For the second straight year, Rutgers ranked number one among national universities for the amount of federal funding it receives—$33.2 million—for chemistry research and development. This year, Rutgers also became the top university in this category for total funding from all sources—$38.8 million—according to the journal Chemical and Engi­neering News. In its 2014 Best for Vets College Rankings, Military Times Edge magazine ranks Rutgers number one among members in the Association of American Universities and the Big Ten, and number four among four-year schools for its programs and services to assist veterans, service members, and their families. And Rutgers is the top university for interracial dating, according to InterracialMatch.com. Fifteen thousand college students were surveyed. Almost all of those responding said that they chose a racially diverse school in order to meet people from different cultures, and Rutgers is well suited for that: U.S. News & World Report routinely identifies Rutgers–Newark as the most diverse campus in the nation.


The Rutgers Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A.) program, at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick (RBS), is considered number two in economics in the world, according to the Financial Times, outranking economic programs at Wharton and Columbia/London Business School. Meanwhile, RBS’s M.B.A. in pharmaceutical management was recognized as one of the top 10 M.B.A. programs in the world for health care, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, according to Find-MBA.com.


Twenty-six Rutgers students and alumni received Fulbright grants, which are bestowed on exceptional students and young professionals so that they can pursue graduate study and research or teaching opportunities overseas, putting Rutgers in a tie for third place among research universities nationwide while sharing company with Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the Big Ten universities Michigan and Northwestern.


Four scholars associated with Rutgers received five-year “genius grant” fellowships from the James D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which come with a $625,000 gift: public health historian Julie Livingston, a professor in the Department of History at the School of Arts and Sciences; Jeffrey Brenner RWJMS’95, executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Craig Fennie GSNB’06, an assistant professor of materials physics at Cornell; and Rutgers–Camden guest instructor in fiction writing Karen Russell, the author of the acclaimed novel Swamplandia!