- 1766 Queen's College is founded and is the eighth institution of higher learning established in America.
1825 Queen's College is renamed Rutgers College.
1864 Rutgers Scientific School is named the land-grant college of the State of New Jersey. The school is later
- renamed after George Hammell Cook, a renowned nineteenth-century geologist and teacher at the school.
1867 The Rutgers Daily Targum, the oldest continuously published college newspaper in the country, is
1869 The first-ever American intercollegiate football game is played at Rutgers against Princeton. Rutgers
- wins 6 - 4.
1876 The Graduate School - New Brunswick is established.
1914 The College of Engineering is named a separate undergraduate school.
1918 Douglass College, the largest women's college in the United States, is founded.
1924 The Graduate School of Education is founded.
1927 The College of Pharmacy in Newark merges with Rutgers.
1934 University College is established for adult, part-time students.
1945 The colleges and schools of Rutgers become the State University of New Jersey.
1946 The University of Newark merges with Rutgers.
- The Graduate School of Management - Newark is founded.
- The School of Law - Newark is founded.
1950 The College of South Jersey in Camden is incorporated into Rutgers.
1955 The School of Social Work is founded.
1956 Board of Governors was instituted and Rutgers University becomes an instrumentality of the state.
- The College of Nursing is founded on the Newark Campus.
1967 The School of Law - Camden is founded.
1969 Livingston College is founded as an undergraduate liberal arts college.
1974 The School of Criminal Justice - Newark is established.
- The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology is established.
1976 Mason Gross School of the Arts is established.
- The Graduate School - Newark is established.
1981 The Graduate School - Camden is established.
1982 The School of Communication, Information and Library Studies is founded.
1986 The School of Business - New Brunswick is founded.
1988 The School of Business - Camden is founded.
1989 Rutgers is elected to membership in the Association of American Universities.
1992 The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is established.
1993 The School of Management - Newark (undergraduate) is founded.
1994 The School of Management and Labor Relations is founded.