Rowan University is a public university located in Glassboro, New Jersey comprising 49 buildings. There is also a satellite campus in Camden, New Jersey. The school was founded in 1923. as Glassboro Normal School with the mission to train public school teachers. The land tract originally belonged in part to the family who owned the Whitney Glass Works during the 1800s. It opened with more than 200 young women entering to begin their training. The school became New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro in the 1930s, and later became Glassboro State College in 1958, gaining a national reputation in the fields of reading and special education. Starting in the 1970s, it grew into a multi-purpose institution, adding programs in business, communications, and by the 1990s, engineering. It was renamed Rowan College of New Jersey in 1992, after Henry Rowan and his wife Betty gave $100 million to the school, at the time the largest gift to a public college. It became Rowan University on March 21, 1997, when it won approval for university status from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
Enrollment at Rowan from the fall semester of 2005 shows 8,120 undergraduates (6,853 full-time, 1,267 part-time), 1,218 graduate students, 59 doctoral students and 89 post-baccelaurate certification candidates. It is divided into a Graduate School and seven academic colleges: Business, Communication, Education, Engineering, Fine & Performing Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Professional & Continuing Education. A moderately-priced, high-quality institution, Rowan is ranked by U.S. News & World Report
in the "Top Tier" of northern regional universities. Kiplinger's named Rowan one of the "100 Best Buys in Public Colleges and Universities" and the Princeton Review
included Rowan in "The Best Northeastern Colleges."
For the class of 2011, 51.7% of applicants were accepted.
South Jersey Technology Park
On April 10, 2006, the school along with private organization, Lincoln Property Company, will break ground as the newest installment of the school's West Campus. The site will be reserved for the South Jersey Technology Park which will serve as an establishment for science and technology companies.
A member of the NCAA
in Division III
, the sports teams at Rowan University have been moderately successful on a national level. The football
team is regularly a contender for the national title, having gone to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl
five times (1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1993) and the national semifinals in 2005, 2004, 2001, 1997 and 1992. The women's field hockey
team won the national championship in 2002 and had a perfect season of 21 wins and no losses. The men's basketball
team has made the Division III National Championship Tournament 12 times, winning the national title in 1996. The men's soccer
team has made the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament 24 times, resulting in seven trips to the national semifinals. Rowan men's soccer has won national titles in both 1981 and 1990, finished second in 1979 and 2000, and third in 1980, 1985 and 1998. Rowan hosted the Division III National Championship Tournament Final Four for men's soccer
in 2000 and Women's Lacrosse
in 2002. Rowan competes in the New Jersey Athletic Conference
On March 20
, President Donald Farish announced a joint venture between the university and Major League Soccer
to construct a new athletic complex based around a 20,000 seat soccer-specific stadium
on property owned by the campus at the intersection of U.S. Route 322
and Route 55
. The stadium itself was planned to be complete for the start of the 2009 MLS season. The plan fell through and the stadium project was relocated to nearby Chester, Pennsylvania. 2006 budget problems in New Jersey resulted in cutbacks, including funding for infrastructure upgrades required to handle increased traffic that would have come with an MLS team. The West Campus remains under development.
There are two main publications on Rowan's campus, The Whit
. The Whit
is in the classic newspaper format and gets published weekly except during exams. Venue
is a more "off the wall" publication that focuses on campus opinions and humor. Initial formed in 1968
was a very serious publication that only later changed its format. Venue
puts out four issues a year in full color and is run completely by students. In addition to newspapers Rowan also has a student run radio station, Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-fm, which found its beginnings in 1977
on a $6,000 budget. Rowan also has it's own closed-circuit television
channel, RTN, which got it's start in 1992
- Chestnut Hall - A freshman hall which houses up to 390 students on three floors. The rooms are arranged in suits that all share a bathroom and lounge.
University student organizations
12% of men and 7% of women belong to a fraternity or sorority at Rowan University. There are over 75 University sanctioned student clubs and organizations on campus, underneath the Student Government Association.
There are a myriad of other Chartered Clubs, all of which report to the Student Government Association including national award-winning programs such as the local PRSSA, and The Student University Programmers (SUP) The University also has the award-winning Rowan Radio, 89.7 WGLS-FM. Rowan University's Student Publications include the weekly newspaper, The Whit, and a periodical humor magazine called Venue. Cinema Workshop, the University's student film club, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, and The Rowan Television Network, the campus' very own Closed Circuit TV station
Students entering the University in 2008 had a mean SAT I range between 1090 and 1260 (math/critical reading only), and average GPA of 3.6, and were ranked in the top 21% of their high school classes.
The Cold War Glassboro Summit Conference between U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin took place on June 23-25, 1967, in Hollybush Mansion at Glassboro State College. The college was chosen because of its location equidistant between New York City, where Kosygin was making a speech at the U.N., and Washington, D.C.
While not occurring on University grounds, a significant event occurred in 1986 at Glassboro High School (which exists on the outskirts of the campus). Ronald Reagan spoke at the Glassboro High School graduation. This was the first time in American history that a sitting President spoke at a high school graduation ceremony. In the speech, Reagan reflected on the Glassboro Summit Conference and offered an optimistic analysis of the future of the Cold War. The event brought a high level of media attention.
