About Us

The University College (UC) was created to support adult and nontraditional students enrolled in courses on the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus.

University College is the hub for adult and nontraditional students and provides a unique environment for academic success at Rutgers.  All UC affiliates have access to a wide range of academic programs, professional school exchanges, educational opportunities, extracurricular activities, and one-of-a-kind support services. 

As the primary advocate for nontraditional students within Rutgers, UC:

  • responds to the needs of busy adults with jobs, families, and other personal responsibilities that may conflict with traditional college experiences.
  • provides nontraditional students  direct access to the rich academic resources of Rutgers.
  • fosters a learning environment to promote excellence in undergraduate education for all nontraditional students.
  • offers support services at times that are convenient for nontraditional students.
  • delivers academic and administrative services  for the new direct admit degree programs for adult learners offered by  the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy (EJB).

We invite you to explore the many aspects of the University College at Rutgers.

Our History

University College was founded in 1934 with the mission of serving the academic needs of adult students. The first degree offered by UC was a Bachelors in Business Administration to a graduating class of three students in 1938. By 2006, 3619 students were enrolled at UC.  

The age demographics were as follows:

60 years of age and older 19 0.54%
40-50 years and older 490 1%
30 years and above 970 12.9%
25 years and above 1,695 48.2%
23 years and above 2,548 72.4%
22 years and above 841 23.9%
22 years and below 1,285 36%

UC continued to offer degree programs until 2007 when the transformation of undergraduate education united the four undergraduate liberal arts colleges—Douglass College, Livingston College, Rutgers College, and University College--to create the new School of Arts and Sciences. 

At that time, University College Community was created as a unit to advocate for adult and nontraditional students.  Currently adult, nontraditional students applying to Rutgers can enroll in any of the 12 undergraduate schools at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Our Mission

The mission of the University College is to:

  • serve the  needs of adult and nontraditional students seeking to earn a college degree or to enhance their  professional development.
  • enhance the academic experience of nontraditional students and foster their academic success.
  • facilitate access to the distinguished faculty and rich academic resources of Rutgers.
  • develop  innovative academic opportunities to meet emerging educational needs in society.
  • foster a supportive learning environment that recognizes the  needs of adult and nontraditional students.