|The Name of the University
1. Full, Proper Name: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
|Example: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the eighth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.|
4. When to Use: The full name must be used the first time the name of the university appears in text. Subsequent references may use Rutgers, Rutgers University, or campus designations if appropriate, such as Rutgers–Camden. (Also see Campus Names.)
5. In Titles of Publications: For the sake of brevity, titles of publications should normally use only the word “Rutgers,” rather than the full name of the university. The university logotype (Rutgers), with or without a signature (e.g., The State University of New Jersey, School of Criminal Justice, etc.), must appear on a publication’s front cover. The full name of the university (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) must appear somewhere on the publication, such as the back cover or the address line. (See the Rutgers Visual Identity Manual for usage requirements and recommendations.)
6. Possessive (see also Plurals and Possessives):
|Example: Rutgers’ chess team was founded in 1768.|
b. When used as a possessive, i.e., with an apostrophe after the “s,” the word “Rutgers’ ” is never preceded by “the.”
c. When used as an adjective, the word “Rutgers” may or may not be preceded by “the,” depending on the noun it modifies and the meaning of the sentence.
Examples: In general, Rutgers students are a loyal bunch. The Rutgers students did well.
Helpful Hint: When Rutgers precedes a noun, either as an adjective or as a possessive, never put a “the” before Rutgers and an apostrophe after the “s.”
Helpful Hint: If you are not sure whether “Rutgers” should be possessive in a particular usage, substitute a name that does not end in “s,” such as Yale, and see whether it makes sense or whether the substitution requires you to add an “s,” e.g., “Yale’s.”Old Queen’s
1. The original name of the university was Queen’s College.
2. The word “Queen’s” is possessive and requires an apostrophe before the “s.”
3. Other references where this pertains: Old Queen’s Campus, Old Queen’s Building, or simply Old Queen’s for the building. (This is despite the fact that there is a plaque on the Old Queen’s Building that does not use the apostrophe.)Campus Names
(Note that capitalization of “Campus” is new and results from the transformation of undergraduate education at the New Brunswick Campus.)
Also used, especially on maps:
Official Titles for the Three Regional Campuses:
Note: When typesetting, use a closed en dash between Rutgers and the city (as is used here, above). Do not use an em dash (longer) or a hyphen (shorter).
Note: Lowercase “campuses” when referring to multiple campuses.
|Example: Academic buildings are being renovated on the Newark and Camden campuses.|
|School and College Names
Degree-Granting Schools and Colleges
As of July 2007, there are 27 degree-granting schools and colleges at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. (Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick is counted as three schools for this tally. See explanation below.*)
Please keep in mind that in July 2007 the number of undergraduate degree-granting colleges and schools changed to reflect the transformations in undergraduate education happening on the New Brunswick Campus. (See The New Schools in New Brunswick, below.)
Note: School names do not include “The” (cap “T”) as part of their name. You may, however, when appropriate, use “the” (lowercase “t”) to precede the name of some of the schools in text. Typical usage is noted in the left parentheses in the list below.
Note: The word "Rutgers" before the name of a school or college may or may not include an apostrophe depending on the writer’s preference. A notable exception is the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, which never takes the apostrophe.
|Examples: Rutgers’ School of Criminal Justice is based in Newark.
The professor presented his seminar at the Rutgers School of Social Work.
Note: When typesetting, use a closed en dash in the name of the school (as is used in the list below). Do not use an em dash (longer) or a hyphen (shorter).
Note: Capitalize “Colleges” in a list with two or more of the following five colleges: Cook College, Douglass College, Livingston College, Rutgers College, University College. Otherwise, lowercase college (or school) in a list of colleges or schools, when referring to Rutgers’ schools and colleges or those of other institutions
Examples: There was a reunion of 1980s preceptors from Cook, Douglass, Livingston, and Rutgers Colleges.
Schools and Colleges Granting Undergraduate Degrees Only (10 units)
New Brunswick Campus
Beginning in July 2007, two new schools were added to the list of degree-granting schools and colleges in New Brunswick. They are:
The School of Arts and Sciences is a merger of the four liberal arts colleges (Douglass College, Livingston College, Rutgers College, and University College) and thus replaces the four liberal arts colleges in the list. Students enrolled in Douglass, Livingston, Rutgers, and University Colleges prior to fall 2007 may still earn degrees from those four schools.
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences is the new name for Cook College, and thus replaces Cook College in the list.
Note: When including all three of the university’s arts and sciences degree-granting units in a sentence or paragraph, you may parenthetically add “New Brunswick” after School of Arts and Sciences to help distinguish among the three campuses: Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Arts and Sciences (New Brunswick).
Note: Do not say “the former Cook College” when referring to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. See below for preferred usage.
Cook College, now referred to as the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, offers food science degree programs.
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, the renamed Cook College, offers food science degree programs.
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, the new name for Cook College, offers food science degree programs.
Schools Granting Graduate Degrees Only (11 units)
11. (the) Graduate School–Camden
Schools Granting BOTH Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees (6 units)
22. (the) School of Business–Camden
* Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick
“Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick” is the preferred umbrella name used in most cases to identify students, faculty, programs, etc., connected to the university’s three formal degree-granting schools that offer business programs:
Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate–Newark
In general, always use “Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick.” You may use the formal nomenclature if preparing a formal report for a provost or vice president and you need to make a distinction between programs. But for general audiences use the umbrella name. To make distinctions, consider specifying “the bachelor of science program at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick,” for example. Never use “Rutgers Business School–Newark” or “Rutgers Business School–New Brunswick.”
An explanation of the name changes that became effective in November 2001:
* The School of Business–New Brunswick became Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate–New Brunswick
To create a new school, subsuming the three parts, would have required submission to the state for approval, which was not done.
† Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
This school now offers only a graduate degree: the doctor of pharmacy. However, it is considered an undergraduate school since it admits students as first-year students directly from high school into its six-year degree program. Therefore, it is listed in the “Both” category.Acronyms (School Name Abbreviations)
Use acronyms sparingly. The preference is to spell out school, college, center, and institute names in full and to avoid using acronyms, abbreviations, or shortened names.
Particularly when referring to the new degree-granting schools in New Brunswick and Newark, use the full names:
In general, it is preferable to use “the school” on second reference, with distinctions made if necessary, e.g., “the psychology school.” Note that on second reference, Mason Gross is acceptable for Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Bloustein School is acceptable for the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
When referring to a center or institute, it is always preferable to refer to “the center” or “the institute” on second reference. Rely on acronyms only when dealing with more than one center or institute. If you need to use the acronym in text for brevity’s sake, be sure to reference the full name at the first mention, followed by the acronym in parentheses. Acronyms are not preceded by “the.”
Note that a few schools at Rutgers have sufficiently long names that use of the acronym has become generally accepted. These include, for example, the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies (SCILS) and the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). In addition, there are a few centers and institutes that are commonly known by their acronyms, examples of which follow:
CAIT (Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation)
Catherine studied under a faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Materials and Devices. The institute was established in 2005 with a grant from the Academic Excellence Fund.The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) are parts of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. ECPIP was founded in 1971.