Life at Douglass

Douglass enhances success for women at Rutgers—and afterwards. Douglass amplifies your Rutgers education and gives you the close-knit community of a small liberal arts college. It gives you space to develop your voice, your confidence, your networking abilities and your clarity. These are well-documented advantages of a women’s college.

Douglass is the best of both worlds, a residential women’s college and a community within a comprehensive research university. The advantages of a women’s college include:


  • Benefiting more from your network
  • Greater self-confidence
  • More willing to speak out
  • Better prepared for your first job


Embrace Opportunity

Within Douglass, you encounter and learn to make the most of opportunities to lead, mentor, and create. Douglass will help you find the opportunities within your major and your career. In our courses, programs and living/learning communities, you practice seeing and seizing opportunities. You may not think of yourself as a leader, yet you can step up, speak up, and solve problems appropriately and effectively within any environment. We teach, coach, and encourage one another to understand our strengths and make the most of them. And this means you’re more likely to succeed and thrive in your studies, in your career, and in your life.

Discover Your Strengths

Studying at a large, comprehensive research university is challenging. This is a time of growth and coming to know yourself. At Douglass, you have the space, programming, and support to discover, test, and embrace your individual strengths, while staying fully integrated into the wider university. We also learn how to work together, reinforcing strengths and building a community.

Create Connections

Douglass is a residential college; that means you live and learn together. It means you have the time to develop strong connections with others and across all the subjects we study. At Douglass, we seek to understand the complex interconnections among our varied experiences. We engage with questions of knowledge, power, gender, race, religion, language and background. We work through conversations, projects, global perspectives, storytelling, friendships and mentorships to weave an inclusive community and a resilient fabric for our on-going work.

Draw Courage like Breath

Action requires courage, and courage can be learned—that’s what we believe at Douglass. We’ve built programs, courses and experiences that teach you to draw courage like breath. Then important challenges in your classes, work or life won’t overwhelm you. You learn to take the first step forward, and then the next, moving forward into academic excellence, strong alliances, and your goals fulfilled.



“I chose Rutgers after graduating from Middlesex County College because it is the research school of New Jersey. Douglass offered fantastic opportunities for women and I am thankful for the staff and members of the community for making me feel welcome as a transfer student.”

—Ana G. Bonilla-Martinez, DRC’16

At Douglass, Bonilla-Martinez was a Bunting Student, and also participated in Speak Out: Exploring Womanhood, an organization at Rutgers that voices student gender perspectives, and issues pertaining to womanhood. Outside of the Rutgers community, Ana was involved with Wind of the Spirit, an immigrant rights organization, which helped her gain many leadership skills.