New Brunswick, New Jersey is one of those Jersey towns that has it all. The city has been around for more than three hundred years in one form or another, and its rich history has given East Coast parents something to cheer about. New Brunswick is not only the home of one the greatest entertainment and education venues in the United States, the State Theater in New Brunswick, but it is also the home of Rutgers University. Rutgers is the State University of New Jersey, and it is the eighth-oldest college in the United States. Rutgers started as the old Queen’s College in 1766.
The purpose of Queen’s College was to educate the youth in religious language, so they could become ministers of the Dutch Reform Church. The first students came in 1771, and there was one instructor. Even though the college was immersed in religious teachings, the first classes were held in a tavern called the Sign of the Red Lion. When the war broke out, the British thought the tavern was a hotbed of rebel activity, so the college stopped holding classes there. During the war, classes were in private homes.
Rutgers became the State University of New Jersey in 1945, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. In 1946, the University of Newark merged with Rutgers, and the College of South Jersey and the South Jersey Law School became part of the college in 1950. Those two institutions became Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden. In 1970, the Board of Governors voted to admit women, and that was a game-changer for the parents of New Jersey,
Trying to help kids find a college that meets their needs is one of the most important jobs parents have. Rutgers gives parents in New Jersey an option that is hard to beat in terms of cost and education. Even though Rutgers started as a religious school, the university promotes diversity and religious freedom.
Parents dream of sending their kids to a college that educates them for their future role in society. The parents that send their kids to Rutgers live that dream. Rutgers may not be an Ivy League school, but parents think the university is as good as, or better than, any university in the country.