About Rutgers Newark | Rutgers University

Rutgers University-Newark is not just in Newark, but of Newark. Located in New Jersey’s largest city, our location has a rich and vibrant history. Consistently ranked as the most diverse national university campus by U.S. News and World Report, Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) is proud to serve as a role model for high-quality urban universities that wish to pursue the dual goals of excellence and access.


Newark is a center for the arts and business. As one of America’s largest college towns, over 30,000 students attend classes in the downtown area and University Heights. The RU-N community has long recognized that our location is both a definitive influence in our story and a distinctive strength. Our home city attracts and cultivates talents on many levels, ranging from generations of students hungry for the opportunity from a first-rate higher education institution to faculty dedicated to high-impact scholarship.


At RU-N, over 12,000 students work on undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, business, nursing, criminal justice, public administration, graduate school, and law. Our student population represents over seventy countries. Our university takes pride in its leadership role in educating a racially and ethnically diverse group of students to become literate and productive citizens, prepared for future opportunities and challenges. RU-Newark’s undergraduate programs provide students with the knowledge and skills to participate fully in the economic, scientific, cultural, and political life of the state, the nation, and an evolving and increasingly independent world.


RU-Newark is a doctoral-granting research institution that has evolved into one of New Jersey’s leading education and research centers. As a major university center, RU-Newark comprises the resources of a national research institution, including extensive research, computing, and library facilities. Its small, collegiate atmosphere provides students with the individualized attention of a distinguished and dedicated faculty. 


Courses are available throughout the year. The Office of Summer & Winter Sessions provides academic opportunities at RU-Newark in the Summer and Winter Session. During the Summer, over 300 online, in-person, or hybrid courses are offered in two 6-week sessions. Some courses are also available in 12-week formats.


With an accelerated meeting schedule, the Summer Session offers students the opportunity to take advantage of smaller class sizes, a convenient location, and flexible course schedules. The summer is the ideal time for students to accelerate time to graduation, improve their GPA, explore a subject of interest, or reduce next semester’s course work.


Summer courses are open to all members of the community. Current Rutgers students may register via WebReg. Visiting students from another institution, past Rutgers students, or adults interested in personal enrichment, professional development, or degree completion opportunities can submit a Visiting Student Registration Form to create a student record and receive registration instructions. Academically qualified pre-college students can submit a Summer Edge High School Student Application.


The Office of Summer & Winter Sessions is located in Blumenthal Hall – Room 208. Please email, call, follow us on social media, or reach out to our office with any summer related questions.

Schools & Colleges Offering Summer Session Classes

Rutgers University-Newark is home to 12,000 students. 60% of all undergraduates are enrolled in majors at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) and University College-Newark (UC-N). There are 40 different areas of study students can select, spanning from areas in English to Neuroscience to Economics. With the newly renovated Life Sciences Building, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center blocks away, and Newark City Hall down the street, our students learn both in and out of the classroom. Our distinguished professors come heavily experienced in their fields, many of which serve the city of Newark and have first-hand experience working in the metropolitan area.

There are specifically designed programs for undergraduate, graduate, and part-time students as well as a highly regarded Honors program. Students have the opportunity to be a part of the Honors College, Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC), or earn national recognition in an Honor Society. All NCAS and UC-N students can also choose from a variety of minors. 

Classes for NCAS students typically surround Samuels Plaza, which is bordered by Dana Library and Paul Robeson Campus Center (PRCC) where major campus events are held. PRCC houses Robeson Gallery, a free gallery where art students put their exhibits on display. Students in the SAS-N school can visit Hill Hall to speak to an academic advisor or career services.

Rutgers School of Nursing is one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive nursing schools. Rutgers School of Nursing is dedicated to the pursuit of education, research, evidence-based health care delivery, and the promotion of community health.

The School of Nursing is one of the eight schools of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), which collectively comprise New Jersey’s largest and most influential academic institutions devoted to nursing, medicine, public health, and the entire spectrum of health-related careers.

The School of Nursing educates close to 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students across four campus locations in Newark, New Brunswick, Blackwood, NJ, and online. U.S. News and World Report ranks the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as 16th in the nation and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as 20th in the nation.

Critical thinking and competent practice are the hallmarks of the “Rutgers Nurse” and the school’s nationally recognized faculty continue to use innovative teaching strategies to educate students, including distance learning, clinical experiences in magnet hospitals, and integration of high-fidelity patient simulation.

Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) is ranked among the top criminal justice programs nationwide, with special regard for SCJ graduate programs. Students benefit from learning with professors who are currently active or accomplished criminal justice scholars. The SCJ faculty include some of the top scholars in the field, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the Ph.D. program in Criminology seventh in the nation.

