Rowan University

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201 Mullica Hill Road

Glassboro, NJ 08028

Phone: (856) 256-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#18 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Rowan University is a public institution that was founded in 1923. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,750, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 800 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rowan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 18. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,380 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,186 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

In the past 15 years, Rowan University has become one of the most recognized and highly regarded colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region. Rowan's dramatic transformation is due in part to the university's large investment in upgrading its facilities, construction of new buildings and residence halls, and broadening its academic offerings. The 11,000+ student university, located 20 minutes from Philadelphia, offers an outstanding education at an exceptional value. US News & World Report ranks Rowan in the Top Tier of Northern Regional Universities. Kiplinger's has named Rowan one of the "100 Best Buys in Public Colleges and Universities" and the Princeton Review included it in "The Best Northeastern Colleges". In 2010 and 2011, the University made great progress on two institution-changing initiatives - the Rowan Boulevard revitalization project and the creation of its medical school. The Rowan Boulevard Project is a massive construction project that connects the main campus to Glassboro's historic downtown through a new mixed-use roadway. Once complete, the new roadway will feature dozens of stores and restaurants at the street level, topped with housing options for students and community residents. Visit to view a map and photos of the buildings already on the roadway.

Rowan recently partnered with Cooper University Hospital to create the first new medical school in New Jersey in more than 30 years, the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Although still under development, the medical school anticipates accepting approximately 50 students in its first class. Visit for more information.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1923
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $110,285,093


When applying to Rowan University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 11. The application fee at Rowan University is $65. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.0%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 11

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rowan University is 16:1, and the school has 41.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rowan University include: Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 19%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 8%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Rowan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,750, with a gender distribution of 49.4 percent male students and 50.6 percent female students. At this school, 35 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65 percent of students live off campus. Rowan University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,133
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Rowan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Rowan University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rowan University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rowan University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Rowan University, 63.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,763.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,380 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,186 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,650 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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