Students of all religions are welcome at Rutgers. As a public university, Rutgers is dedicated to supporting an inclusive community, where freedom of religious expression is protected and encouraged. Our campus is home to students of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and many other faiths and traditions. Rutgers supports an open forum for religious life through:
- more than 40 student organizations dedicated to religious and religious-cultural interests
- more than 25 recognized chaplaincies serving students’ spiritual needs
- a Multifaith Council that promotes an inclusive atmosphere for the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual truths
The Multifaith Council exists to promote and enhance Rutgers University’s mission of educating the whole person. The Multifaith Council seeks to create an atmosphere in which groups and individuals affiliated with the University are engaged in the active pursuit of intellectual and spiritual truths.
Chaplaincy and Affiliated Congregations
- Affiliated Congregations — is a place of worship in the New Brunswick/Piscataway area. These places of worship do not have staff on campus serving in a Chaplain role, but rather wish to promote their services to the Rutgers community.
- Chaplaincies — a member of the Religious Life Council and registered with the Off-Campus Living &Community Partnerships. Recognized chaplaincies have staff on campus serving in a chaplain role along with student representatives appointed to enhance representation of the religious diversity on campus.
Interfaith Prayer/Meditation Rooms on Campus
The Interfaith Youth Core, a non-profit aimed at interfaith cooperation and collaboration on college campuses has championed the creation of interfaith prayer/meditation spaces to accommodate student’s needs. They say, “Embracing religious diversity on campus means accommodating the spiritual needs of students not only through staffing and programming, but also through architectural spaces that accommodate a variety of religious, spiritual, and ethical practices. Interfaith spaces are a visible symbol of an institution’s commitment to welcoming religious diversity, and whether large or small can provide support to diverse students. Interfaith spaces communicate inclusivity, support of a religiously diverse student population, and foster a campus’s commitment to pluralism. In addition, these spaces bring together religiously diverse students and value the spiritual practices of the student population. Finally, by being inclusive of non-religious students, the space can create an opportunity for students who do not identify with a particular tradition to find opportunities to gather and reflect.
- Douglass Student Center 108E
- Busch Student Center 177
- College Avenue Student Center G2 Level
- Kilmer Library Room 011 (Livingston Campus)
- Civic Square Building, Room 222