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The Land-Grant College

Rutgers' Cook College is the land-grant college of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Directly descended from the Rutgers Scientific School, the original land-grant unit at Rutgers, Cook College was created in 1973 and designated a professional school in 1982. It is named in honor of George Hammel Cook (1818-1889), a renowned geologist and teacher at the Rutgers Scientific School. Cook College is closely aligned with Rutgers' other land-grant component, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station/Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension (RCR&E), the state-mandated research and outreach arm of the university.

Undergraduate programs are designed to promote the study of challenges facing society in the areas of agriculture and food systems; environment and natural resources; food, nutrition, and health; and human and community development. Faculty members from Cook College and RCR&E pursue mission-based teaching, research, and outreach to solve problems faced by the people of New Jersey, and challenge students to adopt the same mission-based approach to their educational experience at Cook College.

Often, teaching, research, and outreach are done in collaboration with faculty members from various departments, centers, and institutes from throughout the university and beyond. Cook College students have not only access to quality classroom experiences, but also the opportunity to participate with faculty in world-class research projects funded by major funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture. Through Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension, Cook College students have the opportunity to work with faculty members throughout the state, who are applying Rutgers' research to address local needs.


 
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