1970 In May, student activists take over Rutgers President Mason W. Gross’s office in the Old Queens building to protest the U.S. invasion of Cambodia
In September, the Rutgers Student Government Association published a satirical manifesto entitled “The Freshman Unhandbook” in the Rutgers Targum, introducing first-year students to campus life
1970 - 1971 Rutgers English shifts the focus of its first-year English curriculum from literary criticism to basic composition
John J. Richetti joins the English department as an associate professor
1971 Charles L. Busch, a wealthy investor from Edgewater, New Jersey, dies and unexpectedly leaves $10 million to Rutgers for biological research; in return, the University Heights Campus is renamed Busch Campus in his honor
Edward J. Bloustein becomes university president upon the retirement of Mason W. Gross
1972 Rutgers College becomes co-educational
The university undergoes major structural re-organization and creates provosts for the Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses
1973 Marius Bewley, a beloved and distinguished professor of English, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, passes away in January; a Marius Bewley Fund is established to recognize student work
1973 - 1974 The number of female undergraduates doubles from 544 to 1,323
1974 Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stanley Kunitz joins Rutgers English as a visiting professor of creative writing
1975 - 1976 Rutgers English faculty struggles to adapt to larger class sizes resulting from a surge in student enrolment
Rutgers University football and basketball teams are undefeated
1976 Paul Fussell, the John DeWitt Professor of English Literature, wins the National Book Award for Arts and Letters for The Great War and Modern Memory
The School of Creative and Performing Arts, later renamed the Mason Gross School of the Arts, was declared a separate degree-granting unit of the university
1977 In his October 2 New York Times op-ed piece, Rutgers University President Edward J. Bloustein writes about renewed spirit on the Rutgers campuses that “reflect the beginnings of a new era”
Mason W. Gross, the sixteenth president of Rutgers University, dies on October 11
1977 - 1978 Paul Fussell is awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, becoming the sixth Rutgers English professor in the last seven years to receive a Guggenheim, joining John J. Richetti (1970), George Levine (1971), Thomas R. Edwards (1972), Richard Poirier (1974), and William Phillips (1976)
1978 The university begins to create a unified Faculty of Arts and Sciences; changes are completed in 1980
Following a controversial legal battle, the Partisan Review moves from Rutgers University to Boston University, along with its editor-in-chief, William Phillips
1979 The Library of America is co-founded by Richard Poirier
The university initiates a four-year general honors program named after Colonel Henry Rutgers