About Rowan University

A top 100 national public research institution, Rowan University offers bachelor’s through doctoral and professional programs in person and online to 23,000 students through its main campus in Glassboro, N.J., its medical school campuses in Camden and Stratford, and five others.

With eight colleges and eight schools, Rowan University focuses on practical research at the intersection of engineering, medicine, science and business while ensuring excellence in undergraduate education. The University has earned national recognition for innovation; commitment to high-quality, affordable education; and developing public-private partnerships.

A Carnegie-classified (R2/high research activity) institution, Rowan has been recognized as the third fastest-growing public research university in the nation, as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The University’s academic programs include 90 bachelor’s, 48 master’s, two professional, and nine doctoral degree programs. Rowan is one of only three institutions in the nation to offer both MD and DO degree-granting medical programs. Rowan is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park and 23 research-based centers and institutes.

Since 2012, the University has:

  • ranked among the nation’s top 100 public colleges and universities, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • worked with community colleges to deliver 3+1 bachelor’s degree programs for about $30,000 and collaborated with the business community to create programs that meet regional workforce needs
  • partnered with Cooper University Health Care to open Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • integrated New Jersey’s only osteopathic medical school, the School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • completed the $426 million Rowan Boulevard project with public-private partners, expanding capacity for the institution and investing in the community
  • established New Jersey’s first veterinary school, expected to welcome its first class of 60 students in fall 2025
  • broadened collaborations, including those with Lockheed Martin, NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Aviation Administration
  • partnered with Virtua Health to create a new academic health system and to further distinguish South Jersey as a regional hub for innovation, research, and clinical discovery

Our Work at JHSC

Rowan University focuses on applied research, solving real-world problems that affect everyone. We partner on research and development with business and industry, government and nonprofits. Our undergraduate and graduate students are essential to this work, often presenting at national conferences, sharing credits in professional publications and winning regional and national awards.

Translational Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences Research

With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, among others, investigators are pursuing high-impact work in Joint Health Sciences Center labs, from advanced surgical robotics and regenerative medicine to immunotherapy engineering and behavioral interventions.

Rowan biomedical engineers are developing a prototype of the first robotic system to align femur fractures. Other researchers are working on a new class of self-healing materials that can detect and replace missing cartilage. Other biomedical engineers are searching for new ways to treat inflammatory breast cancer and pediatric cancer.

With support from the National Institutes of Health, Rowan psychologists are working to address addiction and change health behaviors with new treatment strategies, using social media, mobile apps and games.

Virtual Reality Lab

Rowan University’s Virtual Reality Lab features a four-sided virtual reality cave, augmented reality systems and tools to immerse users in data, an especially useful technology for education, training and research.

Together with Cooper University Hospital, the Virtual Reality Lab has developed a simulation to train orthopedic residents how to perform surgeries using virtual patients.

The lab’s largest project centers on the development of a virtual reality and artificial intelligence system to keep military personnel safe during combat and training.

Health in Camden

The University’s research footprint in Camden extends well beyond the Joint Health Sciences Center. Rowan-funded research underway in Camden includes: work to address childhood obesity among Hispanic children; the development of an innovative, sustainable public transportation system; remediating contaminated soil and groundwater; and projects centered on cancer, aneurysms, trauma, and substance use disorder.

Indeed, such projects are making Camden “ground zero for solutions that could patch enormous holes in the framework of our society,” said Dana L. Redd, CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors.

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