Black Sabbath's first American gig was played at Glassboro State College on October 30, 1970.
In March 2006, Omarosa from the TV show The Apprentice appeared at Rowan to give an hour-long presentation entitled "Being Successful." Roughly 35 minutes into the lecture, a student named Ian Dorety threw water balloons at her from the third floor. The balloons missed her but Omarosa walked off, cancelling the rest of the presentation.
Riots took place during Spring Weekend 1986, primarily off campus (though dominated by students) around the Beau Rivage townhomes and the Crossings apartment complex. As a result, Glassboro State College was ranked as the #28 Party School
in the nation in the January 1987 issue of Playboy
magazine. Coincidentally, in the Greek section of that same issue of Playboy, the Epsilon Eta chapter of Zeta Beta Tau
was also named one of the Animal House
Though the alcohol-fueled Spring Weekend was cancelled by then-President Herman James (a non-alcoholic version continued for several years), Glassboro State College remained known for its hard partying culture. However in 1988, there began one of the biggest crackdowns in school history. As result of the drinking death of freshman James Callahan at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Herman James decided to make GSC an example for the rest of the State colleges and universities to follow. He invited the NJ Alcoholic Beverage Control commission (ABC) to the school and began shutting down off-campus parties, and placing undercover agents in the local liquor establishments. This prompted Morton Downey, Jr., who was based in Secaucus, New Jersey, and very popular at the time, to do an untelevised show focusing on the drinking age and the classic argument that an eighteen year old can go off to war and die for their country, but they cannot legally buy and consume a beer. Needless to say, he sided with the student opinion on this issue. The following year, the ABC did not return, and the partying atmosphere that Glassboro State College was known for, returned in earnest and continued into the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Presidency of Donald J. Farish was noted for a continued crackdown on this partying culture which declined alongside a rise in SAT scores and class rank among the incoming freshman classes. The crackdown on the partying culture began in earnest in 2002 with the official banning of kegs for use by Greek letter organizations. In 2006, two Rowan University students were found guilty for serving alcohol to minors that resulted in the death of a 16-year old male at an off campus party, with Rowan promising to follow up with its own penalties.
On October 27
(during Homecoming festivities) 19-year old sophomore Donald Farrell was robbed and beaten to death by unknown assailants while walking behind the Triad dormitory. Farrell was leaving a local convenience store with a group of friends when he was approached by three individuals. After asking Farrell where there was a party, the assailants then began punching and kicking him, knocking him down. They took his wallet, got into their car and drove away. University and local police arrived on-scene in less than 90 seconds and Farrell was rushed to Cooper University Hospital
. En route, EMTs revived Farrell multiple times but he died in the hospital the next morning. Autopsy reports show that he died of blunt force trauma to the right side of his neck. A reward of $100,000 has been offered for information leading to the capture, arrest of conviction of the assailants.
In January, 1998 Lynn Darren was found dead in her off-campus apartment in what was investigated as a homicide. Ms. Darren's body was found at the Park Crest Village, an apartment complex two miles north of the campus, after the police were contacted by her mother, who was concerned because she had not been able to reach her.
On August 12, 1996 22-year old Cindy Nannay was fatally shot by her estranged boyfriend, who then killed himself. Nannay was so afraid of Scott Lonabaugh, 27, that when he arrived on the campus to see her, she asked friends to accompany her to the parking lot, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's office said. As her friends looked on, Mr. Lonabaugh shot Ms. Nannay twice with a shotgun and then shot himself in the head, prosecutors said. Both died at the scene.
- Jessica Boyington, Miss New Jersey USA 2006
- Steven Calakos, First undergraduate to ever sing the National Anthem at a Graduation for the School of Education, Semi-Finalist contestant on NBC's Grease: You're The One That I Want (2007), advocate for education and theater
- Kyle Cassidy, photojournalist
- Betty Castor, Florida politician and former president of the University of South Florida
- Joseph Checkler, journalist for Dow Jones and publisher of the popular baseball blog Liners, Sliders and Scoops]
- Jack Collins, college basketball coach and Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
- Julie Ann Dawson, horror fiction writer and small press publisher
- Jamie Ginn, Miss Delaware 2006
- Robert Hegyes, actor and former co-star of Welcome Back, Kotter known for his role as Juan Epstein. Robert was a professor at his alma mater in the early-to-mid 1990s.
- Michael Iaconelli, Professional bass fisherman.
- Fred H. Madden (born 1954), New Jersey State Senator and former superintendent of the New Jersey State Police
- Soraida Martinez, Painter, Creator of Verdadism art
- Mary Previte (born 1932), author of Hungry Ghosts, served in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 6th legislative district from 1998 to 2006.
- Patti Smith, American musician, singer, and poet
- James L. Usry (M.A., 1971), first African American Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey
- John Wiessner (class of 1965, GSC), pen name Jay Dubya, author of 32 books.