Grounded in rich academic tradition, our roots in southern New Jersey bring the comprehensive Rutgers experience to the Delaware Valley.

Founded in the 1920s, Rutgers–Camden began as the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey. In 1950, the two schools became the Camden campus when it merged with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

After decades of providing students with a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, in 1981 Rutgers–Camden began to offer its first master’s degree programs, in biology, English, and business administration. In 1989, the growing demand for business offerings led to the founding of the School of Business–Camden, the first business school in southern New Jersey to earn prestigious accreditation from the AACSB International. Rutgers–Camden achieved another academic first in 2007: launching the first doctoral program on its campus—and the very first of its kind in the nation—with the PhD degree in childhood studies.

Today, Rutgers–Camden boasts two additional PhD degrees in integrative biology and public affairs. The business school offers a four-year undergraduate business curriculum along with MBA, professional master’s, and executive programs. The law school, ranked highly and nationally, boasts a new and impressive facility complete with a state-of-the-art moot courtroom. In 2011, the School of Nursing became the newest academic unit at Rutgers–Camden, providing health care institutions throughout the region with high-caliber nursing professionals.

Rutgers–Camden Timeline

Discover our history throughout more than 60 years as Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

About Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers History
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University Mission
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University Facts and Figures
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Campus Overview

Rutgers-Camden At A Glance (PDF)

History

  • Founded 1926 (as the South Jersey Law School)
  • Joined Rutgers: 1950
  • Campus size: 40 acres
  • Undergraduate majors: 35
  • Graduate programs: 27 (DPT, JD, MA, MBA, MFA, MPA, MPH, MS, MSW, PhD)
  • Athletics: 18 NCAA Division III women's and men's teams

Faculty/Staff

  • Full-time faculty: 288
  • Faculty with terminal degrees: 98%
  • Total employees: 1,309

Students

  • Average class size: 22
  • States represented among students: 29
  • Nations represented among students: 33
  • Residential students: 569
  • Graduates: 43,000