Governor's Task Force Report'

About Rowan University

Since its founding in 1923, Rowan University has evolved from a teacher preparation college to a bustling regional university that's ranked among the best public universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Change was gradual but steady for Rowan's first 70 years but a $100 million gift from industrialist Henry Rowan and his wife Betty in 1992 put then-Glassboro State College on the fast track. The gift, then the largest ever to a public institution in the U.S., fostered the creation of a College of Engineering and enabled rapid growth. Glassboro State adopted the Rowan name to honor its benefactor and, in 1997, earned university status.

With its main campus in Glassboro, Rowan founded a Camden campus in 1969 and in 2012 partnered with Cooper University Hospital there in the founding of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). The medical school's first class of 50 students arrived in August 2012.

Today, Rowan's more than 12,000 students choose from among some 57 bachelor's degrees, scores of graduate programs and a doctoral degree. The University is one of just 56 institutions in the country with accredited programs in business, education, engineering and medicine.

The University, which reorganized in 2012, includes nine colleges: Business, Communication & Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Medicine, Performing Arts, Science & Mathematics, Graduate & Continuing Education and a School of Biomedical Sciences.

In Glassboro, Rowan has partnered with the Borough and private builders in the construction of Rowan Boulevard, a unique $300 million mixed-use corridor with retail on the first floor and housing on top linking the main campus with the downtown.

A state reorganization of medical education, mandated by the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act in August 2012, partnered Rowan with the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, a provision that makes Rowan the second university in the nation to offer both an MD and a DO degree. The act also designated Rowan a comprehensive research university and calls for Rowan and Rutgers-Camden to create a joint health sciences college in Camden.