctorate degrees in Biotechnology.
However, Rutgers offers a five-year MBS (Masters in Business and Science) with a concentration in Biotechnology and Genomics. 

Areas of Expertise: Hydroponics and Soilless Culture; Greenhouse Design and Energy Conservation; Quality Inspection of Foods; Robotics for Biological Systems; Advanced Life Support

Chemical and Biochemical

The undergraduate degrees offered at Rutgers by the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department are a combined bachelors/masters degree programming, combining a BS in chemical engineering with either an MS in chemical engineering or a ME in pharmaceutical engineering and a combined BS and MBA degree. The master’s programmes on offer are Masters of Science (MS) (full-time/part-time) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Master of Engineering (ME) (full-time/part-time) in Pharmaceutical Engineering and a combined BS/MS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Students of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering find jobs in petro-chemical, chemical, pharmaceutical, and technology/consulting companies. Students whose undergraduate degrees are in a field other than chemical engineering may be required to take undergraduate core chemical and biochemical engineering courses. 
The Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering is open for students who are still pursuing or have already completed their master’s degree. The areas of research for Ph.D. students are Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Energy and Biofuels: Process Systems and Reaction Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Systems engineering; Particulate Systems; Pharmaceutical Engineering; Nanomaterials design and synthesis; Multiscale Modeling and simulation; Biotechnology and Bioengineering Systems Biology; Chemical Engineering Science; Catalysis and catalyst manufacturing; nanoparticles for therapeutics, diagnostics, energy, and environmental applications; Drug and nucleic acid delivery

List of Labs: Engineering Research Center-Structured Organic Particulate Systems

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rutgers University offers a four-year B.S program in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition, the university offers a number of five-year programs which are B.A./B.S. program in cooperation with the School of Arts and Sciences; B.S/MBA program - during the third year of their undergraduate degree course, students may apply to the Rutgers Business School (RBS) for admission to the program; BS/MS in Engineering - an accelerated master’s program that allows excellent undergraduate students to add one more year to their undergraduate schooling to complete their graduate degree in engineering. The department also offers an M.S.(thesis/project) in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
There are two options to complete the degree - by submitting a thesis and presenting a public oral defense of thesis or by completing the coursework, submitting special projects, and taking a final oral examination. Areas of concentration for a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering are -Construction Engineering and Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Water Resources, and Environmental Engineering and Transportation.
The major areas of research for a Ph.D. are Condition Assessment and Monitoring of Transportation Infrastructure, Construction Engineering and Management, Transportation Engineering, Water Resources, and Environmental Engineering and Infrastructure Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Construction Management; Structural Engineering; Nondestructive testing; Spatial Analysis; Water Resources/ Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Pavement Materials; Infrastructure Condition Monitoring; Transportation Engineering
List of Labs: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

Computer Science

The Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences offers the following undergraduate courses in Computer Sciences - B.S. Degree in Computer Science and a B.A. Degree in Computer Science. The B.S Degree has more rigorous requirements than the BA, in the sense that it prefers students with a science background. The graduate programme offered by the department is an M.S Degree in Computer Science which has two options - thesis option for  which the student must write a master’s thesis, and essay option for which the students must write an original paper in a field of computer science that was a part of the student's course work. The department also offers a Professional Masters program in Data Science and a Ph.D. program in Computer Science. The requirement to enter this program is normally a B.S in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or related fields. However outstanding students who have high grades in their under-graduation, exceptional GRE scores, and strong letters of recommendation may be considered for admission.

Areas of Expertise: Computer & Software Systems; Scientific Computing, Modeling & Simulation; Artificial Intelligence; Algorithms, Optimization & Theoretical Comp Sci

List of Labs: Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; Rutgers Discovery Informatics Inst.

