U.S. News and Forbes: Rowan among the top universities nationally for 2022-23

U.S. News and Forbes: Rowan among the top universities nationally for 2022-23


U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best College rankings Sept. 12, again placing Rowan University among the top 100 public national universities in America.

Rowan, which the Chronicle of Higher Education this summer named the third fastest-growing public research university in the nation, over the last decade more than doubled enrollment to roughly 23,000 students; added two medical schools, is creating New Jersey’s first veterinary school; became a Carnegie-classified R2/high-research activity institution; and partnered with Virtua Health on a historic mission to change medical education, research and health care in South Jersey.

This semester Rowan had more than 20,000 applicants, its greatest number ever.

The latest news coincides with the 10th anniversary of Rowan President Ali A. Houshmand leading the institution, a period in which the University experienced transformational physical and programmatic growth. Under Houshmand, Rowan also acquired the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park in Mantua Township where it will open a $73 million museum next summer and Rowan this year will open a long-awaited dance studio in Wilson Hall.

Under Houshmand, Rowan also opened Holly Pointe Commons through a public-private partnership in 2016, Business Hall in 2017 and Discovery Hall in 2021. Chamberlain Student Center, a beloved central feature on the Glassboro campus, is in the midst of a $30 million upgrade that will be completed this school year.

“Rowan University is on a mission,” Houshmand said. “And that mission is the betterment of South Jersey through education, jobs, healthcare and research.”

The latest rankings build on a year of upward momentum at Rowan including:

  • an endowment of its Honors College by John H. Martinson, a longtime friend of the University;
  • international acclaim this summer for the discovery of Revolutionary War remains during research headed by historian Dr. Jennifer Janofsky;
  • a record number of federal, state and private grants to Rowan researches in a wide field of study including the health sciences, transportation infrastructure, the environment and more.

The U.S. News Best Colleges report, which the magazine releases each September, also ranked Rowan: #122 in Best Value Schools; #132 in Best Colleges for Veterans; #137 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs; #194 in National Universities overall; #209 in Top Performers on Social Mobility; and #356 in Nursing.

Forbes, which also recognized Rowan “among the fastest growing universities in the country,” ranked the University #254 for Top Colleges; #120 in the Public Colleges category; #163 among research universities and #95 in the Northeast.

Forbes also named Rowan, as well as its partners Virtua Health and Cooper University Health Care, among the top employers in New Jersey.