Rutgers University in Newark officially came into existence in 1946, when the New Jersey State Legislature voted to make the University of Newark part of Rutgers University.
However, Rutgers-Newark's roots date back to 1908, when the New Jersey Law School began classes. That law school, along with four other educational institutions in Newark--Dana College, the Newark Institute of Arts & Sciences, the Seth Boyden School of Business and the Mercer Beasley School of Law – formed a series of alliances over the years, and a final merger in 1936 resulted in the establishment of the University of Newark.
A decade later, Rutgers-Newark was founded.
Today, Rutgers-Newark is a doctoral-granting research institution that has evolved into one of
the country's leading urban public research universities.