SCJ offers undergraduate students the option to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree or enter the Accelerated Master’s Program. The five-year joint bachelor of science/master of arts (B.S./M.A.) program makes it possible to earn a baccalaureate degree from the Newark College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS), University College-Newark (UC-N), or other participating institutions and a master’s degree from the School of Criminal Justice. SCJ graduates are highly sought after by universities recruiting new faculty.

Majority of SCJ classes are taught in the newly designed Center of Law and Justice building that houses two libraries, a private study area exclusively for SCJ students and holds the SCJ Office of Academic and Student Services.

Students at SCJ recently have been invited to networking events and panels with US Congress Representatives, distinguished professors from renowned criminal justice institutions, and the Inspector General of the New York City Police Department.

Rutgers Business School (RBS) offers students the opportunity to take courses in the Newark and New Brunswick locations. At Rutgers University-Newark, RBS is a leader in business education keenly attuned to America’s and the world’s metropolitan future. RBS offers undergraduate and graduate programs that equip students with the skills needed to succeed in today’s diverse global business environment.

Distinguished RBS faculty focus on teaching students how to critically reason, gather and weigh the evidence and bring an innovative and thoughtful approach to problem-solving and in real-world business settings. With a 15-minute train ride to downtown Manhattan and Wall Street, Newark students can take advantage of internship opportunities and seek employment with global corporations and Fortune 500 companies. Graduates of RBS include C.E.O.s and C.F.O.s of leading organizations.

In 2017, RBS was ranked the #1 public business school in the tri-state area by U.S. News & World Report. In 2018, Poets & Quants ranked Rutgers Business School-Newark, #15 best ROI for undergraduate degrees in the United States. Business Week reported, Rutgers Business School was ranked one of the top schools in the country. Fewer than 70 business schools in the country hold this prestigious title. RBS was one of only 31 public institutions to receive this distinction.

At the graduate level, students can earn an MBA on a full or part-time basis, as well as an Executive MPA, international Executive MBA, or an MBA in professional accounting. Dual degrees are offered in conjunction with the Rutgers School of Law-Newark (JD/MBA). Other joint degrees available are MPH/MBA, MS in Biomedical Sciences/MPA, MD, MBA, students can also receive post-MBA certificates or a Ph.D. in Management. 

Advance your education in one of the nation’s leading research and development centers in the heart of a metropolitan area. Rutgers University Graduate School-Newark offers students the opportunity to study biology, chemistry, economics, english, global affairs, history, political science, psychology, and public health.  Or choose from cross-disciplinary programs such as an M.A. in Jazz History and Research, M.S. & Ph.D. in Applied Physics, an M.S. in Computational Biology, an M.B.S. in Business & Science, or a Ph.D. in Behavioral and Neural Sciences. 

The Graduate School-Newark is dedicated to the advancement of scientific and human knowledge in an environment that fosters intellectual growth. Graduate students are expected to develop analytics and creative skills required for original research, problem-solving, and a thorough understanding of the academic discipline. 

Rutgers University’s Institute of Jazz Studies is home to the world’s largest archive of jazz music and material. U.S. News and World Report named Rutgers University-Newark the home to the best public business program in the tri-state area, the Creative Wiring Master of Fine Art was ranked one of the best-funded opportunities for emerging writers, and the nursing program was ranked among the top-25 in the nation. Graduate School-Newark science programs feature well-resourced research centers and the Center for Behavioral & Neural systems was recently award a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s BRAIN Initiative. 

The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark is guided by the principles of knowledge, competence, diversity, service, and ethics- with an emphasis on public service values for effective performance. SPAA carries out its mission through academic and professional credit and non-credit programs at all levels of higher education.

Rutgers SPAA educates and motivates more than 800 students annually to be successful in public service and administration careers through its innovative and comprehensive undergraduate program in Public and Nonprofit Administration (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, Ph.D., and professional and graduate certificate programs.

SPAA’s mission is supported by world-class faculty and distinguished academic leaders who bring students current knowledge and active research agendas. Academic faculty is complemented by adjunct faculty members’ rich and relevant experience and are dedicated to ensuring student access to applied skills and effective networks.

Established in 2006, SPAA is the newest school at Rutgers University. That has not prevented it from receiving distinguished global recognition. U.S. News and World Report ranks SPAA as one of the top public affairs programs in the country. SPAA is among the top-10 graduate programs in the U.S. in the areas of public management and administration, information technology management, and public finance and budgeting. The school falls within the top-25 nationally recognized graduate programs in public affairs, city management, urban policy, non-profit management, and public policy analysis.

SPAA is accredited by the NASPAA- Networks of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration and is the first U.S. School to earn full international accreditation from ICAPA- The International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs.

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