Once inside, the attackers confronted a resident who is not affiliated with the university, and that victim was able to escape the building, police said.
New Brunswick police are urging anyone with information about the crime, or who may have been in the area at the time, to call police at (732) 745-5217.
Moments later, another person not affiliated with Rutgers was walking in the same area when he was confronted by two males and beaten and robbed.
Rutgers and New Brunswick police did not immediately respond calls seeking to determined if they thought the crimes were related.
The Rutgers Police Department asks that anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time, to contact the Rutgers police Detective Bureau at (848) 932-8025.