Rutgers University turns 250 on November 10, 2016, and a year of University festivities is already underway. Here’s a trivia quiz honoring this milestone. The questions come from the “our history” tab on the University’s Web site. How much do you know about our very own State University? (The answers are provided at the end of the quiz.)
1. Rutgers was originally named Queen’s College after whom?
2. In May, 1771, New Brunswick was selected as the location of Queen’s College. What other New Jersey city was almost chosen?
3. When Queen’s College officially opened in November 1771, where were the first classes held?
4. Who was the first president of Queen’s College?
5. How many students graduated when Queen’s College held its first commencement ceremony on October 12, 1774?
6. What year was the name of Queen’s College changed to Rutgers College?
7. What year did the Rutgers student newspaper, the Targum first appear?
8. Which Rutgers graduate received the Nobel Prize in 1952 for the discovery of streptomycin?
9. What year did Rutgers College officially begin admitting women?
10. When the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass Residential College) opened in 1918, what were its two courses of study?
11. Where on the College Avenue Campus was the first college football game played?
12. What was the first fraternity at Rutgers and what year was it founded?
13. What is the name of Rutgers College’s first dormitory?
14. What year did Rutgers officially become The State University of New Jersey?
15. What building was originally located where the Zimmerli Art Museum currently stands?
16. Who is the Rutgers graduate whose death ultimately put Teddy Roosevelt in the White House?
17. Which alumnus wrote “On the Banks of the Old Raritan,” the Rutgers alma mater?
18. Who is the only Rutgers alumnus who has a building named for him on all three (New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark) Rutgers campuses?
19. What cartoon character is purported to be a graduate of Rutgers College?
20. How many presidents has Rutgers had over its 250 year history?
1. Charlotte of Mecklenburg, the wife of King George III
3. At a downtown New Brunswick tavern called the Sign of the Red Lion
4. Jacob Rutsen Hardenburgh, a Dutch Reformed Church minister
5. One student named Matthew Leydt
6. The name Queen’s College was changed to Rutgers College to honor the Revolutionary War hero, Colonel Henry Rutgers, in 1825.
8. Selman Waxman, for whom the Waxman Institute of Microbiology on the Busch campus is named
9. Rutgers admitted its first class of women students in the fall of 1972
10. Liberal arts and home economics
11. The game was played on a field off College Avenue at the place where the Rutgers gymnasium (aka “The Barn”) stands today
12. Delta Phi was founded at Rutgers College in 1845.
13. Winants Hall
14. Rutgers College became Rutgers University in 1945 by an act of the New Jersey legislature
15. The Ballantine Gymnasium, which opened in 1894 but was destroyed by fire in 1930
16. When Garret Augustus Hobart, the 24th vice president of the United States died in office on November 21, 1899, President McKinley replaced him with Theodore Roosevelt
17. Howard N. Fuller (RC1874)
18. Paul Robeson
19. Mr. Magoo
20. Robert L. Barchi was named the 20th president of Rutgers University in 2012