Diversity and Inclusion

At Rutgers School of Engineering, diversity is one of our greatest strengths. We actively foster a culture of belonging that prepares our students to succeed in today’s diverse and interconnected world. We encourage our community of more than 5,200 faculty, staff, and students to spark innovative solutions to pressing societal challenges by sharing their rich diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Above all, we provide our students with an equal opportunity to thrive regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural heritage in an inclusive living and learning environment.

The School of Engineering's mission to foster diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is supported by a committee of faculty, administrators, students, and alumni. Follow this link to read our mission statement and meet the standing committee.

A National Leader

We are an acknowledged national leader in promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion both within our community and by serving as a pipeline for workforce diversity.

The American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) has recognized our commitment to increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of our program by designating the School as an exemplar – its highest bronze award distinction – in its inaugural nationwide ASEE Diversity Recognition Program.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) named the School of Engineering among eight institutions recognized for effectively diversifying engineering education using admissions policies, practices, and processes. Of the 25 accredited four-year undergraduate schools with engineering or engineering technology programs that submitted nominations, those chosen as exemplary made policy changes, implemented new criteria or requirements for admissions, changed processes, or developed effective practices. 

As a partner institution of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), we are committed to enriching society with a workforce that champions diversity in STEM by providing opportunities for underrepresented minority students pursuing careers in engineering and computer science.

A longtime partner institution of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA), we work to support its mission to achieve equity and parity in the nation’s workforce.

We regularly attend Women in Engineering Pro Active Network (WEPAN) conferences, which focus on the group’s core mission of increasing the number and prominence of women in engineering.

Increasing Diversity

We believe a diverse community enhances everyones experience. Since fall 2014, our total undergraduate enrollment of more than 4,000 reflects an increase of 11%. A large portion of this increase is due to significant increases in our enrollment of women (37% increase); LatinX (42% increase); and African American (33% increase) students. Our graduate enrollment is highly diverse, with an international student body of 63%. 

Hiring, mentoring, and retaining diverse faculty is a key priority. The university-wide Rutgers Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative is supported by $40 million in strategic funding through June 2024.

Supporting Student Diversity

We nurture undergraduate diversity is through our Engineers of the Future program which is an extension of our Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program. The NJ Educational Opportunity Fund is one of the nation’s most successful state-supported initiatives providing access to higher education for economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

While our students participate in chapters of leading national professional engineering societies, they are also active in diversity-promoting societies such as Minority Engineering Educational Task – Rutgers University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers; Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHE) is the Rutgers chapter of the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers; and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Supporting Diversity at Rutgers University

As one of the nation’s most diverse universities, Rutgers draws strength from the rich variety of perspectives and life experiences of our community. Rutgers' Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement provides programs and resources in supporting students and faculty.