Our Past, Present & Future

The first building on campus, two story Bunce Hall with its white columns and white steeple, flanked on both sides by green trees in springtime.

Our Past, Present & Future

Nationally Recognized 

Rowan has attracted the attention of national organizations that evaluate colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rowan University 19th of Northern Regional Universities and third among the public institutions in the category. The College of Engineering is ranked 32nd nationally among master’s level programs and the Chemical Engineering program is ranked third.

The Princeton Review included Rowan in its latest edition “The Best Northeastern Colleges” and included the Rohrer College of Business in its edition of the “Best 295 Business Schools” from among more than 1,800 business schools.

The University has received 13 awards for green initiatives since 2007. Most recently, the U.S. EPA named the University a “Top Green Power Purchaser” in its athletic conference and The Princeton Review listed it in its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”


The steeple of Bunce Hall, surrounded by foliage, as seen from the center-front area of Bunce.

Formed in 1923 as a normal school to train area teachers, Rowan has evolved into a comprehensive public research university with a strong regional reputation.

The Rowan Vision

Henry M. and Betty Rowan in 1992 at a press conference announcing their remarkable $100 million gift to then-Glassboro State College.

"Education is still the single most important means of changing a person's life ... it's critical that our investment supports superior education for as many students as possible." - Henry M. Rowan

Our President

President Houshmand smiles while wearing a dark grey suit and red tie.

Formally inaugurated as Rowan’s 7th president on September 20, 2013, Dr. Ali A. Houshmand leads the university during a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity.