Rowan University

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Rowan University
Former names
Glassboro Normal School (1923–37)
New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro (1937–58)
Glassboro State College (1958–92)
Rowan College of New Jersey (1992–97)[1]
MottoEruditio spes mundi
Motto in English
Education, hope of the world
TypePublic university[2]
Endowment$140.5 million[3]
PresidentAli A. Houshmand
ProvostJames Newell (Interim)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, about 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Colors  Rowan Brown[5]
  Rowan Gold[5]
Athletics18 NCAA Division III sports teams[4]
37 intramural sports[4]
NicknameRU, The Row, The Boro, Rowan
MascotProf (Owl), "Whoo RU"[6]

Rowan University is a public university in Glassboro, New Jersey, United States. The school also has a campus in Camden, New Jersey. The school opened in 1923 as Glassboro Normal School on a twenty-five acre site donated by the town.[1] The school became New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro in the 1930s. Then it became Glassboro State College in 1958. Starting in the 1970s, it added programs in business, communications, and engineering.

It was renamed Rowan College of New Jersey in 1992, after Henry Rowan and his wife Betty gave the school $100 million. At the time, the gift was largest ever given to a public college.[7] It became Rowan University on March 21, 1997, when it won approval for university status from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.[8] In the fall of 2012, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University opened in Camden. It was the first public medical school in New Jersey not associated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It later took over the School of Osteopathic Medicine on July 1, 2013. It became the second university in the United States to offer both an M.D. and a D.O. program.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "History". Official Site. Archived from the original on 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  2. "NJ College & University Directory by Sector" (COM). Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  3. "NCSE PUblic Tables Endowment Market Values" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Fast Facts". Official Site. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The brown and gold standard". Rowan University graphic standards. Archived from the original on 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  6. "About the Prof". Rowan University. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
  7. Gurney, Kaitlin. "10 years later, Rowan still reaps gift's rewards - Rowan Milestones", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2002. Accessed August 1, 2007. "Rowan University catapulted onto the national stage a decade ago when industrialist Henry Rowan gave sleepy Glassboro State College $100 million, the largest single sum ever donated to a public institution.... Rowan and his late wife, Betty, gave the money on July 6, 1992, with just one requirement: that a first-rate engineering school be built. In gratitude, Glassboro State changed its name to Rowan College."
  8. O'Brien, Gina. "R U READY? / ROWAN CELEBRATES ITS NEW STATUS AS A UNIVERSITY", The Press of Atlantic City, April 8, 1997. Accessed August 1, 2007. "For years, Rowan had the makings of a university, but it just recently applied for university status, achieving it with a nod of approval from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education on March 21."

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