1. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY IS ONE OF THE TOP TEN OLDEST COLLEGES IN THE U.S.
Founded in 1766, Rutgers is older than the nation itself and is the eighth oldest college in the U.S. It is also one of the nine “Colonial Colleges” chartered before the American Revolution.
2. THE CAMPUS IS SPREAD OUT ON 2,688 ACRES OF LAND.
The entirety of Rutgers University consists of 31 schools and colleges, more than 20 libraries, over 650 buildings, and more than 20 computer labs for their whole student body.
3. THE BIRTHPLACE OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL.
Rutgers University and Princeton played the first game of intercollegiate football in 1869. The game tok place where the present-day College Avenue gymnasium now stands in New Brunswick, NJ. Rutgers won the game 6-4.
4. YOU’RE WELCOME FOR THE GIFT OF FAT SANDWICHES.
If you have never heard of one (bless your soul), a fat sandwich is what you get when you combine a burger and a cheese steak with a gyro and bacon and eggs and dump an appetizer on top of it all, like mozzarella sticks or chicken fingers or fries, and then douse it all in sauce. The monstrosity hails from New Brunswick, where the famous Rutgers grease trucks have been serving them since the early 80’s.
5. THE DAILY TARGUM IS THE SECOND-OLDEST COLLEGE NEWSPAPER IN THE NATION.
The student-written, student-managed, non-profit newspaper is among the largest college newspapers in the nation. It was founded in 1869 and has since won various awards, including the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown Award, the highest recognition a college newspaper can be awarded.
6. NEW JERSEY REPRESENT!
More than 80% of the students at Rutgers come from New Jersey, while 17% are from out-of-state.
7. OUR MASCOT WAS ORIGINALLY A ROOSTER.
In the early days, Rutgers athletes were known as the “The Scarlet” referencing the school color. In 1925 the mascot was changed to Chanticleer, a fighting rooster from a famous medieval fable called Reynard the Fox. The Chanticleer mascot was unveiled at a football game against Lafayette College. Since people associated the rooster mascot with the Rutgers athletic team “being chicken”, they changed the mascot to the Scarlet Knight in 1955.
8. WE ARE INTERNATIONAL!
More than half of the student body at Rutgers identify themselves as non-Caucasian, and more than 4,000 students from over 115 countries study at the university. More than 400,000 alumni live in all fifty states and on six continents around the globe.
9. HOME TO NEW JERSEY’S LARGEST INTERIOR LIVING WALL.
The award winning structure at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is home tot he largest interior living wall in the state. It measures 40 feet tall by 33 feet wide, and was created by two Rutgers alumni who founded the business EcoWalls.
10. THERE ARE VEGETABLES NAMED AFTER US.
The Rutgers tomato was introduced n 1934 by a Rutgers breeder named Lyman Schermerhorn. It is a tomato used for general use, such as processing and canning. It was released between WWI and WWII, when over 30,000 acres of tomatoes were grown in New Jersey. It is no longer grown commercially, but it is still popular with home gardeners.