Rutgers University–Camden Named “Best Bang for the Buck” University by Washington Monthly Magazine

Aerial view of the Rutgers University-Camden campus quad

By Mike Sepanic

Rutgers University–Camden once again has been recognized by Washington Monthly magazine as a great value, while also earning high overall rankings among research universities across the nation.

Among schools in the Northeast, Rutgers–Camden is named 24th in the “Best Bang for the Buck” category, which recognizes those institutions that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

In Washington Monthly’s overall 2019 ranking for national universities, which emphasizes such factors as social mobility, research, and promoting public service, Rutgers–Camden is ranked 57. This is the first year that Rutgers University–Camden appears in this category due to its recent elevation to R2 research university classification by Carnegie.

“Rutgers–Camden is committed to access and affordability,” says Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon. “We pride ourselves on providing students with a world-class Rutgers education at an affordable price. Our students are guided in the classroom and outside in internships, research, and civic engagement projects in the supportive, personalized setting which is a hallmark of Rutgers–Camden. We are pleased organizations recognize that Rutgers–Camden is a great value. Being recognized on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck list affirms our commitment to our students and the wider community we serve.”

Factors that Washington Monthly utilizes to formulate its rankings include the percentage of low-income students who receive federal aid, the net price of attendance after financial aid, the number of students involved in the Peace Corps and ROTC, and faculty awards for research.

More than 7,350 students are enrolled at Rutgers University–Camden in undergraduate and graduate programs, led by faculty committed to excellence in research and teaching. Nearly 40 majors, including special programs and an Honors College, comprise the undergraduate academic experience. The campus also offers 27 graduate programs, including three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, a doctorate in nursing practice, an MBA, and the only law school in southern New Jersey.

In 2016, Rutgers University–Camden received a signature honor when it was named as New Jersey’s first Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in recognition of the university’s commitment to supporting its student-veterans. In 2015, Rutgers University–Camden was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification designation in recognition of Rutgers–Camden’s strength in civically engaged learning and community service.

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