Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, is the only public research university in the nation to offer students the opportunity to join a women's residential college. Through innovative career development programs, leadership opportunities, and experiential learning, Douglass offers an enhancement to the wonderful opportunities at Rutgers–New Brunswick.
Fast Facts about the Douglass Residential College at Rutgers–New Brunswick
- Women undergraduates from any Rutgers–New Brunswick school can enroll
- 2,400 students
- Open to residential and off-campus students
- Special scholarships are available to students for international travel, science education, graduate study, and tuition support.
A Close-Knit Community
Together, the individualized groups and unique college traditions at Douglass foster connections among students that they carry for a lifetime.
- Global Village Living-Learning Communities: Clusters of students who live together and share a course a specific culture, language or topic, such as "Women in Business," "Spanish House," "Human Rights" and "Women, Media & Tech."
- Mary I. Bunting Program: For students returning to college and includes a small residence hall, peer advising, career planning, and a lounge for commuting students.
- Douglass Traditions: Including the annual "moving-up-of-the-classes" Sacred Path celebration, Yule Log ceremony, Fall Convocation welcoming new students and their families, and Convocation, a ceremony for graduating seniors that takes place the day before Rutgers' commencement.
Success after Rutgers : Future-Focused Programs
- Women's Leadership Course: A 3-credit course that helps students develop an awareness of themselves as women in today's society.
- Douglass Externship Experience: This program enables students to shadow a professional for one or two weeks to help clarify academic and career goals, and gain a valuable mentor. Additionally, career development workshops are available for students.
- Douglass Career Conference: Brings together corporate and government leaders, alumnae and students to provide graduating students information on how best to succeed after graduation.
The Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering
The Douglass Project helps women who are interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields to excel and reach their goals. The Douglass Project partners with Rutgers' science and engineering schools to develop cutting edge programs designed to advance women in STEM, such as:
- Project SUPER: Offers students monthly workshops on careers and opportunities, an introduction to scientific research course, a STEM Research Experience Stipend and exceptional mentoring support.
- Bunting-Cobb Residence Hall: Offers an exciting and supportive community to women, featuring graduate mentoring, in-house tutoring and study groups, specialized workshops, and a special in-house "Exploring Careers in Science" course.
- Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community: Located on the Busch campus, this community provides first-year engineering students the chance to live together and take a hands-on engineering course together with a Rutgers faculty member.
For young women seeking to become tomorrow's leaders, there's never been a better place to begin than Douglass Residential College. Major program components will include:
- Global Village Residential Experience: The Global Village Living-Learning Community gives undergraduate women at Rutgers–New Brunswick the opportunity to expand their understanding of the world and their role in it while living in the comfort of their dorms. Currently, the Global Village consists of nine language, cultural and special interest communities which are located in the Jameson and Woodbury Residence Halls on the Douglass Campus.
- Community-based Service Learning with International Populations: Each year, Douglass brings the Rutgers' "Center for Women's Global Leadership's" worldwide 16 Days against Gender Violence Campaign to the city of New Brunswick. Students learn about the incidence, causes and effects of gender and domestic violence as well as strategies to reduce it as they work to bring awareness of these issues to the community.
- Internships and Externships in International Advocacy Settings: Among the work experiences Douglass offers are internships and externships with organizations that advocate for human rights and social justice around the globe. Participation in these internships and externships readies students for the challenges of the 21st century and rapidly increasing globalization.
- International Service Learning and Study Abroad: Douglass is committed to education that goes beyond the classroom and addresses real-world problems and situations. We believe that spending time in another country significantly enhances academic learning and that hands-on experience abroad can be life-changing. Exclusive Douglass scholarships for study abroad and international service learning, as well as our programs designed to help students make the most of these experiences, demonstrate that commitment.
- Douglass-United Nations: Programs that involve students in advocacy training and outreach in programs of the United Nations.
Douglass offers one-of-a-kind advising and mentoring resources. Through ongoing dialogues throughout all years of a Douglass student's college career, our advisers help each student clarify her interests and goals, while connecting her to the academic or co-curricular programs that will enhance her preparation for the future.
An Active Student Life
In addition to its excellent academic opportunities, Douglass also offers students the opportunity to get involved in many different clubs and organizations that prepare them for leadership and careers, including: the Douglass Black Students Congress, the Douglass Governing Council, the Douglass Orientation Committee, the Douglass Historical Society, the Dean's Advisory Council, the Douglass International Student Club, the Douglass Latina Network, Red Pine Ambassadors, Douglass Big/Little Program, the Douglass Student Recruitment Network, and the Voorhees Mentors.
Many impressive alumnae call Douglass their alma mater, ranging from U.S. District Court judges, to Emmy Award winners, to CEOs, to New York Times bestselling authors.