Electrical and Computer

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two B.S programs - a B.S in Electrical Engineering and a B.S in Computer Engineering. In addition, the department offers a few five-year programs - B.A./B.S. program in cooperation with the School of Arts and Sciences; B.S/MBA program - during the third year of their undergraduate degree course, students may apply to the Rutgers Business School (RBS) for admission to the programme; BS/MS in Engineering which is an accelerated master’s program allowing outstanding undergraduate students to add one more year of their bachelor’s education to complete their graduate degree in engineering. The Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University provides four degree options - Master of Science (MS w/o thesis);  Master of Science (MS with thesis); Master of Business and Science degree (MBS with a concentration in ECE); and Ph.D. which requires a master's degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering. Students with master’s degrees in closely related areas such as Physics, Computer Science, or Applied Mathematics may be accepted on the condition that some or all of the undergraduate ECE courses are completed with a grade of B or better.

Areas of Expertise: Computer and Software systems; Computational Science and Engineering; Nanoelectronics; Controls; Analog and Digital integrated circuit design; Cognitive Radar; Compressive Sensing; Distributed information processing; Wireless Communications and Networking; Signal and Information Processing; Nanophotonics; High-performance computing; Data privacy; Neuroimaging; Cyber-Physical Systems; Cybersecurity

List of Labs: Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB)

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Industrial and Systems Engineering department offers a four-year BS in Industrial and Systems engineering as an undergraduate programme. The two options offered in this course are - Financial Systems and Manufacturing Engineering. It also offers a combined B.S. - M.S. and B.S. - M.E. program; BS-MBS (Master of Business and Science); BS-MBA (Master of Business Administration - Future Leaders MBA); BS-MEd (Master of Education). The graduate programme on offer is a Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) in Applied Industrial and Systems Engineering. This MS has three options of study - Industrial and systems engineering; Production and manufacturing systems engineering; Quality reliability engineering. The course also has thesis and non-thesis options.
The program offers a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Students with an M.S in Industrial Engineering should take about 4 years to complete their Ph.D. However, students from different backgrounds other than industrial engineering may take longer.

Areas of Expertise: Risk Analysis; Energy Systems; Quality and Reliability Engineering; Human/Machine Systems; Production Control; Transportation; Automation and Control; Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Materials and Manufacturing Processes and Process Monitoring; Data Mining and Data-Rich Environments; Multivariate Process control; Accelerated Life testing

Materials Science

The Rutgers School of Engineering offers a four-year B.S in Materials Science and Engineering. One of the unique features of this course is that a student is allowed to choose a focus area of study out of the following: Biomaterials, Electronic and Optical, Energy Conversion and Storage, Nanomaterials, Polymers and Packaging Materials. The Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering has two options - Research Masters which takes around two years to complete and Taught Masters which requires students to give a paper presentation at the end of the course. This program takes one to two years to complete. The Ph.D. degree is usually done on a full-time basis and requires four to five years. Submission of a written doctoral thesis is required.

Areas of Expertise: Optical Materials and Glass Technologies; Solar Energy; Polymer Processing and Advanced polymer structure composites; Biomaterials; Sol-gel Processing; Interfacial Science; Photonics; Fuel cells; Ceramic Composites; Nanomaterials and nanocomposites; Materials Synthesis, Processing and Characterization; Electronic Ceramics

List of Labs: Ceramic Research Center & Ceramic, Composite, and Optical Materials Center (CCOMC); Advanced Polymer Materials (AMIPP)

Pure Science

Rutgers’ acclaimed School of Arts and Sciences offers a host of programs in the Pure Sciences. The school offers courses in the fields of Biological Sciences, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Statistics and Biostatistics, and Mathematics. The Department of Mathematics offers a number of courses, and in conjunction with the Department of Statistics, it provides a five-year intensive BA/MS in Mathematics/Statistics. Another very popular area of study in Rutgers is Genetics. The School of Arts and Sciences offers two-year graduate programs leading to MS in Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Physiology & Integrative Biology. The School of Engineering at Rutgers University also offers BS, MS programmes and graduate certificates in Packaging Engineering. It is the nation’s only packaging programme offered by an engineering school. The programmes in this subject require students to have a strong background in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and computers.

Areas of Expertise: Packaging Science and Engineering  Jobs and placements 

Annual fees for Indians $19,000
Annual off-campus living $5,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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