School Facts and Rankings

The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is a dynamic center of learning at the heart of the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. Founded in 1982, SC&I's research and teaching focuses on organizational communication, social and new media, library and information science, journalism and media studies, health communication, and information technology. The School’s competitive and renowned programs prepare students for top careers in today’s digital environment. 

SC&I Facts and Rankings

Updated on September 26, 2023

  • 2348 undergraduate majors (full and part-time)
  • 627 undergraduate minors
  • 867 master's students (full and part-time)
  • 88 doctoral students
  • over 200 non-degree students enrolled in Continuing and Professional Studies courses
  • 74 full-time faculty
  • 160 part-time faculty
  • 49 full-time professional staff members plus five part-time staff members
  • Over 32,000 alumni 
  • Including our own majors and minors, over 8,560 Rutgers-NB students took at least one course at SC&I last year!
  • 20 Collaborative research centers, labs, working groups, and clusters
  •  Tuition is competitive with the top 10 national programs 
  •  Located less than 40 miles from NYC and 60 miles from Philadelphia 
  •  Faculty and students win national awards every year from scholarly and professional associations
  •  One of the founding members of the iSchool consortium
  •  One of the founding members of the Alliance of Schools and Colleges of Communication and Journalism
  •  The home of the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies
  • The Master of Information program is ranked #6 nationally by U.S. News & World Reports. (2022 ranking) Library and Information Studies #2 in School Library Media; #3 in Library Services for Children and Youth; #6 in Digital Librarianship; #10 in Library Information Systems

Rutgers University–New Brunswick Rankings

An Academic Powerhouse Serving New Jersey and the World
The historic birthplace and flagship of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is also the leading public university in New Jersey, a top 15 public national university, and a top 100 world university.

U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges Standings in New Jersey
# 1 public national university
# 1 public national university, veterans
# 1 public national university, freshman retention rate
# 1 national university, most students transferring in

U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
# 15 in the nation, public national universities
# 40 in the nation, all national universities

Forbes: America's Top Colleges
# 17 public university
# 49 in the nation, all schools

Princeton Review
Best 389 Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education
Top Producer of Fulbright Students

Diversity Rankings

U.S. News & World Report
Among all national universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Rutgers University–New Brunswick ties for 41st in campus ethnic diversity, and among AAU public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, is topped in campus ethnic diversity only by University of California schools and the University of Texas at Austin. Among Big Ten schools, Rutgers–New Brunswick ranks first in campus ethnic diversity and social mobility.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Top 100 Degree Producers
# 9 in the nation, doctoral degrees, research and scholarship, conferred to minority students across all disciplines
# 11 in the nation, doctoral degrees, professional practice, conferred to minority students across all disciplines
# 27 in the nation, baccalaureate degrees conferred to minority undergraduates across all disciplines
# 28 in the nation, master's degrees conferred to minority students across all disciplines

Association of American Medical Colleges
# 16 in the nation, undergraduate institutions supplying 15 or more African-American applicants to U.S. medical schools  
# 16 in the nation, undergraduate institutions supplying 50 or more applicants to U.S. medical schools

Campus Pride Index
2023 Best of the Best Colleges and Universities for LGBTQ+ Students