CAMDEN, NJ — Rutgers-Camden was recognized nationally in the U.S. News & World’s 2021 Best Colleges and Universities report for the opportunities it affords students.

Among the categories, Rutgers-Camden ranked high in on the report released Monday: Top Performers on Social Mobility (26), Top Public Universities (71), Best Colleges for Veterans (108), Best Value (140), and Overall (153).

The school — one of 27 in New Jersey on the list — was upgraded on the Carnegie classification to R-2 in 2018 (an Indiana University-run system for determining a given school’s growth in research and doctoral education).

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“Rutgers–Camden is a place of access and affordability,” said Rutgers University–Camden Interim Chancellor Margaret Marsh. “We provide students with a world-class Rutgers education at an affordable price. Our faculty mentor our students in internships, research, and civic engagement projects, and our students enjoy personalized support as they work to achieve their goals.”

The school has over 7,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs - comprising almost 40 majors, including special programs and an Honors College. University officials said it also boasts nearly 30 graduate programs: three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, a doctorate in nursing practice, an MBA, and the only law school in southern New Jersey.

For the 36th annual rankings, U.S. News & World Report measured several factors, including student-faculty ratio and the average federal loan debt of graduates.

According to the news magazine, data used in these rankings pertain to fall 2019 and earlier. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic could not impact the data schools submitted to U.S. News.

“Nonetheless, to account for the huge disruption to higher education, we re-introduced test-blind schools in the rankings and placed reduced emphasis in the rankings on admissions data and alumni giving data,” the news magazine posted on its website.

Rutgers-Camden also gained attention from Washington Monthly magazine, which once again named it a “Best Bang for the Buck” university, based on its efforts toward providing non-wealthy students a marketable degree at an affordable cost. The university also landed the #26 spot for its offering of social mobility opportunities for students. 

“We are pleased that organizations recognize that Rutgers–Camden is a great value," added Marsh. "Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly is another affirmation that Rutgers–Camden is making a difference for our students and all of South Jersey."

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