Rutgers Establishes New Program to Increase Racial and Economic Diversity on Its Four Campuses

Rutgers University, New Jersey’s flagship educational institution, has announced the Rutgers Future Scholars Program in an effort to increase racial and economic diversity on its campuses.

Under the program, the university will identify high-performing eighth-graders in cities where it has campuses: New Brunswick, Newark, Camden, and Piscataway. Newark and Camden school districts in particular have large percentages of black students.

Students selected for the program will be invited to several campus events each year. In addition, they will be able to participate in college preparation workshops and college entrance examination coaching classes. Students can spend one summer during their high school years on campus to introduce them to college life and a variety of academic pursuits.

Most important, these students will receive free tuition and fees if they are admitted to the university and choose to enroll.