The university seeks the support of its alumni and, in return,
offers them a number of services and programs. The Department of Alumni
Relations works with the university's 350,000 graduates. The department
has two main objectives. First, it maintains contact with Rutgers
alumni, informing them of the university's programs with the hope that
they will assist Rutgers in fulfilling its educational goals. Second,
the department encourages alumni to continue their college friendships
after graduation through social, educational, and reunion activities.
All undergraduate colleges and most graduate and professional schools
have their own alumni associations that sponsor programs based on the
interests of the alumni of that college. Active membership is
maintained through payment of regular alumni dues. Each alumni
association is represented in the Rutgers University Alumni Federation,
which sponsors universitywide programs such as homecoming,
distinguished alumni awards, legislative receptions, group travel,
and insurance. The department also provides guidance and administrative
services to each of the college associations, as well as to a network
of regional alumni clubs throughout the country.
The department hosts an award-winning web site, http://www.alumni.rutgers.edu, and the university also publishes a magazine for alumni and friends of the university.
The department's New Brunswick office is located at Winants Hall,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 7 College Avenue, New
Brunswick, NJ 08901-1262 (732/932-7061).