As The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers teaches 69,000 students each year and provides continuing education for roughly 50,000 people. Its research improves the quality of life and its clinical practices bring health care to thousands in the state. University services benefit small businesses, farmers, families, schools, and county governments. Rutgers, the state’s third-largest nongovernmental employer, fuels the New Jersey economy by supporting jobs and generating billions of dollars annually. Rutgers’ effect on the state is contained in the new economic impact analysis Contribution of Rutgers University to the New Jersey Economy, produced by the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

A Solid Return on Investment
For every $1 the state invests in Rutgers, the university returns almost $7 to the New Jersey economy.

Fueling the Economy
Rutgers generates $5.2 billion in economic activity, $4.3 billion in annual wages, and $798.2 million in state and local taxes.

The Impact of Rutgers R&D
Rutgers expends $658.1 million on research and development, which sparks innovation and supports the economy—more than all public and private universities in the state combined.

A Jobs Creator
Rutgers supports 58,000 New Jersey jobs (26,000 directly and 32,000  indirectly).

Keeping New Jersey Healthy
Rutgers devotes $684 million to helping people with their health care, providing outstanding patient care as well as access to clinical trials, specialists, and the latest technology and treatments.

A Big Employer
Rutgers is the third-largest nongovernmental employer in New Jersey.

To read the report and to view a video about Rutgers’ impact on New Jersey’s economy, visit