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Rutgers University celebrates its 250th birthday today, honoring a proud legacy of teaching, research and service that started when our nation was in its infancy and continues to evolve and contribute to scholarship that is changing lives across the globe.

The university’s 250th milestone is one that few higher education institutions have achieved. Founded a decade before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Rutgers has transformed from a small, predominantly white all-male college located in New Brunswick into one of the nation’s most diverse and rigorous public research universities with locations across the state and a presence in the Big Ten athletic conference.

In honor of the university’s many accomplishments, the Empire State Building – one of the most famous buildings in the world – will be lit in scarlet tonight to mark the occasion.

“There is a great sense of pride that comes with recognizing that your institution is one of the oldest in the country and one of only a handful that predate our nation,” says Rutgers President Robert Barchi. “And I feel even greater satisfaction in looking forward and seeing how Rutgers is empowering generations of students to become leaders in fields that our founders could never have even imagined.”

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