NUMBERS + QUOTES
2007 - 2008

$64, 153
The amount of gifts to Rutgers English

415
The number of gifts to Rutgers English

"I am proud to announce a bold initiative to expand the pipeline of talented students coming to Rutgers from underrepresented communities. Our student body is diverse, but too few young men and women—and especially too few young men—enroll at Rutgers from our state’s large cities, including Rutgers’ hometowns . . . So we will establish the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, a pilot project aimed at reaching minority and low-income students who might otherwise never consider college within their grasp."
Richard L. McCormick, president of Rutgers University, on diversity and higher education, in his annual address to the university community, on September 28, 2007

2,525
The number of attendees at the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series event

22
The number of graduating students with honors in English

16
The ranking of the graduate program in English by U.S. News and World Report

22
The number of PhDs conferred by the graduate program in English

"Accreditation is vitally important for colleges and universities in this country because it makes you eligible for student and federal financial aid. It makes us eligible for grants and contracts that support our research activities as well as for all sorts of other programs . . . It also means that students who graduate from Rutgers have a diploma that means something."
Philip Furmanski, executive vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers University, on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s accreditation process, in an interview with Ashanti Alvarez, associate editor of Rutgers Focus, on January 25, 2007

309
The number of graduating students with a major in English

$500,000
The initial gift towards the establishment of Writers House

"Rutgers, honestly, it was like a wonderland for me, like going from the black and white of Kansas to the Technicolor of Oz. I had never been around the density of so many smart, beautiful people . . . "
Junot Díaz, Rutgers English alumnus (BA 1992) and Pulitzer Prize winning author of the novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in the New York Times, November 25, 2007. Significant parts of Díaz’s novel are set at Rutgers–New Brunswick

6,991
The number of views of Richard E. Miller's presentation to the Rutgers Board of Governors on YouTube